Britney Spears to release new single, 'Hold It Against Me,' next week

Britney-SpearsImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comPrepare yourselves, Britney Spears fans: She’s about to release a brand-new single called “Hold It Against Me” in just over a week. Sharon Dastur, program director for NYC’s Z100 radio, has heard the new single, and she loves it.

“It’s produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin, and the beat that they give her is really unique compared to other artists — this infectious bass beat beneath the song,” Dastur says in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands tomorrow. “Plus, the hook is just amazing.”

Dastur tells us that “Hold It Against Me” will premiere on Jan. 7, next Friday. It will presumably precede Spears’ seventh studio album, about which little is known aside from a March release date.

Excited yet? Spears doing her thing over an “infectious bass beat” from pop maestros Dr. Luke and Max Martin sounds pretty enticing, no? Let us know if you’re looking forward to hearing “Hold It Against Me.”

Reporting by Leah Greenblatt.

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  • Jonathan

    Can’t wait! I love Gaga, and she is a technically much better singer than Spears, but nothing goes down quite like a good Britney song.

    • Michael

      HELL YES! I can’t wait! LOVE Britney!

    • PN

      I think that Britney smartly waited until the Lady Gaga album and singles cooled down to put out her new single. I think she can still be competitive with Katy Perry and Kesha’s own dance pop singles with her own new single. I hope it doesn’t sound too close to those songs or Lady Gaga’s. And I agree, love Gaga’s hits, but I’m ready for Britney’s single and her upcoming March album!

      • Phil

        Umm Gaga hasn’t released new material since last Fall with the “Monster” EP & pretty much stopped promoting singles back in June when “Alejandro” peaked & is dropping her new single next month & album “Born This Way” probably the week before or after Britney’s new one (IF Gaga’s NYE announcement at midnight tomorrow isn’t the album date, and just the single title, I bet my bottom dollar she will wait til AFTER Britney chooses her release date), so your first statement meakes no sense whatsoever.
        But you do lead me to a very good point in a roundabout way: I did enjoy Ke$ha and Katy’s disposable pop anthems this year, HOWEVER, I am also one to believe the only reason both had so many top 10 hits is because Britney took the year off & wasnt releasing similiar sounding pop radio party songs. There is of course no rational information to prove it, but I definitely stand by that statement.

      • zoey101

        What do you meam???Lady Gaga has a new single coming out in February! Britney doesn’t worry about competing with people she loves making music for her fans!

      • annie

        fyi lady gaga is a man and has nothing on britney spears, her new single will be a great hit and nothing else should stop that. love you britney, unlike your not so loyal fans xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

      • Kevin

        Britney is true, Lady Gaga is a fake, everything she does is for getting attention and known/stay known.
        Listening Britney singing is way better than Gaga, and britney is just way hotter. Although she got pretty fat lately, still hotter than Gaga

      • Cilla

        Britney has not been fat lately. She’s the same size as Gaga but more toned. And Britney is way skinnier than Beyonce.

    • Flip

      So excited!!! Britney is the Queen of Pop and the rest are just imitators.

    • Karly

      Yes but britney is ever so talented! shes an amazing dancer and performer, shes ia a great songwriter, she is a great pianist and she has a very wodnerful distinct and unique voice! plus she is gorgeous! a real pop icon, ever seen the “britney spears live from las vegas” dvd? You should so get it, it wowed me away and even my gaga fan britney hater friend said it was the best show they had ever seen even before the monster ball! she now loves britney LOL, her dancing and performing is just outstanding and her stage presence is phenomenal! she is a true star! Highly recommend :) the production of the show (lights, fireworks etc) is flawless. She is flawless and she looks flawless too! Some bits are pretty cheesy but hey it was the 2000s! xx

    • Kevin

      The music industry needs someone like britney right now, look at all the crap out there, what defines itself as pop, but is actually just bad hip/hop(check the song from em, jay, where they singing about today’s hip/hop), mixed with a hook with bad used synth, which sound like crap, that’s the problem if you hire kids who “produce” music in their bedroom and have no respect for it and the technology there is.

      And about lady gaga, she is overusing her need for antention by doing weird stuff. She maybe wrights her own songs, but that doesn’t neccesarily mean she is better than britney.

      I think britney is a true and honest person, look at all the things happened to her. she could also have just been pretending to be someone else let nothing of her stuff get public and would maybe have sold even more records. But she didn’t.

      Lady Gaga is a fake, i think all her appearances and so forth are fake and just to get known/ stay known. And her songs, there all kinda sound the same.

  • Kath

    “produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin”

    “the beat that they give her is really unique”

    Does not compute

    • jack

      lmao

    • Catlin

      so true

    • Flip

      Actually, Britney’s Martin/Luke songs sound much different from what they give Katy Perry, Ke$sha, etc… Katy Perry could never have pulled off If U Seek Amy.

      • Jonathan

        Amen! It would’ve come off as poohing and desperate. Britney has this aura about her that allows her to do songs that sound like no one else could sing them. Haters can say what they want about her technical singing talent, but Brit has created a persona all her own that can’t be fully imitated by anyone!

      • Jonathan

        *I meant ploying, not poohing

      • MultiPass

        Umm, I think you meant “cloying” sweetie

    • PN

      I think that what Dr. Luke and Max Martin did for Britney will be entirely different from the songs they did for Kesha and Katy Perry. They do songs that fit with what the artist is thinking personally, sonically, mentally in their music.

      • Cilla

        I agree the producers create the artist’s vision. Britney has her own taste and style in music, that is why her music is always different.

  • Douglas

    Gaga is worse Britney will be better than a freaky worst singer who likes to use provocating wear and horrible songs and Gaga sings for gay people.

    • larry9362

      Was that even a sentence?

      • Jonathan

        That’s what I was wondering…

    • wakeforce

      More ESL classes for you, you illegal immigrant!

      • Luis

        Oh, a racist ESL comment, how original!!

      • teresa

        Don’t insult illegal immigrants! They go to the same public schools as you and I.

    • Mark

      “provocating” is the new “refudiate”

      • Jose

        LMAO

    • Michael

      Gaga is original, creates her own stuff, WRITES her own music, and is responsible for all of her own stuff … to say that Britney is a better singer/performer is pretty childish and shows a lack of understanding about what true musical art is. Britney’s talent does not lay within herself, Britney’s talent lies within the army of writers that circle around her.

      • Mikey

        U couldnt be more wrong

      • jake

        first thing morron britney has wrote some of her songs and gaga is not orignal she is just a wannabe maddona and gwen yeah all gaga songs are about sex and makeout with boys and girls it takes a real smart ass to right about that britney is a goddess and very talented and gaga hasnt been ever to take her down like another artist

      • zoey101

        You guys are incorrect Britney has composed alot of her own music!do say something if you don’t know your facts..

      • Karly

        Yes but britney is ever so talented! shes an amazing dancer and performer, shes ia a great songwriter, she is a great pianist and she has a very wodnerful distinct and unique voice! plus she is gorgeous! a real pop icon, ever seen the “britney spears live from las vegas” dvd? You should so get it, it wowed me away and even my gaga fan britney hater friend said it was the best show they had ever seen even before the monster ball! she now loves britney LOL, her dancing and performing is just outstanding and her stage presence is phenomenal! she is a true star! Highly recommend :) the production of the show (lights, fireworks etc) is flawless. She is flawless and she looks flawless too! Some bits are pretty cheesy but hey it was the 2000s! xx plus she has written many songs in her career thank you very much, get the facts right, and she is very musically talented, all of her songs have been classics too! she has a very famous catalogue of music! She has also composed a lot of her songs using the piano and she even plays a little guitar!

      • Rissa

        Britney is not talented. I like her. Don’t get me wrong. We saw her Circus show twice. But Britney Spears is a studio artist. She may have input with her costumes, her sets, her choreography and even her music, but she is not talented. That being said, I’m actually really excited for her to release some new material. I adored her Blackout album.

        I appreciate her voice because it is unique, and when she actually sings, she is right on, but her voice is not an amazing voice (Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, etc.) but it’s a pretty voice.
        Her “writing” abilities are shown on the song 3 which is obviously about a threesome and would be a much better song without the lyrics. :-D

        Lady GaGa is talented as she writes decent music, sounds great live, can play the piano, etc. Whoever said that Britney’s talent lies in the army of people around her … they’re right. She/her parents hired the right people and it worked and it’s still working. I’d rather listen to Britney than Rihanna, Katy, Ke$ha or Taylor.

      • @Rissa

        don’t you ever put Taylor’s name along with rihanna, katy, kesha. I’m not a fan but I know who’s talented or not. taylor owns them.

      • Cilla

        Gaga original??? That show how much you know about true musical art. Please visit a big city like LA or NY so you can have a broader view of music.

    • sarah d

      @Douglas, you could also say that Dianna Ross, Cher, and Madonna sang for gay people. According to their longevity you should hold off complaining for a decade or so cause Gaga will be around for a while.

    • teresa

      Gosh, I’m not gay but I really enjoy Lady Gaga. AND I like Britney’s music too. Isn’t it possible to be a fan of both?? Without being gay or bi or anything. And jeez, I’m 55 years old!

  • Matt

    Who wouldn’t be excited?! I’ve been on the edge of my seat ever since rumors began circulating of a new Britney record, late last year. Britney delivers and keeps me coming back for more. I’m absolutely siked about the new single release. It’s gonna be awesome!

  • Jase

    I’m very excited! Loved her since ’99 and I’m not stopping anytime soon!

    • Nerea

      i’m with you!

      • Duane

        Same here.

  • mark in nyc

    is it going to be about dancing int he club or having sex? or both? the possabilities of a new Brittney song are limitless….well if you count two ideas as limitless.

    • Mike

      This isn’t Gaga we’re talking about. Spears’ last album had 4 singles, “Womanizer” about a man cheating, “Circus” about herself as a performer, “If U Seek Amy” a song about searching for a woman at a party (with obvious double-entendre, yes) and “Radar”, about falling in love with and chasing after a man. Other songs on the album included “My Baby” about her two sons, “Out From Under” about recovering from a breakup, and “Mannequin” about being unaffected by a broken relationship. I don’t think one track on the last album mentioned a club. “Lace & Leather” was very obviously about sex, but listen to a Rihanna or Gaga album and you’ll be hard-pressed to search for any deeper themes.

  • Jay

    I’ve got something to “hold against you” Britney. *wink, wink*

    just close your eyes and come a little closer ;)

    • jack

      LMAO.

  • Josh

    So so excited. No one delivers awesome pop music like miss spears. From Toxic to Slave to Gimme More to Womanizer – she is the ultimate queen of pop. I have no doubt her new single will be amazing and memorable and yet another #1 for the Queen.

    • Jonathan

      Here’s hoping! :)

  • Milo

    Yeah, bring on the new era! Were ready Britney, no other artist gives that ecstatic feeling when I listen to ur music! Can’t wait for the Pop Queen to take the throne in 2011! :)

  • PN

    Great that Britney Spears is releasing a new single! I really want to know how it sounds. She smartly took 2010 off (recording the album) and decides to open 2011 with a bang with her new song!

  • BW

    I agree with everyone. As much as I’m more of a rap and R&B fan, i do love a good pop song, and no one does it better than Britney

  • shelly

    I love britney and gaga i think gaga is better at creating her own stuff and is a better singer. but after all who doesnt get excited for a good ole britney song

  • Sebastion

    Yes i cant wait for the new britney song and album. I wish people would stop comparing her to gaga or anyone else. Gaga came and her style was different and everyone was amazed at it but it will wear off on people soon. She is the true queen of pop.

    • Sebastion

      I meant Britney Is the TRUE queen of pop

      • Kelcie

        If anyones the Queen of Pop, it’s Madonna – the people you all have started flame wars over (Gaga and Britney and the like) all take notes from Madonna.

      • the truth

        Janet Jackson is the Queen of Pop.

  • Justin

    OMFG! I’ve beeen waiting forever for some new britney music! lol I mean i like Gaga but I’ve loved Britney since i was like five so to me she wins all lol. The only thing that really bugs me about GaGa are her little monsters, they take everything so seriously and they try to compare EVERYBODY (Britney, Christina, Ke$ha, etc.) to her and it is really annoying……Love ya Britttt!! Can’t wait for the albummm!!!

  • CAFE456

    SO EXCITED EPIC!!!!!!!!!!!POP PRINCESS!!!!!!!!!ANOTHER #1 HIT!!!!!!!

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