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On the scene: Britney Spears in Las Vegas -- let the 'Piece of Me' residency begin

You can say a lot of things about Britney Spears — but you can’t say she doesn’t work, bitch.

Pulling off a 90-minute, 23-song tour de force is no easy task. And Spears, with the help of a bevy of fantastic backup dancers, fulfilled her promise to her fans at the opening of her Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Friday night to “bring the cheese” — in a good way. To those hoping for some sort of schadenfreude disaster, you won’t find it here; Spears speeds through her hits and some new songs off her latest album, Britney Jean, with great energy, slick choreography, and about four different hairstyles, not to mention the seven costume changes.

The show owes more to Cirque du Soleil and her own ’90s-era videos than it does to Celine Dion, but will it be enough to draw a younger audience to Las Vegas for the next two years? The show opens as Britney descends to the stage from a huge sphere — the first of several high-flying stunts in the 90-minute performance — and launches into ‘Work B**ch,” with Spears clad in a sparkly nude bodysuit, reminiscent of her outfit in 2004’s “Toxic” music video. You can almost make out her six pack from the audience; that is to say, she looks amazing. It takes her a few songs to look completely comfortable on stage, but by the middle of “3” she’s given a brief shoutout to the crowd and gotten in sync, just in time to launch into “… Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again,” clad in black and donning a short brown wig, letting us know this was new Britney revisiting old Britney — we weren’t going to get a red leather body suit or the heart thump dance move tonight.


Britney Spears' new album 'Britney Jean' now streaming on iTunes


Got 36 minutes to spare? Then you have time to listen to Britney Spears’ new album, Britney Jean. The pop star’s eighth studio album and “most personal yet” is now streaming on iTunes a week before its official release.

The stream doesn’t feature any of the bonus tracks that the full CD will have, but along with the songs you’ve already heard, including “Work Bitch” and “Perfume,” there’s “Passenger” (written by Dr. Luke), club bangers like “Tik Tik Boom” and “Til It’s Gone,” and the duet “Chillin’ With You” with Spears’ sister Jamie Lynn. Apparently, their time together “chillin'” includes drinking wine and floating in the sky.

The complete album will be available for download Dec. 3. Britney hasn’t done too much promotion for Britney Jean, probably because she’s getting ready for her upcoming residency in Las Vegas at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

New Britney Spears track 'Alien': Hear it here

If you’re going to record a song called “Alien,” who better to recruit as a producer than William Orbit?

Britney Spears tapped the British producer, who is known for his work with the likes of Madonna and Blur, to helm the newly leaked track from her upcoming December album, Britney Jean. Find the warm, reverb-y track below. (“Work Bitch” this ain’t.)


Britney Spears spritzes fans with new single 'Perfume' -- LISTEN

We often hear the words “Britney Spears” and “Perfume” in the same sentence — the pop princess just released her 13th fragrance last month — but this time, we’re talking about her music: Spears posted her second Britney Jean single, “Perfume,” on her Facebook page Sunday.

Apologies to anyone expecting a scratch-and-sniff confection; “Perfume” is an angsty ballad in the vein of Spears’ “Everytime” or “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know.” She’s using her fragrance to mark her territory, hoping her scent lingers on her man so other ladies will keep their paws off.

Listen to the new track below:

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