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Britney sings "Something to Talk About"

Britney performed an impromptu live cover version of Bonnie Raitt’s “Something to Talk About” last night at Piece Of Me in Las Vegas.

She said, before performing the song, “So I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, right? This morning I woke up and I was like, ‘There’s a lot of things going on in the world’ and stuff, but basically I looked and I was like, you know what, the press and the media my whole life… you know, it’s really crazy, one minute they tear you down and they’re really horrible, and the next minute you’re on top of the world, you know?I’ve never really spoke about it… I’m a Southern girl, I’m from Louisiana, I’m from the South, and I like to keep it real, so I just want to make sure I keep giving you motherf—ers something to talk about.”


Urban Outfitters announce "...Baby One More Time" LP

Urban Outfitters USA have announced a limited run of 12″ vinyl editions of Britney’s debut album, “…Baby One More Time.”

The album is being pressed to 2500 copies on limited edition pink + white swirl vinyl, featuring the full, original US tracklist:

Tracklisting
1. Baby One More Time
2. (You Drive Me) Crazy
3. Sometimes
4. Soda Pop
5. Born To Make You Happy
6. From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart
7. I Will Be There
8. I Will Still Love You (Duet With Don Philip)
9. Thinkin’ About You
10. E-Mail My Heart
11. The Beat Goes On


Britney talks to the Bangok Post

Britney spoke to the Bangkok Post ahead of her recent shows in Thailand:

Your concert in Bangkok seems long overdue. Was there ever an attempt made to have you perform here before?

It’s been a while since I was last in Asia, I don’t think we’ve ever discussed a show in Bangkok in the past. I’m very excited to perform in Thailand for the first time!

Your fans in Thailand are so excited about your concert! Have you seen the parody version of your Toxic music video by a Thai party organiser which recently went viral? What do you think of it?

I have seen it, and I thought they did a great job!

Is this concert basically an extension of your Vegas residency? Will the audience here in Thailand experience what it would have been like to watch you in Vegas?

Definitely! I wanted to bring a taste of my Vegas show to Asia for the fans that haven’t been able to make it to Vegas.

We’ve seen you as a judge on the American version of X Factor. Are you planning to do it again anytime soon? 

I enjoyed my time on X Factor, but no, I don’t have plans to do anything like it again.

How’s working on the next album going? Any chance it will be released this year?

I’m constantly working on music, but no plans to release anything this year.

You’ve got a Vegas residency until the end of the year and you’re touring Asia. How do you juggle this hectic schedule along with being a mum? Are your kids going along with you on tour? 

It’s hard being away from them, but I make sure we speak at least once a day. They do travel with me when they’re out of school.

Is there anything in particular that you’re looking forward to trying or experiencing in Thailand?

I hear the massages are amazing!

Can you name one artist/band who’s on your collaboration wishlist? Why do you want to work with him/her/them?

Beyonce. She’s so fierce and her music is amazing.

Anything you want to say to your Thai fans?
 
I love you and can’t wait to see you at my shows!


Britney talks to Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot

What’s it like to be Britney Spears?

I’m in denial that I am a celebrity sometimes. My wish is to be private, deep inside, which I am, I believe. Fame is way too much for me, as it’s really hard to grasp its size. When you’re young and in the beginning of your career, it’s understandable when you’ve just stepped into this world. But when you grow up and you look at the industry, you’re like ‘huh? that’s crazy.’ I have moments where I just want to dress up like a normal person and walk in the street. It goes through my mind a lot.

If you could give the 16-year-old Britney one piece of advice, what would it be?

Simply – enjoy the moment. That’s something that’s really hard to understand when you’ve started young in this business.

And that’s something you didn’t do.

Not really. I think I had fun when I was younger. I was a pretty normal girl, a tomboy. But my 20’s were awful. My 30’s are much better for me. I’ve know myself better.

What did you do wrong in your 20’s?

I think I should have given myself more breaks through my career and taken responsibility for my mental health. There were many decisions that were made for me and that I didn’t make myself.

You were “Overprotected”…

Something like that. My life was controlled by many people and that doesn’t really let you be yourself. In that situation, when you’re not in control, the excitement fades and there’s less passion when it comes to music. I wrote that I was lost and didn’t know what to do with myself, back then. I was trying to please everyone around me because that is who I am deep inside. There are moments where I look back and think ‘What the hell was I thinking?’

Like the snake in the “Slave” VMA performance? 

That was pretty scary. Stupid even. I wouldn’t do that again.

When were you the toughest on yourself?

The more exact question is when am I not?

In one of the more memorable moments of your career, you were seen driving with baby Sean on your lap, which turned into world news. You then blamed the paparazzi and confessed that you were very stressed.

Those were the toughest years. I think the paparazzi took the pressure away when I didn’t leave my house for two years.

I asked her if that was her biggest crisis in life, and she replies:
Crisis is a strong word.

Each and every one of us that starts at a young age in the industry has to take into account that you’ve got to have balance in order to stay in it and to manage your personal life. Sometimes that’s very challenging. I think I was very different back then, when I was younger, not always knowing what was good or bad. I was very instinctive. Today I’m at a better place in my life. My kids have shaped my personality and fulfilled me. They’ve made me forget about what was happening to me.

If you could be unknown for a day and not have the paparazzi around, where would you go and what would you do?

If I answer honestly, people would know where to find me. I’ll just tell you that my last Google search was ‘cool beaches to take kids to.’

Is it harder for you in the pop industry that includes names like Beyonce, Rihanna and Taylor Swift?

I don’t see it how you see it, in terms of competition between singers. I think we need to support each other from a place of female empowerment. 

Is it harder for you to create hits compared to when you started?

The musical world is just much more accessible to everyone.

And here she is today, right after her ninth studio album ‘Glory’ that came out last year and sent her touring. On July 3rd she’ll arrive in Tel Aviv for a concert at Hayarkon Park that is expected to host 50,000 people.
I’m very excited to visit Israel for the first time.

And you were not asked to avoid coming by a political group or singer asked you not to come?
I only heard good things about Israel actually.

Our readers chose “Oops!.. I Did It Again,” “…Baby One More Time” and “Born To Make You Happy” as your best hits, do you agree?

I love those songs but I have a few other favourites. And I don’t get tired of any of my songs!

After you lose 3 kg, what’s your guilty pleasure?

It changes, but it’s usually Sunday chocolate.

Not bad. By the way, in Carpool Karaoke you said you were over men. Is that true?

Now that was a joke!


Britney's letter to the LGBTQ community


This is my letter of love to all my LGBTQ fans. Continuously throughout my career, you’ve always been so vocal about what a positive impact I’ve had on you — that I’ve instilled joy, hope and love in you at times when there was none. That my music is an inspiration. That my story gives you hope.

But I have a secret to share with you. You see, it’s actually you that lifts me up. The unwavering loyalty. the lack of judgment. The unapologetic truth. Acceptance! Your stories are what inspire me, bring me joy and make me and my sons strive to be better people.

I love you.
Britney

 


Britney adds more dates to tour

Britney has continued to add to her summer tour, playing in Taipei in Taiwan on 13th June at the Nangang Exhibition Centre.

 


Britney to play in Thailand

In addition to her Israel, Philippines and Japan dates, Britney will play in Thailand this year:


Julia Michaels talks about working with Britney

Julia Michaels has spoken to ‘V’ Magazine about working with Britney, as part of the promotion for her new single, “Issues.”

“Britney is phenomenal. I don’t think people realize how talented she is. She would come in, we would play some chords, and she’d sing the best pop melodies, because they’re so ingrained in her brain at this point, and come up with the concept, sit down with us and make sure the lyrics sounded perfect to the concept, and she’d be like, ‘Cool, I’m gonna go!’ And I was like, ‘Cool! See you later, Britney!’ – she’s the best!”


Piece of Me final dates announced

As reported yesterday, Britney’s record-breaking Las Vegas residency is coming to a close. Britney will return to the AXIS Theater in Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for her final performances from 3rd September to 31st December 2017. Tickets go on sale this week.


Larry Rudolph confirms Piece of Me is ending

Britney Spears is ending her Piece of Me residency at Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood on 31st December, as her contract with Caesars Entertainment expires, her manager Larry Rudolph said today.

Rudolph said her next venue “could be conceivably anywhere, we could have it at the needle on the top of the Stratosphere, and do the bungee jump afterward.”

“We are done with this show, and our next move is undecided. We are still talking with Caesars Entertainment and other interested parties in Las Vegas.”

But that does not mean Brit is finished in Vegas; other venues, including The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, Park Theater and The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel are all in play.

“Anything is possible. We have made zero decisions. We expect a lot of interest from all parties. Britney basically sells out every show, and she loves Las Vegas, she loves performing in Vegas, and Vegas is a possibility going forward.

“She might tour, she might work on a new album. It’s too early to talk specifics about anything.”


Israel's Labour Party postpones election due to Britney concert

The Labour Party Israel has rescheduled one of their party elections because it clashes with Britney’s concert in Tel Aviv. Britney is performing in Hayarkon Park, for the first time ever in Israel, on 3rd July; the event has been deemed so important that the Labour Party, which was due to vote for its new leader on that day, has ended up changing the date.

A party spokesperson told the Times of Israel that, because of the concert, there had been ‘a difficulty in recruiting security guards’ for the election and that moving the date of the primaries would ‘make it easier for people to reach polling stations’. Their statement said: ‘The election date was delayed by one day due to the fact that there is a major event at Hayarkon Park on July 3, 2017.’


Britney adds Japan to tour dates

Britney will play three shows in Japan this June, tickets go on sale on 7th May.


Britney Spears announces Manila concert

Britney Spears is coming to Manila as part of her up-coming summer tour on 15th June.

Britney’s show will be at the Mall of Asia Arena, with tickets to the show going on sale from 5th April at 10am through SMTickets.com. The show will be presented by local clothing brand Bench and concert organizer Wilbros Live. This will be the first time Spears will be visiting the Philippines.


Britney Spears in Israel - confirmed for 3rd July

Britney will play a show in Israel for the first time in her career on 3rd July; Ticketmaster Israel have added the details here.

The show, dubbed “Britney Spears in Israel” will take place at Hayarkon Park, with a stage and layout that replicates her set-up at The Axis, Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas as close as possible.


Britney to tour this Summer

According to reports, Britney will go on tour this summer for the first time since her 2011 Femme Fatale tour, taking in areas and countries she has never visited before. Israeli news agencies are reporting that Britney will hit Tel Aviv this July, with rumours saying she will take in other Asian territories, including the Philippines as well.


Maddie is allowed to leave hospital

Britney has updated fans on her niece’s condition, saying on her social media: “So grateful that Maddie was able to go home today… it’s truly a miracle. Our prayers were heard and they were answered! Thank you so much for all of your love and support this week. My family appreciates it more than you will ever know.”


Piece of Me - August and September 2017 dates

Britney has announced Piece of Me dates for August and September 2017:


Maddie is 'awake and talking'

Britney’s niece, Jamie Lynn Spears’ daughter, Maddie, is ‘awake and talking’ after nearly drowning, according to a statement from the the Spears family representatives.

“With her father, mother and stepfather by her side, Maddie regained consciousness mid-day Tuesday, February 7. The 8-year-old daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears was involved in an ATV accident at a family home Sunday in Kentwood, La. Paramedics resuscitated her and she was airlifted to a local hospital. She is aware of her surroundings and recognizes those family members who have kept a round-the-clock vigil since the accident. Doctors were able to remove the ventilator today and she is awake and talking. Maddie continues to receive oxygen and is being monitored closely but it appears that she has not suffered any neurological consequences from the accident.”

The police report said that on Sunday, Maddie was driving an ATV within view of Jamie Lynn and her husband Jamie Watson when she took a hard right to avoid running over a nearby drainage ditch, causing the vehicle to enter the pond on the property. Within seconds Jamie Lynn, Jamie and other family members reached the pond, dove in and attempted to rescue the child to no avail, as Maddie was trapped and secured by the seatbelt and the ATV’s safety netting. Within two minutes, Acadian Ambulance Services arrived and assisted in freeing her from the cold waters.


Jamie Lynn's daughter injured in accident

Britney’s niece, Maddie, daughter of Jamie Lynn Spears, is reportedly in a critical but stable condition after suffering injuries in an all-terrain vehicle accident in Louisiana.

Britney has posted on Instagram, “‪Need all the wishes and prayers for my niece,” whilst her spokesperson said: “The details the media are reporting surrounding the incident regarding Jamie Lynn’s daughter Maddie are incorrect. Right now, the Spears family asks that everyone respect their privacy during this time and appreciates all the prayers and support for their family.” Britney’s father added, “All I can say is pray for our baby Maddie.”


Britney wins three People's Choice Awards

Britney scored big at the 2017 People’s Choice Awards on Wednesday evening in Los Angeles, winning three awards – Favourite Female Artist (beating Adele, Ariana Grande, Beyonce and Rihanna), Favourite Pop Artist (beating Adele, Ariana Grande, Justin Timberlake and Sia) and Favorite Social Media Celebrity (beating Kim Kardashian, Lady Gaga, Shakira and Stephen Amell).