Britney Spears, Elton John collab for 'Hold Me Closer': See cover art, everything we know

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Oh baby, baby! Britney Spears is officially making her musical comeback.

Spears is collaborating with rock icon Elton John on her first single since the pop star's 13-year conservatorship was terminated in November.

The song is titled "Hold Me Closer" according to a news release from Universal Music's Interscope Records. John notably has a song called "Tiny Dancer," which contains the lyric "hold me closer, tiny dancer." It is unclear whether "Hold Me Closer" will be a reimagining of the 1972 hit, which has sold 3 million copies in the U.S. to date.

Spears teaming with John will mark the first time the 40-year-old singer has released new music since December 2020, when she collaborated with boy band Backstreet Boys on "Matches." The song also coincided with the release of her 2016 album "Glory," which was reissued in 2020.

Here's everything we know about the new single.

Britney Spears and Elton John are teaming up for a new single which will mark Spears' return to music after her 13-year conservatorship ended in November.
Britney Spears and Elton John are teaming up for a new single which will mark Spears' return to music after her 13-year conservatorship ended in November.

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What will 'Hold Me Closer' be released?

The new collaboration between John and Spears comes out Friday. Official art for the upcoming single was also released a week in advance featuring a young Spears dressed in a ballet outfit next to a black and white photo of a young John sitting at the piano.

On Instagram, Spears posted additional artwork for the song which features both her and John dressed in baseball uniforms. John was depicted in a black and white photo wearing a Dodgers Jersey and Spears was dressed in a sparkly baseball jersey with "Elton" across the chest.

What have other celebrities said about 'Hold Me Closer?'

The new song already has a seal of approval from Spears' gal pal Paris Hilton, who revealed in a recent interview that she’s already heard the song.

"It’s going to be iconic," said Hilton in an interview with RTL Boulevard's Paul Barewijk published Aug. 2. "I just heard it a couple of days ago in Ibiza and it’s insane."

When John first posted news of the song, Spears' husband Sam Asghari commented: "This is #1 already."

Who else has Elton John collaborated with recently?

Spears isn’t the only female pop star John has joined forces with lately.

John collaborated with British singer Dua Lipa on "Cold Heart (Pnau remix)," taken from 2021's "The Lockdown Sessions," which peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. John also linked up with pop juggernaut Lady Gaga on "Sine From Above," which earned the two a top 20 dance hit.

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"Hold Me Closer," a collaboration with rocker Elton John, marks Britney Spears' first single since the termination of her 13-year conservatorship last year.
"Hold Me Closer," a collaboration with rocker Elton John, marks Britney Spears' first single since the termination of her 13-year conservatorship last year.

John hasn't been shy about his love for pop princess Spears.

"I do like Britney Spears. I think she's cute. I think she's fun," said John, according to an excerpt of "Elton John’s Words in the Wind." "I think she makes great pop records."

The release of "Hold Me Closer" follows a whirlwind 2021 for Spears, which saw the end of her 13-year conservatorship in November. This year has been just as eventful for Spears, with her getting married to boyfriend Sam Asghari in June and announcing she's writing a memoir of her life.

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Contributing: Elise Brisco

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Britney Spears, Elton John 'Hold Me Closer' song: What we know