Britney & Iggy Azalea to perform at the Billboard Music Awards
Britney and Iggy Azalea are heading to the 2015 Billboard Music Awards for the debut TV performance of “Pretty Girls.”
Iggy overturned her self-imposed social media ban earlier this month to tweet how “extremely excited” she was about the release of “Pretty Girls” and that she was “going to perform it.”
The 2015 Billboard Music Awards takes place on Sunday 17th May at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Britney covering “Tom’s Diner” with Giorgio Moroder
The track Britney has covered with Giorgio Moroder for his album has been confirmed to be Suzanne Vega’s “Tom’s Diner.” The track was originally released in 1987 and charted at #58 in the UK, whilst a remix by DNA in 1990 reached #2 and #5 in the USA.
Iggy talks “Pretty Girls”
Iggy Azalea talked about her forthcoming duet with Britney at the iHeartRadio Music Awards 2015, saying: “‘Pretty Girls’ kind of already existed but we changed it a little bit more to fit in with Britney. I just did a verse on it but we don’t know when her album will come out. Then I said “I’ll take the song and put it on my album and she can feature on it.’ Then I got another call that said no wait, she is ready to put the song out. She is ready with an album! So it’s gonna be her first single. I had re-written it a little by then and made it more of a duet so it kind of worked out that it went through all this.
“It worked out because now it’s a true duet. It’s not just me rapping one verse. It’s really us together on the song. We both sing the hook together it’s super cool and fun. I love that it’s worked out this way because it’s going to make for a cooler video.”
“Pretty Girls” featuring Iggy Azalea and co-written by Little Mix
According to reports, Britney’s new single is entitled “Pretty Girls” and features Iggy Azalea, having been co-written by her frequent collaborators, The Invisible Men, and UK girl group Little Mix.
Little Mix previously collaborated with The Invisible Men on their past two albums, and have been writing with them on tracks for their third record, due later this year. A source said: “This is a huge coup for Little Mix. The song is really brilliant but the lyrics just didn’t end up fitting well with their own record. It’s amazing for them that Britney has decided to release it as her comeback single — and perfect timing given they’re about to release their third album. This will really help their profile in America.”
The Invisible Men produced “Fancy” by Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX, a song that Britney says she loves, and the track “Pretty Girls” was recently registered on songwriting site, ASCAP, written by Little Mix (Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnoch, Jade Thirlwall, Perrie Edwards), The Invisible Men (Jason Pebworth, George Astasio, Jon Shave), Maegan Cottone and Iggy Azalea.
Britney talks Vegas to Billboard
After 15 months in Vegas, Britney reflects with Billboard about her Piece of Me show and her new lifestyle.
“Charlie [Ebersol, her new boyfriend] loves it. He comes every weekend, even though he’s flying all over the place. It’s always really nice when he comes. The kids love to see him. It’s great. I feel like our passion for life is pretty much on the same page.”
She stays close when in Vegas, in a “really big, kind of like a big condo. It’s four bedrooms. We have a yard, it’s really nice,” she says, but she doesn’t hit the strip. “I’m not a gambler at all, that’s not something that I’m into at all! Oh my God, I love Sushi Samba, I love Koi. Those are my two favorite sushi places. I could literally go there every day of my life. And I love Sonic – they have Southern sweet tea and everything from Louisiana, so that’s really nice. Actually, I need to start eating at more places this year. I stick to my two restaurants and I need to branch out a little bit.”
Britney originally thought about Vegas in 2003, after she finished the Dream Within A Dream tour – she visited Celine Dion’s show, saying, “I remember coming here, and I stayed with a friend at Celine’s house, and I remember how beautiful it was. Just the set-up and everything was just really cool, low-key, and her dressing room was great. I was actually jealous, like, “Oh my gosh, she gets to be in one place all the time.’ And I just thought, ever since then, that everything really clicked.”
“‘Toxic’ is my favourite part of the show – I get rained on and it wakes me up – and I’m able to really give more because I’ve just had this shower onstage. It’s actually really fun, I jump off of a tree and it’s kind of exciting.”
Britney talks 9th album to Billboard
Britney has performed nearly 100 shows at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas since the release of her eighth studio album, 2013’s “Britney Jean,” but has admitted other priorities are overtaking that of her 9th album so far.
“I’m gonna do a new album slowly but surely. There’s a lot going on with my kids and schools and, you know, adding new sports and stuff like that. I’m gonna try to do my best to do an amazing album, but it’s not my full priority right now. Kids can drive you crazy!”
“Right now we’re just concentrating on putting out a few great singles as they come. We’re not really talking seriously about a new album yet. Albums just aren’t as important in the digital age as they used to be. Britney will get to one eventually, but not right now,” added her manager Larry Rudolph.
Britney talks to Pauly D.
Britney has taken part in a new interview with Pauly D. for Extra TV talking about Charlie, her upcoming collaboration with Iggy Azalea (“it’s really exciting, it’s very cool – I saw her song on TV and I was like a kid in a candy store, I was like I love Iggy, I love that video, I wanna work with her!”) and the charity event she attended in conjunction with the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation.
Giorgio Moroder talks Birntye collaboration
Giorgio Moroder has spoken to Popjustice about his collaboration with Britney for his new album, where they have recorded a cover version of a well-known classic, which is being kept secret from the general public for now.
Giorgio said: “HOW DID YOU KNOW [what song we recorded]? Britney wanted that song. Where did you hear it? I mean as long as I didn’t tell you, it’ll be fine. I don’t want to get in trouble! But yes, she didn’t call me, she called my management and said, “do you think Giorgio’s interested in doing that song?” I mean it’s a great song. I came up with the chords, I added some stuff that’s not on the original – a bridge, for instance. It’s more than just a remake. Then she called me and wanted me to go to the studio to record it, but I was on a plane to Europe so I didn’t record her vocals [in person]. But she’s coming back, hopefully in the next few days, to record that bridge that I did. I added quite a lot of stuff actually – one melody in the chorus, which repeats, and one bridge. It’s old, but I consider it a new song. I’m sure if Britney wasn’t happy with it, I’d know! On the first mix I sent her, she had some comments, which I agreed. That was a song which a lot of musicians worked independently on – I had my version, which I did with Patrick Jordan-Patrikios, my co-producer, but I was not happy with myself. So I gave it to a group of guys in Germany, then I wasn’t sure, so I gave it to another musician I liked, and then finally I got everything together and put it together. It’s like a worldwide-connected internet song! But I’m going to see her soon, and I hope she finds time to do it! If she can’t sing that bridge, I’ll have to take it out.”
Lidl UK launch Britney haircare range
Lidl UK have officially launched Britney’s haircare range, Britney Spears Professional Haircare, today, with a range of products including:
– hairdryer £9.99
– hair straighteners £9.99
– mini hair straighteners £4.99
– hairbrushes £1.99 each
– hot air styler £9.99
– multi-function styler £11.99 each
All of the products come with a three year guarantee.
Britney featuring Iggy Azalea to be released in early 2015
Iggy Azalea has confirmed that Britney’s new single will be out early next year, during an interview at Kiss 108’s Jingle Ball. Although Iggy has recorded a rap for the track, she has never met Britney and will be going to Vegas to watch the Piece Of Me show over the new year; “We have a song that’s going to be her first single coming out next year, it’s awesome – she said she would like to work with me in an interview and they kind of reached out and we recorded a few different things and one of those just ended up just being I think undeniably great. Hopefully everybody will get to hear it the beginning of next year.” Britney’s guest feature for Giorgio Moroder’s album will be also be released in early 2015, having already been played to select journalists, currently slated for March.
Britney to appear on Giorgio Moroder album
Synth-pop pioneer Giorgio Moroder is returning with his first original artist album in 30 years. “74 Is The New 24″ is due out in Spring 2015 featuring contributions from Britney Spears, Sia, Charli XCX, Kylie Minogue, Mikky Ekko, Foxes and Matthew Koma, among others.
Moroder is responsible for dozens of iconic hits from the past four decades including Donna Summer’s “I Feel Love.”
Britney talks Vegas, celebrities and more on #BritneyDay
Britney spoke about her Vegas show and how nervous she gets when celebrities come to see her Piece Of Me show, saying, “I think Jennifer Lopez came to one of the shows a couple of weeks ago and I was extremely nervous.”
Jennifer is rumoured to be headlining a similar residency at Planet Hollywood during Britney’s off weeks; Britney said: “I would say it’s an ideal situation to be here in Vegas and have a show. It’s like a breath of fresh air. It’s like a dream come true for me, seriously. I’m in one location. I get to go back and forth. It’s amazing and it’s good for the kids too.”
Britney confirms she is dating Charlie Ebersol
Britney has confirmed she is dating producer and writer Charlie Ebersol, the son of former NBC exec and co-founder of ‘Saturday Night Live’, Dick Ebersol, saying it’s true but “it’s very new.”
“Oops!… I Did It Again” holds USA first week sales record
Earlier this week, industry insiders said sales reports indicated that Taylor Swift’s new album, “1989,” would outsell Britney’s “Oops!… I Did It Again” in its first week to become the fastest selling album in the USA. Official sales reports have declared that “1989,” executive produced by Max Martin, who also wrote and produced most of Britney’s 2000 album, has sold 1.287million copies in the first week, failing to break Britney’s 1.31million and therefore Britney continues to hold the record that she has held for 14 years. “1989” is only the 19th album to sell more than a million copies in a week since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.
When Britney found out she said, “I had no idea that that was even the case, so that’s really cool! It’s really phenomenal!. I’ll just have to toot my own horn!”
Las Vegas celebrates #BritneyDay
Las Vegas celebrated #BritneyDay yesterday, 5th November, with an elaborate event at the LINQ Promenade. At the event, Britney was presented with a ‘Key to the City of Las Vegas’ iconic Strip’, a rare and prestigious honour. The event kicked off with a dozen showgirls elaborately dressed dancing to “Toxic,” as they winded down to reveal Britney from a cluster of large feathers.
Britney said: “Thank you Commissioner Sisolak for that amazing introduction and thank you Las Vegas for welcoming me with open arms and being so supportive of me and the show. I’m honoured to receive the ‘Key to the City’s iconic Strip’, and I’m thrilled that today has been declared #BritneyDay.
Most importantly, I want to thank my fans who have been with me every step of the way. A special shoutout to all the ‘Britney’s’ for coming out and celebrating with me today. This is our day and I consider this city my second home and want to give back to it, so I’m teaming up with Zappos and the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation to help the children and families of Las Vegas.”
“The Essential Britney Spears” UK release set for 30th October
“The Essential Britney Spears” will be released in the UK and Europe on 30th October 2014; the two disc set features 32 of Britney’s USA hit singles, including “From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart” instead of “Born To Make You Happy,” and was originally released in August 2013, before being immediately deleted due to the impending release of “Britney Jean” and reprinted and reissued earlier this year.
The UK edition features a revised front cover, fitting in with all European ‘The Essential’ artwork, but the same tracklist as the USA edition.
Bild interviews Britney
Bill spoke to Britney, whilst she was promoting The Intimate Britney Spears in Germany about music, fashion, her future aspirations and more.
Which do you prefer to make: music or fashion?
Music, but I have a shopping addiction – I buy so much I should commit to a shopping rehab, and I’m not exaggerating when I say that!
Do you regret anything from your past?
I feel good, regardless of the past. I have been here 33 years and have two wonderful children. I am now more aware of my actions and decisions; I have become more cautious compared to the past.
Do you ever look at photo albums from when you were a child?
Sometimes – my mom keeps a photo album of when I was a child.
How do you explain your career to your children?
I tell them that mommy is a singer, a pop star who wants to entertain people and make them happy. If my kids want to do something more straightforward, then they should do this. I would recommend that they become doctors or lawyers – my job is difficult, with negative people, so I am not sure I’d recommend it to them. If anyone wants to follow my line of work, they have to be very confident and strong-willed.
How long do you want to stay in music?
I’d say another 10 years. I hope to get married and have more children soon, but I have not found the right guy. Everything happens for a reason and that’s a good thing – I do not regret anything.
Britney talks to Richard on “Good Morning Britain”
Britney confirms Vegas residency extension
Britney has confirmed she will be performing Piece of Me in Las Vegas until 2017, telling Good Morning Britain that the residency has been extended by a further two years giving her consistency and grounding. She said: “The way I used to travel all around the world and do a different show every night, I’m like, ‘How did I do it?!’ Promotion is a different story, and going to a different city every day, like what I’m doing now, it’s really hard. But being based in Vegas and having one show that you just keep going back to, the consistency of that is really grounding and really cool.”
Britney talks to Bunte in Germany
Britney is now in Germany, promoting the Intimate Britney Spears, on her whirlwind European promotional tour. She showcased her new haircut, telling Bunte that she’s “been wanting to do this for a year now – last night I got my hairdresser and I was like ‘Glenn! Please cut my hair! Just cut it all off!’ He was like ‘Are you sure? Do you really want to do this?’ So we did it!” and that she would love to be pregnant again.