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Elton John and Britney Spears share “Hold Me Closer” video

The new video is directed by Tanu Muiño.

September 27, 2022

In August, Elton John enlisted Britney Spears for "Hold Me Closer," an updated electro-pop version of his beloved 1972 song "Tiny Dancer." The song peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming the latest hit for Elton John after "Cold Heart (PNAU Remix)" in his reemergence as a muse for club-focused remixes. Today, the music video for "Hold Me Closer" arrives.

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Tanu Muiño, the director of videos like "As It Was" by Harry Styles and Cardi B's "Up," delivers a movement-focused set of visuals. Interpretative dancers traipse through colorful settings as the song, produced by Andrew Watt and Circuit, plays. Neither Britney Spears nor Elton John appears in the video – Spears' fans may be a bit disappointed, though the singer has given indications that her conservatorship ordeal may have left her unable to perform traditional duties in the music industry.

Watch the video above, and read Muiño's statement on the clip below.

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“This was an emotional one for me as I grew up with Britney. After seeing ‘Slave For You,’ I decided that I wanted to become a video director. Elton John is an icon that I and the world grew up listening to. Going into this video, I knew there would be a lot of emotional expectations the audience and fans would have. With this responsibility, I had to do something different and unexpected. The visuals had to be different. The dance had to be forward-thinking to raise eyebrows and make Elton and Britney proud. To capture this magic, we shot around all my favorite architectural locations in Mexico City and brought on choreographer Jacob Jonas who does the best contemporary choreography today. Getting the best dancers, crew, and access to some of the most private locations in the world was simple as everyone wanted to work with Elton John and be part of his legacy.”

Elton John and Britney Spears share “Hold Me Closer” video