29 October 2007

“Blackout” released in the UK

“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!

27 October 2007

Larry Rudolph comments on “Blackout”

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!”

26 October 2007

Britney attends closed custody hearing

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.

22 October 2007

“Blackout” receives best reviews of Britney’s career

SonyBMG divisions worldwide have held “Blackout” listening parties today and reviews have begun to come in, giving Britney the best of her career so far. The UK’s “The Times” gives the album 4/5, and says “‘Perfect Lover’ and ‘Toy Soldier’ are quite simply two of the most strangely wonderful tunes to emerge on any record this year – exercises in sonic risk-taking that, until this point, have never hitched themselves to a Britney record.”

Popjustice said “the Britney album is really really incredible. It’s modern sounding and brilliantly produced but still absolutely pop. It’s a really clever album which sounds like a complete body of work and which sounds very 2008, with a subtle sense of humour and a really danceable edge throughout.”

“The New York Daily News” said the album is “fun and full of slammin’ wall-to-wall electro-fuelled club cuts.”

21 October 2007

“Gimme More” enters the UK chart at #3

“Gimme More” has entered the official UK singles chart at #3 today, after 5 days of digital sales, climbing to #1 on iTunes on Friday. The song is Britney’s 19th single in the UK and becomes her 17th top ten hit and her 10th top 3 hit, a tally which includes 5 UK #1 singles. It is the highest new entry this week, and the highest charting song to be available without a physical CD single – the 2-track CD single, featuring the Kaskade radio remix, is available from tomorrow!

18 October 2007

Britney settles car offence charges

Britney has settled her civil ‘hit and run’ case with the owner of the car she accidentally hit in a parking lot in August; the Los Angeles city attorney had filed criminal charges against her for leaving the scene without leaving contact details but these will now be dropped, as she will be giving the car owner $1000 (£500) to cover the cost of the damages and upset caused.

17 October 2007

Britney temporarily loses visitation rights on technicality

Britney has temporarily lost visitation rights with her two children for not providing drug testing nurses with her full contact information in a surprise court hearing arranged by Kevin’s lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan. Britney has been arranging her court-ordered random drug tests herself, and has complied with all other requests of the court.

It has emerged that Britney gave the medical drug test company the contact number of her assistant so that she could be reached at all times, but that cellphone reception in Los Angeles is patchy – a further hearing will be held on 26th October.

15 October 2007

Japan “Blackout” bonus tracks announced

Bonus tracks for the Japanese edition of “Blackout” (due on 2nd November 2007) have been announced. The CD will feature three new studio tracks and a remix, in addition to a bonus booklet, featuring the lyrics in both English and Japanese.

The bonus tracks are “Outta This World,” which was also revealed to feature on the Sony Music Store download in the USA, the Eurythmics-sampling J.R. Rotem production, “Everybody,” the Danja production, “Get Back” and an exclusive bonus remix of “Gimme More” by Paul Oakenfold.

12 October 2007

“Blackout” tracklist announced

SonyBMG have revealed the tracklisting and producers for Britney’s forthcoming album, “Blackout”:
“Gimme More” Danja 4:11
“Piece Of Me” Bloodshy & Avant 3:32
“Radar” Bloodshy & Avant/The Clutch 3:49
“Break The Ice” Danja 3:16
“Heaven On Earth” Kara DioGuardi & Freescha 4:52
“Get Naked (I Got A Plan)” Danja 4:52
“FreakShow” Bloodshy & Avant/The Clutch 2:55
“Toy Soldier” Bloodshy & Avant/Sean Garrett 3:21
“Hot As Ice” Danja 3:16
“Ooh Ooh Baby” Fredwreck & Kara DioGuardi 3:28
“Perfect Lover” Danja 3:02
“Why Should I Be Sad?” Pharrell Williams 3:10
Full story ““Blackout” tracklist announced”

“Blackout” producers chat to MTV

MTV have spoken to some of the writers and producers about their contributions to the album with Keri Hilson, who co-wrote “Break The Ice,” saying “It’s about two people, a girl and a guy, and the girl is saying, ‘You’re a little cold. Let me warm things up and break the ice.'” Danja added “She wanna dance, she wanna dance, she wanna dance. That’s all she want to say. She just wanted high-energy music, and that’s what we did.”
Full story ““Blackout” producers chat to MTV”

11 October 2007

Britney appeals to court regarding custody

Britney has appealed to the court to have overnight visits with her children one week after they ruled she may have monitored visitation, and has won at least one overnight stay with them per week. Britney attended court and testified, but it is as yet unknown what she told Commissioner Scott Gordon, who is overseeing the case.

Britney wore black sunglasses in court, because of a ‘medical condition’, which is reportedly ‘pinkeye’, an inflamattion of the conjunctiva. On leaving court Britney told reporters “I’m good, thank you,” with her lawyer, Sorrell Trope, saying “I consider this a very positive sign for my client. I have every expectation that she will comply with all the orders made by the court. I remain absolutely optimistic that she will eventually regain 50-50 custody.”

10 October 2007

“Blackout” and “Gimme More” releases brought forward

Britney Spears’ fifth album “Blackout” will be released two weeks earlier than planned, due to the phenomenal success of “Gimme More,” and the leaking of unauthorised demo versions online. The new release date for the UK and Ireland is 29th October 2007; the album will be released the day after in the USA and Canada. The release of “Gimme More” has also been brought foward, due to the album release changing, and will now hit iTunes UK from Monday 15th October 2007 with the CD single following the week after.

9 October 2007

Britney passes drug tests

Britney Spears’ current lawyer, Sorrell Trope, has spoken to “People” magazine saying “Britney has passed her random drug tests. There has been more than one, and they have all come up negative.” He also commented on her supervised visits with her children saying “as far as I know there have been no complaints” and summised that the chances of getting 50% custody of her two children, Sean Preston and Jayden James, back are “good, based on the overall circumstances of the case.”