31 December 2004

Britney premieres “Mona Lisa” on KIIS FM

Britney appeared on KIIS FM in the USA to premiere a brand new song, which she says will be the first single to be taken from her new album, “Original Doll,” to be released this fall or earlier. She said the album is half completed already, and she hopes to finish it shortly. “Mona Lisa” features some of Britney’s best vocals on record to date against a cabaret style R&B/strings instrumentation, with personal lyrics.
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27 December 2004

Britney named Google’s most-searched for in 2004

“Britney Spears” was the most searched for term on Google in 2004, according to the report issued by the company late last week, with “Paris Hilton” and “Christina Aguilera” coming in second and third places.

22 December 2004

“Do Somethin'” UK video premiere confirmed

MTV UK have informed us that the video for “Do Somethin'” will be premiered in the UK on MTV “TRL” on 7th January 2004, with it expected to air for the first time ever on central European channels in the week before.

17 December 2004

Curious will hit the UK in Spring 2005

Britney’s first fragrance with Elizabeth Arden, “Curious,” one of the biggest selling fragrances in the US this year, will officially hit Europe in Spring 2005, having already launched in Australia.

16 December 2004

“Do Somethin'” video completed

The video for “Do Somethin'” has been filmed and completed, but looks likely to be an international-only release, with no plans to release the track to TV or radio in the USA. The video is expected to premiere in the UK in January for a late February commercial release, but it is unknown if Britney will make any promotional appearances for the track.

15 December 2004

Britney’s homework goes to auction

A childhood book review written by an eight year old Britney – about children’s book Raymond’s Run – is up for auction at Christie’s in New York on 17th December, expected to sell for nearly £600 ($1000). The review contains missed out words and grammatical errors, with a decidedly unimpressed teacher having written ‘proof-read’, ‘messy’ and ‘don’t write on the back’ on the essay, plastering question marks all over it.

14 December 2004

Britney rehearsing for “Do Somethin'” video

After saying at her recent appearance at the Billboard Music Awards, that she was “half and half” on a career break, it appears Britney is shooting/has shot a second music video for a new single from her “Greatest Hits: My Prerogative” album, “Do Somethin’.” “People” magazine USA reported that Britney had been spotted arriving and leaving a dance studio, having started rehearsals for the music video.

9 December 2004

“Toxic” earns Grammy nomination

“Toxic” has been nominated in the Grammy Awards, in the Best Dance Recording category. Britney is up against “Slow” by Kylie Minogue, the Scissor Sisters, Basement Jaxx and the Chemical Brothers.

3 December 2004

Britney to appear at the Billboard awards

Britney will be making a special appearance at the 2004 Billboard awards on 8th December 2004, having received two award nominations. This will be Britney’s first televised public appearance since her knee injury earlier in the year.

23 November 2004

“A letter to mom for Thanksgiving”

This week is Thanksgiving, a time of year to reflect on all of our blessings and everything we are most thankful for. In that respect, I want to dedicate this letter to my mom. It’s 10pm and Kori is sound asleep. Today, for the first time I made a roast with carrots, potatoes, corn and my favorite garlic bread. It was amazing, if I do say so myself! I used my own recipe too.

My feet are really starting to sink into my new home, especially the kitchen. When I was younger, the kitchen was always the room in the house where we would all end up hanging out. Cooking is kind of like motherhood. To be really good at it, you don’t need instructions. You kind of just go on instinct and what feels right.

My mom was the best at everything but she wasn’t a Stepford wife at all. She had her own way of doing things. Some of the women where we are from went to church every week, but also gossiped the entire time they were there. These women also worshiped their husbands in a weird way and talked to their kids as if they were a principal lecturing a student instead of a mother to her child.

Living in a small town can make it so easy to just follow the mold and go along with how everyone else does things. But my mom managed to set her own course and not get corrupted into doing things like all the other women. She would go to church every week like everyone else, but she always looked sexy in her black dress and she was the one all the other women would gossip about. She would come home and put on her size 2 shorts and a bikini top to wash the car & get a tan at the same time, then come inside and manage to make the best chicken dumplings before going on a two mile run and then end the night by making the best chocolate shakes for us before we went to bed.

My mom was and still is a Supermom. She is just so much fun and I think the reason why I relate to her so well is because she’s a young mom. A lot of people think you should wait till you’re older to have kids. I’ve had a career since I was 16, have traveled around the world & back and even kissed Madonna! The only thing I haven’t done so far is experience the closest thing to God and that’s having a baby. I can’t wait!

I thought I would never say this, but I love not working so much! To be a really good mom, I feel your child needs to be your full time job. I want to raise my kids and share all of those precious moments with them and not rely on nannies. Spending time at home over the past few months, I have felt richer than I ever did working all the time. My soul feels rich and that doesn’t have anything to do with money or material things. To feel content, I just need a roof over my head and to be surrounded by the people I love. That’s why I’m dedicating this letter to my mom and all of the moms out there.

What would the world do without you? Mom, thanks for being the best role model – you rock!
Love, B

18 November 2004

Britney wins Best Female Artist at MTV EMAs

Britney has won the Best Female Award at the MTV Europe Music awards for the second time, having previously won the award in 1999. Britney beat Alicia Keys, Avril Lavigne, Beyoncé, and Anastacia to scoop the award, and sent a special pre-recorded video message to the show, thanking fans for their support.

17 November 2004

“Greatest Hits: My Prerogative” debuts at #4 in the USA

“Greatest Hits: My Prerogative” debuts at #4 in the official USA Billboard charts this week, selling 250,000 copies. Eminem debuts at #1, whilst country singers Shania Twain and Toby Keith take the #2 and #3 spots.

15 November 2004

“Greatest Hits: My Prerogative” debuts at #2 in the UK

“Greatest Hits: My Prerogative” debuts at #2 this week in the official UK top 40 album chart, after being outsold on Friday and Saturday by the much hyped album from Eminem, which was released three days early.

The album sold over 115,000 copies in the UK last week, with Eminem selling just over 130,000 to get to #1. Britney’s greatest hits now holds the record for the biggest first week sales for a greatest hits by a female artist ever.

In the official UK top 40 singles chart “My Prerogative” fell four places from #3 to #7.

12 November 2004

“Honeymoon”

A honeymoon at last, to get away from it all
My assistant Fe gave me the call.

I remember it well, as she was smilin’
She said it was called Turtle Island.

I packed my bags light and quick,
Then grabbed my pink dress & favorite lipstick.

We hopped on a plane and took our flight
I slept really well, all through the night.

As we arrive, I turn and look out the door,
People are greeting us right at the shore.

A meal, a shower and some ice cream
Then I threw my man down, you know what I mean!

Magical nights filled with stars
Silence is golden, no running cars.

Private dinners, romantic fires
Little piece of heaven, whatever your heart desires.

Friendly “hellos” and never goodbyes
When you’re having fun, oh, how time flies!

As we sit and prepare to make our part
I thank you, Turtle Island, with all my heart!

7 November 2004

“My Prerogative” debuts at #3 in the UK

Britney debuts at #3 in the official UK top 40 singles chart, with “My Prerogative,” selling 41,500 copies, behind new entries from Eminem and Destiny’s Child. In the Irish singles chart, Britney gets her fourth consecutive #1 debut!

4 November 2004

Britney’s honeymoon letter

I’m just getting back from my honeymoon and it was absolutely breathtaking! This is the happiest I’ve ever been in my life. Unfortunately, we couldn’t take our honeymoon right after the wedding because of the closing on our new house. We are just settling into our new home and it is coming together perfectly. I’m redecorating a lot of things because when we decide to start a family, everything in it needs to be perfecto! I love decorating; it’s very therapeutic for me. I believe your house is a reflection of yourself, so I want everything in mine to be exquisite.
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26 October 2004

“Outrageous” released in Japan

Despite being cancelled in the UK and Europe, “Outrageous” has officially been released in Japan on a 7-track CD. In addition to the album, Murk Space, Junkie XL tribal and Junkie XL dancehall remixes of “Outrageous,” the full Armand Van Helden mix of “Toxic” is included, along with the full Above And Beyond club mix and the Scumfrog Haunted Dub of “Everytime.”

Britney writes letter to fans

Dear Fans

I am going to start writing this column now as often as possible. The reason being is so I can talk directly to you, my fans, who have stuck by me & who continue to support me. Also, I’m not going to be as busy as my Mom. She’s running behind my sister like crazy! I am also going to take some time off to enjoy life. I’ve actually learned to say “No!” With this newly found freedom, it’s like people don’t know how to act around me. Should we talk to her like we did when she was 16 or like the Icon everyone says she is? My prerogative right now is to just chill & let all of the other overexposed blondes on the cover of Us Weekly be your entertainment… GOOD LUCK GIRLS!!
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