Katy Perry and rapper Riff Raff attended the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards dressed in outfits that Katy said were a tribute to the coordinated-denim bonanza Britney Spears and then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake wore to the 2001 American Music Awards. READ FULL STORY
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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 Jean' nets Britney Spears her worst opening week ever; Garth Brooks and Duck Dynasty carry on
When her Las Vegas residency begins at the end of the month, Britney Spears should probably stay away from the roulette wheel, because numbers are not her friend at the moment.
Spears’ new album Britney Jean arrived this week, moving only 107,000 copies for a fourth-place finish on the Billboard 200. It’s the weakest opening week in Spears’ career, both by hard sales numbers and chart position (previously, her slowest sales week was the opening frame of her debut …Baby One More Time, which tallied 121,000 copies).
The numbers for Britney Jean are also a giant drop-off from the opening week of her previous album, 2011’s Femme Fatale, which sold 276,000 copies in its first week. It’ll be interesting to track Britney Jean moving into 2014, as she may get a bump from the just-released video for the single “Perfume” and another once her Vegas show gets rolling.
Britney had to dive out of the way of Garth Brooks, whose Blame It On My Roots: Five Decades of Influences took the number one spot on the chart this week. In its second full week of release, the WalMart-exclusive box set (containing six CDs, two DVDs, and retailing for around 25 bucks) sold 146,000 copies. Brooks is now tied for fourth place all-time for number one albums with nine (same as Barbra Streisand and the Rolling Stones). He trails the Beatles (19), Jay Z (13), Bruce Springsteen and Elvis Presley (both with 10). Expect Blame It On My Roots to stay strong during the holiday season. READ FULL STORY
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.)
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This morning, Britney Spears released the full song roster for her upcoming Britney Jean, due Dec. 3 — including the two singles already released, “Work Bitch” and “Perfume.” Also on board? Longtime collaborator and chief Pea Will.i.am, rapper T.I., and Britney’s baby sister Jamie Lynn.
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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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Lady Gaga connects with fans by tweeting, Sinead O’Connor types long open letters, Miley Cyrus sends messages via twerk. But Britney Spears, she’s old-fashioned — she communicates with the people using pen and paper (and her official site).
In a handwritten message posted online today, Spears assures fans that her upcoming album Britney Jean will be “my most personal record yet… I want to show you the different sides of Britney Spears. I am a performer. I am a Mom. I am funny. I am your friend! I am Britney Jean.”
The singer also unveiled the album’s cover art, which features a neon heart on a gray Britney. You can take a look at that above, and then read her full letter below: READ FULL STORY
Perhaps it’s just the nature of the cycles of pop music, but doesn’t it seem like Britney Spears has been gone for a while? Her last album Femme Fatale came out in 2011, but for some reason it seems like she’s been missing in action for twice that time.
Regardless, Brit is back with a vengeance. Her new album’s first single and video “Work Bitch” has already dropped, and yesterday she revealed that the new collection, which will be out December 3, is called Britney Jean.
Before you go assuming that she’s making some sort of awesome meta-allusion to Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” just know that “Jean” is actually Spears’ given middle name. “It’s a personal album, and all my family, they all call me Britney Jean, it’s like a term of endearment, and I just wanted to share that with my fans,” she told London’s Capital FM yesterday.
Other details are relatively scarce, though we do know that Will.i.am is serving as executive producer and that “Work Bitch” doesn’t necessarily represent the album as a whole. “That song is a reflection of Britney moreso than the album,” Will told Billboard. “The album is what the album is, but we felt that song needed to come out to keep the foundation on what Britney represents. But it shouldn’t reflect the album—an album is a body of work as a collective. If we had to pick a song like, ‘Oh, what song fits every color of the record,’ you shouldn’t do that… We felt that song represents ‘Piece of Me,’ that Britney oomph.”
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