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Elton John on why he felt the need to put a modern spin to 'Tiny Dancer'

"What I wanted to do was not treat 'Tiny Dancer' as a classic song, but update it into a modern song and use it in a different way," says the rock and roll icon.

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Most classic rock fans will probably shy away from Elton John's latest collaboration with Britney Spears, even if it puts one of his classic hits to use. In an interview with Apple Music, Elton explains why he put a modern spin on his classic 1972 song "Tiny Dancer" in order to guide the recent mega-hit collaboration song with Britney Spears called "Hold Me Closer."

"I wanted to release a happy record," said Elton John to Zane Lowe on Apple Music 1. "After 'Cold Heart,' that's been so successful, I think it would be lovely to release a record that is happy. The world needs happy at the moment, it's all doom and gloom when you'll switch to the radio on the television on and I wanted to put something that was happy out there. And Andrew Watt put the bass part on 'Tiny Dancer' a bit. I suggested the bit, that is the one that goes into 'Tiny Dancer.' And there's a little bit of 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' in there as well. I think the world, what I wanted to do was not treat 'Tiny Dancer' as a classic song, but update it into a modern song and use it in a different way. And that's what melody can do. And luckily enough, I've got enough songs in my pocket to do that. Whether or not I will do another one, I don't know, but this was an idea we had. I think it would be bored with me if I kept doing it."

But the outcome would be better categorized as club music than modern rock.