American singer Britney Spears and Sir Elton John’s single Hold Me Closer is now streaming on Apple Music and Spotify. It’s clearly a highly anticipated collaboration, as it has been close to 6 years since the world had heard from Spears (we’re talking in terms of her music here, guys). Moreover, things have been looking up for the pop singer in the recent past after an oft-questioned conservatorship eventually got terminated in November 2021.
Back to her latest offering, the single is a revamped version of two pop classics of John’s 1971’s Tiny Dancer and The One. They recorded the song in July, in an intimate setting i.e. a basement studio in Beverly Hills with Grammy-winning producer Andrew Watt.
Spears had posted about it on her now-deleted Instagram account stating, “I appreciate this and all of your support it means so much to me!!! I can’t wait for you all to hear what we’ve been working on.”
The singer took to Twitter to announce that she deleted her Instagram account hours before her single came out.
Spears also tweeted about her experience of working with Elton:
While the Toxic singer hasn’t divulged much about the project, John recently gave an interview, where he revealed quite a bit about the process. The legend mentioned that he stood by the singer like a rock all through until the track transpired into reality.
“Everyone was saying they don’t think she can sing anymore. But I said, she was brilliant when she started so I think she can. And she did it, and I was so thrilled with what she did. [Spears] has been away so long – there’s a lot of fear there because she’s been betrayed so many times and she hasn’t really been in the public eye officially for so long,” said John.
He appreciated the way Spears handled herself during the entire recording and added, “She really pushed herself, vocally. Sometimes when you produce, the greatest thing in the world you can do is say nothing, so I just let her do her thing. She’s so good at knowing when she got the right take. She took complete control.”
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