13 May 2014

More Piece of Me show dates announced

Britney ends her sold-out run of Piece of Me dates at Planet Hollywood this Saturday, marking the perfect time to announce the next run of dates from August 2014 through February 2015. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10am PT here. Due to the massive success of Piece of Me to date, there are rumours that the residency will be extended beyond Christmas 2015 and go on for a third year in 2016.

28 April 2014

Michelle Bell and Angela Hunte talk “Original Doll”

Hunter Schwarz of Buzzfeed has been investigating “Original Doll,” Britney’s ‘secret album’ which she mentioned in December 2004 when she premiered a demo of “Mona Lisa” on KIIS FM. Following the premiere, Jive Records denied the album existed and weeks later on “TRL,” Britney herself changed her mind about the album referring to “Chaotic,” her UPN TV show.

In 2003, Britney released “In The Zone,” making it clear she wanted to have more input into her records, particularly songwriting. Michelle Bell first met Britney in 2002 when she was recording with Darkchild, and Britney played “Everytime” to her on the piano, hesitant of playing it to her A&R, Steve Lunt. “She definitely can play the piano, no one really knows that. She said nobody really listens to her. She just wanted somebody to say I believe in you beyond this pop machine. After a while, she sort of trusted me. ‘Look Who’s Talking’ (written in 2002, but later recorded by Korean singer, BoA, and released in 2008) was totally about Justin Timberlake. It was all, ‘let’s not put it all out there’. Britney was like, ‘He’ll know what we mean, but the rest of the world won’t’,” Michelle said. In one line, she remembered, Britney used the word “justify” for its double meaning; “I was true to you, justify my point of view.”
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19 April 2014

“Britney Sounds Off” in “People” magazine

Britney Spears, 32, dishes on getting back to work, getting in shape and cheering on her lil’ sis.

On her Spring Break…
“My time off was a blast! It was probably one of the best breaks I’ve had in a long time. I went to Jamie Lynn’s wedding in New Orleans – I can’t believe my baby sis is all grown up! – and then spent a few days running around on the beach in Hawaii with my boys.”
On her hot bod…
“I feel great, I really do. I’ve been trying to change up my workouts by getting outdoors more. I am channeling my inner athlete, playing a lot of basketball and more recently taking tennis lessons. Serena Williams, watch out!”
On her sexy job…
“Sin City is calling my name! Don’t get me wrong, I love being at home in L.A., but the performer in me is excited to get back into show mode. The dancing, the costumes, my fans singing along to my songs – it’s such a huge adrenaline rush. And I love tying someone up every night during ‘Freakshow’!”

20 March 2014

Piece of Me confirmed for DVD in 2015

Planet Hollywood have officially confirmed that Piece of Me will be released on DVD, saying on Twitter: “The DVD [of] her current Piece of Me show will be on sale after her shows are over, so after 2015.”

22 February 2014

Danja posts Britney #DanjaTBT Video

Nate ‘Danja’ Hills, who worked with Britney on tracks for “Blackout” and “Circus,” as well as being asked to contribute demo tracks for “Britney Jean,” has posted a video of three tracks that were unused after submission.


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19 February 2014

WWD Talk to Marco Morante about Piece of Me Costumes

Marco Morante, the costume designer for Britney’s Piece of Me show, spoke to Women’s Wear Daily Footwear News about his work on the show.

How extensive are the costume changes during the show?
There are 20 songs and seven acts, so Britney changes costumes and shoes seven times. In the end, we made 35 pieces for her, and for the 14 dancers we made more than 250 pieces.

What is your favorite thing about Britney’s Vegas style?
Stylewise, it’s a nice meld between paying homage to iconic moments in her career and modern-day Vegas glitz and glam. During ‘Everytime’, she’s dressed like an angel in a 14-foot dress and floating through the crowd.”

Let’s talk about the footwear. What shoes stand out on stage?
Many of them are customized by me. For the final number in the last act, she wears a customised pair of Balenciaga boots, and she has some personalised wedge sneakers by Nike and Isabel Marant for ‘Perfume’, ‘Boys’ and ‘Me Against the Music’. And she wears heels and wedges made from scratch.

Which shoes are you proudest of making for the show?
The shoes she wears when singing ‘Circus’. They’re a bronze-metallic leather ankle boot, and from the back of the heel to the front of the shoe, there are black-and-white Swarovski crystal stripes.

17 February 2014

“Unbroken” leaks online – listen and lyrics

“Unbroken,” a previously unreleased Britney track has leaked online today, written for “Femme Fatale” by Lindy Robbins and Fraser T. Smith, who worked with Britney on tracks for the album. Fraser T. Smith, who produced the track, confirmed that the leak is an unfinished demo, a ‘work in progress’ that features both Britney and Lindy Robbins on lead vocals.
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15 February 2014

Britney files comments about copyright law to USA government

Government officials in the USA are considering changing copyright law to allow anyone that pays a fee to be allowed to use a song in any way they wish, bypassing the artist. Steven Tyler, who performed with Britney at the 2001 Superbowl, is spearheading a campaign to stop the change, which would remove control over the way a performer’s music is presented to the public.

If changed, the law could allow companies to purchase the rights to use music in advertisements and political campaigns, giving the impression that the performer endorses or approves their product. Joe Walsh of the Eagles stated in his letter, “It denies my rights under the Copyright Act to engage in fair market negotiation with the respect to exploitation of my work.” Britney Spears, Steven Tyler and other musicians share this sentiment and hope their efforts protect their work from unwanted exploitation.

12 February 2014

Britney performs “Alien” in Piece of Me

After changing plans for it to be included in the original setlist, Britney has performed “Alien” for the first time in her Piece of Me show in Las Vegas, replacing “Do Somethin’.” Following “Freakshow,” Britney was handed a handheld microphone by one of her dancers and sat on a stool to perform the first part of the track before singing the track whilst walking around the stage.

4 February 2014

“I Am Britney Jean” now airing on E! UK

E! UK currently have the full, uncut “I Am Britney Jean” on their schedule; the show is unfortunately censored, but includes all of the missing segments that were edited from the ITV’s “I Am Britney Jean: Britney Spears’ Road To Las Vegas.”

The show is due to air on Thursday at 9pm, Friday at 7am, Saturday at 11am and 9pm, Sunday at 4pm and Monday at 8am on E! and E! HD.

2 February 2014

Lady Gaga attends Piece Of Me in Vegas

Lady Gaga visited Britney’s Piece Of Me show in Vegas, telling her fans on LittleMonsters.com (her social networking site), “Me and BritBrit! She looked so gorgeous, the show was so much fun, and her dad gave us the best homemade BBQ, it was one of the best things I’ve ever eatin’ in my LIFE!”
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28 January 2014

“Britney’s Fears” – “Stella” magazine interview

With a new, highly personal album just out and a two-year (extremely lucrative) Las Vegas residency imminent, who can blame the superstar Britney Spears for looking worried? She tells Peter Robinson (of Popjustice) about motherhood, perfectionism, heartbreak – and why she’s feeling the pressure.

“This is scary,” admits Britney Spears, looking mildly alarmed. In an hour, the pop superstar will climb on to a small stage, perch on a stool in front of the worldwide media and numerous record executives, and give “Britney Jean”, her eighth album, its first public airing. She’ll be joined on stage by her producer will.i.am, but the audience will focus on just one person, as she introduces songs, including her new single, “Perfume”, from an album that promises to delve further than ever before into the life of this surprisingly shy icon. “I’m eager for people to hear what I’ve been working on,” she adds. “But I’m so nervous at the same time, because it’s such a personal album for me.”
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25 January 2014

“Now That I Found You” available for USA radio adds

“Now That I Found You” was officially added yesterday to Promo Only OnLine (POOL), a distributor for radio and professional DJs across the USA, allowing them to download the track and add it to their playlists.

The official third single from “Britney Jean” has yet to be announced; Britney previously hinted in “I Am Britney Jean” that “Alien” would be the next single from the album, whilst RCA recently serviced “It Should Be Easy” featuring will.i.am for remixing.

21 January 2014

Marco Marco speaks about Piece of Me costumes

Marco Marco, who designed the costumes for Britney’s Vegas residency, Piece Of Me, has taken part in Out magazine’s Popnography speaking about the costumes he designed for the show.

Did you bring a different twist to the show? Did you add some extra flair because it’s Vegas?
I mean, Vegas is always a good opportunity to make it a little bit more wild. There’re opportunities to be maybe sexier than you would be outside of there, and there’re also opportunities to create outfits that are maybe a little larger than life.
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17 January 2014

Initial box scores for Piece Of Me in

The first Billboard box office scores for Piece of Me at the Axis at Planet Hollywood have been announced; the four dates (27th, 28th, 30th and 31st December 2013) saw Britney play to 17,803 people grossing $2,470,021 (£1,504,274).

17 January 2014

“It Should Be Easy” is not the next single

A representative from Sony Music has confirmed that “It Should Be Easy” featuring will.i.am will not be the third official single from “Britney Jean”; the remixes have been commissioned purely to be used in nightclubs.

14 January 2014

“It Should Be Easy” remixes commissioned

Remixes of “It Should Be Easy” featuring will.i.am have been commissioned and made available to DJs today. The remixes come from Westfunk, Firebeatz, Zoo Station and Greg Cerrone. The official third single from “Britney Jean” is yet to be confirmed.

9 January 2014

Britney wins Favourite Pop Artist

Britney won the award for Favourite Pop Artist at last night’s People’s Choice Awards, attending the event in a Mikael D dress from the designer’s pre-fall 2013 collection.

6 January 2014

Britney to appear at People’s Choice Awards

Britney has been confirmed to appear at the People’s Choice Awards, which will air live this Wednesday on CBS in the USA.

5 January 2014

“Perfume” UK impact date – 27th January

“Perfume” has officially been confirmed as the second single from “Britney Jean” in the UK, with the track being sent to radio and TV this week. The official ‘impact date’ for the single is 27th January 2013.