“Britney” tracklist revealed

Jive Recording artist Britney Spears will release her 3rd album, “Britney” on 5th November. The first single, “I’m A Slave 4 U,” written and produced by The Neptunes, will impact radio stations worldwide on 24th September. The video, directed by Frances Lawrence, will debut on MTV’s Making The Video in the USA on the same day. Britney  co-wrote 5 of the 12 songs on the album, alongside writers including Max Martin, Justin Timberlake, Wade Robson, Rami and Rodney Jerkins.
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16 September 2001

Britney cancels worldwide promotional trip

Due to the terrorist attacks that happened on 11th September, Britney has cancelled her plans to visit Europe and the UK this week to promote her forthcoming third album. Instead, Britney will stay in Australia, which was first on her list of destinations to promote in, and record interviews and performances for international TV shows from Sydney.

14 September 2001

Britney’s third album to be self-titled

Britney’s forthcoming third album, to be released in the UK on 5th November 2001, will be simply titled, “Britney.” The tracklist for the album is due to be released by Jive Records in the next few weeks.

13 September 2001

Britney signs contract with games company

Britney has signed a contract with THQ to release her own games for Playstation 2, Game Boy Advance and PC. Larry Rudolph, Britney’s co-manager said “Britney’s move into interactive entertainment is a natural extension for the Britney brand.”

“Since the 1999 release of her Baby One More Time album, Britney Spears has become a pop culture icon whose talent and style are coveted across the globe. We are delighted to be working with Britney Brands in bringing one of the biggest names in entertainment to the PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance and PC,” said Jeff Lapin, vice chairman of THQ.

7 September 2001

Britney premieres “I’m A Slave 4 U” at MTV Video Music Awards

Britney has premiered “I’m A Slave 4 U,” the first single to be taken from her forthcoming third album at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards in the USA. Performing live on stage with a boa constrictor snake, Britney brought the jungle inside for the show. The track is due to be released on CD in the UK in October.

31 August 2001

Britney and Justin not engaged

Jive Records have denied that Britney and Justin Timberlake are engaged, following tabloid reports on Friday that said she had accepted a marriage proposal more than a month ago. A spokesperson for Jive said “These rumours have been around for a number of weeks, and began when they were seen to be wearing matching diamond rings. They have already said that they bought the rings purely as a mark of ‘friendship’.”

14 August 2001

Britney’s film debut to be entitled “What Are Friends For”?

According to reports, Britney’s film debut will be entitled “What Are Friends For,” although nothing is official as yet, fuelled by Zomba Films and Filmco registering a web site domain name for the film (whatarefriendsfor.net).

Britney said “it’s untitled. It’s about three girls, the friendship they had when they were young and how they lose it as they get older. My character is like me in some ways. She takes this crazy journey to Los Angeles to find out what she really wants out of life, instead of doing what her dad’s telling her to do.” The film is due to premiere on 1st February 2002 in Europe.

4 August 2001

Third album due on 5th November

Britney’s third studio album will be released on 5th November 5th in the UK and Europe, and a day later in the USA. In addition to Max Martin and Rami, who have worked with Britney on her earlier albums, BT, Rodney Jerkins, Dido and The Neptunes have all worked on tracks for the as-yet-untitled new release.

1 August 2001

The Neptunes working with Britney

Pharrell Williams was recently asked about upcoming exciting projects, and if he would be working with Michael Jackson. After dispelling the rumour, he said he is eager for the world to hear his work with “Britney Spears! It’s cool, man. It’s music. We don’t wanna let the cat out of the bag, but it’s exciting.”

28 July 2001

Britney’s film to be distributed by Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures will distribute the currently untitled feature film featuring pop singer Britney Spears, presented under the MTV Films brand. The project, directed by Tamra Davis, marks Britney’s feature acting debut and is being produced and co-financed by her record Zomba Records and Filmco. Britney came aboard the project in January and began shooting the film in March, with Dan Aykroyd, Kim Cattrall, Taryn Manning and Zoe Saldana rounding out the cast.

Written by Shonda Rhimes, the story is described as “Boys on the Side” meets “Duets.” It’s about three childhood friends who are on different paths by the time they reach high school: One is a virtuous straight-A student (Britney), another is a cheerleader, and the third is a burnout. The trio get together and travel across the country, each for their own personal reasons, but along the way meet a young wannabe musician who persuades them to come to Los Angeles to compete in a music contest. Ann Carli produced the roughly $10 million-budgeted film through her Fuzzy Bunny Prods.

11 July 2001

BT working with Britney

Producer Brian Transeau, better known as BT, who has worked with *NSync on their single, “Pop”, has revealed he is working with Britney on tracks for her upcoming third album, due later this year.  Britney is reportedly co-writing many tracks for the album, working with many new producers in addition to Max Martin and Rami who worked on her previous albums.

3 July 2001

Melissa Etheridge talks about Britney

Melissa Etheridge has spoken about her fondness for Britney in the 5th July  issue of “Rolling Stone” magazine. When asked if she preferred Christina or Britney she responded “Truth? I love Christina’s voice, But I kind of dig Britney’s whole thing. Yep. I really think Christina has great chops. She kind of overdoes it, but that’s what everyone’s into right now. But she’s got a huge voice, and I like listening to it. Yet if a video of hers came on, I’m not that interested in watching it, whereas I will stop in the room and watch a Britney video…

“It’s just like whatever it is in this world right now that she represents that we enjoy, there it is all fresh and young and American and produced. I love her latest one [singing] ‘don’t let me be the last to know!’ With Christina there’s something hidden, and I don’t like to watch it. It makes me feel uncomfortable to watch it. She should go do a rock thing next. Be in a rock band”.

30 June 2001

“A Mother’s Gift” selling well in the UK

Britney Spears’ debut novel, written with her mother Lynne, is selling well in the UK, despite negative reports saying otherwise. “A Mother’s Gift” has sold nearly 10,000 copies in the UK since it was first published in May, according to Boxtree. A spokesperson said “it’s selling very well indeed for a debut novel.” In the USA, the novel achieved a top five spot on The New York Times’ bestselling children’s book list.

21 March 2001

Britney commences work on debut film project

Britney has begun filming her big screen debut, wrapping some of the first scenes in Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Hammond, near to her hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana. The film, which has a working title of “What Are Friends For,” according to the Commission, stars Britney as a model student who reunites with two former friends on a cross-country road trip. Along the way, they meet a would-be musician who persuades them to go to Los Angeles to compete in a musical contest.

Tamra Davis is directing the movie, which has a $10 million budget, relatively low by industry standards. Spokespeople for Britney have been tight-lipped about the project and would not reveal more details, including a potential release date.

25 February 2001

“Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know” released on 26th March

“Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know” will be released on the 26th March in the UK as a 2CD set and cassette. The limited edition CD2 will feature the video, directed by Herb Ritts, as an enhanced feature, whilst all formats will feature remixes of the track.

1 February 2001

Britney shoots video with Herb Ritts in Miami

Britney has teamed up with legendary photographer/director Herb Ritts on the video for the ballad “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know,” her fourth video from her second album. Herb said “Britney just wanted to do something fresh. There was one outfit, no dancing, and that meant that it boiled down to her. She really had to act the song, and she was very impressive. I shot it outside of Miami on an isolated beach. We built a funky beach shack. The story is, pretty much, Britney longing for him to tell her the words. The chemistry between them was great. They got along terrificly.”

The video, which Britney says “was the funnest video I’ve ever done,” will debut on MTV in mid-February, before she jets to Europe to start work on her third album.

14 January 2001

“Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know” to be fourth single

Despite rumours that “When Your Eyes Say It” would be released as the fourth UK single from “Oops!… I Did It Again,” it has been announced that the ballad, “Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know,” written for Britney by Shania Twain and her husband, will be released instead. The video is being shot by Herb Ritts and the song is due to be released on 19th March.