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Elton John, Britney Spears Share Acoustic Version Of ‘Hold Me Closer’

Elton John and Britney Spears recently released an acoustic version of their chart-topping duet “Hold Me Closer.”

The piano-based version of the song is accompanied by a new music video featuring Olympic Gold Medalist ice skater Nathan Chen. In the clip, Chen skates to a self-choreographed routine.

“Elton John’s music means something to anybody who’s ever listened to it,” said Chen “‘Rocket Man’ has always intrigued me – it’s otherworldly, but it’s just as much about our lives on Earth, love and loneliness, dreams and disappointments. In a way, ‘Rocket Man’ captures what my own journey has felt like – and getting to skate to it at the Olympics was one of the most special moments of my life.”

He added, “I couldn’t believe it when I heard Elton thought of me for this video. Elton and Britney created something really beautiful with this version of ‘Hold Me Closer’ – and I’m so honored to be a part of it.”

The original version of “Hold Me Closer” dropped on August 26. Britney and Elton recorded the song with support from Grammy-winning super producer Andrew Watt. The song combines elements from John’s songs “Tiny Dancer” (1971), “The One” (1992), and “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” (1976).

The song marked Spears’ first official release since her 13-year conservatorship ended last year.

(Photo: Interscope Records)

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