Get ready world: Britney Spears is ready to unleash a brand new album titled 'Femme Fatale' due March 15th.
On Dec. 2 (which also happened to be her 29th birthday), Spears confirmed that she was wrapping up her new album and announced that it would hit stores within the next few months. In a tweet, she wrote: "I'm almost done with my new album and it will be coming out this March. I AM IN L-O-V-E WITH IT!"
With that single announcement, Spears sparked a new round of global speculation, as fans and commentators began openly wondering what the diva might have in store for her long-awaited seventh studio album and follow-up to 2008's 'Circus.'
This time around, Spears collaborated with Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Swedish producer Shellback, who told MTV that the singer was a pleasure to work with in the studio, contrary to what some tabloids may have claimed.
"You read a lot on the Internet that Britney is not singing and mimes, but she is actually damn professional," Shellback said. "She's done it since she was 16. And just rhythmic way, she is f---ing awesome! And you do not have to go through and talk about the rhythms and stuff that you sometimes have to do. She's very easy in the studio."
As for the sound of 'Femme Fatale,' Dr. Luke says fans should expect a slightly rougher, more electronic touch from the diva. "I want [the sound] to get harder in some ways," Dr. Luke told Billboard, "and maybe a little more deep into electronic -- grimier."
Fans got a taste of Spears' new sound on Jan. 11 when she released the album's first single, 'Hold It Against Me.' The uptempo single wasted no time in breaking records, as it garnered the highest number of American radio plays in a single day, and quickly scaled its way to the top of the iTunes charts.
Spears has yet to announce an official tracklist for her album. At this point, however, it's pretty clear that expectations are at an all-time high. "She's an icon," Dr. Luke confirmed. "She's been around for a while and always delivers, so there's a lot for us to live up to."
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