And just like that…Britney Spears can thank Elton John for putting her right back at number 1.
At midnight, Sir Elton dropped his remix of Tiny Dancer — now called “Hold Me Closer” — featuring Britney Spears. And it rocketed to number 1 on iTunes.
Elton recast his mighty “Tiny Dancer” from 1972 as a dance number, and now there isn’t a person in the land who won’t be humming that damn chorus all day and all night. We will be madmen across the water!
This is the first time Britney’s name has appeared on a number 1 record since a remix in 2011 with Rihanna of that singer’s “S&M.” As a solo artist, Britney last had a number 1 record also in 2011 with a song I don’t remember called “Hold it Against Me.” We won’t!
Seriously, what a tribute to Elton and Bernie Taupin that 50 years later their songs have held up so beautifully that they can be worked into number 1 hits. “Rocket Man” and “Sacrifice” became “Cold Heart,” still at the top of the charts almost a year after that remix was released!
“Hold Me Closer” also includes bits of a great later Elton hit, “The One,” from 1992, with production from Cirkuit and Andrew Watt.
Oh PS: This isn’t the last we’ll be hearing of “Tiny Dancer” this season. A big singalong version is included in the musical of “Almost Famous,” opening later this fall on Broadway. Raise your hand if you can’t wait to see the rockers and roadies on that tour bus on stage. Showstopper!