Britney Spears, Elton John Release ‘Hold Me Closer’: Listen

A crowning second for the princess of pop. Britney Spears teamed up with Elton John for a duet impressed by “Tiny Dancer,” her first launch because the finish of her conservatorship.

“Maintain Me Nearer,” which was launched on Friday, August 26, places a contemporary spin on the previous basic. Days earlier than it dropped, the 40-year-old pop star mirrored on returning to the studio for the brand new observe. “Okie dokie … my first music in 6 years 🎶 !!!! It’s fairly rattling cool that I’m singing with one of the basic males of our time … @eltonofficial 🚀!!!!” she tweeted. “I’m kinda overwhelmed… it’s an enormous deal to me !!! I’m meditating extra 🧘🏼‍♀️ and studying my area is effective and treasured !!!”

She continued: “I’m studying on a regular basis is a clear slate to try to be a greater particular person and do what makes me glad … sure I select happiness as we speak. I inform myself on daily basis to let go of the harm bitterness and attempt to forgive myself and others to what could have been hurtful. I wish to be fearless like once I was youthful and never be so scared and fearful. I pray there really is reality to the Holy Spirit and I hope that spirit is with my youngsters as properly !!! Sure … I select happiness and pleasure as we speak ☀️ !!!?”

Britney Spears and Elton John.
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Rumors concerning the collaboration first surfaced final month, when a number of retailers reported that John, 75, reached out to Spears to report a brand new model of his 1971 hit. The duo reportedly recorded the music collectively in Beverly Hills in late July, with Web page Six noting on the time that the “Womanizer” singer’s report label was “excited” concerning the venture.

Spears’ pal Paris Hilton later shared her enthusiasm for “Maintain Me Nearer” throughout an interview with Paul Barewijk for his present, Paul Voor Je Neus. “It’s gonna be iconic,” the Easy Life alum, 41, gushed on August 2. “I simply heard it a pair days in the past in Ibiza and it’s … it’s insane.”

Earlier than “Maintain Me Nearer,” Spears had not dropped a brand new music since her 13-year conservatorship was terminated in November 2021. One month after her authorized victory, the “Poisonous” songstress revealed that she had determined to cease making music as a “f–ok you” to the individuals who managed her profession. “It didn’t make sense how community tv reveals are showcasing my music with remixes of all of my music … but the one who owns the music is advised no,” she wrote by way of Instagram in December 2021. “They even gave remixes to my sister however why was I at all times advised no?”

The Grammy winner continued: “Individuals do not know the terrible issues that had been executed to me personally … and after what I’ve been by means of, I’m scared of individuals and the enterprise!!! They actually harm me!!! Not doing music anymore is my means of claiming ‘f–ok you’ in a way when it solely really advantages my household by ignoring my actual work.”

Earlier this yr, the Louisiana native claimed being below the conservatorship “ruined” her expertise working within the music business. “Being a stay-at-home mother not having folks do my hair and make-up … ready and ready in these dressing rooms with my dad and the weirdest lady ever in each f–king dressing room I used to be in for 14 years … I look again now and I’m like ‘how did I try this ???’” she wrote in an April Instagram publish. “Actually simply the considered being in the identical constructing as them not to mention the identical room makes the hair on my arms rise up !!!”

Spears advised followers on the time that she didn’t plan on returning to the studio till 2026, which might be a decade after she launched her most up-to-date album, Glory. “They’ve ruined the fun of the enterprise for me 100000% !!!” She wrote. “Let’s make it a 10-year break.”

Nonetheless, the Crossroads star appeared to alter her thoughts three months later, sharing a video of herself singing “… Child One Extra Time” whereas doing laundry. “That is me yesterday doing laundry and separating garments…I haven’t shared my voice in a particularly very long time…possibly too lengthy,” Spears captioned the clip. “Right here’s me enjoying at my home with a unique model of ‘Child’…the WORD as in WORDS…Present me the way you need it to be…inform me child trigger I must know…give me a f–king signal…HIT ME BABY ONE MORE TIME!!!”

The “Gimme Extra” performer added that she wished her followers to know her ardour for singing by no means pale regardless of her ups and downs within the business. “I share this as a result of I’m conscious of my love and keenness to sing, and my circle of relatives made a idiot of me,” she wrote on the time. “I’m not going to be a sufferer !!!”