Elton John and Britney Spears Fans React to 'Hold Me Closer'—'Instant Hit'

Britney Spears is back. Almost six years after she last released new music, Spears has teamed up with Sir Elton John to kick off her long-awaited comeback.

"Hold Me Closer" is the first song Spears has released since being freed from the conservatorship imposed on her in 2008 by her father Jamie Spears, which controlled almost every part of her life.

Since being released from the conservatorship, Spears has been able to oversee her own career, finances, and personal and private decisions.

The duet between Spears and John is a mix of three of his hits: "Don't Go Breaking My Heart," "Tiny Dancer," and "The One."

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Elton John and Britney Spears, seen above performing at separate shows, have collaborated on the song "Hold Me Closer." Fans on Twitter are raving about the track that combines three of Elton's major hits.

Already, the song has officially hit #1 on the U.S. and U.K. iTunes charts, less than 24 hours since its release on Friday, August 26.

Throughout the track, fans get to hear a snippet of Spears's solo voice, including her saying her iconic "baby" from the 1998 hit "Baby One More Time."

"Hold Me Closer" is Spears's first official single since "Slumber Party" from her 2016 album "Glory," and it's fair to say, Spears fans simply cannot get enough of the song.

One fan tweeted: "Waking up like a kid on Christmas to this new Britney tracks. Just so beyond happy to hear her voice again. We are all proud of you, @britneyspears. #HoldMeCloser."

A second fan wrote: "I missed her voice!!! @britneyspears Hold Me Closer is an instant hit!!!! #HoldMeCloser."

A third fan tweeted: "Britney sounds Soo good on this new song! #HoldMeCloser."

Many of Spears' fans said they felt emotional hearing her return to music after knowing the difficulties she's faced when it comes to her conservatorship and fractured relations with her family.

One fan said: "#HoldMeCloser is so beautiful! I got emotional listening to @britneyspears vocals. She is so resilient and strong, you can feel it through her voice! Thinking about the things she went through and yet she still POWERFUL as ever! I LOVE U."

Another person wrote: "I just heard #HoldMeCloser for the first time. Britney you sound so beautiful and I am so proud of you, your fans will be with you and ALWAYS!"

One fan tweeted: "6 years ago to the day Britney dropped her last body of work "Glory", and shortly after embarked on one of the most difficult chapters of her life: gaining her freedom. Now she has returned to music with a stellar bop alongside another legend, Elton John, we MUST stan. #HoldMeCloser."

Speaking to The Guardian about the song, Sir Elton said: "She sang fantastically. Everyone was saying they don't think she can sing anymore. But I said, she was brilliant when she started so I think she can. And she did it, and I was so thrilled with what she did.

"I am absolutely thrilled to have had the chance to work with Britney Spears. She truly is an icon, one of the all-time great pop stars and she sounds amazing on this record. I love her dearly and am delighted with what we've created together."

Ahead of the track's release, Spears said on Twitter that she was "overwhelmed" about releasing music for the first time in six years with no other than Sir Elton John, who she described as "one of the most classic men of our time."

She told her 55.8 million followers: "Okie dokie...my first song in 6 years !!!! It's pretty damn cool that I'm singing with one of the most classic men of our time ... @eltonofficial !!!! I'm kinda overwhelmed... it's a big deal to me !!! I'm meditating more and learning my space is valuable and precious !!!"

You can listen to "Hold Me Closer" on Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon Music, and more now.