Britney Spears Continues To Get Great Advance Publicity For Her Album

Jul 23rd, 2008 // 20 Comments

72556821.jpgImported gossip rag OK! is “revealing exclusively” (has a more noxious phrase ever been coined?) the rumor that Britney Spears is going to let her ex-beau Justin Timberlake guest on her forthcoming album, which is being worked on now for a December release. Why you’d want someone who dissed you in public whose most recent collaboration was a semi-dud Madonna song to be on your “comeback” record is beyond me, but I guess I’m writing about it, so we all know where the joke’s landed, no? [OK! / Photo of happier times: Getty]

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  1. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    Britney Spears is going to let her ex-beau Justin Timberlake guest on her forthcoming album.

    Give their current status in the pop cultural/music universe (not to mention what Britney allegedly did to end the relationship), shouldn’t this be, “Justin is going to do Britney a massive favor and appear on her forthcoming album.”

  2. Maura Johnston
  3. Nicolars

    Justin is a massive tool but a. he’s popular and b. Britney never has seemed totally over him despite the massive tooliness.

  4. TheRunningboard7

    @Maura Johnston: The song was a dud? I think its the only Madonna song I’ve liked since “frozen”, and I only kinda like that song. Did it under perform?

  5. Tauwan

    @TheRunningboard7:

    Wow. Really? Nothing Btw Frozen and 4 Minutes piqued your interest? Wow. Not even Hung Up? Or Get Together? Hollywood? How about Music? No? Nothing? Wow.

  6. TheRunningboard7

    @Tauwan: I dunno, just didn’t do it for me. I can’t help what I like, I guess. My iTunes just went from Between the Buried and Me to Natalie Merchant to Darren Hayes: As someone who likes a little of everything and is an occasional Madonna listener I figured that this 4 Minutes business would have done better for her than Maura made it sound.

  7. propaganda-artist

    Um. I’m pretty sure that, despite what some critics might think, “4 Minutes” is easily one of Madonna’s most successful (radio-wise) singles in a while. Sure, “Hung Up” may have been better, but “4 Minutes” went to number three here and number one in countless other places. For a fifty year-old, it’s a pretty damn ubiquitous. I give her props.

    Besides, if you take it as merely a pop song that’s just trying to get you to shake your ass, it’s successful.

  8. Chris N.

    Yeah, I’d never want Justin Timberlake to guest on my album. What a total failure he is! Nobody likes him at all!

  9. Maura Johnston

    hey, i’m just saying, girlfriend should move on past her relationship and maybe him extend the first olive branch, since he was the one who took his jerkiness public first.

  10. Maura Johnston

    maybe LET him

  11. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    @Maura Johnston: Ok, I can’t believe I’m commenting a second time on the Britney/Justin relationship, but you’re really holding it against him that he “took his jerkiness public first?” What I see is that she cheated on him, and, like, I don’t know, every musician ever, he wrote a song about it. (A good song at that.) I don’t see how he’s in the wrong for that.

    If you’re making the argument that he kicked it up a notch by putting a Britney doppleganger in the video, I never thought that girl looked much like her, beyond hair color. And if he didn’t do that, and say, used a brunette, people would still say “that song’s about Britney, he’s just trying to hide it through hair color.” So really, he can’t win there.

    I’m not even really taking sides (i.e. that its her fault, so he can do whatever), but I just don’t see that he’s a jerk here.

  12. How do I say this ... THROWDINI!

    @Maura Johnston: I agree with your she-needs-to-move-on statement, just not your (facetious?) Justin’s-a-jerk position. Actually, I would guess its her manager/record company/advisers/etc. really pushing for a Britney/Justin collaboration. It would definitely increase the publicity/curiousity factor that she’s going to need to sell her next album, since the last one tanked. (Or is perceived to have tanked, I don’t know how many copies it actually sold.)

  13. Chris N.

    Wonder if Britney’s ever heard ‘Blackout.’

  14. Chris N.

    I think she needs to fully move on from all of her drugs in order to heal.

  15. Thierry

    I think she needs to fully move on from not wearing panties in order for us to heal.

  16. breedavies

    Did “Blackout” even count as an album? I don’t remember any of it…except her drugged out, track-showing hairline appearance at the VMAs.

    I wish Brit-dog would get a friend, or a close family member, or a hired sober companion, or some random stranger to pull her from this mess of a life, and help her get real, get rehab, and some serious physical and mental long-term care.

    Maybe Justin should skip the album appearance drive her straight to rehab.

  17. Anonymous

    Blackout definitely counted as an album – your classic side A ‘awesome’, side B ‘not so great’ style that hundreds of pop stars through the decades have released. Despite its uneveness, ‘gimme more’ and ‘piece of me’ are still two of my favorite singles of the last couple of years, and may even top the knife when it comes to the whole ‘drugged out creepily sexual nightmare disco’ subgenre. Admittedly, girl needs help, and some friends who arent evil, but she’s gotten more great music from her pop courtney love permanent meltdown status than Justin Timberlake ever has (discounting ‘cry me a river’ perhaps).

  18. Anonymous

    Also, who the fuck cares whether or not someone wears panties? Plus that headshaving shit was punk rock as hell. She just needs her own sam ronson to unleash her inner weirdo.

  19. Maura Johnston

    i’m being maybe a wee bit facetious. (and maybe a wee bit not. i do think she needs to fully move on from all of her past in order to heal.)

  20. uptonking

    @ propaganda-artist : Thank you! While having a personal opinion is always welcome and of interest – stating facts or at least presenting something akin to the truth is a sign of integrity. I agree with propaganda-artist 100% and while Hard Candy will sit on my shelf as the contractual obligation / piece of product that it is… one can hardly term ’4 Minutes’ a “dud”. I think “world-wide hit” is a more appropriate term.

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