Archive for September, 2007

"Gimme More" Is Britney's Second Biggest Radio Hit Ever

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No matter what you thought of her live performance at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, it’s undeniable, Britney Spears has a hit with her new song, “Gimme More.”

The single has been the number 1, most added single for two weeks in a row on American radio stations. It has also been the greatest gainer at Top 40 radio for the two weeks it has been on the airwaves.

According to a release from Spears’ label Jive Records, “Gimme More,” has become the second highest Top 40 chart debut in the singer’s entire career. Over 90 Top 40 stations have the song at their #25 slot.

Source: Access Hollywood

"Gimme More" To Hit iTunes On October 2nd

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Britney Spears’ live VMAs performance was an embarrassing flop, but her new single “Gimme More” could still wind up on top.

A thumping dance track full of suggestive come-ons delivered by Spears in a breathy voice, the single landed on the Hot 100 Billboard chart in 85th place. Industry experts expect it to climb fast when the digital version comes out Oct. 2.

“I guarantee you, when the song comes out on iTunes, it will probably make it into the top 20,” said Billboard’s Silvio Pietroluongo. “It’s also getting more and more radio play.

“All of her other songs have debuted in the lower half of the chart. Without a digital single, you can’t debut much higher than she did.”

The song’s momentum does not appear to have been stalled by Spears’ putrid performance at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards, where she lumbered across the stage in an ill-fitting black bikini and lazily lip-synced “Gimme More.”

Source: New York Daily News

I take it this means the US iTunes only.

Britney To Appear At The Emmys This Weekend?

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Is Britney Spears considering gracing another awards show stage just a week after her MTV Video Music Awards disaster?

Yes, according to an Emmy Awards show source, who tells Usmagazine.com that Fox network brass were “in negotiations” with Brit’s camp as of Thursday afternoon to get her on this Sunday night’s annual telecast. The source adds that while her appearance has not yet been confirmed, “the idea is to have her come on and apologize for the VMAs. She’s weighing the offer.”

Spears, 25, opened last Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards to scathing reviews. Since then, her lackluster performance has been blamed on just about everything, from her hair to her work ethicto her entertainment lawyer.

Though Spears has been keeping a low profile since the show, a source tells Us that at least some within her inner circle are receptive to the Emmy idea and are urging her to do it.

However, a source close to Spears says: “I can’t say this is 100 percent not true. All I can say is that the Emmy people aren’t dealing with her record company, her manager or her agents at William Morris. So if she is doing anything for the Emmys then it’s not going through the official channels.”

Source: Us Weekly

Info On The Leadup To Britney's VMA Performance

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Long before Britney Spears’s dazed performance on the MTV Video Music Awards in Las Vegas on Sunday, her comeback effort looked out of sync.

It started in May, when the erstwhile pop queen marked her tentative return to public performance after a long hiatus with a string of haphazard club gigs that lasted for as little as 15 minutes, during which she lip-synched old hits like “… Baby One More Time.” But no one was prepared for Sunday night’s fiasco, in which a listless Ms. Spears teetered through her dance steps and mouthed only occasional words in a wan attempt to lip-synch her new single, “Gimme More.”

Endlessly mocked in the mainstream news media and the blogosphere, it has left her fans and her handlers bewildered. The show also left raw nerves: Ms. Spears’s label, Jive Records, sent a note to MTV chastising the network over the comments of the comedian Sarah Silverman, who took the stage immediately after Ms. Spears and referred to her children as “mistakes.”

With her first studio album in four years scheduled for release on Nov. 13, the music industry is debating whether Ms. Spears’s career can recover.

“Is she going to be the next Michael Jackson?” wondered Jay Marose, a former publicist for teen-pop acts like the Backstreet Boys. “She’s been on her own for so long, calling the shots in this bubble.”

Her predicament illustrates the hazards that await pop stars who depart the spotlight and then try to return where they left off. Ms. Spears all but suspended her career three years ago when she married a backup dancer, Kevin Federline, and fired her longtime manager. More recently, she has expressed a desire to run her own career, even while devoting time to a messy divorce with Mr. Federline and a child-custody battle.

Little wonder that the question of how to breathe new life into her career was a polarizing one — particularly when MTV, where Ms. Spears had been a mainstay, extended an offer for her to perform at its annual gala.

The idea received a mostly cool reception from Ms. Spears’s principal advisers at Jive. But Ms. Spears’s entertainment lawyer, Gary Stiffelman, figured she could benefit from MTV exposure, and pressed her to sign on. Mr. Stiffelman also helped steer Ms. Spears to a new manager, Jeff Kwatinetz, about a month ago to guide her through preparations for the appearance. Mr. Stiffelman and Mr. Kwatinetz declined to comment.

Ms. Spears began a program of fitness training and choreography sessions to get ready, with executives from MTV and Jive receiving updates on her progress from her management. Shortly after the preparations began, though, Ms. Spears jolted the team by shaking up her coterie of advisers, ousting Mr. Stiffelman.

Members of Ms. Spears’s camp say that although she expressed jitters about performing on television again, she showed a semblance of sticking to her regimen. But once Ms. Spears arrived in Las Vegas for the awards show weekend, everything ran off the rails. For starters, she was photographed partying with celebrities like Diddy until the wee hours.

Roughly an hour before showtime, Ms. Spears insisted on a series of changes. She clashed with Ken Paves, the high-end hairstylist chosen to do her hair extensions. She also decided not to wear the custom-fitted corset designed for the performance, opting for a black bikini-style costume that revealed more of her body. Her physical appearance during her set also faced a barrage of criticism.

Her performance is the second recent public embarrassment for one of Mr. Kwatinetz’s clients. A few months ago he was fired by the singer Kelly Clarkson amid a public battle she was waging with her label.

For all the buzz about her televised missteps, Ms. Spears appears to be on solid footing in one sense: she has a hot song. Since “Gimme More” surfaced on the New York pop station Z100 two weeks ago, it has quickly earned a spot on the playlists of pop stations nationwide and turned into a hit on Web sites like YouTube.

“So far, in the first two weeks, the reaction has been bigger than anyone expected,” said Sharon Dastur, the program director for Z100. She said that some listeners call to make negative comments about Ms. Spears, “but then they say, ‘When are you guys going to play the song again?’ ”

Two ringtones based on the single can be bought exclusively on mtv.com; initially, demand was so heavy that the servers handling the orders crashed for several hours. And for better or worse, the performance has also prompted loose defenses of Ms. Spears online, where one fan created a Zapruder-like slow-motion replay video that laid the blame for her awkward dancing on a broken boot heel.

It is not clear how far a hit song will take Ms. Spears, however, in the absence of other marketing efforts. Her advisers may be reluctant to risk further setbacks by pushing her to do additional performances or interviews.

A spokeswoman for Jive Records said the company “is committed to releasing Britney Spears’s album on Nov. 13 and we’re excited about the new material.” Her last album, “In the Zone,” sold more than 2.9 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Ms. Spears’s team is also eager to release a music video to counter the impressions left by the MTV debacle. But that may prove tricky, too: Ms. Spears oversaw her production of a gritty, stripper-themed clip for “Gimme More” that may jolt fans who are more accustomed to the slick, tightly choreographed videos that made her an MTV staple. The video is being tweaked with input from her advisers.

Only a week before the awards show, there had been talk among Ms. Spears’s handlers of booking her to play a string of intimate theater performances to promote her new album. But after Las Vegas, all bets are off. Given Ms. Spears’s independent streak, the biggest challenge may be convincing her to commit to a supervised makeover.

“The train wreck can’t be her shtick,” said Mr. Marose. He added, “So many people are pulling for her; they want to love her and she’s making it tough.”

Source: New York Times

"Gimme More" Enters The Billboard Hot 100

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Britney’s new single “Gimme More” has entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart in America at #85!

That’s amazing considering the song hasn’t been officially released yet. This entry is based soley on US radio airplay; the song hasn’t been added to iTunes yet, and it hasn’t even been officially added to radio nationwide either.

In other chart news, the track has climbed 1 place to #22 on the Mediabase airplay chart.

New Info On Album Tracks & Potential Second Single: "Piece Of Me"

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Accuse Britney Spears of many things — but don’t count a lack of self-awareness among them. Entertainment Weekly was given official access to four unmastered tracks from the star’s way-under-wraps upcoming album (label insiders say that all song leaks on websites such as perezhilton.com are not only unsanctioned, but often incomplete) — and the first one’s a doozy. Produced by Bloodshy & Avant, the Swedish team behind her 2004 smash ”Toxic,” ”Piece of Me” kicks off with her standard breathy-sexy growl over a thumping hook: ”I’m Mrs. American dream/ Since I was 17.” Then things get darker: ”I’m Mrs. Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous/I’m Mrs. ‘Oh my God, that Britney’s shameless’/ I’m Mrs. ‘Extra, extra, this just in’ / I’m Mrs. ‘She’s too fat, now she’s too thin.”’ At other points in the song, she refers to herself as ”bad media karma” and insists, ”Another day, another drama/ I can’t see the harm in working hard and being a mama.” According to her reps, the song may very well be her second single after the already charting ”Gimme More.”

The spare, glitchy ”Radar” is also credited to Bloodshy, and promises, ”Boy, I’ve got my eyes on you,” accompanied by Vocoder ”da da da”s and what sounds not unlike a real live Doppler radar machine (how method!).

”Break the Ice,” meanwhile, may remind some of Nelly Furtado’s 2007 hit ”Say It Right” — and for good reason; it also gets its sound from Nate ”Danjahandz” Hills (the producer behind ”Gimme More”).

Finally, ”Heaven on Earth,” an airy disco-queen come-on in the vein of Gwen Stefani’s Sweet Escape, was penned by songwriter Kara DioGuardi (she cowrote both Ashlee Simpson?s ”Pieces of Me” and Kelly Clarkson’s ”Walk Away,” as well as Stefani’s ”Rich Girl”).

Not heard so far: any ballads or explicit references to Kevin Federline or other famous exes (JT, you’re in the clear — for now). Spears’ as-yet-untitled fifth studio album is due Nov. 13.

Source: Entertainment Weekly