Rodney Jerkins (Darkchild) has announced that he is writing and producing tracks for submission for Britney’s new studio album, due in the Summer of 2010. Darkchild posted, “In the studio writing a sick song with Michaela Shiloh to present to Britney, hope she likes it, it feels like a BIG SMASH!”
Darkchild previously worked with Britney on “Oops!… I Did It Again” and “Britney” as well as having sessions with her for “Circus.” Britney recorded “Telephone,” co-written by Lady GaGa, which was ultimately not finished in time and is now being released as a single with Lady GaGa duetting with Beyonce, following Britney’s management’s denial for her to be featured as a featuring artist.
“The Singles Collection” is out now in the UK, available on three different physical formats – the standard CD, featuring 17 of her biggest hits; a CD+DVD set, featuring the standard CD and a 16-track DVD and a 30-disc deluxe box set, featuring all 29 of her worldwide singles on special 2-track CDs and a DVD featuring 26 music videos.
The album is also available for download including a 23-track set and the opportunity to download the deluxe box set tracks as ‘Digital 45’s’ (2-track singles) or as a complete set.
“The Singles Collection,” which is only available in the USA as a single-disc release featuring 16 of Britney’s biggest hits and her latest #1 single “3,” has debuted at #22 in the US Billboard Top 200 albums. The album becomes one of Britney’s lowest-charting releases to date, and one of the weakest-selling, with just over 26,000 copies sold this week.
Britney’s 29th single “3” charts at #7 this week in the official UK singles chart, becoming her 25th (out of 26 released so far) to chart in the top 20 singles chart and her 20th top 10. The single was downloaded over 42,000 this week.
“3” is now available for purchase in the UK on iTunes here, and Amazon MP3 here. A digital EP will be released on 15th November, featuring remixes by Manhattan Clique, Groove Police and Wolfgang alongside the instrumental.
The video for Britney’s #1 hit single “3” has premiered online. Directed by Diane Martel, the video is Britney’s most minimalist videos to date, seeing her dance and gyrate with a team of fellow dancers. Full story ““3” music video premiere”→
Diane Martel has directed the “3” music video, which is due to premiere in the next few days. She spoke to “Life & Style” magazine saying “I think it’s her next sexy video. It’s a very simple video for her – I don’t think you’ve seen her this much under a magnifying glass. Everything’s really strong and playful. We collaborated on the wardrobe and had meetings about hair and makeup people. We talked a lot on the phone and met Tone and Rich – two of the best choreographers.
“She’s so sweet and funny and so normal and down to earth. It’s really fun as a director to see her in front of the camera. She’s so creative with this stuff. The video is very simple, it’s very, very minimal. So it’s her, her, her. And she’s totally engaging every second. She really knows how to work with a camera and move. “I was really impressed, and I have worked almost with every female artist in the business.”
Madonna has spoken about Britney and the “Human Nature” video segment that was shot for her Sticky & Sweet tour, where she was trapped in an elevator surrounded by cameras.
“Didn’t that explain what I thought? ‘I’m not your bitch, don’t hang your shit on me.’ I just think people should mind their own business and let her grow up. I think everyone goes off the deep end at one time or another, and she, like Michael Jackson, didn’t really have a childhood, so there are some inherent problems. I have a lot of compassion for her, and I hope that she can find balance. I don’t know how bad her meltdown was. One can’t believe everything one reads.”
Britney Spears becomes the first artist in over three years to debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 as “3” opens at the pinnacle of the chart. The song sold approximately 255,000 downloads in its first week of release, propelling it to #1 on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs; the song also jumps 38-25 on the Pop Songs chart and debuts at #49 on Radio Songs/Hot 100 Airplay, which ranks songs based on airplay audience on all radio formats.
“3” is her 3rd Hot 100 #1 following her debut single “…Baby One More Time” and “Womanizer” which topped the chart exactly one year ago this week.
“3” has soared to #1 on iTunes in the USA within less than 16 hours of it being available, topping the 23 hours it took “Womanizer” to hit the top spot last year. The single has also been added to countless stores around Europe for download.
The tracklist and artwork for Britney’s forthcoming “The Singles Collection” box set and regular CD/DVD has been announced. The UK will receive three separate formats of the release; CD, CD/DVD (featuring 15 music videos) and the 30-disc box set, featuring 29 singles with the original artwork. Full story ““The Singles Collection” UK release details announced”→
“3,” Britney’s brand new single written by Max Martin, Johan ‘Shellback’ Schuster and Tiffany Amber, premiered today on US and UK radio, playing on Z100 in the morning before Scott Mills launched the track on his BBC Radio 1 afternoon show. The track will be released in the UK on 16th November 2009.
Jive Records celebrates a decade of Britney Spears with a special anniversary collection entitled “The Singles Collection” this year on 23rd November 2009. The collection will be available as a special 30-disc box set featuring all 29 of Britney’s singles, pressed separately onto individual discs, each backed with a B-side or remix, alongside a special DVD, featuring every single Britney Spears video in chronological order. The box set will also feature a special booklet showing her evolution over the past 10 years.
A standard one-disc edition featuring 17 of her biggest hits and her new single, “3,” which she recently recorded with Max Martin, will also hit stores. “3” will impact radio stations worldwide next Tuesday 29th September 2009 – the track will precede the album collection and will be available as a single independently in the UK the week before the album collection is released on 16th November 2009.
Breaking from the regular “The Circus Starring Britney Spears” set list, Britney performed a cover of Alanis Morissette’s “You Oughta Know” last night at Greensboro, North Carolina, the 11th show of the second North American leg.
Sony Music UK’s official online catalogue has added a retail reference for Britney’s forthcoming album entitled “The Singles Collection (Title To Be Confirmed)” with a catalogue number of 88697 564892 and a release date of 26th October 2009.
Hits Daily Double have also added the release to their USA release schedule for 17th November 2009 entitled “Hits” where they detail that “Circus” sold 505,000 in the first week and has sold over 1,593,000 so far in the USA.
Britney Spears arrived at the Teen Choice Awards 2009 last night to receive the Ultimate Choice award, the highest honour, presented by Miley Cyrus. In her speech Miley proclaimed Britney as “the very first artist to step on stage at the very first Teen Choice Awards, who introduced the world to the show and got the very first award for Choice Single for her classic #1 single, ‘…Baby One More Time’.” Full story “Britney receives Ultimate Choice award”→
Britney will officially attend and appear at the Teen Choice Awards 2009, where she will receive a special award; the “ultimate award” for her outstanding contribution to teen pop culture according to the show’s organisers. She is also nominated for Best Single, Best Tour and Best Female Artist at the ceremony which will be filmed on Sunday 9th August 2009, and shown on Monday 10th August 2009 in the USA.