UPDATE (11/25): You can now listen to Britney Spears' new Britney Jean album in full! Go to iTunes and click play.
In January, Britney Spears left The X Factor to "to get back in the studio" to work on her eighth album. Ten months later, the LP is nearly ready to be unleashed on pop fans worldwide. BritBrit will have a busy December: In addition to her 48-show Las Vegas residency, which kicks off December 27, the superstar's new album, titled Britney Jean, will also arrive during the holiday shopping season.
Check out everything we know about Britney Jean so far, including its release date, writers, producers, song titles and much more.
1. Alien - British producer William Orbit first told NME he crafted the new song.
2. Work Bitch – Britney Jean's first single. Watch the music video above.
3. Perfume – In October, a spokesman for RCA Records, Brit's label, told Billboard that the track would be the LP's second single. It was premiered on the singer's Facebook on November 4 (listen here). The pop star gushed to Good Morning America that it was the song she was most excited for fans to hear. "It's really beautiful. I like that song a lot," she said.
4. It Should Be Easy (ft. will.i.am)
5. Tik Tik Boom (ft. T.I.)
6. Body Ache
7. Til It's Gone
9. Chillin' With You (ft. Jamie Lynn)
10. Don't Cry
Deluxe Version Tracks:
11. Brightest Morning Star
12. Hold on Tight
13. Now That I Got You
14. Perfume (The Dreaming Mix)
The Black Eyed Peas frontman has become a close collaborator with Spears. He produced and appeared on the Femme Fatale cut "Big Fat Bass" and the two rode high on the charts with "Scream & Shout."
Now he's acting as executive producer
on Britney Jean. His goal? Songs
about Britney the person, not Britney the entertainer. "We can't do another song about going on the dance floor," he told Rolling
Stone. "Didn't we see a bunch of Britney doing that already? Don't we want
to see something that comes from her heart? I gotta be the vehicle between her
and her fans."
will.i.am's production history is diverse, including projects with Santana, U2, the Pussycat Dolls and beyond. But his latest production work is simplistic electro-pop jams like Usher's "Can't Stop, Won't Stop" and his own solo tracks like "This Love" and "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)".
On November 12, Brit revealed the tracklist to Britney Jean on Twitter revealing the LP's exec producer will feature on a new track "It Should Be Easy."
On October 25, Britney posted a handwritten letter on her official website promising her "most personal record yet."
"I poured my heart and soul into this album and it's been an incredible journey," she wrote. "I've learned a lot about myself, and as I am finishing, I am reminded of the incredible foundation that has supported me for the last 15 years. "
She added, "I have been through a lot in the past few years and it has really inspired me to dig deeper and write songs that I think everyone can relate to."
Last time we saw the superstar get so vulnerable was during her 2008 MTV special Britney: For the Record. In it, she broke down crying, admitting to the world: "I'm sad." Watch that clip above.
On November 12, Brit revealed the tracklist to Britney Jean on Twitter revealing that her sister Jamie Lynn Spears—listed simply as Jamie Lynn—would feature on a new track "Chillin' With You."
We last heard about the Spears sister's music career in November 2011 when she performed a few surprise showcases in Nashville, revealing she had a country album in the works. No word whether "Chillin' With You" will be a country duet.
Watch a performance of new song "I Look to You" (rumored to be about her big sis) from one of Jamie Lynn's showcases above.
After writing for fellow pop divas like Christina Aguilera, Beyonce and Rihanna, the Aussie songwriter has lent her talents for the blonde pop tart. Britney's manager Larry Rudolph revealed to Billboard that Sia wrote "Perfume," the album's second single.
The British pop singer told Digital Spy that she was tapped to work on the album. "We've written one song and it's a great track and if she likes it then amazing. It was just an honor to be asked," she commented. Charli got her first taste of Top 40 success after co-writing Icona Pop's smash hit "I Love It."
Norwegian songwriter Ina Wroldsen, who worked on "He About To Lose Me" for Femme Fatale, isalso on board for Britney Jean. She's ruled the charts on both sides of the Atlantic: The Pussycat Doll's "Hush Hush," Shontelle's "Impossible" and Cobra Starship's "You Make Me Feel..." dominated stateside, while The Saturdays' "Notorious" and "Work" and Jade Ewen's "My Man" reached hit status in the U.K.
Ester Dean is a rising star in the songwriting game. She's recently worked on numerous hits, including Rihanna's "Where Have You Been" and "S&M," Katy Perry's "Firework" and David Guetta/Nicki Minaj's "Turn Me On." She's a returning Spears regular, too, having worked on Femme Fatale cut "(Drop Dead) Beautiful" (above) and bonus track "Selfish."
While his inclusion on the final Britney Jean tracklist is still TBD, Def Jam recording artist/songwriter Elijah Blake could bring an urban twist to the LP—he's contributed to Usher's "Climax," Rihanna's "No Love Allowed" and Keyshia Cole's "Enough Of No Love." Blake confirmed on Twitter that he "experimented" with Spears in the studio but admitted, "[yo]u never whats on an album till its out."
Unless a promo for The X Factor was a prank, it appears Brit will reunite with longtime collaborator Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins. The two worked together back in '01, when the producer remixed "Overprotected," and as recently as 2011's Femme Fatale tracks "He About To Lose Me" and "Don't Keep Me Waiting" (above). Both flaunt searing guitar work, perhaps indicating a rock edge on the new album. Plus, it should be noted that Darkchild originally crafted the Gaga/Beyonce collabo "Telephone" Spears' use.
Hip hop producer Hit-boy had a banner 2012. He produced pop-leaning hits like Justin Bieber and Drake's collabo "Right Here" and Kelly Rowland's "Lay It On Me," and also crafted hit rap jams like Jay-Z & Kanye West's "N**gas In Paris," 'Ye's guest-packed Cruel Summer gem "Clique" and Kendrick Lamar's "Backstreet Freestyle."
Hit-boy told MTV News in January that he "wanted to show people that I'm not just a hip hop producer, I'm not just in the urban world. I'm just a music maker in general and I can make quality stuff no matter whatever it is."
On Halloween, the NYC-based producer wrote on Twitter that there were "some really personal songs on the new @britneyspears record" and told a fan two days later that he produced one song written by Britney and Sia that is "kinda 'bout her kids."
will.i.am told Rolling Stone that Brit "really liked Diplo," fueling rumors the Major Lazer producer will lend his talents to Britney Jean.