Taking photographs of Britney Spears can earn a paparazzo photographer in excess of £100,000 a year according to Adnan Ghalib, who Britney plucked from the 40 or so photographers stalking her to join her in her hotel, where she spoke to him for hours about her personal life.
“I think she’s awesome, she’s a great person, the people she surrounds herself with have made her how she is.” He admitted, he’d be “lying if he said no,” as to whether her life would improve without the paparazzi attention. “She’s so unpredictable… she is lucrative in that sense… the clip of her admitting to taking a lighter ran for over £20,000. Maybe the only friends she’s going to have that treat her with the respect that she deserves are going to be the photographers that work her 24 hours a day. It’s going to have to be us… I think we are her friends now. Until she tells us to go away.”
A special deluxe edition of “Blackout” is reportedly due to be released on 17th June 2008, according to an internal document detailing new releases from ProMusicae Spain, the official company representing the Spanish recording industry, a coalition of record companies and retail stores nationwide.
The document lists information about forthcoming releases and provisional release dates and features Britney in the SonyBMG section, saying the release will be a “special edition,” including the original critically acclaimed album, alongside 4 new songs, remixes and a DVD documenting the production of ‘the riskiest project of Britney’s career’.
Britney’s 16 year old sister, Jamie Lynn Spears, has confirmed to “OK!” magazine USA that she is 3 months pregnant with her first child and is keeping the baby. The exclusive interview, with both Jamie Lynn and her mother Lynne Spears, reveals her shock over the pregnancy, that the father is Casey Aldridge, who she has been dating for some time following their initial meeting at church and that she took two weeks where she didn’t tell anyone, bar one friend, before she told her parents and friends. Full story “Jamie Lynn Spears confirms pregnancy”→
Amidst rumours that she had to personally ring “OK!” magazine herself to ask for a copy of the interview, Britney Spears has released the following press statement regarding her sister’s pregnancy, saying: “Britney is aware of the news regarding Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy. She wishes her sister nothing but the best and asks for privacy during this time.”
SonyBMG UK have confirmed that the UK release date for the CD single of “Piece Of Me” will be 7th January 2008. The video is due to premiere on TV stations nationwide as early as next week, as it is currently in editing, and is due to be completed very shortly.
Britney Spears has been shooting the music video for “Piece Of Me,” alongside a group of Britney lookalikes. The video is directed by Wayne Isham and was filmed at the Social Hollywood nightclub in Los Angeles. Isham last worked with Britney in 2001 on the video for “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” and described Britney as ‘a beautiful professional’.
According to reports, Britney and her lookalikes, dressed in black trenchcoats and blonde wigs, enter a club, having been stalked by paparazzi, with one sneaking in and eventually being caught by Britney, after she and her friends have some fun inside.
The video for “Piece Of Me,” the official second single from “Blackout,” will be released on 11th January 2008, with the song hitting radio outlets in America on 27th November 2007. The video is due to be filmed next week, with the concept reportedly being Britney in a club in Los Angeles, trying to escape the clutches of swarming paparazzi, who are there at every turn.
Sorrell Trope has issued the following statement to the media, following reports that the judge prohibited Britney from driving her two children around. The statement says “recent aggressive actions by individuals who have followed Ms. Spears and blocked her access, with and without the children, have resulted in her decision to take certain security measures which she hopes will only be necessary temporarily, for the protection of the children. Ms. Spears hopes that she and Mr. Federline will be able to reach an agreement as to all matters concerning their children. She hopes that, by not commenting on court proceedings, the media attention in them will subside, which she requests for the safety and well being of the children.”
A store-exclusive version of “Blackout” is available from Target stores across the USA from Tuesday 13th November, planned to coincide with the original release date. The special Target edition features “Outta This World” as a bonus track, alongside a free ringtone and mobile phone wallpaper.
“Blackout” is officially #1 in the official European album chart, with “Gimme More” at #2 in the official European singles chart. The album entering at #10 in Germany, #2 in France, #4 in Switzerland, #6 in Austria, Italy & Denmark & #14 in the Netherlands.
Lynne Spears says she feels responsible for the way Britney’s life is at the moment, telling “Life & Style” magazine “I wish I’d been there more while she was touring, but I couldn’t be. I had the other kids [Bryan, now 30 & Jamie Lynn, now 16] to look after. I didn’t raise my children to have Hollywood careers. This all just exploded in my face; big dreams became big headaches.”
Billboard have altered the rules of their Top 200 albums chart, denying “Blackout” a #1 debut on the chart. A representative said “in consultation with Nielsen SoundScan, Billboard will now allow exclusive album titles that are only available through one retailer to appear on the Billboard 200 and other Billboard charts, effective with this week’s charts.”
Britney was previously due to enter at #1 with sales of over 290,000, but will now debut at #2 behind The Eagles’ “Long Road Out Of Eden” which sold 711,000 copies, most through Walmart, who had a store-exclusive on the album.
“Blackout” officially becomes Britney’s highest charting studio album since “Oops!… I Did It Again” in 2000, entering the official UK top 75 albums chart at #2 this week and selling 42,000 copies. It also enters straight in at #1 in Ireland, and #3 in Australia.
In the singles chart, “Gimme More” falls one place to #7, selling an additional 22,000 copies this week.
Britney Spears accidentally drove over a police officer’s foot, whilst leaving the custody hearing on 26th October according to reports. Her car, surrounded by around 50 paparazzi photographers, was leaving the courthouse with a female sheriff’s deputy trying to hold back cameramen, standing near the right tyre of her white Mercedez-Benz car; an LAPD spokeswoman said “as Ms. Spears was leaving the courthouse, a deputy was trying to keep cameramen back, and the deputy’s foot was run over. However, this case is closed and appears to have been just an accident.”
Johnny Wright and his company WEG Management, who co-managed Britney Spears alongside Larry Rudolph from 1999 to 2003, have filed a lawsuit against Britney claiming that the payments they are due until February 2008 ceased to be paid from December 2006. Full story “Johnny Wright files lawsuit against Britney”→
“Blackout,” Britney Spears’ fifth studio album, the most critically acclaimed of her career, is officially available in stores across the country now! The album features the top 3 single, “Gimme More,” alongside 11 other brand new tracks, including “Break The Ice,” the touted next single, “Piece Of Me,” “Radar” and “Toy Soldier” all of which have been highlighted as stand-out tracks.
You can also purchase the album with three bonus tracks (“Get Back,” “Everybody” and the Junkie XL dub of “Gimme More”), a digital booklet and the “Gimme More” video on iTunes here for £7.99 or you can buy the CD for £8.98 on Amazon UK here!
Larry Rudolph commented to reporters at a party last night that his working relationship with Britney is not yet over, indicating that the two of them plan to work together again very soon and saying that the door is still open for another go at being her manager.
Rudolph said he is so close to the Spears clan that he talks to Britney’s parents almost daily and says he has nothing but love for the entire family. He added that he thinks her new album, “Blackout” will “do great” adding “I have heard almost all of it!”
Britney Spears and Kevin Federline attended court today for a closed hearing that ended with no decision with regards to custody of their two children, Sean Preston and Jayden James. Sorrell Trope, who represents Britney, said “something has changed, but I can’t say what,” adding that Spears was pleased, and that he ‘left with a favourable feeling’.
Britney arrived in her white Mercedez-Benz convertible, escorted by sheriff’s deputies and wearing a black print dress and cowgirl boots, with her brown hair lightly streaked with blonde highlights. An updated ruling, based on the evidence presented on Friday, which included testimony and argument, is due on Monday or Tuesday of next week, ahead of a further hearing on 26th November 2007.