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Britney Article October 14, 2007

Posted by shell in PROCESS JOURNAL.

Found an age article about Britney…
Uses similar title to our fabricated one (as in it contains one of her song titles)

Here’s hoping she doesn’t get knocked up before thursday!!

Little It-girl lost: Britney hits us one more time
October 14, 2007

A new album may help Spears get her career and life back on track, reports Michelle Griffin.

IT’S been the year of living dangerously for Britney Spears, but this week is her best and possibly last chance to save her career and family life.

On Friday, she reappears in the family court to appeal against the decision to award full custody of her two sons to ex-husband Kevin Federline.

On Saturday, her fifth album, Blackout, is released worldwide. Early reports of the album are favourable. Certainly her first single, Gimme More, is getting good airplay on commercial radio (it’s No.23 on the Australian radio rotation charts) and is No.3 on the ARIA download charts.

And just like her rival and antithesis Kylie Minogue, Britney’s new release has been preceded by unauthorised tracks uploaded on to the internet, building buzz for the real thing.

The lawsuit Spears’ record company Zomp has just launched against high-profile gossip blogger Perez Hilton for leaking the tracks also keeps the release newsworthy.

But pop songs are not what Spears is famous for any more. She’s become the poster girl for the Too Much Information age.

“I have a hit list of 10 LA It-girls that I want to photograph and at the very top of that list is Britney Spears,” Twist, a snapper for agency X17 told UK newspaper the Observer last week. “She’s the major story in this town. All the trouble she’s gone through, all the bad publicity … if anything, that just makes her hotter right now. Britney sells.”

She also delivers. Almost every week delivers a fresh update from the 25-year-old’s meltdown, from last November’s crotch flash to the painful head-shaving scenes in February to the disastrous stumble through the MTV video awards.

Spears seemed to have her act together, albeit briefly, when she appeared on David Letterman’s talk show on November 6 last year: she was slick, slim and groomed.

The next day, she filed for divorce from Federline, the wannabe rapper widely blamed for Spears’ decline from saucy to trashy. It looked as if the pop star had dispensed with her late-onset teenage rebellion along with her starter marriage and was ready to get back to work.

But that was only a couple of weeks before she got out of a car with her mini-dress hiked so high the paparazzi could get a shot of her caesarean scar.

It was the clearest sign yet that the once-virginal pop princess, whose image was tightly controlled from the age of 11 to 22, had stopped bothering to keep up appearances.

Perhaps if she were not famous, Spears would still be partying too hard and posting embarrassing pictures on Facebook. Instead, a swarm of photographers provide her audience with continual status updates.

“The 20s are the time in your life for making mistakes,” says Jess McGuire, Australian editor of Hollywood gossip blog Defamer. “She has to make them in public. These days, before you’ve got your hangover, you’ve been loaded onto YouTube.”

Britney is without doubt the biggest star on YouTube, which has 159,000 clips related to the wayward star — far more than any of the other girls gone wild, such as Lindsay Lohan.

If you click on YouTube’s most-watched videos for the week, the month or even of all time, you’ll find plenty of Britney: on talk shows, in music videos, stumbling out of nightclubs. It was the Britney factor that made a celeb of tear-stained fan Chris Crocker. He’d posted 60 rants on YouTube, but “Leave Britney Alone” scored him a reality TV deal.

It also suggested that Britney still commands the kind of public sympathy that, say, Paris Hilton doesn’t.

Women scorn Hilton, but fret for Spears, the archetypal lost girl, genuinely pathetic.

Stories of Spears pasting photographs of her cronies in a photo album labelled “My New Friends” are as sad as her public appearances in stripper outfits.

“The exhibitionism I think partly comes from her desperation to be thought attractive,” a music industry acquaintance told the Observer.

“She’s been taught her whole life to use her sexuality as a marketing tool so she goes out without wearing underwear and flashes to the paparazzi, almost as self-affirmation.”

But there are signs that while the private Spears is a mess, well-drilled showgirl Britney still knows how to work it.

A pop star who always picked the right collaborators, she’s worked with some of dance music’s edgiest producers on her latest album. Gimme More, the first single, opens with the announcement: “It’s Britney, bitch.” Another track, Piece of Me, is addressed to her constant companions, the photographers: self-justification you can dance to, apparently.

Her reputation was already on the rails in 2003 when she came out with Toxic, the hypnotic electronic paean to everything that was bad for her. Maybe she can do it again.

If there’s anything the modern celebrity machine loves more than a tabloid trainwreck, it’s a comeback. Next weekend, we find out if Britney can.

This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2007/10/13/1191696232523.html



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