Britney Spears joins Elton John for first song since conservatorship

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Britney Spears is back, with a club banger in tow.

Spears has teamed up with Elton John for the new song “hold me closer”, a collaboration marking his first musical release since the end of his 13-year conservatorship at the end of last year.

Released on Friday, the track, which begins with a verse from John’s “The One,” is an upbeat, bass-heavy take on his 1971 classic “Tiny Dancer,” featuring vocals from both singers and notable riffs from Spears. John announced the single on Instagram this month, sharing the artists’ album covers as children alongside a more recent photo two two.

On Wednesday, Spears described the new studio recording on Twitter as “my first song in 6 years”. (The singles she released in 2020 were recorded around the time of her 2016 album “Glory.”)

In November, a Californian judge finished Spears’ guardianship, an arrangement in which her father and others outside their household exercised near total control over her personal life and finances. Spears, who was taken into custody in 2008 after displaying erratic behavior in public, argued in court that it was “embarrassing” and “abusive” of her.

Spears also described being stripped of her sense of autonomy under guardianship. In addition to having to seek permission for medical treatment, such as having her IUD removed, Spears recalls being forced to perform when she felt unwell. Shortly after the conservatorship was lifted, she said on Instagram that she would be taking a break from Make musicpartly as a form of retaliation.

“After what I’ve been through, I’m afraid of people and business!” Spears wrote in a caption about her deleted since Account. “They really hurt me! Not doing my music anymore is my way of saying “fuck you”, in a sense that it only benefits my family by ignoring my real work.

Although Spears later changed her mind, writing on Wednesday that she says to himself “every day of letting go of the hurt bitterness and trying to forgive myself and others for whatever may have been hurtful,” John suggested in an interview with the Guardian that some hesitation remained.

“She’s been away for 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,” he said. “We held her hand throughout the process, reassuring her that everything will be fine.”

John has collaborated with a wide range of artists in recent years, including Brandi Carlile, Nicki Minaj and Yo-Yo Ma. The new “Hold Me Closer” is reminiscent of John’sCold Heart (PNAU Remix)», a 2021 duet with Dua Lipa mixing « Rocket Man », « Kiss the Bride », « Sacrifice » and « Where’s the Shoorah?

In the Guardian interview, John noted that he was linked to Spears’ trip in particular.

“It’s difficult when you’re young. Britney was broken. I was broken when I got sober,” he said. “Now I have the experience to be able to advise people and help them because I don’t want to see artists in a dark place.”

On Twitter, Spears describes it as “pretty cool that I’m singing with one of the most classic men of our time”.

“I’m a little overwhelmed,” she added. “This is a big deal for me!!!”

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