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  1. Saw the photos trending on Twitter, I'm surprised this hasn't been shared here yet. Source: https://www.buzzfeed.com/terrycarter/billie-eilish-tribute-to-britney-spears-jingle-ball Billie Eilish Just Paid Tribute To Britney Spears During A Performance And I Need A Collab, Like, Yesterday So you probably saw Billie Eilish trending this week for not knowing who Van Halen is. Kevin Winter / Getty Images But this post isn't about that. This post is about Billie Eilish paying tribute to the legend, the icon, and the pop diva that is Britney Spears. Jon Kopaloff / Getty Images On Friday, the "xanny" singer performed at iHeartRadio's annual Jingle Ball, but it was her outfit that had everyone's attention. Rich Fury / Getty Images As you can see, Billie wore a t-shirt and shorts with Britney's face all over it. Kevin Winter / Getty Images The back of Billie's t-shirt also had Britney's name on it, for emphasis. 399 people are talking about this The sleeves of her t-shirt also featured images of the "Circus" singer and spelled out her name, so it's safe to say Billie might just be a stan. Rich Fury / Getty Images I mean, this is stan culture, am I right? In case you're wondering, the admiration is definitely mutual. Back in June, Britney shared this epic Instagram video of herself dancing to Billie's No. 1 single, "Bad Guy": instagram.com She even recreated her "I'm a Slave 4 U" choreography from the 2001 MTV VMAs. That's love. OFC, Billie fangirled over the moment, writing "omg" in the comments: instagram.com So when are we getting a collab ladies? I need it, like yesterday. Hallmark P.S., this proves Billie DOES know her musical legends. I'm just saying 🤷🏾‍♂️.
  2. Ugh, I saw this pop up recently, too, but on a different site. I've been wondering myself why bring it up now. I'm not a fan of either of Britney's parents, but considering she and Jamie are at odds over Britney's career and treatment, the timing is interesting as hell.
  3. Source: https://amp.theguardian.com/music/2019/oct/25/were-not-made-to-be-famous-max-martin-the-powerhouse-of-pure-pop Not exclusively about Britney, but he makes some interesting comments nonetheless. Also, it’s a long read. Britney Spears is a genius’: Max Martin, the powerhouse of pure pop The man behind two decades of hits for Britney, Ariana, Taylor and more is ‘thankful’ singers still put themselves out there. Now, 30 of his songs are getting a second life from Shakespeare Show caption Michael Cragg Fri 25 Oct 2019 01.00 EDT Even in a completely empty theatre, Max Martin manages to disappear, choosing to perch himself on the back row, almost completely hidden in shadow. If you didn’t know whom you were looking for, you would assume the long-haired, 48-year-old Swede, dressed in a black T-shirt, was taking a break from shifting props for that night’s performance of the new jukebox musical & Juliet. It seems inconceivable that someone so unassuming could have dominated pop music for more than 20 years, but the statistics speak for themselves. Martin has co-written and co-produced 73 US Top 10 singles for the likes of Taylor Swift, Ariana Grande, Katy Perry and Britney Spears. Twenty-two went to No 1, with 12 also topping the UK charts. Collectively, these have sold more than 150m copies globally, earning Martin an Oscar nomination, five Grammys and the 2016 Polar Music prize (previously won by Bob Dylan and Patti Smith). Martin’s 22 US No 1s make him the third-most successful songwriter in US chart history, behind only Paul McCartney (32) and John Lennon (26). He is the man who introduced the imperishable, if occasionally linguistically questionable, choruses “Hit me baby one more time”, “I kissed a girl and I liked it” and “Backstreet’s back, all right!” to karaoke booths everywhere, with songs that were at once dramatic, melancholic and never less than relentlessly catchy. The hugely ambitious & Juliet – a modern re-telling of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet in which Juliet decides not to kill herself , but to head to Paris in order to live a little – is woven expertly around 30 of these hits, originally written for artists ranging from Celine Dion to ‘NSync, the Weeknd to Pink. Martin hardly ever gives interviews. “I’m not a shy person,” he clarifies as we sit in one of Manchester Opera House’s tiny bars, his accent a mix of Swedish and the Los Angeles drawl of his adopted home. “I just like to stay in the background as much as possible.” Ever since he earned his first US Top 10 hit in 1997 by co-writing and co-producing fellow Swede Robyn’s Do You Know (What It Takes), Martin has been a self-confessed “studio nerd tucked away in a basement somewhere”. One rock star due to get the Max treatment assumed the quiet man he had met was an engineer and asked him when Martin was due to arrive. We are joined by the writer of & Juliet’s book, David West Read, who, much to Martin’s delight, has shown up in a vintage Britney T-shirt. “You’re about to find out I love talking,” Martin continues, popping a snus (a moist tobacco bag, popular in Sweden) under his top lip. “We’ve been putting a lot of work into & Juliet and it’s a new field for me, so I don’t mind talking about this.” Martin had been toying with the idea of a jukebox musical for years, inspired by Abba’s global behemoth, Mamma Mia! If a feminist retelling of a Shakespeare soundtracked by Spears sounds like the work of someone who has just had a bump to the head, well, that is because it is. “I had hit my head on a kitchen cabinet and couldn’t look at screens or light for a while,” West Read says (he was concussed). “So I made a playlist of Max’s catalogue and realised that so many of the songs are about young love … of course Romeo & Juliet came to mind.” As well as getting involved in the auditions and workshops, Martin also recorded the cast album. “I couldn’t be like: ‘Oh, just do it,’” he says. “A lot of the songs were written with the artists and co-writers, and so I feel responsible for all these people that have been involved throughout my career.” It also represented something that has perhaps been missing from his, as he calls it, “day job”: risk. If you have done it all, your songs turning Swift, Perry and Grande into superstars, where do you go next? “There was so much for me to learn here,” he smiles. “It’s easy to go on autopilot. If I’m feeling uncomfortable then that’s probably where I should be, rather than in a place where I’m like: ‘I totally got this.’” The foundations for Martin’s empire were laid during an apprenticeship with Denniz PoP, whose 90s productions for Ace of Base had become international hits. Martin (born Karl Martin Sandberg in Stockholm) had played the French horn at school; when he met PoP (born Dag Krister Volle) he was the frontman of It’s Alive, a Kiss-inspired glam rock band. Discerning that Sandberg had an ear for pop music, PoP – a fan of pseudonyms – rechristened him Max Martin and employed him as a songwriter and producer at his Stockholm powerhouse, Cheiron studios. Cheiron’s records would fuse R&B grooves with happy/sad Abba-esque melodies. The former glam rocker Martin brought an edge of bombast and some weapons-grade melodies, soon employed on records for the Backstreet Boys and the British boyband Five. PoP died of cancer in August 1998, two months before the release of what may be Martin’s most famous creation. ... Baby One More Time, which he wrote singlehandedly, got to No 1 in just about every country it was released. But it almost came to nothing. The demo, Martin remembers, sat lying around for “maybe six months, a year” and attempts were made to pitch it to “really established artists”. Eventually the Backstreet Boys’ label, Jive, offered it to their new signing, Spears. “When I heard her singing, I just knew instantly,” he says. “The way she recorded that song, she added another dimension.” Among the artists who turned it down were TLC, assuming that the line “Hit me baby one more time” advocated domestic violence. Martin and his fellow Swedes at Cheiron had meant it simply as slang for “call me”. Other Martin lyrics of the era also presented problems for West Read when he was weaving them into & Juliet. “It’s really kind of confusing,” he says of the Backstreet Boys’ I Want it That Way, a song that seems to undermine itself at every turn. “You know that’s a thing, right?” Martin beams proudly. “Like: ‘What does it mean?’ There were forums of people discussing it.” While the grammatical error that appears in Ariana Grande’s 2014 EDM stomper Break Free (“Now that I’ve become who I really are”) may have been placed there on purpose – including a “juicy line” that sticks in the listener’s memory is a very Max Martin move – the Backstreet Boys song is a clearer example of Martin’s obsession with words serving the melody, a concept he calls “melodic math”. “Growing up, I listened to songs by Abba, Elton John, the Beatles, and I had no idea what they meant, so to me phonetics have always been important,” he explains. “I felt something hearing this music, and it meant something to me. If you can have a great lyric that also phonetically sounds amazing, then you’re golden. But it’s also kind of cool if you write a song and people are emotionally moved without understanding what’s being said. That, to me, is as powerful.” He favours simplicity, repetition and instant familiarity over unnecessary complexity, but balks at the idea that his songwriting is governed by strict rules. “It’s about having tools for when you’re stuck,” he says, leaning in as if divulging a secret. “If you have a verse that’s super-busy, and you want to take it to the next part, you might want something that has a little more space, so [the listener] can take in the information and not get lost.” You can hear this technique on Taylor Swift’s Shake It Off, for example. “That’s a mathematical way of thinking, it’s not about doing it by feel,” he concedes. “But if it’s flowing, you don’t need any of that stuff.” He thinks for a moment. “Also, if there was a hard rule then all of my songs would be huge and, trust me, they’re not.” I’ve seen it many many times, what fame does. We’re not made to be that famous, it’s not normal Martin’s early hit rate largely depended on Spears. A handful of their collaborations forms the backbone of & Juliet, tracing a narrative arc that runs from ... Baby One More Time’s “my loneliness is killing me” to Stronger’s assertive declaration of the opposite (“My loneliness ain’t killing me no more”). Did you allow yourself a little high five in the studio when you linked those two songs? “Er … maybe,” he laughs, self-effacing as ever. He is keen, too, to give the artists he has worked with credit, even when, as he puts it delicately, “someone isn’t a songwriter per se”. Britney Spears, for instance. “She’s a genius,” he says, popping a fresh snus. “So much had happened to her in that [early period] and she had to grow up quickly. We had conversations with her about what she wanted to do and what she wanted to say.” Nonetheless, the world of pop songwriting and production is still dominated by men, easily characterised as ruthless svengalis. “I don’t want to think I’m one of them,” Martin says carefully. “We try and do our best to make [the studio environment] diverse, welcoming and inclusive. Let’s try and inform and be role models as much as possible in our world and hopefully it will spread.” Would he like to see more female producers? “Women aren’t encouraged in the right way,” he says. “We’re still programmed to think: ‘The boys take care of the computers’ and that has to change, and it is changing. Even if you come from a very dark place of,” – he slips into a convincing American accent – “‘I want to make a lot of money.’ It’s a stupid decision. We’re missing out on 50% of the talent.” A lot of Martin’s biggest hits have been with female artists: not just Spears, Swift and Perry but also British stars such as Adele, Ellie Goulding and Jessie J. He has seen at close proximity what can happen when unimaginable fame takes hold, not least Spears’s distressing, and hugely publicised, breakdown in 2007. “I think we all should be grateful [to the artists],” he says, growing animated for the first time. “It’s easy for us to say that they become these rich, spoilt divas – and I’m not talking about Britney specifically, just in general – but we forget that these artists go out into the world and work and tour and become super-famous for our enjoyment. And then we watch their lives fall apart in front of our eyes for doing something amazing.” He sighs. “I’m so thankful that someone actually still wants that job. I’ve seen it many many times, what fame does. And it goes back to why I don’t do interviews. Especially now with social media: our lives are on display all the time and when you’re famous it’s on a whole other level. We’re not made to be that famous, it’s not normal. It’s not in our DNA.” His more recent work with the likes of Normani and Grande have seen him embrace the fact that pop’s pendulum has swung away from pop and towards R&B and hip-hop, a shift that – when it happened in the early 00s with the rise of Pharrell Williams’s songwriting and production outfit the Neptunes – briefly knocked Martin off course. Does he have similar concerns this time? “I’ve come to a point where I try not to think about the perception of the work,” he says. “The first time it happened, when the boyband era crashed in front of my eyes, I was freaking out a bit, but I’ve never really been worried.” That LA breeziness returns. “I’m not [making music] because I want to be successful; I would be doing this anyway. Also, popular culture is supposed to move.” Making records, he says, is “about staying inspired, but also sticking to your guns of what you love doing”. Suddenly, the musical’s in-house band starts up next door, a sign that Martin is free to stop doing something he is still learning to love. As we get up to leave, we are joined by a PR who needs to speak to Martin about that evening’s opening press night. One-sided discussions are had about red carpets, photographers and local press, with Martin looking increasingly nervous. “I can still arrive via the side door right?” he says, edging back into the shadows.
  4. Ordered! Can’t believe they’re still available, though I wouldn’t have cared as much if I didn’t get this one the first round as it’s not one of my faves. But my fave fave is coming up next. 😈
  5. lol if true, her team is just too damn much. Jfc.
  6. Source: https://ew.com/theater/2019/10/18/britney-spears-one-more-time-cover-and-juliet-listen/ This whole idea seems really cute haha. Listen to & Juliet turn Britney Spears' 'Baby One More Time' into a haunting call to arms The original London cast of the new musical is taking pop music to West End. By October 18, 2019 at 03:46 PM EDT FBTwitterMore The West End is getting a big dose of pop thanks to & Juliet. The new musical features the works of legendary pop songwriter Max Martin, and we’ve got a sneak peek at how the London show is putting a new spin on iconic classics with the original London cast recording cover of Britney Spears‘ “… Baby One More Time.” Performed by & Juliet star Miriam-Teak Lee, the new version transforms the bubblegum pop hit into a haunting call-to-arms that is going to give you chills. Listen to the cover above now. This is the second track released ahead of & Juliet’s opening at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre in November. Atlantic Records previously released the original cast recording of “Roar” last month. Listen to that cover, also performed by Lee, below. Aside from putting a new spin on classic pop songs, & Juliet is also remixing a classic tale by telling the story of Romeo & Juliet from Juliet’s point-of-view. What if Juliet’s famous ending was really just her beginning? What if she decided to choose her own fate? The “hilariously irreverent” new musical tells the “timely and timeless” story of Juliet’s sensational journey of self-discovery and second chances, with Lee in the titular role. Produced by Martin, Tim Headington, Theresa Steele Page, Jenny Petersson, and Martin Dodd, & Juliet has already wrapped a limited season at Manchester Opera House and will begin a run at London’s Shaftesbury Theatre on November 2nd, with opening night on November 20th. Tickets are available now. Check out the full tracklist, featuring some of your favorite pop songs from the past 30 years, for the musical below: 1. “Larger Than Life” 2. “I Want It That Way” 3. “… Baby One More Time” 4. “Show Me The Meaning of Being Lonely” 5. “Domino” 6. “Show Me Love” 7. “Blow” 8. “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman” 9. “Overprotected” 10. “Confident” 11. “Teenage Dream” / “Break Free” 12. “Oops! … I Did It Again” 13. “I Kissed A Girl” 14. “It’s My Life” 15. “Love Me Like You Do” 16. “Since U Been Gone” 17. “Whataya Want From Me” 18. “One More Try” 19. “Problem” / “Can’t Feel My Face” 20. “That’s The Way It Is” 21. “Everybody” 22. “As Long As You Love Me” 23. “It’s Gonna Be Me” 24. “Shape Of My Heart” 25. “Stronger” 26. “F**kin’ Perfect (Explicit)” 27. “Roar” 28. “I Want It That Way (Reprise)” 29. “Can’t Stop The Feeling!” 30. “One More Try (Original Version)” & Juliet (Original London Cast Recording) will be released on Nov. 15, and is available now for pre-order.
  7. This is true, but I was mainly noting that albums #2-4 are still available at all. BOMT hasn't been brought back after its first two releases sold out. I'm surprised that the others haven't sold out in their second runs. Also, BO took longer than I thought it would to sell out.
  8. Interesting, indeed ... the quality on the leaked tracks was pretty top notch, too. I did eventually realize it was uploaded as a podcast and I was so confused.
  9. Interesting that, so far, BOMT is the only one they did the two stealth releases of and haven't restocked. Albums #2-4 are still on there with no mention of the "5,000 copies only" like BOMT and Blackout.
  11. Their stance is pretty much my stance. The FreeBritney movement has bothered me, not because I don’t believe they couldn’t be right about certain things, but mental illness is very multifaceted. She can be capable of work, but also struggle hard in other parts of her life. Harder than anyone else does. I love Brad Stern, I think he’s highly rational, and these opinions should not be silenced just because some (a very small part) of the Britney army has made up their minds on one narrative. I think there’s multiple narratives at play that can be true because, mental illness or not, that’s life. Life isn’t flat, it’s complicated. Britney’s situation included.
  12. I agree with @sairaannopee99, I think most of the time there's no source. Journalists (real journalists) have a right to protect their sources, which is why so many end up being anonymously quoted. People fear for their lives or livelihoods against powerful people, but journalists can help them get their word out there without repercussions. Unfortunately, I think a lot of tabloids use it as a loophole to make up lies. Or they hack phones a la Piers Morgan lol. Either way, scummy.
  13. This is the part I think most people miss. “Rumor is” or “I’ve heard” is so totally different than “He is definitely doing this.” Tabloids rarely get sued for a reason, wording is everything.
  14. [EDIT] And it's gone. I have no clue why this exists, but it has that Hey Ma song (w/ Pitbull) as well as State of Grace, (Tell Me) Am I A Sinner, 911, and more. Listen while you can before they pull it!
  15. Source: https://theblast.com/97299/britney-spears-dad-back-in-court-in-battle-with-britney-fan-dema?fbclid=IwAR1vt7ibDQfwFGV9gAZWq5G6PEF1QH_3B9JYVtomgI5uwGjqCtgm1UNmn1U I had honestly forgotten about this lawsuit. Britney Spears' Dad Back in Court to Battle With Britney Fan, Demands Injunction Britney Spears dad is pressing forward with his legal battle against one of her fans, accusing him of spreading lies about his daughter. ADVERTISEMENT According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Jamie Spears is updating the court on his lawsuit against a Britney superfan named Anthony Steven aka Anthony Elia. Spears accused Steven of defamation, over claims Britney’s team was removing negative comments from her social media. In newly filed documents, Spears says “the parties are currently discussing alternative paths to possibly resolve the matter. However, Defendant resumed posting false and disparaging statements regarding Plaintiff.” ADVERTISEMENT Jamie is moving the lawsuit forward and demanding damages. He is also seeking an injunction prohibiting Steven from writing about Britney or himself. Steven has yet to respond to the lawsuit. ADVERTISEMENT Earlier this year, Jamie Spears, sued Steven aka Anthony Elia accusing him of defamation. ADVERTISEMEN Steven, who runs the Instagram account "Absolute Britney”, allegedly claimed Britney’s team had doctored her Instagram page to make her seem unstable. That account made headlines with a post claiming that Spears' team has been "deleting positive comments on her Instagram post and leaving negative ones to keep up the illusion that she needs help." Britney and Jamie Spears (who filed the lawsuit in his role as conservator over Britney) claim they "have sat by while fans accused them of numerous false and malicious things, including attempts to mislead the public with the content that appears on her social media." ADVERTIS
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