Britney Spears and Elton John‘s extremely anticipated collaboration “Hold Me Closer” is produced by Grammy winner Andrew Watt, Billboard has realized from a number of sources. The information comes a 12 months after Watt took house the Grammy for producer of the 12 months, non-classical on the 2021 ceremony.
The collab was first rumored to be a “Tiny Dancer” duet, however when Elton John confirmed the team-up with Spears on Monday (Aug. 8) in an Instagram put up, he revealed that the track’s title is definitely “Maintain Me Nearer,” a lyric from the singer/songwriter’s 1972 basic. The track’s launch date has but to be introduced.
Billboard has not but confirmed if every other producers or songwriters contributed to “Maintain Me Nearer.”
Whereas “Maintain Me Nearer” marks Watt’s first time working with Spears, the songwriter and producer beforehand labored with John on six songs from the singer’s 2021 collaboration album The Lockdown Periods, together with a brand new model of Metallica’s “Nothing Else Issues” with Miley Cyrus, Yo-Yo Ma, Robert Trujillo and Chad Smith.
However that’s simply the tip of the iceberg for Watt’s profession: He has additionally contributed to Justin Bieber and DJ Snake‘s 2016 collaboration “Let Me Love You,” Camila Cabello‘s breakthrough solo single “Havana” and Shawn Mendes duet “Señorita,” 5 Seconds of Summer‘s “Youngblood,” Post Malone and Ozzy Osbourne‘s “Take What You Need,” Miley Cyrus‘ “Midnight Sky” and “Plastic Hearts,” Dua Lipa‘s “Break My Coronary heart,” Bieber’s “Peaches” and lots of extra.
Most lately, Watt produced Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s 2022 solo album, Earthling, which was launched in February. In 2019, Watt gained songwriter of the 12 months alongside Ali Tamposi on the BMI Pop Awards.
“Maintain Me Nearer” will mark Spears’ first new music since her 2016 studio album Glory, which additionally included the deluxe tracks “Temper Ring,” “Swimming within the Stars” and the Backstreet Boys-assisted “Matches” launched in 2020. The collaboration can be Spears’ official return to music because the finish of her 13-year conservatorship in November 2021.
“Tiny Dancer,” which was launched as a single from John’s 1971 album Madman Throughout the Water and peaked at No. 41 on the Billboard Scorching 100, was initially produced by Gus Dudgeon. The track has grown in stature via the years and is now thought to be one among Elton’s classics. In 2000, the track was famously featured in a sing-along bus scene in Cameron Crowe’s movie Virtually Well-known.
Billboard reached out to reps for John and Spears for additional particulars.