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Kein Popstar sorgte in den vergangenen Jahren weltweit für mehr Schlagzeilen als Britney Spears. Doch trotz aller privater Schicksalsschläge, trotz aller Skandale und Räuberpistolen, die die Medien in den vergangenen Monaten nahezu tagtäglich beschäftigten, gelang es der 26-jährigen Sängerin, ihre Musikkarriere weiterhin erfolgreich zu gestalten - und das mehr denn je. Nachdem sie im vergangenen Jahr mit ihrem Album "Blackout" einen weiteren internationalen Millionseller (inklusive dreier Hitsingles) veröffentlicht hatte, gelang dem US-Superstar mit "Womanizer", der ersten Auskopplung aus ihrem neuen Album "Circus", prompt der Sprung auf Platz eins der US Billboard Charts. Dies war ihr zuletzt mit ihrer Debütsingle "...Baby One More Time" vor fast zehn Jahren gelungen. Und auch die Award-Shows "MTV Video Music Awards" und "MTV Europe Music Awards" gerieten zu einer eindrucksvollen Demonstration ihrer unglaublichen weltweiten Popularität: Insgesamt fünf Preise räumte Britney Spears im Rahmen der beiden Events ab, darunter in den wichtigen Key-Rubriken "Video Of The Year", "Best Female" und "Album des Jahres". Nun wartet die (Pop-)Welt mit Hochspannung und Neugier auf die Veröffentlichung des neuen Britney-Spears-Album "Circus".

Mit dem sechsten Studioalbum ihrer Karriere macht sich Britney Spears in diesem Jahr selbst das schönste Geburtstagsgeschenk: In den USA erscheint "Circus" am 2. Dezember und damit just an ihrem 27. Ehrentag. Fans in Deutschland haben (dank unterschiedlicher Veröffentlichungs-Wochentage) sogar einen Vorsprung: Hierzulande ist der Follow-Up zu "Blackout" bereits ab dem 28. November erhältlich. "Circus" entstand wie bereits "Blackout" in Zusammenarbeit mit einigen der erfolgreichsten Produzenten und Songwriter unserer Tage, darunter Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Danja, Bloodshy & Avant und Guy Sigsworth. Der US-Nummer-Eins-Hit "Womanizer", der sich in Deutschland zum größten Spears-Hit seit vier Jahren entwickelt, stammt von dem aus Atlanta stammenden Produktions-Team The Outsyders.


Interview mit Britney Spears (November 2008):

Tell us about your new album "Circus"
Britney: Well this is something that I've worked a really long time for, like a year now, so I'm very excited about putting the new album out. The timing's perfect, it's around my birthday, and I'm really excited. I can't wait to share it with my fans.

What was it like winning 3 VMAs this year?
Britney: Going to the VMAs each year is so exciting because it's like one of the most fun award shows. It's the coolest. It's the edgiest and everyone just always ends up having a great time. I was really, really excited about it but, I wasn't expecting anything at all. I've never won a VMA so of course I wasn't expecting to win. So when I won three I was really, really surprised. I was so excited I was in shock.

What is your new single "Womanizer" about?
Britney: Well the song is about, basically a guy who's into a bunch of different women and he can't help himself; he's just a womanizer. Just a complete butthole, and he gets away with it. In the video that I did for the song I played a bunch of different girls but its one girl who plays a bunch of different characters. He doesn't know it's one girl throughout the video. So it's a cool song I like it because I think it's empowering for girls to know to stick up for themselves and be like that with guys. Let them know where they stand.

Who came up with the concept for the "Womanizer" video?
Britney: I had the concept for the video because I wanted to play different characters I love doing videos where I get to have different looks and stuff like that. So I wanted to go all out with it and I love Joseph. He's done some of my favorite videos so I definitely got him on board.

Tell us about the song "Circus" and the album theme?
Britney: The main song on the album that I really, really like is called "Circus" and that's why I wanted the theme of it to be that way. The song is about me as an entertainer, what I do and what I bring to a show; which is basically like a circus. I bring costumes and fun; theatrical things that make people just awe and everything tells a story on stage and makes people want to watch it more. So, I mean there won't be elephants on stage at my show, but to a certain degree is has the same feel as a circus, so that's kind of what I meant.

Tell us about the "Circus" concept.
Britney: Like the fact that you're always on the edge of your seat when you're at a circus, you always want to know what's going to happen next, and you're never bored. You're so entertained you're just really engulfed in what's going on around you and you want to be aware and you want to know what's going to happen next. That's the feeling I want them to get when they come to my show.

Compare "Circus" and "Blackout".
Britney: Circus is a little lighter than Blackout. I think a lot the songs I did at that time, I was going through a really dark phase in my life so a lot of the songs reflect that but it's really interesting because I didn't go on tour with that album. So I'm going to have to bring some of those songs from that album on to this tour that I do. So I'm excited because it's going to feel like so much new material. I'm excited but they're two totally different vibes. I think this one probably has a lighter feel like a little bit more pop than Blackout, Blackout's a little bit darker and edgier and little bit more urban.

Tell us about the process of recording "Circus".
Britney: The process was cool because I got to write a lot of the songs. In the beginning I really took part in that which was a lot of fun and then I experimented with a lot of the pop producers that I worked with on my earliest albums. I went all the way back old school, which is a lot of fun to do.

What are some of your other favourite songs on the album?
Britney: I like "Mannequin" a lot it's a fun song. Well, the song is basically about being in a relationship and then letting go of the relationship and never being with that person again. Obviously in the song it doesn't really say what happens but he's done something wrong to hurt her and emotionally the song goes there and you can feel it. So it's a deep song it's cool.

When is "Circus" being released?
Britney: The Circus comes out on December 2nd and it's significant because it's my birthday. I'm really excited, and it's going to be fun
11/2008

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