In celebration of the 20th anniversary of Britney Spears’ debut studio album, “…Baby One More Time,” which was released on 12 January 12 1999 through Jive Records in the USA, a nostalgia-driven microsite, “Britney OS ’99” launched today here.
The microsite reimagines a Britney Spears fan’s computer desktop in 1999 to interact with a virtual version of Britney Spears by communicating via a retro messaging app. By speaking with “Britney Bot” users are able to send GIFs, make calls and chat to create a shareable playlist that reflects their mood. Fans are rewarded with hidden exclusives, free content and a chance to win prizes by interacting with all areas of “Britney OS ’99”, such as the web browser or documents folder.
Justin Tranter, formerly of Semi Precious Weapons (who supported Lady Gaga on many early tours across the UK and Europe), and who wrote four songs on “Glory,” will serve as the executive producer on Britney’s next full-length release for RCA Records. The album will be her tenth studio effort over a career that spans two decades. Justin said: “I’m beyond excited to be involved.”
Britney’s manager, Larry Rudolph, said: “Everything is on hold right now until Jamie is better. But once he is, she will resume working on the album with Justin. Right now, she’s taking some time off to deal with these family issues.”
Today Britney Spears announced an indefinite work hiatus putting her Britney: Domination launch at Park Theater at the new Park MGM resort in Las Vegas on hold until further notice. Due to her father’s recent life-threatening health issues, she has made the decision to devote all of her time to her family and their efforts to care for her father during his recovery.
“I don’t even know where to start with this, because this is so tough for me to say. I will not be performing my new show Domination. I’ve been looking forward to this show and seeing all of you this year, so doing this breaks my heart. However, it’s important to always put your family first… and that’s the decision I had to make. A couple of months ago, my father was hospitalised and almost died. We’re all so grateful that he came out of it alive, but he still has a long road ahead of him. I had to make the difficult decision to put my full focus and energy on my family at this time. I hope you all can understand. I appreciate your prayers and support for my family during this time. Thank you, and love you all… always.
“I am dedicating my focus and energy to care for my family. We have a very special relationship and I want to be with my family at this time just like they have always been there for me.”
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Twitter abounded with rumours that New York rapper, Rich The Kid, has duetted with Britney on a new song entitled “On It.” Rich The Kid Re-Tweeted the rumour today, fuelling the fire that the gossip is true.