Thursday, May 23, 2024

(Listen) Elton John Gives Britney Spears Her First Number 1 Since 2011 with “Tiny Dancer” Remix


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!

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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!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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