A few weeks ago, Britney was spotted holding a Jive Records labelled CD-R acetate, containing tracks recorded for her new album; a close-up photo of this CD reveals it to include the “Not Final” tag line, found on most internal CD-R acetates, the date 11/14/06. The CD contains 17 track titles and the names of writers/producers, which includes Sean Garrett, Steve Anderson (who co-wrote “Breathe On Me”), Kara DioGuardi (who co-wrote “Brave New Girl”), and what looks like “Lil’ Jon.”
J. Que of songwriting and production team, The Crutch (which consists of Balewa Muhammad, Keri Lynn Hilson, Ezekiel Lewis, J. Que & Candice Nelson) has announced they have recorded two songs with Britney for her forthcoming comeback album, saying “I’m just getting back in town from cutting two records with Britney. Yeah, it was funny because she was on the cover of the NY Post or something like that, coming to the studio. So she was coming up there to cut with us, so that’s what we were working on.” The Clutch have recently worked with Pussycat Dolls and Danity Kane, as well as “Take Me As I Am” with Mary J. Blige and “Red Light” with Usher.
Mary J. Blige has defended Britney Spears over her recent partying, since her split from husband Kevin Federline, saying: “I know that at some point in our lives we’ve had a situation like Britney’s, meaning that we all were with someone we thought loved us and actually didn’t. We make mistakes. I’m looking at Britney as a human just like myself. I messed up big time in my life. I love Britney and I send out all of my prayers and all great energy to her because she’s young and she is going through it. She is going to get through. She is going to come out on the other side real nice I think.”
Britney was seen shopping for CDs, sporting new dark blonde hair, a change from the black hair she has been sporting in the last few days, before heading out to Club Element; pictures of her night out are available here! Britney purchased the DualDisc edition of her album, “In The Zone,” saying to photographers, “I wanna have fun with my fans!” endorsing, a group of Britney fans who are aiming to get “In The Zone” back on Billboard charts.
Britney’s fourth fragrance line will be a shoot-off from her highly successful Fantasy range, entitled Midnight Fantasy, packaged in the same shape and style as the original Fantasy, but in midnight blue. The scent is described as “fruit and floral, with hints of black cherries, plum, orchid and freesia with base notes of musk and amber.” It is due to be launched in the United States in January 2007, with the UK launch following a few months later in April.
Britney has posted a new message on her web site, following photographs of her partying with Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, where she was seen getting into a car without wearing knickers.
“It’s been so long since I’ve been out on the town with friends. It’s also been 2 years since I’ve even celebrated my birthday. Every move I make at this point has been magnified more than I expected, and I probably did take my new found freedom a little too far. Anyway, thank God for Victoria’s Secrets’ new underwear line! I look forward to a new year, new music and a new me. I’m just getting started… Happy Holidays everyone! Britney”