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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
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!”
“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.”
“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.
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.
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).
“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.
“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.
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.
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.
“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.
“I Am Britney Jean” on ITV2 tomorrow
ITV2 and ITV2 HD will air the full, unedited 90minute version of “I Am Britney Jean: Britney Spears’ Road to Las Vegas” tomorrow, Sunday 5th January, at 10pm. The show will start on ITV2+1 an hour later at 10pm. The show will also be repeated on Saturday 18th January at 1:30am on ITV2 and ITV2 HD and at 2:30am on ITV2+1.
USA Today speaks to Britney: “It’s in my blood to perform”
Britney spoke to “USA Today” backstage at Planet Hollywood, after rehearsing her Piece of Me show. “I didn’t sleep last night because I’m excited, But today I’m dying. I feel like I’m drunk, I’m so tired, you know? It’s in my blood to perform. I’m a hometown girl, and my personality at home is the opposite of the performer in me. But then, when I’m home and haven’t done anything for a while, I get really itchy and nervous and weird-feeling. Performing is my therapy, to become different people onstage. It gives me confidence. I don’t have that much confidence in myself. But when I’m onstage, it’s my alter ego, and it kind of does adjust my personality.”
Happy New Year – 2014
Capital FM Tweet about UK residency rumour
Rumours that Britney will bring Piece of Me to the UK for a mini-residency/tour in June/July 2014 have been circulating since Britney came to the UK to promote in October this year. Capital FM’s Max has confirmed that Britney told him that she is “hopefully planning to tour the UK next year!”
The current incarnation of the show has been specifically designed to fit in the refurbished Axis theatre at Planet Hollywood; a scaled-down version is most likely to be transported to Europe with alternate staging that can fit in generic arenas. Britney’s Planet Hollywood contract means she is exclusive to their venue for North America, allowing her to perform in all other global areas.