“Rolling Stone” magazine have named “Glory” the 5th best pop album of 2016, just behind the Monkees, Tove Lo, Rihanna and the 1975.
On “Glory,” they said: “After 2013’s more personal, though often tepid, Britney Jean, Britney Spears’ Glory felt like a breath of fresh electro-pop air. A star-studded array of pop’s strongest producers and writers – including Julia Michaels, Justin Tranter, Cashmere Cat, BloodPop and more – helped elevate the LP to the levels of dance perfection seen on 2007’s Blackout. Single “Make Me” allows Spears to thrive at her coo-iest, and she shines as a Eurotrash sex robot on the electric “Do You Wanna Come Over?” Even the softer moments like the sweeping “Just Luv Me” and the whisper-y “Better” have Spears at her liveliest in years.”
It’s roughly one hour before Britney Spears will take the stage for another performance of her hit Las Vegas show, Britney: Piece of Me, when she smiles and leaps out of a chair. Hair and makeup complete, Britney’s ready. But first, the pop star makes a beeline to a small area backstage where she meets with anywhere from two to three dozen eager fans. As she poses for pictures and greets each of them, another sellout crowd is making its way into The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino. Photos complete, she runs back to her green room to dress for her opening number, Work Bitch.
It all happens in what seems like a flash. For Britney, it’s a routine she’s perfected over the past couple years. In fact, when it comes to green-room demands, Britney is rather easy. The girl from Kentwood, Louisiana simply requires some sweet iced tea, a few candles (she says they calm her nerves) and a CD player. “Yes, I still use CDs,” she admits, then adds. “Believe it or not, I still do get a bit nervous before I go onstage. But once the show starts and I hear the roar of the crowd, I’m totally energized.”
Now entering its third year, Britney: Piece of Me, has become one of the city’s top-selling, and most talked about, shows. “Vegas has really been a fabulous experience for me. I say it all the time, it’s become like a second home,” Britney explains. “I love everything about it.”
Extra’s Mario Lopez met with Britney Spears as she got ready to raise money doing a charity ride for Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation. She spoke about the charity ride, meeting Hilary Clinton and Bill Clinton, and her new single, “Slumber Party,” with Tinashe. She said the video is “kind of a younger ‘Eyes Wide Shut’ theme – it’s kind of a little risqué. It’s sexy. It’s very moody.”
Britney has revealed the director of the “Slumber Party” video, featuring Tinashe, is Colin Tilley; this is the first time they have worked together, with his previous video credits including Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda,” Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now,” Fergie’s “M.I.L.F. Money,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” Jason Derulo’s “Want To Want Me” and Justin Bieber’s “Confident.”
Britney appeared on tonight’s edition of The Jonathan Ross Show, talking about her life growing up, the Mickey Mouse Club and how much fun it was, performing her show in Vegas (and how her boys have only seen half the show, whereas her niece sees the whole thing and is amazed by the quick change), running to keep fit (even though she hates it!) and Rihanna’s VMA outfit (“fuckin’ dope”). Parts of the chat were edited, including Britney talking about “Glory,” the recording process and being in a conservatorship; however, she took part in ‘Spears Pong’, where she kissed Alexander Skarsgård, hit Jonathan Ross and sang a line of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” on helium.