Britney’s again, y’all. On Friday, she launched her first tune in six years: a collaboration with Elton John known as “Maintain Me Nearer,” a mashup of John’s “Tiny Dancer” and “The One,” and it is likely to be the earworm of the late summer season.
The bop rapidly climbed the charts and reached No. 1 on iTunes within the U.S. and 34 of different nations, based on TMZ.
Spears took to Twitter to have fun the discharge, the primary for the reason that finish of her 13-year conservatorship.
“Hiya Sir Elton John, we’re like No. 1 in 40 nations,” she says in her greatest English accent earlier than yelling in glee: “Holy sh*t! I am within the tub proper now and I am about to go have the very best day ever and I hope you are properly.”
Followers had been over the moon for Spears. So was John, who replied within the feedback, “Hey Britney!! Thanks for this message. You have made my day!! Hope everybody has the very best day dancing to our tune! #HoldMeCloser.”
He additionally shared how happy he was that everybody was feeling the brand new observe. “I am thrilled with the response to #HoldMeCloser I needed to do a enjoyable, blissful summer season observe so was ecstatic when @britneyspears agreed to be part of it! She actually is an icon, one of many all-time nice pop stars & I really like her dearly. I hope you all like it!” John wrote in a separate tweet.
This isn’t the primary time John has teamed up with a pop star to place a contemporary dancy spin on certainly one of his songs. Final summer season, he teamed up with Dua Lipa for the observe “Chilly Coronary heart,” which mixed his hits “Rocket Man,” “Sacrifice,” “Kiss the Bride,” and “The place’s The Shoorah?” He determined he needed to do a remix annually for “a enjoyable, blissful summer season report.” When he began taking part in with “Tiny Dancer,” it was John’s husband David Furnish who advised Spears be the visitor vocalist on this observe.
“He mentioned it will be fantastic for Britney Spears to do it,” John informed The Guardian. “I mentioned, that’s a reasonably wonderful thought. She hadn’t accomplished something for thus lengthy. I’d been following what’s been taking place to her for a very long time.”
John, who went by greater than his fair proportion of trials and tribulations when he was a younger musician, adopted Spears’ conservatorship trial, which he mentioned “shouldn’t have occurred to anyone,” including that youthful musicians and artists “should be blissful and to be cherished and to have an affirmation from somebody like me. Once I first went to America, I had affirmations from Leon Russell, George Harrison, the Band, Neil Diamond—it made me so blissful.” John felt like he was ready to try this for Spears, amongst others, calling himself “Uncle Elton.”
“Rehabilitation is such an exquisite factor for anyone,” John added. “And I’m simply crossing my fingers that this may restore her confidence in herself to get again into the studio, make extra information, and notice that she is bloody good.”
She is bloody good. And so is that this tune. Please excuse me whereas I hearken to “Maintain Me Nearer” on repeat for the foreseeable future.