Britney Spears has announced the release date of her long-awaited duet with famous artist Elton John: August 26, two days before the MTV Video Music Awards. Spears announced the news on her official Instagram account. The blonde singer is known for decades of No. 1 hits, legendary duets, and an incredible sunglasses collection.

Elton John‘s Instagram post has a snapshot of the two as children, with the words Hold Me Closer. In the photograph, John is standing next to a piano. Spears’ first actual new record in over six years will be the duet. It will be a new version of John’s 1971 classic Tiny Dancer.

Her most recent album, Glory, was released in August 2016. Slumber Party, the second and final single from that album, was released a few months later on November 26 and swiftly rose to the top of the US Dance Club Songs rankings.

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RCA Records unveiled three previously unheard recordings by the Womanizer musician in late 2020 as the #FreeBritney movement gained pace, but it turned out to be her final official release.

Although rumours of a possible collaboration between the two have been floating on social media recently, John did not confirm the existence of Hold Me Closer until a few weeks ago.

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The 75-year-old Grammy and Oscar winner posted an Instagram photo with the title of the song and two emojis: a rose, which Britney Spears frequently uses, and a rocket, which is a homage to the Rocketman himself.

This will also be her official return to music following the conclusion of her protracted 13-year conservatorship. Spears recently hinted she may want to make music again — this time as a free woman — when she shared two videos on Instagram in July of her singing her milestone 1998 hit song Baby One More Time a cappella with some more adult lyrics, replacing “give me a sign” in the chorus with “give me a f—ing sign.”

Earlier this year, Spears married Iranian-American model Sam Asghari.