Britney Spears's "Hold Me Closer" Is Helping Her Make History

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Photo credit: Nicholas Hunt - Getty Images
Photo credit: Nicholas Hunt - Getty Images

Britney Spears may be tiptoeing back into the world of music, but it's almost as if she never left.

The superstar's latest hit, "Hold Me Closer," a collaboration with Elton John—and her first official single in six years—officially entered the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 list this week. The song's latest feat has helped secure Spears as one of the most indelible pop stars of our time, as she's one of only a handful of artists who have earned top-10 Billboard hits in each of the last four consecutive decades ("…Baby One More Time" in the 1990s, "Womanizer" for the 2000s, "Hold It Against Me" in the 2010s, and now "Hold Me Closer" for the 2020s), as well as one of the youngest artists to ever do so.

The dance track marks Spears's first top-10 return to the chart in almost a decade and her first stab at new music since the ending of her 13-year conservatorship helmed by her father, Jamie Spears.

Spears recently spoke out about the song's success on Twitter following its release.

"Hello Sir Elton John we are like No. 1 in 40 countries," she shared . "Holy s—! I'm in the tub right now and I'm about to go have the best day ever and I hope you're well."

John praised Spears's contributions to the track, calling her one of the greatest pop stars of all time in his sweet note.

"I'm thrilled with the response to #HoldMeCloser I wanted to do a fun, happy summer track so was ecstatic when @britneyspears agreed to be a part of it!" he wrote on Twitter. "She truly is an icon, one of the all-time great pop stars & I love her dearly. I hope you all love it!"

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