Britney Spears began their musical comeback on August 26 with the help of a living legend. Britney, 40, joined Elton John for “Hold Me Closer,” the long-rumored remix of his 1971 hit “Tiny Dancer,” and fans went wild when it was released at midnight. This new version was everything they expected and more, with an infectious techno beat and Britney’s signature trill throughout.
“I saw you dancing in the ocean/Running fast along the sand/A spirit born from earth and water/Fire flying from your hands,” the couple sing in unison at the top. Towards the end of the song, Britney sings “Hold me closer”, proving that she still has those iconic voices.
“Hold Me Closer” marks Britney’s first new music since December 2020, when she teamed up with her fellow ’90s icons, alley boys, for the song “Parties”. The song coincided with the re-release of his 2016 album, Glory (which included “Mood Ring” and “Swimming in the Stars”, a previously unreleased song from the Glory recording sessions and a song initially released as a bonus track on the Japanese version). Other than that, Britney’s music career has been quiet since Glorya topic she raised at the end of her 13-year conservatorship.
“I wanted to be nice, but what they did to my heart was unforgivable!” spears wrote in an Instagram post from December 2021. “I asked for 13 years to perform new songs and remixes of my old songs. … I had two months off between stages of each show for four years in Las Vegas. …and every time I asked, they said, ‘No’! It was a setup to make me fail, but I knew exactly what I wanted my fans to see.” Britney also wrote that she didn’t make sense of how “network TV shows are showing my music with remixes…yet the person who owns the music is told No! They even gave remixes to my sister [Jamie Lynn Spears] but why did they always tell me no?
“So much time wasted just to embarrass and humiliate me and I think it seems strange to most now why I don’t even make my music anymore,” he added. “Stopping making my music is my way of saying ‘F-ck You,’ in a sense where it really only benefits my family by ignoring my real work.”
Britney’s conservatorship ended in November 2021, two months after she formally filed a request to “immediately terminate” the 13-year legal agreement that took away her autonomy. “I have an IUD in my body right now that won’t let me have a baby, and my conservators won’t let me go to the doctor to get it out,” Britney said at one of the two hearings she testified against. the conditions of her guardianship. “All I want is to own my money… and for this to end… and for me [then-boyfriend, now husband Sam Asghari] so he can take me in his car. And honestly…. I want to be able to sue my family,” she said as well. “I really think this conservatorship is abusive.”