The Princess of Pop’s new duet with Elton John, “Hold Me Closer,” debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 on Tuesday.
It is Spears’ 14th top 10 song — and her first in nearly a decade.
The “Toxic” singer, 40, and John, 75, released “Hold Me Closer” — a reimagining of the Rocket Man’s classics “Tiny Dancer” and “The One” — on Aug. 26.
The dance track quickly shot to No. 1 on iTunes in over 40 countries and earned praise from critics as well as Spears’ attorney, Mathew Rosengart.
“No one should be surprised that her first foray [since her conservatorship ended] is a smash success,” the former federal prosecutor told Page Six at the time, adding that he was “so very proud” of his client.
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