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|New Britney Clip Has Flying Hummer, More Underwear Dancing
Britney Spears wanted control of her career, and she got it. The result? Her latest video, which she co-directed, features the singer playing air guitar in her underwear, singing in a faux girl band, and flying a pink Hummer through the clouds.
Spears said she had more of a hand in "Do Somethin' " than any other video she's made, as she "even came up with all the choreography and styled the entire shoot myself using Juicy Couture clothing". "Do Somethin'," which won't be serviced to U.S. video channels, was slated to premiere in the U.K. this Friday, but fans around the world are already watching it thanks to an online leak.
In it, Spears wears a pink midriff T-shirt reading "Love Boat" and a pink capelet, making her way to a club called Hole in the Wall with her four blond bandmates via the flying pink Hummer and singing, "Somebody give me my truck/ So I can ride on the clouds/ ... Somebody pass my guitar/ So I can look like a star." En route, they whip their hair in sync to the beat as Spears puts the car on autopilot. Once they arrive, Spears and crew head for the dance floor, where she exhorts the crowd, "Get up out of your seat/ Why don't you do something?"
After a few dance moves, including one where her band pushes her around in a chair, Spears and the girls make for the stage and rock out a bit. Interspersed throughout the video are shots of Spears performing in black underwear and a white mini fur coat, as if she were shot in a separate room and is just being flashed on a screen เ la "My Prerogative." But when her band starts performing, the in-her-undies Spears' response is to play air guitar.
Spears has described the video as "cute," which might explain why she goes back and forth between trying to look sexy and then goofy. She breaks from serious vamp poses to mug dorky grins and roll her eyes at the camera, even when she's in her underwear. Her answer to the incongruity might also be found in the song: "I see ya looking over here/ Can't you tell I'm having fun?"
|Britney Clarifies: I'm Taking A Break From Being Told What To Do
Britney Spears fans might wonder what happened to the singer's pledge to take some time off and she's got the answer.
In her latest online letter to fans, Spears clarifies her original missives and talks up her latest projects which include co-directing her next video and plans to write and direct a musical.
"I think I should rephrase myself from my previous letters when I was talking about taking a 'break,' " Spears wrote, referring to letters posted October 15 and November 4. "What I meant was I am taking a break from being told what to do. ... It's cool when you look at someone and don't know whether they are at work or play since it's all the same to them. The things I've been doing for work lately have been so much fun, because it's not like work to me anymore. I've been even more 'hands on' in my management and the business side of things, and I feel more in control than ever."
Part of that sense of control, she said, comes from fighting her record label to commission a video for "Do Somethin'," one of the new tracks on her recent career retrospective, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative. Ultimately she won, but she said she was "a little disappointed" that she had to convince her label "that making this video was the right thing to do at this time" (right now, the clip is slated to air only in overseas markets).
Though she didn't disclose the concept for the "Do Somethin' " video, she described the clip as "cute." She might have also described it as hectic since it was shot "in a record-breaking five hours." That wasn't the only pressure added, though. Spears played multiple behind-the-scenes roles co-directing, handling styling and arranging dance steps. Her directing partner was Bille Woodruff, whom she described as "young" and "hungry," despite the fact that his credits include the forthcoming film "Beauty Shop" as well as 2003's "Honey" and a long list of music videos including Nelly's "Hot in Herre," Fat Joe featuring Ashanti's "What's Luv?" and R. Kelly's "The World's Greatest," as well as Spears' own "Born to Make You Happy."
"He had no ego whatsoever, and the whole process was just so much fun," she wrote. "I even came up with all the choreography and styled the entire shoot myself using Juicy Couture clothing. ... I think everything came out great."
Most importantly, she said, co-directing the video gave her a taste for working behind the scenes, which she said she now hopes to do more of "in the near future." That's why she's been writing a musical that she'd like to also direct, called "Hollywood," which "makes fun of the whole Hollywood scene."
"After doing about 20 videos, it gets kind of boring playing the same role," she wrote. "I feel like being behind the camera is sometimes more satisfying than being in front of it."
|Britney Spears New Song On Radio Station
Just weeks after Britney Spears announced that she was taking an extended break from her career to focus on her family, she's plunging into work on a new album. A spokesperson from Jive Records confirmed that Spears is in the "very early" stages of working on an album, which is not yet on the label's release schedule.
In a surprise visit, Spears played a rough mix of a song from the album Thursday night on KIIS-FM in Los Angeles to get some fan reaction. "We got a call on the request line from Britney Spears saying she wanted to come by and play her new song," KIIS-FM music director Julie Pilat said. "Then she showed up and world-premiered her new song," which is called "Mona Lisa."
"It definitely has the raw thing going on it," Spears said during her station visit. "I recorded this song when I was on tour, right before I hurt my knee. It was done, I think, four or five months ago. My band, we didn't use ProTools or anything with it. It's all live. There's a lot of stuff you can do to make it better. It's going to get better. It will get better this is a really, really rough mix."
Spears dedicated the song a slinky, midtempo number with a descending synth line that recalls 'NSYNC's "It's Gonna Be Me" to all the "legends and icons out there." The song's lyrics begin, "Ladies and gentlemen, I've got a story to tell/ About Mona Lisa, and how she suddenly fell/ See, everyone knew her, they knew her so well/ Now I am taking over to release her from her spell." The song continues to lament Mona Lisa's "fall," calling her "unforgettable" and "unpredictable," and cautions listeners not to have a "breakdown": "You will hit the freakin' wall."
Though Spears said she wants "Mona Lisa" to be the first single from the new album, she hasn't yet decided on a title for the project, though she's leaning toward The Original Doll. "It's untitled right now," she said during her visit to KIIS-FM. "It's not even all the way done." She also said that she hoped to release the album "probably before summertime, or maybe a little sooner than that."
|Britney Spears Announces She's Taking A Break
Britney Spears is taking a break again. She made the announcement late Friday in a "letter of truth" she posted on her fan site.
Her knee gave out on her during the "Outrageous" video shoot (forcing the cancellation of her summer tour) for a reason, she said so that she would "have no choice but to stop" and give her body some rest. She said she feels like she's missed out on too many of "the simple things" like being able to watch such movies as Mandy Moore's "Saved" and re-runs of "Sex and the City" because of her nonstop work schedule, which kept her "going and going and going."
"It's amazing what advisors will push you to do, even if it means taking a naive young blonde girl and putting her on the cover of every magazine," she wrote. Now, she'd like to "take some time off to enjoy life."
"My prerogative right now is to just chill and let all of the other overexposed blondes on the cover of Us Weekly be your entertainment," she wrote. "Good luck girls!"
Spears also said that her next project would be focusing on being a wife and hopefully a mother. "I can't wait to start my family!" she wrote.
Spears last took a hiatus following her world tour that ended in July 2002. But though she had planned to take six months off, the break ended after three months, when she started to work on In the Zone.
We here at Britney Spears - OOps! will keep you posted of any further news on Britney but we wish her the best of luck and plenty of happiness.
|Britney New Album Tracklisting
The official track listing for Britney's new album Greatest Hits: My Prerogative, which is slated to come out on November 9, has now been revealed. It will include the singer's cover of the Bobby Brown hit "My Prerogative," as well as a new song called "Do Somethin' " and the dance cut "(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun." The latter song is from the In the Zone sessions and was originally found as a bonus track on the European version of Spears' "In the Zone" DVD.
Other songs on the 17-track compilation include "Toxic," "I'm A Slave 4 U," "Everytime," "... Baby One More Time," "Stronger" and "Oops! ... I Did It Again."
Spears' single "My Prerogative" hits radio on Wednesday, while the video will premiere on "TRL" on Thursday.
Britney Spears' Greatest Hits: My Prerogative track list, according to Jive Records:
"I'm a Slave 4 U"
"Oops! ... I Did It Again"
"Me Against the Music"
"... Baby One More Time"
"(You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop Remix!)"
"Overprotected (The Darkchild Remix)"
"I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet a Woman"
"(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun"
"Do Somethin' "
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|Britney Shows Her Prerogative In Next Video
Britney Spears' next single, a cover of Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative," makes a statement about her life, and the accompanying video will too, making it clear that Spears follows no rules but her own.
The singer ignores streetlights and traffic laws as her sports car speeds up a dark road in the Hollywood Hills toward a hillside manor, which has an air of old Hollywood about it, according to a copy of the video treatment obtained by MTV News. A party is in progress, which the singer gladly disrupts, jumping the curb in her car, crashing through a fence and splashing into the pool.
That sort of thing might put a damper on most people's party plans, but Spears just crawls atop the car as it sinks and starts singing, "Everybody's talking/ All this stuff about me/ Why can't they just let me live?"
Her dress soaking wet and clinging to her skin, she steps off the car and goes into the mansion, giving partygoers a look that commands respect and fear. She passes couples making out on the couches as she makes her way into a stainless-steel kitchen, where gourmet food is on display. She grabs a butcher knife, walks across the kitchen brandishing the knife, and just as she steps out of the room, she cuts the straps off her wet dress, letting it fall to the floor.
While it's not clear if she's wearing anything now, Spears walks into a study, where a man sits in the dark with his back to her, watching a black-and-white film projected on a pull-down screen. It looks like a skin flick from the 1940s or '50s, but as he watches it, his cigar smoke curling up and illuminated in the projector beam, it becomes clear that the sexy footage is actually of Spears.
She then heads into a dressing room, where mirrors show all angles of her wearing nothing but her knickers, high heels, stockings and a short fur jacket, as she continues singing, "Why can't they just let me live?/ It's my prerogative." From there she heads into a bedroom, where a dress is laid out on the comforter. She walks toward the bed and away from the camera, letting her jacket fall to the ground. She holds up the new dress as the camera cuts to the party outside, where people are waiting, anxiously, for something, someone.
Once she has put on the new dress, she makes her way to the party outside, where people are gathered. Only then is it revealed that the dress the singer put on is a wedding dress, and the party she's crashed is her own wedding.
As she walks down the aisle, the groom is then revealed to be Federline, her real-life future husband, according to a source close to Spears, and the video's statement is then made all the more clear, as she sings rebelliously, "It's my prerogative."
The "My Prerogative" video is slated to shoot later this month. Spears' Greatest Hits: My Prerogative LP is due November 16
|Britney Covers 'My Prerogative' For Forthcoming LP
Britney Spears plans to knock Bobby Brown's socks off by covering his trademark hit, "My Prerogative."
The singer has chosen to remake the 1988 song for the first single off her next project, a greatest-hits album due November 16 that is now to be called, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative, according to her label. The cover, according to those who've heard it, doesn't sound much like the original and has a Bloodshy & Avant touch to it, a reference to the Swedish production team of Christian "Bloodshy" Carlsson and Pontus Avant. The pair produced the song and last worked with Spears on "Toxic," where they embellished her vocals with a techno-lite beat.
The choice of this particular song could also be interpreted like "Overprotected" and "Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman" as a statement on the singer's life and the media reaction to some of her recent decisions, including her engagement to dancer Kevin Federline. The song's lyrics read, "Everybody's talking all this stuff about me/ Why don't they just let me live/ I don't need commission/ Make my own decisions/ That's my prerogative."
The song, which will hit radio on September 14, will be one of two new tracks on the collection. A separate greatest-hits DVD will be released on the same day as the album.
|Britney Cancels Tour
Britney Spears' knee injury has caused the cancellation of her Onyx Hotel Tour.
The tour was scheduled to resume on June 22 in Hartford, Connecticut. But following arthroscopic surgery to repair severe damage to her joint, which occurred after a fall during a video shoot last week, Britney Spears will be out of commission for at least four months. Doctors are advising her to stay off her knee and keep it in a hard brace for at least six weeks, after which she'll require a minimum of eight to 12 weeks of physical therapy, according to her spokesperson.
The canceled tour includes 35 dates all across the U.S. After she recovers, Britney Spears hopes to make up the shows, although it's not clear when that will take place. Refunds will be available at point of purchase, according to the tour's promoter, Clear Channel.
Britney Spears had already completed a five-week U.S. tour and a six-week European trek earlier this year. In March, the singer postponed two shows because of a knee injury suffered onstage, and four years ago Britney Spears underwent surgery after twisting her knee during a dance rehearsal.
|Britney Spears Makes Reality Series
Hide the bottles Britney Spears is making her own "Truth or Dare."
The singer is shopping a reality series that will document her backstage life similar to Madonna's classic 1991 documentary, which famously included a scene of the pop superstar using a bottle to demonstrate a risqu้ act.
The show is being pitched under the title "OnTourage," according to a spokesperson for Spears.
Footage from the six-week European leg of her Onyx Hotel Tour, which begins April 26 in London, would be compiled into six episodes selling for about $1 million apiece, much more than most reality programs. Britney would narrate and shoot some of her own adventures with her dancers and handlers herself. The show could be finished as early as summer.
The Onyx Hotel Tour, which kicked off March 2 in San Diego and wraps up its first leg Wednesday in Auburn Hills, Michigan, has filled about 85 percent of the venues' capacities, compared to 84 percent for the Ladies First Tour with Beyonc้, Alicia Keys and Missy Elliott, and 90 percent for Clay Aiken and Kelly Clarkson's Independent Tour, according to Billboard figures.
Spears has just released "Everytime," the third single and video from In the Zone.
|Britney Says New Video Is About Reincarnation
Madonna's rubbed off on Britney in more ways than one. Spears courts a bit of controversy with her latest video, "Everytime," in which her wrist spontaneously starts bleeding.
Premiered Monday on "TRL," just one day after Easter, "Everytime" doesn't quite go the length Madonna's "Like a Prayer" did to invoke stigmata, but what first appears to be a red Kabbalah bracelet on Spears' wrist becomes a line of blood, only made apparent when she pulls her hand into a bathtub and a small red fog appears in the water.
Instead of taking her own life as described in the video's original treatment, Spears instead dies a more mysterious death, since the amount of blood she loses is small but she slips unconscious under the water nonetheless.
Despite her death, Spears ends up in a white-lit hospital room as a new mother gives birth. The final shot shows a fully alive Spears re-emerging from the bathtub, with a smile on her face. One way or another, she lives again.
"It's more like a movie," Spears explained when she called in to "TRL" on Monday. "It's different than anything I've ever done. It's dark, and it shows me in a different light. Of course, I'm going to go back and do dance videos, but I wanted to be inspired and challenged."
Though she didn't get a chance to say it for herself during her on-air chat, Spears called "TRL" back as the video was playing and asked the show to explain for her that the video's concept was about reincarnation.
|Britney Strips, Gyrates, Sweats, Flirts At Tour Kickoff!|
Britney Spears' Onyx Hotel Tour made good on its promised titillation at Tuesday night's kickoff with lingerie, elements of S&M and bump 'n' grind gyrations again and again and again.
A flamboyant emcee in a purple top hat, glittery eye patch and jacket with tails introduced the show. The production about to be witnessed, he declared like a circus ringmaster, would take the audience "where fun-filled fantasies keep you on your toes" and where "your body will be privy to many a titillation."
With that, Britney Spears' dancers made the first of many dramatic descents from the San Diego Sports Arena's rafters and the band kicked into her latest hit, "Toxic." Britney herself arrived moments later first on one of the video screens that comprised nearly every vertical inch of the two-tiered stage set, and then in the flesh atop a wheeled metal platform.
Wearing the same tight black bodysuit she squeezed into for rehearsals the night before, Britney Spears led her eight dancers around the stage, up and down the silver platform, and into the second song, "Overprotected," before taking a break to say hello to the crowd.
"Goodness," she said in a Louisiana drawl. "What's up, San Diego?"
While she was making small talk, her male dancers were backstage changing into leather pants, backward suspenders over bare chests and bellboy hats for a "Boys" number in which they wheeled the girls around on luggage trolleys. It would be one of the few points in the show when the "hotel" part of the theme was clear. At other times it was easy to find yourself checking out, like when the emcee did a Rod Serling impression for a "Twilight Zone" spoof or when a video clip showed Britney wandering around a lush, garden paradise.
The night's first video clip featured Britney following a mysterious woman down an alley, where she was shown the way to a place called the Mystic Lounge. Britney Spears' band then kicked into lounge mode, performing a subdued jazzy medley of "... Baby One More Time" and "Oops! ... I Did It Again." Carrying a microphone with a bullwhip attached to it, Spears came out wearing frilly pink lingerie with a black corset-like midsection and black stockings.
Her backup dancers, mixing undergarments with fedoras a la "Cabaret," did her "Stronger" video one better by lining up silver chairs for Britney to walk on and systematically moving the last chair to the front of the line until she'd made it across the stage.
Out of breath and quite sweaty (lip-syncing isn't the only thing giant video monitors are bad at hiding), Britney paused after "(You Drive Me) Crazy" to joke, "There's a lot of cute guys here. Who knows, maybe if you're really lucky I might marry you". She would touch on her quickie marriage again moments later after changing into a short, rainbow-colored dress and sitting down at a flower-covered piano for her upcoming single "Everytime."
"I don't know if you guys know what's been going on with me, if you read the press," she said. "The past six months have been like a roller coaster with a lot of ups and a lot of downs. ... [But] everything we experience makes us realize how beautiful life can really be."
A few songs later came In the Zone's other ballad, "Shadow," and the night's most impressive dance move. With Britney sitting on a swing, long strands of cloth draped on either side of her were raised up to reveal a pair of dancers in nude-colored body stockings. The men crawled their way up, wrapping themselves in the cloth as they climbed ever higher above the stage, and once they reached the top they let go and went unraveling downward, stopping themselves just before gravity made ex-dancers out of them.
The thrills only increased as the video setting up "Touch of My Hand" appeared, in which Britney was shown lounging on a bed before blowing out some candles, letting her bathrobe drop to the floor and getting into a tub filled with bubbles and rose petals.
The crowd erupted when she performed the same disrobing onstage, revealing the diamond suit from her "Toxic" video. As her dancers stripped themselves and each other down to their underwear, Britney sent the crowd into an even bigger frenzy by enjoying, well, the touch of her hands. Slowly. From point A to points B and B.
Re-emerging for the equally libidinous "Breathe on Me" in a less expensive though no less revealing outfit consisting of a pink bra and panties, Britney Spears cavorted on one of the stage's two beds with a male dancer, thrashing her sizable blonde mane to and fro. With everyone already dressed like Frederick's of Hollywood mannequins, it was the perfect time to slip on trench coats for the R. Kelly-penned "Outrageous," which features the lyric, "Trench coat and my underwear/ Let's go with this freak show."
But a freak show of another kind colored the finale, "(I Got That) Boom Boom." Since the Ying Yang Twins weren't there to give the song its Dirty South flavor, Britney went for the next best thing Mardi Gras. Tossing out bead necklaces and shooting confetti cannons, Britney Spears thanked the crowd twice and said goodnight.
Everyone waited in their seats, though, wondering what the big encore was going to be. How was Britney going to top the Dream Within a Dream Tour's dazzling waterfall number? It turned out she wasn't.
Red lights flashed as sirens blared and warned of a "system malfunction." "Matrix"-like green graphics scrawled vertically on monitors. Then as flames burst, Britney walked out in a red pantsuit for Rishi Rich's Desi Kulcha remix of "Me Against the Music," eventually taking off the jacket to reveal a shiny red bustier but performing one of the more straightforward numbers of the night.
When the music stopped, the lights came on and a collective cry of "Awwww" was heard amongst the disappointed crowd as Britney's dancers and bandmembers awkwardly made their way offstage.
|Britney Releasing DVD|
As Britney Spears readies for her tour, she's making sure there's plenty of her to go around while fans wait for her to come around. The singer's about to release a DVD that'll include pre-tour concert footage as well as bonus tracks.
Two new songs are found on the CD portion of Britney Spears' "In the Zone" DVD, due March 23. The first is called "Don't Hang Up," and it finds the singer pleading on the phone for her lover to keep her satisfied long-distance.
The second song is the P. Diddy-produced "The Answer," which both artists had talked up before the album's releasE. In the song, Britney Spears sings that her lover is the answer to all her needs: "Who can hold me tight, keep me warm through the night?/ Who can wipe my tears when it's wrong, make it right?/ Who can give me love till I'm satisfied?/ Who's the one I need in my life?"
Video clips of Britney Spears' first two singles, "Me Against the Music" and "Toxic" (as well as the "Making the Video" episode of the latter), are also featured.
The bulk of the DVD concentrates on the live performances that last year helped tease Britney Spears' then-upcoming album. Some of those shows were short such as her two-song set for MTV's Spankin' New Music week and the half-hour surprise appearance at club Rain in Las Vegas. But her also-included hour-long ABC concert special, "Britney Spears: In the Zone," offers somewhat of a preview of her upcoming tour.
Shot in New York's Gotham Hall in October, the show featured stage settings evoking "Cabaret," and Britney Spears is taking the New York theater motif even further with the Onyx Hotel tour. According to a source close to the production, this tour is "less Vegas" than previous productions, with no stage extended into the audience.
The trek's "Onyx Hotel" resembles Tommy Tune's Broadway musical "Grand Hotel," which portrayed a day in the life of the Berlin Grand Hotel in 1928. Britney Spears has been decked out in 1920s/1930s hairstyles in promotional pictures for the tour and her Showtime concert special, which airs live from the Miami tour stop on March 28 at 9 p.m. ET (tape-delayed on the West Coast). Britney Spears will take the role of hostess of the Onyx Hotel, with her dancers becoming the hotel staffers and audience members finding themselves to be the invited guests.
The tour kicks off March 2 in San Diego and hits 25 North American cities before wrapping up April 12 in New York). Following the North American tour, Britney Spears heads to Europe on April 27, playing England, Scotland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Ireland. Closing out the European tour, Britney Spears hits the stage at Portugal's Rock in Rio-Lisbon festival on June 5.
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|Britney Goes Toxic!|
Britney Spears is doing Justin Timberlake one better in her new video. Where her real-life ex just stalked his cheating lover in his clip for "Cry Me a River," Britney Spears takes a more lethal approach in her recently shot "Toxic."
In the Joseph Kahn-directed video, Britney Spears plays a femme fatale who'll do just about anything to procure a poisonous potion so she can kill her cheating ex, played by actor Martin Henderson ("The Ring," "Windtalkers").
Britney Spears discovers his indiscretions when she climbs up a wall and sees Henderson with another woman, leading her on a mission of revenge that lands her in precarious James Bond-esque situations where not everyone is what they seem, thanks to masks and other disguises, according to a rep for the director.
In one scenario, Britney Spears pretends to be a stewardess and picks out a sizable guy on an airplane for a bathroom interrogation that has some mile-high-club innuendo only to have him turn out to be a well-cut model in disguise (played by the masseur from Fountains of Wayne's "Stacy's Mom" video). She ends up getting the potion on this flight, but still must chase Henderson through European locations, which were recreated on soundstages in Los Angeles during the shoot last week. Model Tyson Beckford assists the singer with a lift on his motorbike in one Paris setting.
Besides the flight-attendant wear, Britney Spears also sports a black cat suit, and at one point wears nothing but pasted-on diamonds in the video!
|Britney Top Of The Albums Chart|
The most adult Britney Spears album to date, In the Zone, arrived with an ecstatic moan to nab the top spot on the latest Billboard albums chart, selling more than 609,000 copies in its first week, according to SoundScan figures released Wednesday (November 26).
On 2001's Britney, Britney Spears proclaimed "I'm not a girl, not yet a woman." Now she's all woman, and her rite of passage was a very public event. Long before its release, the tastefully risqu้ pop star sucked face with Madonna, discovered low-cut pelvis-revealing pants and posed almost naked for various magazines, all of which wet people's appetites enough to keep her in the public eye.
In the Zone was the fourth-strongest debut of the year.
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|Britney Album Review|
The buzz on the new Britney Spears album is that it is adventurous, atmospheric and above all, adult. Two out of three ain't bad.
Sure, Britney has a bit of a trip-hop vibe on her album, just not enough to justify her love for her mentor Madonna's latter-day direction. In the Zone is by no means Britney's Ray of Light. Instead, Britney Spears' fourth album jumps stylistically all over the place, from techno to hip-hop, even to reggae, with thumping, tribal dance songs being the predominant flavor, save for a touching ballad or two. The only thematic connection is the recurring topic of sex, sex and more sex. Oh, and some partying, too.
"Me Against the Music" aside, Britney Spears sings that she's got the beat when she pairs up with the Ying Yang Twins who urge her to get crunk Atlanta-style on "(I Got That) Boom Boom." Not that she needs encouraging Britney's dead-set on getting her groove on in party-hard songs like the bubbly "Brave New Girl," and partied-too-hard songs like the more brooding "Early Mornin'," which features a shimmering, percolating beat from Moby and subdued vocals from Britney Spears.
"Brave New Girl," formerly called "Brave Girl," on the other hand, is backed by choppy, electro-funk beats and features Britney singing in a bouncy near-rap: "She's going to find her passion, she's going to find her way, she's going to get right out of this/ She don't want New York, she don't want L.A., she's going to find that special kiss."
As innocent as that sounds, it's not just a kiss Britney wants on the rest of In the Zone, which she uses to unleash her libido in as many situations as she can dream up. In the beat-heavy R. Kelly booty-call track "Outrageous," she whispers and moans about "my sex drive" and how her underwear feels in her "sexy jeans" with a snake charmer melody giving the song an exotic feel. She continues to entice on the Bloodshy & Avant-produced "Showdown," which, with its bubbly beats, is about fighting and making up with carnal relations: "After the screaming's at an end/ Why don't we do it all again ... I don't want to be a tease/ Would you undo my zipper please?"
Not all the sex is good sex, though. "Toxic" bemoans being addicted to men who arent good for you like, oh, say, married men? But even less than desirable situations can provide good memories, as in the Matrix collaboration "Shadow," which talks about how reminders of a lover can still linger after hes gone. The same effect exists in "Everytime," the ballad Britney Spears previewed on "Saturday Night Live," but to a more haunting end since the lovers have parted for good.
Even if the lovers never touch, as in "Breathe on Me," the narrator's desire fills the air. Of the songs on In the Zone,"Breathe on Me" most earns the trip-hop comparisons, and despite not being as overtly sexual, it's the most sensual: "Oh, it's so hot, and I need some air/ And boy, don't stop 'cause I'm halfway there
just put your lips together and blow."
A girl can only take so much unfettered frustration, so Britney shows herself a little love on "Touch of My Hand," which also features a Far East influence: "I will be bold/ Going to the places where I can be out of control/ Don't want to explain tonight/ All the things I try to hide."
By contrast, "Everytime" is her most innocent, and perhaps her most personal, song on In the Zone. Though she's denied having a response to Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me a River," the lilting piano-accompanied tune comes closest to a plea for forgiveness for inadvertently hurting a former lover. In the song she sings, "What have I done?
I may have made it rain/ Please forgive me/ My weakness caused you pain".
Through it all, Britney Spears is as self-referential as many hip-hop artists, getting her featured guests to give her shout-outs and dropping pop- star tidbits as if they were come-ons. The reference to "my world tour" on "Outrageous" is moaned with the same ecstasy as "my sex drive," and the cumulative effect seems like it's designed to put the listener in the lover's shoes taking full advantage of the aural male gaze. If the technique works, In the Zone will make the most of Britney Spears' latest maneuverings to graduate from pop princess to pop pin-up. The other possibility is that she's just dropping a litany of diary-like entries. Regardless, this is her life, she seems to be singing, and criticism be damned sex is gonna be in the mix.
|Britney and Madonna|
Britney Spears and Madonna
Ah, the kiss. You've seen it, that moment during this year's Video Music Awards when Madonna and Britney shared that uh, hoo, well, you know ...
MTV News' Gideon Yago sat down with the pop princess recently to get her take on that small highlight in all of our lives, and to find out what else the two ladies have been doing together of late.
Gideon Yago: So who slipped who the tongue?
Britney Spears: Oh my gosh. No one slipped anyone the tongue. It was just a kiss, a nice kiss.
Yago: You kiss your grandfather like that?
Spears: (Shrieking) WHAT! No, it was just a kiss, and that's it, there was no tongue!
Yago: Was that the first time you've ever kissed a woman?
Spears: Yes! Oh my gosh.
Yago: How did that whole thing come about? Was that her idea or was that your idea?
Spears: Well, in rehearsal she would play around a little bit. And she said when we actually do it, let's just feel it out here 'cause there was no choreography in that part. So we just felt it out.
"It was just a kiss, a nice kiss."
Yago: How did it feel?
Spears: Cool, yeah.
Yago: Growing up, were you always a big fan of Madonna?
Spears: Oh yes, oh yes, definitely. The whole moment was so surreal 'cause I've looked up to her and I sang "Like a Virgin" when I was 3 and 4, so being up there was a moment I will never, ever forget. It was a performance of a lifetime. Being in her presence was an honor.
Yago: Sometimes performances like that lead to collaborations in the studio. Are there any plans for you two to go run off into the studio?
Spears: We'll see, we'll see about that.
Spears: (Coyly) Yeah.
Yago: Why do you think that everybody fixates on that one kiss?
Spears: I think they just think that it's bizarre. I don't know.
Yago: On behalf of most of America, I just wanted to say thank you.
Spears: Well thank you!
Yago: So tell me about the "B" necklace.
Spears: The "B" necklace?!
Yago: The "B" necklace that's around your neck.
Spears: This is something that Madonna gave me and I was very very happy when she gave it to me. She has one that says "M" and I have this one, so, "B!"
Yago: So are y'all going to get a little heart that says "BFF" too?
Spears: (Rolls eyes and says sarcastically) "Yeah!"
But she's a really cool lady, very. She's one of those people, when you're around her, you're so inspired, like, seriously.
Yago: Did you ever hit her up for any information, like, "How did you deal with this? I'm dealing with this, how did you deal with this?" Or, "I have a problem with this, how did you deal with that?"
Spears: We've talked a little bit about stuff in general and I look up to the way she's handled things, you know? Especially now with her being a mom and doing all that she's done, it's very inspiring and it gives me something to look up to. So yes, we have talked about stuff like that.
Yago: Is your look today an homage to "Desperately Seeking Susan," like with the hair and the knit shirt ...
Spears: Actually ...
Yago: Did you see "Desperately Seeking Susan"?
Yago: It was Madonna's movie with Rosanna Arquette that had sort of that mid-'80s fashion style with ripped fishnets, bobbed hair cuts ...
Spears: Oh really?
Spears: Actually I just had a vision the other night and I was dreaming and I wanted my hair like this and I got my hair person to do it.
Yago: Are you and Madonna still going to wear each other's T-shirts onstage? I remember there was a minute where you had a "Madonna" T-shirt and she was wearing a "Britney Spears" T-shirt.
Spears: Yeah, we'll continue to do that probably, yes, definitely. She's a cool lady. Definitely.
Her nickname is Bit-Bit or Brit
She's a Sagitarius
Her favorite ice cream flavor is cookie dough
Her favorite song is Purple Rain.
She's got a rottweiler dog and his name's Cane.
She's a fan of the Backstreet Boys.
Her favorite movies are My Best Friend's Wedding and Steel Magnolias
Taken from "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"
I used to think
I had the answers to everything
But now I know
That life doesn't always go my way, yeah
Feels like I'm caught in the middle
That's when I realize
I'm not a girl
Not yet a woman
All I need is time
A moment that is mine
While I'm in between
I'm not a girl
There is no need to protect me
It's time that I
Learn to face up to this on my own
I've seen so much more than you know now
So tell me to shut my eyes