Britney Spears and Elton John have released ‘Hold Me Closer’, a reimagined duet of the pianist’s timeless classic ‘Tiny Dancer’.
The song is Spears’ first release since his maintenance contract ended in November 2021, and his first release of new music in six years. You can’t go wrong with the chorus, of course, but the song is completely overhauled into a breezy dance-pop song, with Spears and John gently dueting on the verse and chorus, and John adding his trademark piano flourishes throughout. I was. This is similar to what he did on “Cold Cold Heart” with Dua Lipa, released last summer and included on the duet album “Lockdown Sessions,” which was basically a mashup of his songs “Sacrifice” and “Rocket Man.” is an ideal follow-up to his reinvention.
The duet was produced by Andrew Watt and Sarkat. variety A story about how it was conceived and ultimately put together, including the idea of inserting another song from John, “The One.” “It hits Elton. How about ‘The One’ in the verse?” Watt recalled. “He starts singing it, but he sings it a little bit differently. We’ve taken the vocals out of there and tweaked them, and ‘Tiny Dancer’ and ‘The One’ worked incredibly well together, even though they’re almost 20 years apart. ”
Watt adds: …it all came together and the fact that she wanted to do it and how she sounded on the record – you couldn’t make it up. – all of her ad-libs, executions, and soulfulness. (See her two producers’ explanations of the story behind this record here).
“Tiny Dancer” was originally released in 1971 and was a minor hit in the US and Europe at the time, but it was given a second life when it appeared in a pivotal scene in Cameron Crowe’s 2000 film “Almost Famous.” I got His experience as a young rock writer in the early 1970s.
Just two weeks later, on August 8th, variety reported that Spears and John are working on a new recording of John’s 1971 song “Tiny Dancer”, and the remake has been confirmed by both artists’ reps. The announcement contained little information about the song. It contained only the single’s name and artwork showing a rose (Spears) and a locket (John).
Since the end of her 13-year stint as a guardian, Spears fans have speculated whether or not she wants to return to the studio and back on stage. While she was her guardian from 2008 to her 2021, Spears recorded her new music, went on tour, and held a residency in Las Vegas. However, when she testified in her court, her singer claimed she was forced to work against her own will.
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