With clips from more than 200 teen movies made in the decade after 1995's Clueless, this lively kaleidoscopic documentary entertainingly traces how America has depicted the teen experience on screen. The film's structure feels a little deliberate, and it of course is looking at a portrayal of puberty, not the real thing. But it's inventively edited by first-time feature director Charlie Lyne, with a snappy pace and some seriously interesting observations along the way.
These 10 years are significant because they marked an expansion in the style of coming-of-age movies, encompassing genres from comedy to sci-fi to horror to explore the clashes between high school factions of jocks, nerds, burnouts, artists and mean girls. Taken together, these films paint a vivid, perhaps exaggerated portrait of adolescence, including key rites of passage, the mob mentality, and the various things that feel threatening to the "herd" (like smart kids or loners). High school is the time when teens experiment with alcohol, partying, rebellion and sex, while facing up to peer pressure and their own mortality for the first time. And ultimately, everyone must navigate this emotionally overwrought period on his or her own.
The film breaks down this experience into five chapters: fitting in (as either a maverick or conformist), acting out (challenging the rules), losing yourself (developing your own identity), toeing the line (being forced to obey the rules) and moving on (growing into an adult). This kind of makes the movie feel like an academic thesis, especially with the somewhat overwritten narration (voiced by teen star Fairuza Balk). But the movie is packed with telling connections between this vast variety of movies, all of which reflect reality without ever depicting it too honestly. Thankfully, Lyne's editing is knowing and often very funny, putting scenes together to say something completely unexpected.
Continue reading: Beyond Clueless Review
John Sundahl, a helicopter pilot who helped the pop star quit alcohol during her public meltdown in 2007, was shot down near Kabul by Taliban fighters.
Britney Spears' former boyfriend and helicopter pilot, John Sundahl, who helped the pop star through her public meltdown and alcoholism in 2007, has been shot and killed by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
Spears' former love was shot down while flying a helicopter near Kabul
The 44-year-old pilot was reportedly shot down while flying from Kabul, where he had been working as a private contractor transporting officials across the war-torn country, according to The Mirror. "She is devastated," a source close to the 33-year-old singer told the U.K. newspaper. "Britney thought he was a lovely man."
Continue reading: Britney Spears' Ex-Boyfriend Shot And Killed By The Taliban In Afghanistan
The Italian producer and DJ believes Madonna can win back critical and popular praise if she releases 'the right album'.
2014 may have ended on a frustrating note for Madonna with the leak of unfinished tracks from her new album, but Giorgio Moroder is predicting a “big” year for the star.
In an interview with Bang Showbiz, the influential producer and DJ believes that as long Madonna releases the right sort of album she will become “big again”. He said that he was keen to hear the new LP, entitled Rebel Heart and due for release in February 2015, and that it was good news that she was working with producer Avicii, currently one of the hottest names in pop.
Madonna's new album, which has suffered from internet leaks, can still make her "big" again
Continue reading: Madonna Can Be "Big" Again, According To Giorgio Moroder
Britney Spears celebrated Christmas with her two sons and her boyfriend of two months Charlie Ebersol. The 33-year-old singer shared pictures from over the festive season on social media.
Britney Spears and her boyfriend Charlie Ebersol have shared their first Christmas together along with Spears' two sons.
Britney Spears has been dating Charlie Ebersol for two months.
Read More: Britney Spears Reveals Intense Workout Routine And Diet Plan.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Shares Family Style Christmas Picture With Her Two Sons & Boyfriend Charlie Ebersol
The UK band hope to hit the road again with a debut album next year.
If any band is blowing up in the UK right now, it's London rockers Wolf Alice. Hotly tipped by virtually everyone and having easily made it on to BBC's Sound of 2015 longlist, they've got a seriously heavy year ahead of them.
Wolf Alice are planning their debut album
They've just come off of their UK Autumn tour, which included a hugely exciting show at Heaven in London, and it's definitely given them a taste for further shows. 'I still find it just amazing to see people who have taken the time and effort and sometimes the money to come down and see something we've been working on and something that we've always wanted to do and dreamt of', says lead singer Ellie Rowsell.
Continue reading: Wolf Alice: The Name That Will Be On Everyone's Lips In 2015
The 33-year-old mother of two recently spoke about how she maintains such a toned physique, and noticing changes happening to her body as she gets older.
At 33-years-old Britney Spears arguably looks in the best shape of her life, and for any keen fan to find out how she keeps such a toned figure, the mother of two recently divulged about her workout routine and diet habits.
Spears maintains her toned physique with high intensity workouts
Spears discussed getting in shape with the January/February 2015 issue of Women's Health, of which she features on the front cover showing off her lean stomach and tanned physique while wearing a revealing two-piece swim suit.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Reveals Intense Workout Routine And Diet Plan
While receiving the key to Las Vega's strip on Wednesday (Nov 5th), in honour of 'Britney Spears Day,' the pop icon opened up about her new man.
In August news broke that Britney Spears had split from her boyfriend David Lucado after dating for over a year, and during her residency show at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood one week later, she also confirmed their separation was due to Lucado's infinitely.
Spears being given the key to the Las Vegas Strip on Wed (Nov 5th)
"Well, by now everyone knows my boyfriend cheated on me," she said onstage. "But the best part of breaking up is going on first dates. OMG, OMG, I need a hot guy. Where are the hot guys here tonight?"
Continue reading: Britney Spears Confirms New Romance, Calls New Man Charlie Ebersol "Special"
The wildly successful singer-songwriter has already laid down new tracks with Swift, but doesn't know when or if they'll be released.
More Ed Sheeran news in what’s been a mind-bogglingly successful 2014! The distinctive singer-songwriter made a number of revelations during a Q&A session at the recent Amazon Front Row event. Where to begin?
Ed Sheeran made some interesting revelations at the recent Amazon Front Row show
Firstly, he revealed that he’s recorded a handful of new songs with his friend and erstwhile collaborator Taylor Swift. The two featured together on last year’s hit ‘Everything Has Changed’, and Sheeran stated “it’s just a case of finding out where to put them as I don't really put collaborations on my albums. She did her last record, 1989, really quickly, in about a month, I think, so there was no time to put any on there.”
Continue reading: Ed Sheeran Records New Songs With Swift, Admires Spears, Dedicates Song To Cameron
Britney Spears goes for a bob cut at the Germany launch for her new underwear collection.
Britney Spears has traded in her trademark long blonde curls for a sleek and sophisticated bob cut as she now embarks on a more serious business venture: a designer lingerie label named The Intimate Collection.
Britney's new do is both smart and elegant
It's not the first time the 'Work B***h' singer has made headlines with her hair choices, but we can definitely share our approval with this one. She absolutely screamed maturity and elegance as she displayed her new do at CentrO shopping mall in Oberhausen, Germany, where she was snapped by photographers posing alongside her brightly (although scantily) clad underwear models. Coupled with her latest hairstyle, she also donned a white trouser suit in true entrepreneurial style, though still kept things sexy with a sheer lace top underneath.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Is A Picture Of Sophistication With Her Neat New Hair Do
Britney Spears shows her flirtatious side!
For anyone part for the online dating world, one day you may just come across one of the world's biggest pop-stars, Britney Spears. The newly single singer is looking to get back on the dating scene, and she is willing to turn to the web to find a new man.
Britney needs a new man!
While presenting her new lingerie collection, The Intimate Britney Spears, in New York on Tuesday (Sept 9th), Spears admitted to People magazine that she may turn to the internet to find love, and even join Tinder.
Continue reading: Newly Single Britney Spears Admits She Would "Possibly" Join Tinder
Now you've seen everyone do it...
Just when we thought the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge couldn't get any better (we honestly thought the swearing toddler topped them all!), an unlikely group of people have decided to take it on over in Ireland; they would be none other than Redemptoristine Sisters of Dublin.
Nuns can have fun too!
In the latest viral Ice Bucket Challenge to hit the web, a group of six nuns dressed in their traditional habits and red robes drench each other in icy water after hearing about the hugely popular charity internet craze which was set up to raise money for the ALS Association. Now it seems LITERALLY everybody has done it.
Continue reading: No-One Is Safe! The Redemptoristine Sisters Of Dublin Accept Their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Nomination [Video]
The 32 year-old singer tells a sold-out crowd at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood, "my boyfriend cheated on me."
Late last week news broke that Britney Spears had split from her boyfriend David Lucado after dating for over a year. In case anyone is wondering why, the 32 year-old singer explained all during her 'Piece Of Me' residency show at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood on Sunday night (Aug 31st).
Spears confirmed ex-boyfriend David Lucado cheated on her
Ever since Spears made the announcement by posting on Twitter "Ahhhh the single life!" there has been much speculation that the reason behind the couple's separation was due to Lucado's infidelity. Surprisingly, she confirmed to the 5,000 attendees that this was true.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Confirms Ex-Boyfriend David Lucado Cheated On Her During Las Vegas Show
Britney Spears has split from her boyfriend David Lucado.
Pop singer Britney Spears has split from her boyfriend David Lucado. The star made the announcement by posting on Twitter "Ahhhh the single life!". A representative later confirmed that she was single again to E! Online.
The couple had been together since 2013 but have now split
Britney has been unlucky in love over the years, divorcing Kevin Federline in 2007 and breaking off her engagement with Jason Trawick in early 2013. She had appeared recently to be happy with Lucado, who works at a law firm and was introduced to Britney through mutual friends. Back in November, she told Entertainment Tonight "I'm in love. I like the fact that [Lucado is] very stubborn and he's stuck in his ways. He's just a simple man. I adore him. He's really funny and he's really passionate. I love the fact that anything he's involved in he's passionate about and it's contagious."
Continue reading: Britney Spears Splits From Boyfriend David Lucado
Beyonce performing at the VMAs just unlocked a world of yes.
Umm, Beyonce will be performing at the MTV Video Music Awards... is anyone really , surprised? Bey is everywhere these days. In the wake of her surprise album last December Bey has been at every show and received every music award, basically. But Bey and MTV have always had a special relationship, ever since the Destiny’s Child days. Are you wondering what this is leading up to already? Here it is – Beyonce will receive the Vanguard Video award during this year’s VMAs.
Continue reading: Beyonce To Receive Vanguard Award At The VMAs. But Mostly, YES, She Will Perform!
A British record producer has defended Britney Spears after a recording of her singing 'Alien' without auto-tune was leaked online.
There's a reason why everything Britney Spears has ever done has been autotuned, she simply isn't the greatest vocalist,as least not on her leaked 'Alien' studio recording. It's not being unkind, it's just true. But this is something we've known for years: yes Spears is pretty, yes she can dance, but it appears she can't sing terribly well.
Britney Spears' studio recording was leaked online and it didn't go down well.
Read More: Britney Spears Offers Jimmy Fallon A Spanking.
Continue reading: Producer William Orbit Attempts To Defend Britney Spears' Pre Auto-Tune 'Alien'
Sandra Bullock isn’t the first celeb to have crazed fans sneaking around her house
Oscar-winning Hollywood actress Sandra Bullock has just recently discovered how far some fans will go to come into contact with their idols as a man broke into her Beverly Hills home in the early hours on Tuesday. Since being arrested, the man who has been identified as Joshua Corbett who is aged 39 and resides in the San Fernando valley, Los Angeles.
A man broke into Bullock's Beverly Hills home while she was inside.
Despite the apparent exclusivity and subsequent security that Beverly Hills affords inhabitants, Bullock’s run-in with the obsessive fan proves that they will often go to ridiculous measures in order to gain recognition from the subject of their adoration. It also presents a worrying security concern as a lapse in mental health often fuels these celebrity obsessions. Most famously, John Hinckley Jr’s assassination attempt on then President, Ronald Raegan, was seen by Hinckley as a way of courting the attention of actress Jodie Foster. But to have a fan invade one’s personal space and most intimate of dwellings is a unsettling notion for most people, never mind those of the celebrity calibre. Here are a selection of unfortunate celebs who’ve been subject to break-ins, robberies and warped fans who got a little too close for comfort.
Continue reading: Celebrity Break-Ins And Crazed Fans: When Fans Break Into Celebrity Homes
The newly proposed deal wants the 32 year-old singer to extend her residency until Christmas 2016.
Britney Spears could be staying in Las Vegas for longer than first thought.
The 32 year-old pop star has reportedly been offered a multimillion dollar deal to extend her residency at Planet Hollywood's Axis theatre, according to NY Daily News.
The casino's bosses apparently want Spears to stay until at least Christmas 2016.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Offered $12 Million Deal To Maintain Las Vegas Residency
According to Noel, Britney's management backed out of the agreement to pay for the dancer's medical care.
Maybe Britney Spears’ aggressive persona in Work B**** rubbed off on her in real life. A dancer is now suing Brit for battery and negligence, after the star allegedly injured her during the video shoot. According to E!News, Dawn Noel claims that Spears was in a “disheveled and confused state,” when she arrived on set for Work B**** on August 19, 2013. She adds that, "although the choreography involving Britney Spears was fairly basic, she was having difficulty learning the moves, performing dance steps and following simple directions."
The dancer has called into question Britney's professionalism on set.
The lawsuit seems to allege that the injury was not intentional on Spears’ part. Noel says that after about a half hour of rehearsing, Spears "twirled in an unbalanced and reckless manner, arms extended out to her sides and forcefully backhanded" her directly in the face.
Continue reading: Dancer Launches Lawsuit Against Britney Spears Over Broken Nose
The 32 year-old singer allegedly broke a backup dancer's nasal bone and din't pay for any medical bills during rehearsals for the 'Work Bitch' music video.
Britney Spears has just been handed a lawsuit from one of her employee's.
The 32 year-old songstress is reportedly being sued for breaking one of her backup dancer's nose in rehearsals.
The injury took place during the filming of Spears' music video for 'Work Bitch' on August 19th (2013) in Woodland Hills, California.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Sued For Breaking Backup Dancer's Nose During Rehearsals
No-one could imagine that Justin Bieber and Slipknot would ever combine to make musical magic together, but someone did it and it was pretty great. These other mad mash-ups work too, against all odds.
There are certain things in life that don’t sound like they should ever go together, but then you put them together and...they just do. Peanut butter and jelly, French fries dipped in chocolate milkshakes, Justin Bieber and Slipknot. Huh? Yep, you heard us right! Some musical masters out there are just capable of seeing the potential for a great/totally bonkers mash-up song, when the rest of us could never imagine mixing two totally different artists together. The result can be oddly hypnotic and scarily addictive. Take these mad, but surprisingly great, mash-ups for example.
Are Carly Rae Jepsen and Nine Inch Nails made for each other?
You’d never imagine that Carly Rae Jepsen, she of super cheesy ‘Call Me Maybe’ fame, could ever be teamed up with industrial rock band Nine Inch Nails and the result not make you want to claw your ears off. Call Me a Hole, the Carley Rae Jepsen vs. Nine Inch Nails mash-up is surprisingly easy listening. The poppy beats of Miss Swift behind Trent Reznor’s recognisable rasp kind of works, perhaps these guys could actually get together for a legitimate collaboration one day!
Continue reading: Justin Bieber Vs. Slipknot: Music's Maddest Mash-up Tracks
Miley Cyrus' upcoming cover of The Beatles "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is not welcome news to Beatles fans, we look some of the other worst cover songs released by artists.
News that Miley Cyrus is set to team up with The Flaming Lips and Andrew from MGMT to record a cover of The Beatles “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” wasn’t exactly received with a wave of enthusiasm. One Beatles fan replied to The Flaming Lips’ frontman Wayne Coyne’s Instagram announcement by saying “Sorry if I don’t want a washed-up Pink Floyd tribute band, and Hannah Montana, ruining one of the greatest songs of all time.”
Miley's impending Beatles cover is not eagerly awaited
Outraged Beatles fans may be jumping the gun a little, as we haven’t heard what the track even sounds like yet. However, these songs have been released and we can safely agree that they have produced some of the worst song covers of all time, most of them bordering on outright offensive.
Continue reading: Miley Cyrus, Britney Spears...William Shatner? The Worst Cover Songs Of All Time
It was the wedding of the century... sort of.
Congratulations to Jamie Lee Spears and her new husband! Britney’s younger sister just married her beau James Watson on Friday and the pair could not look any sweeter. The couple tied the knot in an intimate setting - at the Audubon Tea Room in New Orleans.
This is 22-year-old Jamie Lynn's very first marriage.
The bride wore a Liancardo gown. Earlier in the day, she was spotted with mom Lynne Spears, heading to a nail salon near the family’s home in Kentwood. Meanwhile, Britney Spears and her boyfriend David Lucanno were apparently spotted on Thursday, catching a flight from Los Angeles to New Orleans, E! News reports.
Continue reading: Jamie Lynn Spears Marries James Watson In New Orleans Wedding
Amanda Bynes is hopefully on the road to recovery, but what causes child stars to become so troubled as adults?
The Amanda Bynes saga was funny at first. When she started dressing like Nicki Minaj, pierced her cheeks and began tweeting strange messages to rapper, Drake, it all just seemed like harmless Miley Cyrus attention seeking. But then things took a turn for the worst when Amanda’s behaviour became increasingly erratic, culminating in her attempting to start up a fire in a neighbour’s driveway before accidentally covering her puppy in gasoline.
Amanda began behaving strangely, emerging from court wearing a knotted blonde wig
The actress’ problems didn’t seem to really start until 2012 when she received a DUI and later that year she was charged for two more alleged hit and run incidents. By 2013 she had been arrested for possession of drugs and her hard partying seemed to be a symptom of something a little more sinister. When things finally came to a head with the fire incident, it was clear that Amanda wasn’t high on drugs or ‘acting out’, this was somebody with mental health issues.
Continue reading: Amanda Bynes And The Curse Of The Child Star
If it wasn't for the popstar's inclusion, we might have never met Ted's wife!
How I Met Your Mother is a phenomenal success in sitcom terms. To get one season is a dream; to get two is teetering on the unthinkable. To get nine – well you’re in ‘Friends’ and Frasier’ territory there, and that’s not bad company to be keeping.
Britney Spears filming her new perfume ad
But it all could have been so different for the hit show had they not attracted the star power of Britney Spears, who starred back in 2008, providing a welcome boost for the flagging sitcom.
Continue reading: 'How I Met Your Mother' Nearly Got Cancelled - Britney Spears Saved The Day
Former flames Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears both shared in the success at the 2014 People's Choice Awards as they took home big prizes.
Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears' successful end to 2013 isn't slowing down in the New Year.
The former lovers were both victorious the 2014 People's Choice Awards on Wednesday (Jan 8th).
After ending the year with 'The 20/20 Experience' being 2013's top-selling album, Timberlake's triumphant return to the music industry continued as he won 'Favourite Album'.
Continue reading: Justin Timberlake And Britney Spears Successful At 2014 People's Choice Awards
The 'Pretty Little Liars' star will released her first single when the hit teen drama returns on 7 January
Lucy Hale has made the leap from TV starlet to emerging pop talent with the release of her first single, 'You Sound Good To Me'. As the Pretty Little Liars star looks set to take her first steps into being a musician, she will do so with the help of the show that first launched her to success, when it returns from it's mid-season break on Tuesday, 7 January.
Hale already has an ardent fanbase to follow her music career
The 14th episode of Pretty Little Liar's fourth season will begin the second run of the current season and in addition to appearing on the episode 'Who's in the Box?' Lucy is set to make her musical ambitions clear with her country-inspired debut single.
Continue reading: Lucy Hale To Release Debut Single Alongside 'Pretty Little Liars' Winter Premiere
How did Britney Spears fare on the NYE opening night of her Las Vegas residency?
Britney Spears caused a stir in Las Vegas on New Year's Eve as she kicked off her residency with a spectacular performance of all her best-loved hits.
The 'Work Bitch' singer was a highly anticipated event for all who attended and certainly kicked off 2014 in style. The show was awash with more sequins and scantily-clad, extremely toned backing dancers than you could imagine and, in spite of the poor ratings her latest album 'Britney Jean' received, no-one could deny that she was on form throughout the night.
Read our review of Britney Spears' album 'Britney Jean' here
Continue reading: Britney Spears' NYE Vegas Show: Wardrobe Malfunctions, Bondage, Miley Cyrus. What More Could You Ask?
Britney Spears has spoke about ex-Justin Timberlake and had only kinds words to say about him as she admits his music is "inspiring for me."
Britney Spears was celebrating big for the Christmas holidays as she kicked-off her two year residency in Las Vegas.
The 32 year-old performed to a full house which included several fellow showbiz heavyweights from singers to actors.
But who does the 'Toxic' singer look at with admiration and for inspiration?
Continue reading: Britney Spears Surprisingly Draws Inspiration From Former Flame Justin Timberlake
The high-octane performance let down some audience members when Britney was caught out lip syncing to some songs
Britney Spears kicked off her two year residency at Las Vegas' Planet Hollywood Resort on Friday, 27 December, to a packed out crowd that included a number of famous faces, including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. Most of the audience members left the auditorium in awe of what they had witnessed, whilst others were left disappointed at the fact that Britney lip synced through parts of her performance.
The first 'Piece of Me' show contained a lot of dancing, but little singing
According to the New York Daily News' '[email protected]' section, Britney had long been planning on lip syncing through parts of her performance and on the debut night she did exactly that on hits like 'Womanizer' and 'Perfume.' The 32-year-old singer performed to a packed-out crowd inside the Axis Theater and went through a number of fast-paced dance routines during some of her more exuberant songs, as well as performing some slower paced number that featured a stripped back routine with little stage action. Apparently Britney lip-synced through both kinds of performances.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Caught Lip-Syncing During First Las Vegas Residency Show
In the midst of kicking-off her Las Vegas residency Britney Spears reveals that she wants to act again: "I would love to do movies, If it was the right part, it would be really cool."
Britney Spears kicked-off her two year Las Vegas residency on Friday (Dec 27th) to a sold-out audience.
But the 32 year-old still wants to achieve more in the entertainment industry.
In a recent interview with E!News, Spears revealed "I would love to act."
Continue reading: Britney Spears Would Love To Act Again And Has Thought About Retirement
The pop princess isn't alone in threatening to call time on their music career by a long shot
Britney Spears starred in her own fly-on-the-wall documentary I Am Britney Jean for E! over the weekend, in a feature-length outing that allowed fans to see the singer as she prepares for her upcoming residency in Las Vegas. The documentary gave us some revealing tidbits into her set and showed what life as a famous working mother was like, as well as uncovering some of Britney's plans for the future.
Britney Jean might be Brit's last album
While her immediate plans for the future involve her singing at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas for the next two years, after that Britney reckons that she might be finished with the showbiz industry. The mum-of-two wants to be able to spend more time with her kinds and return to a simpler life, like the one she had in her native Louisiana .
Continue reading: Britney Spears Becomes The Latest Star To Threaten Retirement
All the singer wants for Christmas is, well, not a lot really
Britney Spears will star in E!'s fly-on-the-wall documentary I Am Britney Jean tonight (22 Dec.), which looks to lift the lid on her upcoming residency in Las Vegas. Ahead of the documentary's premiere, the singer featured on a guest spot for the channel where she revealed what she's hoping for from Santa this year, which, refreshingly, isn't much.
We hope Britney is in the festive mood
"What do I want Santa to bring me? I have everything," the singer told E! Entertainment's Marc Malkin prior to the airing of her one-off documentary special. The mother of two added, "I'm so happy. I don't need anything. I just want good health, happiness and love."
Continue reading: Britney Spears Reveals Christmas Wish List Ahead Of TV Documentary Airing
In the fifteen years since she burst into the limelight, it has taken Britney Spears eight albums, two husbands, three engagements, two children and a very highly publicised mental breakdown to finally release what she claims to be her "most personal" album to date. What we get on 'Britney Jean' might not be as personal as the Princess of Pop had alluded to, but it is an insightful glimpse into what makes pop music tick today. With will.i.am lending a heavy contribution to the production of the album, it has his stink all over it and whilst the lyrics often allude to a forlorn life spent in the soulless vacuum of pop, it would be a little rich to consider 'Britney Jean' as an accurate depiction of life as Britney Spears.
If anything, this sounds as though it is Britney's most interfered with album to date, where her purity and natural ability has been drowned out by unnecessary studio techniques as she masquerades in front of an ostentatious dance pop background. She doesn't even sound like herself here and, whilst that makes a nice surprise every now and then, if this really is her most personal album yet, then the real Britney Spears must be someone drastically different to the one we thought we'd known since the late 90s.
On opening track 'Alien,' the over-worked manipulation of her voice actually sounds quite refreshing and gives the false impression that the rest of the album will be an intimate and reflective affair. As she sings, "I always felt like a stranger in a crowd" Britney sounds lost in a world she has inhabited for over a decade and you begin to hope that the rest of the album will retain this gentleness. Instead, we get 'Work Bitch.'
Continue reading: Britney Spears - Britney Jean Album Review
'Britney Jean' debuted at No. 4 in the chart, while Brooks scored his ninth No. 1
Garth Brooks released his new box set, Blame It All on My Roots, to an eager fan-base last week, who have managed to see it rise from No. 3 in the Billboard 200 to the No. 1 spot this week. Britney Spears saw her new album debut to a rather lacklustre start on the other hand, as it only just managed to crack the top five, debuting at No. 4.
Brooks is back on top with his latest compilation
Brooks' second box set to reach the top of the charts - his first being 1998's The Limited Series - will have undoubtedly been helped by value Walmart were offering the six disc collection for. Initially being sold for $29.98 before a sale price of $24.96 was introduced this week, Blame It All on My Roots will likely be lining plenty of country fan's stockings come Christmas. The box set sold an additional 146,000 copies this week, enough to see it move two places to the top.
Continue reading: Garth Brooks' Box Set Debuts At No. 1 As Britney Spears Struggles To Make An Impact On Billboard 200
The words of wisdom were given out by Brit whilst she was filling in for Ryan Seacrest on 'American Top 40'
Britney Spears has learnt much throughout her 32-years and whilst she sat in for Ryan Seacrest on the American Top 40 radio show, the singer was keen to dish out some word of wisdom to her fans. In between talking about her upcoming Las Vegas residency and her new album, Britney Jean, the singer also answered some personal questions too, with one person quizzing her on how best to get over a break-up.
Britney Jean is out now
"Just get another guy really quick!" Britney joked (via E! News). "I think if you get another boyfriend it's really easy to get over it."
Continue reading: Britney Spears Hands Out Advice For Managing A Break-Up: "Get Another Guy Really Quick!"
The singer's welcoming committee consisted of stripping showgirls, acrobats and snake charmers
Britney Spears begins her two year residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Hotel at the end of this month and ahead of her stay, the singer was welcomed to Vegas with a typically tacky show earlier this week. The organisers of her arrival to Planet Hollywood pulled out all the stops for Britney on her trip to see her work base for the next 24 months, as the singer was paraded through the streets of Vegas on her way from the airport to hotel.
Her new album, Britney Jean, is out now
The welcoming party began with eight blocks of usually-busy street being closed down especially for her arrival. The closure was put in place to allow an eight-car caravan to deliver Britney to Planet Hollywood, with the route soon teeming with Britney fans, some who held up 'Happy Birthday' signs for the singer, who turned 32 on Monday, 2 December. Fans then got to see a glimpse of the singer as she rode through town in a white 1958 Chevy Impala, parading through the town like a returning hero.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Welcomed To Las Vegas In Typical Sin City Style Ahead Of Residency Shows
Britney talks new love, her father, and why 'Britney Jean' is her most personal record to date.
Britney Spears has begun to stream her upcoming album Britney Jean via iTunes to give her fans an early sneak preview into the album she has described as her "most personal record yet." The pop star herself announced the new of the early iTunes preview via Twitter, where she tweeted, "Yay! Excited to tell you that #BritneyJean is streaming for free all week on @iTunesMusic."
Love And A New Album Out: Britney's In A Good Place Right Now.
The stream totals just 36 minutes for Britney Jean's 10 songs but there will be an additional 4 songs added to the deluxe version upon the album's release, according to Billboard. Spears' eighth studio album will include her recent hits 'Work B*tch' and 'Perfume.' However, both songs have not been as sky-scrapingly successful as the star perhaps would have liked. The former has peaked at No. 12 and debuting at No. 76 on the Billboard Hot 100 respectively.
Continue reading: 'Britney Jean' Streams On ITunes As Britney Spears Opens Up On Her Most Personal Album
Britney's sister has finally negotiated her way around the stumbling blocks and released her debut single 'How Could I Want More'
Jamie Lynn Spears may finally be ready to follow in her famous sister's footsteps and embark on her own singing career after releasing her first single this week. Britney Spears' sister will be hoping to conquer the music charts with her first-ever single, much like her big sis did back in the late 90's, with 'How Could I Want More.'
The teen mother has had more pressing matters to attend to other than her pop career
The 22-year-old released 'How Could I Want More' on Monday, 25 November, and already the track is working its way up the iTunes chart in the US, breaking into the top five last night. The immediate success of the country single can perhaps be owed to Jamie herself, who released the song a day early after teasing the date 26 November on her Twitter for the past few days.
Continue reading: Jamie Lynn Spears Finally Releases Her First Single, 'How Could I Want More' [Listen]
Spears has been intensively promoting her upcoming album, but the 'Alien' release was a bit ahead of schedule.
Brtiney Spears’s 'Alien' apparently follows in the footsteps of fellow pop star Katy Perry’s 'E.T.' in terms of subject matter. Not so much in terms of sound though. The track was leaked today then promptly removed from YouTube and similar sites due to copyright claims. Before 'Alien' could be pulled, however, plenty of people got the chance to hear it. The track, produced by William Orbit (appropriate for a song called 'Alien'), is a mellow, warm tune, very different from Miss Spears’s previous single, 'Work B***h.'
'Britney Jean' will be out December 3.
Unfortunately those Britney fans, who like to get their music the legal, if a bit more expensive way, won’t be able to hear 'Alien' in full for some time. Of course, the song – along with 'Work B**ch' and any other singles Brit and her management decide to bless us with in the mean time, will also be on Britney Jean, the pop princess’ (or would that be queen at this point?) sixth studio album, due for a December release. This includes the upcoming 'Perfume,' which Spears was spotted filming the video for earlier this week.
Continue reading: Britney Spears' 'Alien' Leaked While Singer Works On 'Perfume' Video
'I Am Britney Jean' will premiere on the network on 22 December
Britney Spears hand been handed her very own documentary. The singer will appear in a one-off, behind the scenes look at her life and career as she prepares for her two-year residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, shown exclusively on E! next month.
Britney Jean will be out at the beginning of next month
E! will air the 90-minute TV special, titled I Am Britney Jean, on Sunday, 22 December at 8 pm, five days before she is due to begin her two-year residency at the Vegas resort. The documentary will pick up as Britney is putting the final touches to her album and follows her as she makes the final preparations for her Vegas showcase. The doc. will also feature a number of interviews with the singer, in what E! claims (via THR) will be her "most candid and revealing interviews ever."
Continue reading: Britney Spears Gets Her Own E! Documentary
Britney Spears has released the tracklisting for 'Britney Jean.'
Britney Spears has released the tracklisting for her forthcoming eighth studio album Britney Jean. The singer has been teasing details about the record for weeks - firstly with an 'album recipe' and later in a Twitter Q&A session - though she's finally given fans some cold hard details.
Britney Spears' Artwork for Britney Jean
"Sneaky hackers always trying to ruin my surprises. Here is the TRUE #BritneyJeanTrackList http://smarturl.it/britneyjean pic.twitter.com/YZwfDdwXig," the singer tweeted on Monday after the list had leaked online.
Continue reading: Britney Spears' Sister Jamie-Lynn Features On 'Britney Jean' Track
The singer will hook-up with Will.i.am, T.I. and her sister, Jamie Lynn, on the release
Britney Spears has been coy with the details for her upcoming and eagerly anTIcipated eighth album, Britney Jean, since she announced its release earlier this year. With things moving at a snail's pace, every little revelation is like a cause for celebration, and our latest reason for celebrating came yesterday (12 Nov.) afternoon, when the singer unveiled the track list for her new album.
Britney Jean is out next month
The list had managed to make its way online without Britney's authority earlier this week, prompting the star to tweet the full track list herself soon after. She tweeted, "Sneaky hackers always trying to ruin my surprises. Here is the TRUE #BritneyJeanTrackList," along with a picture of the back of the album.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Shares Full Track List For 'Britney Jean'
Britney Spears has released 'Perfume,' her second single from 'Britney Jean'.
Fresh from news that her songs will tell the story of Jesus, Britney Spears has released 'Perfume', the second single from her eighth studio album, due out on December 3. In stark contrast to 'Work Bitch,' the new song sees Britney returning to the mid-tempo ballad.
The Artwork for Britney Spears' Britney Jean
Produced by Will.i.am and co-written by Spears and Sia, 'Perfume' sees the pop-superstar express "paranoid" feelings about her romantic interest. "Have you been thinking 'bout her or about me/And while I wait I put on my perfume, yeah I want it all over you/I gotta mark my territory," he sings.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Is Back To The Ballads With 'Perfume' Release
The singer worked with Will.i.am and Sia on the second single from her upcoming album, 'Britney Jean'
Britney Spears has slowed the pace down dramatically for her next single, wiping the sweat from the rambunctious 'Work Bitch,' to make a much sweeter smelling second single. 'Perfume' is a much more delicate release, a hark back to some of her more successful ballads like 'Lucky,' and as the singer herself revealed recently, it is also a much more personal release than her raunchy first single.
Britney Jean is out 3 December
"'Perfume' is incredibly special to me because it hits close to home, and I think the story is relatable to everyone," Spears said to E! News about her latest single. "Everyone's been through an insecure moment in a relationship that's left them vulnerable and I think this song captures that."
Continue reading: Britney Spears Gets Personal On Latest Single 'Perfume' [Listen]
Britney Spears hit tracks 'Oops I Did It Again' and 'Bbay One More Time' prove to be the most effective in the fight against Somali pirates.
Britney Spears is one of the most popular female music stars in the world and has a global fan base, but that doesn't seem to include Somali pirates.
It has been revealed that Spear's songs are being used as a secret weapon to defend cargo ships against the threat of a hijacking by Somali pirates.
A merchant navy officer called Rachel Owens (34) told the Metro, "Oops I did it again" and "Baby One More Time" are the "most effective" in deterring the hijackers away.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Songs Used As Defence Against Somali Pirates
Wait...this wasn't in 'Captain Phillips'!
In the battle against the ruthlessly violent pirates infesting the waters around the Horn of Africa, US crews have discovered a novel way to ward of any imminent attacks. Water pistols? Sharks? Sharks with water pistols?! Nope, it has been revealed that the navy's secret weapon when it comes to getting rid of pirates is a bit of all-American sugar pop, courtesy of Ms. Britney Spears.
Britney Spears Songs Used To Scare Away Pirates.
She may have had hits including 'Toxic' and '(You Drive Me) Crazy' but Britney could have never imagined that her songs would finally be put to good use repelling pirates from large cargo ships. Apparently, the two favourites to play - or not, if you're a pirate - are 'Oops! I Did It Again' and 'Baby One More Time,' arguably Spears' most well-known tracks.
Continue reading: Toxic! Britney Spears Songs Played To Ward Off Somali Pirates
Britney Spears revealed the artwork for her upcoming album 'Britney Jean' and penned a letter thanking her fans and colleagues for their continued support.
Britney Spears has revealed her Britney Jean album cover, attaching a personal letter in which she promises her eighth studio album will be her "most personal record yet". Her letter was handwritten; and her decision to write owing to her need to express herself in more than 140 characters, as on Twitter. Spears further described her album as a "labour of love" and something which "I poured my heart and soul into."
The artwork for Britney Jean, due to be released on 3rd December.
The 31-year-old singer promised fans, in the letter posted on her official website, her album would show "the different sides of Britney Spears." She went on to explain these sides, stating "I am a performer. I am a Mom. I am funny. I am your friend!" She further emphasised in the letter how her past has influenced her music, inspiring her to "dig deeper" whilst writing.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Wants To Show Her "Different Sides" In Her Upcoming 'Britney Jean' Album
The star took to Twitter to finally reveal the name of her next album, unveiling the cover art along the way
Britney Spear has been coy about her upcoming eighth studio release, keeping quiet on the name of the album and what we may expect to find on it, other than her previous single, 'Work Bitch,' that is. On Firday, 25 October, however, Britney decided to start spilling the beans and not only revealed the name of the album, but also uploaded an image of the cover art on to her Twitter page.
Britney Jean is out on 3 December
If this wasn't enough, the singer then went on to upload a hand-written message for her fans on to her official website. In it, she explained the Britney Jean would be her "most personal record" to date. The singer also revealed in the note that the album still isn't finished, but it will be ready in time for the scheduled 3 December release. She insisted that she is "putting the finishing touches" to the album in the coming days and said that the release will be an eclectic one, saying, "I want to show you the different sides of Britney Spears."
Continue reading: Britney Spears Reveals Cover Art For 'Britney Jean' & Pens Open Letter To Her Fans
Britney Spears' 'Britney Jean' artwork has rolled out online.
Britney Spears has released the artwork for her highly anticipated eighth studio album Britney Jean. It's rather minimalist affair, showing Britney staring intently down the camera lens, while the title of the album is framed in a sort of neon love-heart. It's not the singer's best artwork, though it's certainly not her worst (remember Hit Me Baby One More Time?).
Britney Spears' Britney Jean Artwork
Anyway, Spears released the artwork on her official website with a lengthy letter to fans updating them on the album's progression.
Continue reading: Britney Spears 'Britney Jean' Artwork Released, New Single 'Perfume' Announced
Britney Spears reveals to Alan Carr she loves Poundland and is now an expert with a whip!
Britney Spears appeared on Channel 4's 'Alan Carr: Chatty Man' this past Friday (Oct 18th) to promote her upcoming album, 'Britney Jean'.
The interview saw the singer cover a range of topics from her love of 99 cent stores, to her heartbreak when she split with Jason Trawick and the raunchy new video for the single 'Work Bitch'.
The host, Alan Carr, asked Britney if she had checked out the UK equivalent to a 99 cent store, called 'Poundland'.
Continue reading: Britney Spears Loves Poundland, Talks Heartbreak And How To Use A Whip In 'Alan Carr: Chatty Man' Interview
Britney Spears and Hustler Sunday 27th January 2008 Britney Spears holding her Yorkshire terrier dog heads for Hustler porn shop Hollywood, California
Britney Spears Friday 25th January 2008 Britney Spears visit a house in Santa Monica Los Angeles, California
Britney Spears Thursday 17th January 2008 After doing some grocery shopping Britney Spears took her assistant Sam for a late night shop at Kitson Women and Men, changing outfits along the way West Hollywood, California
Britney Spears Wednesday 16th January 2008 Britney Spears wearing torn fishnet stockings, goes to Gaucho Grill for dinner with her boyfriend Adnan Ghalib Los Angeles, California
Britney Spears Sunday 23rd December 2007 Party animal Britney Spears arrives at The Peninsula Hotel at 2am wearing a leopard print dress complete with ripped fishnet tights and her trademark pink wig Beverly Hills, California
Britney Spears Monday 10th December 2007 Britney Spears dressed in a frilly black dress and her trademark pink wig was more than happy to pose for photographers as she went on a small trip to get her fix of Starbucks coffee on Sunset Los Angeles, California
Britney Spears and Apple Wednesday 5th December 2007 Britney Spears eating an apple while house shopping in Brentwood Los Angeles, California
Britney Spears Friday 16th November 2007 leaving Four Seasons Hotel the same day a judge orders her not to drive with kids in the car Los Angeles, California
Chris Crocker, Britney Spears and Virgin Monday 29th October 2007 Fans queue up to be the first to buy Britney Spears' new album 'Blackout' from Virgin Records on Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, California
Britney Spears Monday 29th October 2007 appears to be feeling the cold as she leaves Winston's, hugging her chest. The singer, sporting blemished skin and neglected hair extensions, left the West Hollywood bar revealing her knickers in a skimpy dress. She had spent the night celebrating the launch of her album 'Blackout' with friends. Hollywood, California
Britney Spears Sunday 28th October 2007 Britney Spears with her long nails, fumbles with her mobile phone at a gas station in Malibu los Angeles, California
Britney Spears Sunday 7th October 2007 stops off to buy snacks and cigarettes at a gas station in Malibu Los Angeles, California
Britney Spears Thursday 6th September 2007 Britney Spears dressed in a skimpy white dress and cowboy boots out shopping in Robertson Boulevard swamped by paparazzi photographers. She drank Starbucks coffee as she shopped at a childrens clothes store and the Yellow Dog pet store. Los Angeles, California
Dave Navarro, Britney Spears and Las Vegas - Dave Navarro and girlfriend Las Vegas, Nevada - Britney Spears hosts the grand opening of LAX night club at the Luxor Hotel Casino Friday 31st August 2007
Date of birth
2nd December, 1981
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