Fox News Reviews Tracks Off Britney's New Album

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Britney Spears is getting a music makeover from Beyonce’s mentor. On Thursday, I heard some new tracks from Britney’s forthcoming still untitled album, and I can tell you: They’re not bad.

Jive Records, distributed by SonyBMG, will release the album on Nov. 13 despite Spears’ recent troubles. It will go head-to-head with another BMG release, Alicia Keys’ “As I Am.” I’ve heard several tracks from that album, too.

While Keys’ album is certainly more important artistically, Spears’ has a lot more riding on it —like, her career.

The trick will be how to promote Spears’ CD. So far, my sources say Jive is just going to put the CD out and not depend on Britney for publicity. They’re not going to let another debacle like Spears’ MTV Video Music Awards performance happen again. No sir, no way.

Britney’s fans — and by the numbers she generates with this column she must have a lot —already know “Gimme More.” It’s the first single, and probably the lead track, although nothing is set in stone.

This much is known, however. Spears’ guiding light on this project is Jive’s new A&R guru, Dallas-based Theresa LaBarbera Whites. She’s the same women who is credited for discovering Beyonce, Destiny’s Child and Jessica Simpson, and putting their careers on track.

That means that Whites is working with producers and writers to get Britney the right sound for an album’s worth of hits. If the album tanks, which it shouldn’t, Jive and Spears will be in boiling hot water. …

But from the sound of it, Britney’s got a couple of hits ready to go after “Gimme More.” In particular, a track called “Heaven on Earth,” written by a California duo called Freescha, is a smash, I think. It’s a totally original dance track that comprises a distinctive and catchy melody. It sounds fresh and exciting, and it’s eminently hummable.

If Jive can get a video out of Spears for this song, they’ll be in good shape. The song was co-produced, too, by Kara DioGuardi, a 26-year-old one-woman pop music hit factory.

No, it’s not Bob Dylan or Joni Mitchell, but it’s got a beat, and the kids can dance to it.

Another track, “Piece of Me,” is written and produced by a team called Bloodshy and Avant. (Don’t you love these names?)

Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg are the same Swedish music production team that did “Toxic” with Britney in 2004. They tailored “Piece of Me” to be a reaction to Spears’ treatment by the tabloid press and the paparazzi. She gets to sing lines about the photogs “pissing me off” and taking pictures of her derriere.

The song has a clever production — it sounds like Britney’s trapped in a pinball machine — as it rhymes “rich and famous” with “shameless.” The producers even get to chime in vocally, singing “Extra! Extra!”

The two other tracks I heard were more straight-ahead electronic disco. “Radar,” produced again by Bloodshy and Avant with The Clutch this time (an Atlanta hip-hop outfit) has sonar pings and sounds like Las Vegas goes EuroDisco. (Check out The Clutch’s MySpace page; you’ll be pleasantly surprised and wonder why they’re not getting big push.)

“Break the Ice” was produced by Nate “Danja” Hills, protégé to Timbaland and the man behind “Gimme More.”

Add these to some other tracks floating around the internet — “Cold as Fire,” produced by rapper T-Pain, in which Spears uses the F-word — and we have some idea of what to expect on Nov. 13.

Source: Fox News

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    […] unknown wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptThey’re not going to let another debacle like Spears’ MTV Video Music Awards performance happen again. No sir, no way. Britney’s fans — and by the numbers she generates with this column she must have a lot —already know “Gimme More. … […]

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  • Roberto

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    I can’t wait for this album. it better beat alicia key’s album or I will have a fit.

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  • ali

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    arr, i am so excited!!!! i think it will be awsome. all of the songs which were leaked online so far have been soo catchy and great

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  • Sandy

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    is the song called “Heaven on Earth” maybe one we already know? it could be the one called “your…” that leaked some time ago? what do you think

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  • filipe

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    yes it’s that song and it’s great!!!

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  • mia

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    All her new leaked songs sound really really GOOD…should be ALBUM OF THE YEAR!!!! Can’t wait for the album..

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  • Michael

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    I really like the response she is getting from all these industries on her new album. They are all saying it is good. That is good news for BRITNEY then. I wonder if What U Sippin On & Kiss Me All Over will be on the album, those 2 songs sound good. Has anyone heard those 2 songs. Keep requesting GIMME MORE.

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  • Michael

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    I agree with you Mia, all the leaked songs sound very good…

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  • Bulletin News

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    Kewl write up about s New Album! Thoroughly enjoy your posts.

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