In the past few weeks, we have lived for the applause, heard a woman roar, and listened to one of the great MCs go berzerk. It’s been an exciting kick off to the fall music season; however, as these recording artists embark on promotion for their current singles and forthcoming album releases, one other act has taken a different marketing approach for her upcoming music. In the process, she has managed to command everyone’s attention and get people talking — or tweeting, as the case may be. The end result has been the eager anticipation of the return of Britney Spears to the realm of pop music.
Although there have been several cryptic posts on Britney’s social media accounts throughout the summer about her new project, things really kicked into overdrive on August 20 when her main website became a blacked-out page that ran the title “All Eyes On Me” across the top along with a countdown timer of days, hours, minutes, and seconds leading up to Tuesday, September 20. Immediately, people began speculating that “All Eyes On Me” was the name of either Spears’s eighth studio album or the title for the first single, which Britney herself tweeted on August 13 was coming “MUCH sooner than you think.”
Since the countdown clock went live, there hasn’t been a lot of information made public about Spears’s new project. No announcements or press releases have been generated by her record label or management team. Britney has also been relatively silent, with the exception of occasional posts about dance rehearsals and working with a vocal coach. Then last Wednesday she took to Twitter and teased that a surprise would be coming this week. The tweet ended with #WERK. (It should be noted that @hannahspears, the Twitter account for Britney’s dog, continued using #WERK in tweets the rest of that day.) Once again, speculation mounted about her new music, and by this past Saturday sources were claiming that her new single was indeed titled “Werk Bitch.” A photo of the artwork for the new single started circulating on Instagram, but I suspect it was creative photoshopping by a die-hard fan. Whether or not “Werk Bitch” is even an actual song that Britney recorded, let alone her upcoming single, remains to be seen.
In a time when people have become over sharers on social media it’s odd when someone does the exact opposite, yet that is exactly what Britney Spears is doing. And this shrouding in mystery is what’s keeping everyone guessing. There’s no gold truck driving across the country. No talk of a smartphone app that will accompany her new album. She luckily hasn’t fallen victim to any of the music leaks that other recording artists have suffered through either. It seems this tactic of not using any tactics is working in her favor. By maintaining both a tight lip and a tight wrap on her project, she is generating more publicity than her peers.
Let’s face it: Britney Spears has helped shape and define pop music for the past fourteen years. We know nothing about what’s coming next, but it seems we are all ready for her return. All eyes on Britney.
Miley Cyrus has opened up and given her first interview since her controversial performances at the 2013 MTV VMAs last week.
“Me and Robin [Thicke,] the whole time said, ‘You know we’re about to make history right now,’” the 20-year-old entertainer said during her interview with MTV.
“What’s amazing is I think now, we’re three days later and people are still talking about it. They’re over thinking it,” Miley said at the time of the interview. “You’re thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. Like, I didn’t even think about it ’cause that’s just me.”
“I don’t pay attention to the negative because I’ve seen this play out so many times,” Miley added, “How many times have we seen this play out in pop music?”
“Madonna‘s done it. Britney‘s done it. Every VMA performance, that’s what you’re looking for; you’re wanting to make history,” she concluded.
Written by Joanna on 31st Jul 2013 and filed under Peers
It’s tough making the transition from family-friendly youngster to an adult in the public eye, something Miley Cyrus – who has been blasted for her latest raunchy video – knows all too well. So who does she call up when she needs some advice and understanding? Britney Spears, of course.
The former Hannah Montana star told The Huffington Post UK her close friend Britney is the “one person in [her] life who gets it”.
The “it” she is referring to (we imagine) is the constant paparazzi intrusion and headlines regarding her personal life, on everything ranging from her new image, to drug use and alleged relationship crises.
Asked whether she thinks she and Britney have shared a similar journey, Miley said: “Everyone goes through a time in their life where they don’t want their picture taken everyday. She just never had that time where she could say ‘I’m going through something right now and need to shut down’.
“I also don’t have that, so it’s good to have that one person in my life who gets it.”
Asked whether Britney has been a role model to her, 20-year-old Miley revealed: “I just think it’s never blaming you or making you feel like ‘you’ve got all this going for you,’ it’s like she knows. Sometimes life just steps in the middle of your career the way life always does for anyone – it’s just ours is a little more 24/7.”
Who knew Britney Spears and Katy Perry have made music together? It turns out Perry actually sings on Spears’ Smurfs 2 song “Ooh La La!,” the “Firework” singer exclusively reveals to E! News.
The catchy pop tune, written by frequent Perry collaborator Bonnie McKee, is played over the end credits of the Smurfs 2 movie. “Me and Bonnie secretly did some background vocals on that song,” Perry told me at today’s LA premiere of the flick. “So maybe listen for our voices.”
Fingers crossed Perry and Brit will do a real duet together soon.”I can’t wait to meet her,” Perry said. Spears was at the premiere rocking a blue dress, with her sons Jaden and Sean in tow.
Written by Joanna on 11th Jun 2013 and filed under Peers
The admiration starts at 11:05.
Britney Spears is the cause of huge admiration and praise among the new generation of female artists including Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Lana del rey, among others, and of course singer Ke$ha is not the exception.
Ke$ha answered questions from her fans and was asked for Britney Spears once again, she said:
“She’s amazing; she’s pop royalty. I remember “Baby One More Time.” Amazing. Video? Amazing. Obsessed. Who’s not obsessed with her? It was such an incredible moment in my career to have one of the biggest icons in the planet sing words I wrote, as a song writer it was a very humbling moment.”
Written by Joanna on 22nd May 2013 and filed under Peers
Cee Lo Green may have just finished a residency at the Colosseum in Las Vegas, but he’s still not about to offer any words of wisdom to Britney Spears about her upcoming Sin City gig at Planet Hollywood.
“She’s a seasoned veteran, you know what I mean,” the returning judge on X Factor said at the Billboard Music Awards. “I don’t know if she needs any of my advice. I need some of hers.”
Meanwhile, Las Vegas show veteran Celine Dion also talked Britney.
“She knows exactly what she needs to do,” said Dion, who is currently recording a new English language album. “She is a hard worker. She’s very talented and you know what, there’s a place for everybody. You just have to make sure you take your seat. You have to make sure you get ready, you prepare yourself, you focus and everybody can do it. She can do it.
“I’m a mom,” she added. “I do my show and I enjoy the moment and I run to my kids. That’s my success.”
Written by Joanna on 18th May 2013 and filed under Peers
Zoe Saldana says she knows the reason why Britney Spears’ star shined so much brighter than other pop stars of her day — and it didn’t have to do with her incredible abs.
The 34-year-old saw the pop starlet in action on the set of “Crossroads,” a 2002 MTV Films-produced flick about three best friends who go on a road trip across the country after high school. Although the movie was panned by a majority of critics, Saldana said it opened her eyes to Spears’ celebrity.
“Britney’s a very beautiful human being,” Saldana told Allure for the magazine’s June 2013 issue. “After I worked with her, I realized that there was a reason why she was the most popular pop artist over so many other pop artists at that time who were more talented, had better voices. And it was because of her heart, her soul.”
Saldana has long been a fan of Spears. In 2011, she told the Daily Beast that she has been on Team Brit Brit since “…Baby One More Time.” Although the two didn’t necessarily become BFFLs while making “Crossroads,” Saldana still gained a respect for her.
“I have so much pride in that,” she said. “I played a character I’d never played before—this little Southern belle—and I got to meet an artist that was at her peak at that time. She had the most amazing energy and was always positive and a very discreet person. We were young, too, and got to make a movie about three friends on a road trip. It was so much fun!”
The “Star Trek” actress isn’t the only celeb to show Spears some love. Before the MTV Movie Awards last month, Selena Gomez revealed Spears inspired her to get a little sexier with her “Come & Get It” performance.
Danja said the following glorious sentences to Muumuse
“I’m with everybody else. I want to make it happen. I’ve been in the studio creating for her. We haven’t got in yet, we’re just collecting songs and creating an energy. There’s been a lot of conversation and a lot of talk. I don’t know when the next [Blackout] is going to be, but I believe there’s going to be another one.”
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