Hold me closer, Britney Spears?
About six years after last releasing newly recorded music, Spears is back in the studio recording music with Elton John, according to reports in Page Six and TMZ – and it will be an all-new recording of the John’s song from 1971, “Tiny Dancer,” which took on new life after being featured in Cameron Crowe’s 2000 film, “Almost Famous.”
According to reports, Spears met John last week at a Beverly Hills recording studio for a new version of the song, according to Page Six, and says the track is expected to be released by Universal Music next month. Grammy-winning producer Andrew Watt, who has worked with everyone from Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber to Pearl Jam and Ozzy Osbourne, would oversee the session.
Elton had a big hit this year with re-recorded duets of his past hits: He and Dua Lipa scored a hit with “Cold, Cold Heart,” a mashup of his hits “Rocket Man” and “Sacrifice” that featured in both of their gigs, with video footage of each other – one night in the spring she played it at Madison Square Garden while he played it a few miles away across the ‘East River at Barclays Arena in Brooklyn.
Spears’ attorney, John’s representatives and the two artists’ labels did not immediately respond to Variety‘s requests for comments.
The collaboration would mark Spears’ first return to music since her conservatorship ended in November 2021.
Spears was under conservatorship for over 13 years. After her explosive testimony last summer, she retained the services of her own lawyer, Mathew Rosengart, who helped her out of the legal arrangement within months. First, her father, Jamie Spears, who oversaw her conservatorship, was suspended by the court in September 2021. And then, her conservatorship was completely terminated in November. However, the legal battle remains messy, with Spears battling her father and former business executive, Tri Star Sports & Entertainment, over her finances and allegations of abusive behavior throughout the conservatorship. (The next hearing in the case will take place this Wednesday.)
While under his tutelage from 2008 to 2021, Spears recorded new music, toured and held a residency in Las Vegas. However, when testifying in court, the singer said she was forced to work against her own will. As a rule, Tories are unable to work, so Spears’ situation was highly unusual. And her lawyer said her father had reaped millions from his hard-earned work over the 13 years when she said she didn’t want to go on tour.
News of Spears’ collaboration with John is sure to come as a welcome surprise to the millions of Spears fans around the world. Since her newfound freedom, Spears fans have been wondering if she would want to return to the studio and back on stage – but above all the #FreeBritney movement has supported the star’s decision to live her own life however she chooses , new music or not. This summer, Spears married her longtime boyfriend, actor Sam Asghari, and expressed her desire to have a family with him.
Spears dances and sings frequently on her Instagram where she regularly interacts with her fans, and earlier this month she made headlines when she released a powerful a capella rendition of her mega-hit “Baby One More Time”.