22 November 2006

Britney rumoured to be considering a Las Vegas residency

“Star” magazine reports that Britney is on the verge of negotiating a 20- week, $15 million exclusive performance contract with the Maloof brothers (she has been photographed with George J. Maloof, who hosted her evening out with Paris Hilton, and who was “instrumental” in getting her first marriage annulled) for a Las Vegas residency.

19 November 2006

Britney working with Dr. Luke in Las Vegas

“People” magazine reports that Britney Spears has been working in Las Vegas with Dr. Luke – otherwise known as Lukasz Gottwald (famous for his work on tracks by Kelly Clarkson, The Veronicas, Lady Sovereign, Paris Hilton & P!nk) – mixing tracks for her forthcoming fifth studio album. “Us Weekly” reports that the album could be out “as early as spring.”

13 November 2006

Scott Storch working with Britney

According to reports, whilst Britney is in Miami, she will be working with Scott Storch on tracks for her 5th album, in addition to Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes. Storch is most well-known for his productions on Christina Aguilera’s “Stripped,” Beyonce’s “Dangerously In Love,” and most recently, Paris Hilton’s “Paris.” It is also reported that she is currently being “overseen” (as opposed to formally managed) by her former manager, Larry Rudolph.

10 November 2006

Pharrell Williams working with Britney

Britney, who has been seen in and out of studios in Miami, New York and Los Angeles constantly, even working through the night, is to work with Pharrell Williams of the Neptunes again, after they produced “I’m A Slave 4 U” and “Boys” for her third album. At a Louis Vuitton party in New York City on Thursday night, the producer said, “The stuff I’m about to do is amazing, but I don’t like talking about what I’m about to do. OK, I’m going in with Britney.”

9 November 2006

Kevin Federline planned to divorce Britney

Kevin Federline was speaking to his lawyer about divorcing Britney Spears more than a month before she filed to dissolve their marriage, according to reports. Federline’s right to money is extremely limited because of the prenup agreement he was forced to sign prior to legally marrying Britney; it is believed he will receive 20% of the value of the couple’s Malibu estate, valued at approximately $10million, and spousal support for one year (estimated at less than $250,000). By contesting Britney for custody of their children, it seems Federline is hoping he will be paid off to end the legal battle or get child support; an unlikely outcome, given her choice of divorce lawyer, the esteemed Laura Wasser.

Britney continues working on fifth album

Britney has been seen in and out of studios in New York and Miami, recording tracks to be considered for her fifth studio album, due to be released sometime in 2007. According to a brief sent out by Jive Records to songwriters across the globe, they are looking for “next level pop, urban-flavoured beats with electronica synths.”

Kevin to fight Britney for sole custody

Kevin Federline has responded to Britney’s petition to dissolve their partnership, asking for legal and physical custody of the couple’s children, with visitation rights for Britney. The response, filed on Wednesday by Mark Kaplan, also shows Federline is asking the court to award him spousal support.

“Kevin is prepared to go the distance in order to do what he feels is necessary to protect and safeguard the children and will not be intimidated or dissuaded from pursuit of those goals,” said Michael Sands, spokesman for Federline’s attorney. Hours before Spears’ attorney, Laura Wassey, filed the divorce papers, Federline was seen in Canada, getting a paparazzo to purchase him a $120 pair of trainers.

8 November 2006

Britney socialises with former manager, Larry Rudolph

Just a day after filing legal papers to dissolve her marriage with Kevin Federline, Britney has been seen out and about, ice skating in New York City, accompanied by her former manager, Larry Rudolph, who helped steer Britney to global success. The pair separated professionally in 2004, when their contract expired, amid rumours he disliked Federline.

7 November 2006

Britney files for divorce from Kevin Federline

Britney Spears has filed legal papers to divorce her husband of two years, Kevin Federline, with whom she has two children, Jayden James and Sean Preston. Britney is citing “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for dissolving her marriage to Federline, and is asking for sole legal custody of the two children, with child visitation being granted to Federline, with legal fees to be shared between the couple.

Britney gives the date of separation as yesterday, the same day she made a surprise appearance on David Letterman’s show, and has hired powerhouse celebrity divorce lawyer Laura Wasser, who has represented Nick Lachey, Angelina Jolie and Kiefer Sutherland in the past. The date of marriage is listed as 6th October 2004, following the ceremony on 18th September.