Britney Spears Releasing Duet With Elton John—In Return To Music After Ending Conservatorship


Britney Spears will soon release her first new song in six years—and her first since a judge ended her controversial 13-year-long conservatorship—in a duet with Elton John called “Hold Me Closer,” a representative for John confirmed to Forbes on Monday.

Key Facts

John teased fans with a social media post featuring a photo of a rocket emoji, symbolizing his song “Rocket Man,” and a rose, a favorite symbol of Spears’.

The song is due in the coming days, according to Variety.

The single is rumored to be a new version of John’s 1971 hit “Tiny Dancer.”

Key Background

Spears had largely disappeared from the music scene in the last few years while fighting a a conservatorship that left several court-appointed people, including her dad Jamie, in charge of her career and her financial and personal decisions. Her last release was in 2020, which was a re-issue of her 2016 album Glory. Spears was freed from her conservatorship—which began in 2008—last November, and she is also rumored to be working on a book about her experience. In June, Spears married her longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari, something she said she was prevented from doing when in her conservatorship.


This won’t be the first update to a John song. Last year, he released The Lockdown Sessions, featuring duets with current artists, including “Cold Heart” with Dua Lipa. It was first reported last month that Spears and John were working together.

Further Reading

Britney Spears Reportedly Marrying Longtime Boyfriend Sam Asghari (Forbes)

Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Terminated After 13 Years (Forbes)