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.
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