Free Britney, finally! Britney Spears fans around the world are praising the pop star’s return to music after dropping her new single with Elton John.
Spears collaborated with John on “Hold Me Closer”, a new version of his song “Tiny Dancer”. The single marks the first music to come from Spears since her conservative term ended in November 2021. Hours after the track was released online, it is already number one on iTunes in 30 countries, including the US, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Israel and Sweden, according to Kworb.
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Throughout the conservatorship, Spears recorded music, went on tour and had a residence in Las Vegas, but testified last summer that she was forced to work against her will throughout the 13-year deal mandated by court.
Spears’ legal battle continues as the singer battles her father, Jamie Spears, who oversaw her conservative agency, and the former head of the business, Tri Star Sports & Entertainment Group. Spears claims that her father and Tri Star took advantage of her finances throughout her custody and has made damning allegations about their alleged behavior toward her, which she has categorized as “abuse of conservatorship.” The judge recently sided with the singer, ordered her father to testify this month and ruled that he will not be removed.
As Spears’ attorney Mathew Rosengart continues her fight in the courtroom, the singer is enjoying her freedom and her marriage to Sam Asghari while continuing to work on projects of her choosing, including a major book and recording deal at studio with Giannis.
After “Hold Me Closer” dropped, Rosengart released a statement to Varietycongratulating his client, whom he hailed as a “brilliant artist” and an “iconic figure” who has “been through a lot”.
“After our hard court battles and our success in removing her father from conservatorship and then terminating the conservatorship last year, I was inundated with inquiries about what Britney would do next. My answer was simple. “For the first time in 13 years, this applies to one person and one person only: Britney,” Rosengart said in a statement to Variety. “No one should be surprised that her first foray was a huge success. As I’ve said all along, Britney is a brilliant artist and iconic person. It was a privilege to work with her. He’s been through a lot. No matter what she does next and whatever she chooses, I’m very proud of her.”
Now that the single is here, the #FreeBritney movement, which supported the pop star throughout the battle for her conservative position and now started the hashtag #JusticeForBritney, is cheering on the Princess of Pop.
“Hold Me Closer” is sure to be a huge hit. Beyond the fact that Spears is one of the best-selling artists of all time, public interest is more palpable than ever for the star whose history of conservatism strikes a chord around the world. The Grammy-winning pop icon has sold more than 100 million records throughout her career, with multiple No. 1 albums and singles on the Billboard charts, and has been ranked as Forbes’ top-earning female musician for many years.
Check out some reactions to ‘Hold Me Closer’ from Spears fans:
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