Britney Spears set to release 9th studio album on the 26th of August

 

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN HER LATEST SINGLE “MAKE ME…” FT. G-EAZY

International pop icon Britney Spears is set to release her ninth studio album Glory on August 26th via RCA Records. The album is available for pre-order now. In addition to “Private Show,” the album will feature Britney’s first single, “Make Me…” ft. G-Eazy. The track was released to rave reviews, was the #1 greatest gainer at Top 40 radio in its debut week, launched directly to #1 on iTunes and remains in the Top 20 on the US Shazam Top 100 songs chart.

The Wall Street Journal claimed, “The sultry track…sounds like both vintage and 2016 Britney all at the same time — it’s catchy, sexy and fresh,”

The Los Angeles Times stated, “Spears might be on the verge of her biggest comeback yet.”

Entertainment Weekly said the song was, “a sexy summer single”

People Magazine placed the track at #4 on their People Picks list and stated that, “the icon sounds more in control than ever.”

Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Britney pranked Jimmy by waking him up in the middle of the night and dancing to “Make Me…” Click here to watch.

Early in May, Britney performed an incredible medley of some her greatest hits on the 2016 Billboard Music Awards. Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning pop icon Britney Spears is one of the most successful and celebrated entertainers in pop history with nearly 100 million records sold worldwide. In the U.S. alone, she has sold more than 70 million albums, singles and songs, according to Nielsen Music. Born in Mississippi and raised in Louisiana, Spears became a household name as a teenager when she released her first single “…Baby One More Time,” a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 smash and international hit that broke sales records with more than 27 million copies sold worldwide and is currently 14x Platinum in the U.S.

Her musical career boasts countless awards and accolades, including six Billboard Music Awards and Billboard’s Millennium Award, which recognizes outstanding career achievements and influence in the music industry as well as an American Music Award and the 2011 MTV Video Vanguard Award. So far, Spears has earned a total of six No.1-debuting albums on the Billboard 200 chart and 24 top 40 hit singles on the Billboard Hot 100 — five of which went to No. 1. Spears has been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and won for Best Dance Recording in 2005. Her cutting-edge pop concert Las Vegas residency, “Britney: Piece of Me,” at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino has been voted “Best Show in Las Vegas” and “Best Bachelorette Show in Las Vegas.” Spears also has been creating fragrances for over ten years, to date has introduced 19 fragrances, available in over 90 countries around the world.

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It wasn't until Stelmanis was ready to face her insecurities that she was able to see a way forward: "My creative and personal relationships were heavily intertwined, and I knew the only answer was to part ways with all of the people and comforts that I'd known for the better part of a decade and start again." Alongside making changes in her personal life, HiRUDiN saw Austra taking an entirely different, free-spirited approach to making a record. Seeking out all new collaborators, she booked three days of sessions in Toronto with improv musicians she'd never met before. They included two thirds of contemporary classical improv group c_RL, the cellist and kamanche duo Kamancello, kulintang ensemble Pantayo, and a children's choir.

Accumulating a vast and vibrant mass of source material, Austra then holed up in a studio in the Spanish countryside and took a collage approach to sampling, arranging, writing and producing to reveal the songs that would form the album. "I found myself really enjoying the role of producer for this record," she says, "directing and arranging a very disparate array of parts and people and feeling strong in my own conviction for what I wanted it to sound like." HiRUDiN additionally saw her work alongside co-producers for the first time, Rodaidh McDonald and Joseph Shabason, and she brought in David Wrench and Heba Kadry to mix and master the record respectively. "It was incredibly liberating and a huge learning process to work with so many different people," she says. "I felt completely revitalized."

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