Britney Spears fans are furious as a song featuring Sir Elton John was leaked online

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: (LR) Recording artist Britney Spears and Sir Elton John attend the 21st Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at West Hollywood Park on February 24, 2013 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for EJAF)

Britney and Elton worked together on the music… (Image: Michael Kovac/Getty/EJAF)

Britney Spears and Sir Elton John have been working together on a new song that was due to be released soon but appears to have leaked early.

The upcoming track is titled Hold Me Closer and is a reinterpretation of Elton’s 1971 hit Tiny Dancer.

A short snippet of the song was shared on social media on Thursday night, a move Britney’s fans have described as “disrespectful.”

The song marks her first new material in six years and fans were dying to get their hands on it, but not like this.

The snippet, said to be just three seconds long, caused anger on social media, with one fan writing: “Ruining the release of Britney’s first single as a free woman in 15 years is frankly disrespectful.”

“I can’t believe even Britney’s fans are leaking.”


The song will be Britney’s first new material in six years (Image: Image Group LA/Disney Channel via Getty Images)

Another agreed: “I’m so tempted to find the Hold Me Closer leak but I want to respect both Britney and Elton, I’ve waited almost six years for this moment.”

Rumors circulated among Britney’s fan base that the release of Hold Me Closer had been delayed, with last-minute changes allegedly requested by Britney herself.

Rolling Stone then confirmed that the song, which was due to be released on August 19, will now be released later in the year.

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Elton John attends the 2019 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 24, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)

Elton was back on the charts recently. Can Britney give him another big hit? (Image: Dia Dipasupil/Getty)

“As leaks of Britney Spears and Elton John’s song ‘Hold Me Closer’ circulate on Twitter, a source confirms to me that the duet will not be released tonight,” one of the writers tweeted.

The short clip was promptly removed from all social media sites by the copyright holder.

Earlier this week, Britney shared her excitement for the new track, writing on Instagram: “I appreciate this and all your support, it means so much to me!!!

“I can’t wait for you all to hear what we’ve been working on.”

Britney Spears and Sir Elton John announce collaborative single Hold Me Closer

We are so ready for this! (Image: Elton John/Twitter)

She also shared a fan-made version of the single’s artwork, featuring Britney and Sir Elton in baseball uniforms, and tagged the fan in her post, saying, “Thank you so much for this incredible art.”

Additional artwork for the single was released on Monday and features a simple rose and rocket ship, representing Britney and Sir Elton respectively.

Britney last released new music in 2020 when Swimming in the Stars and Mood Ring finally got official releases as bonus tracks on the deluxe edition of her 2016 album Glory.

Hold Me Closer will be Britney’s first release since her landmark conservator case.

Her father, Jamie, was recently asked to provide documentation regarding the alleged electronic surveillance Britney was subjected to while she was a conservator.

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