Britney Spears Begins The Countdown For ‘all Eyes On Me’

How Britney Spears Stole Everyone’s Thunder

(Getty Images / August 20, 2013) Also By Todd Martens August 20, 2013, 9:23 a.m. “Smurfs 2” was only the beginning. More new songs from Britney Spears are etching closer to becoming a reality, as on Tuesday the artist took some hype-building lessons from former beau Justin Timberlake and placed a countdown clock on her website to tease new music. At the time of posting, we’re just less than 28 days from the release of what Spears is calling “All Eyes on Me,” presumably the new single off her upcoming eighth album. Spears has thus far offered no details on “All Eyes on Me” but has remade her site over to showcase nothing but the countdown to the morning of Sept. 17. Earlier this year Timberlake used a similar countdown clock when he was releasing new tunes, but Timberlake had fans waiting a weekend rather than almost a full month. A new Spears album would make this a rather pop-heavy fall, with new efforts from Katy Perry and Lady Gaga also on the horizon. PHOTOS: Britney Spears: Life in pictures Spears has been teasing new music this summer on Twitter, pleading patience on Aug. 13. That same day, Black Eyed Pea-turned-producer-for-hire will.i.am took to social networks himself to say that he has been busy working with Spears. Spears, who has long been reported to be prepping a Las Vegas for later this year, posted on Facebook on Aug. 3 what she dubbed an album “recipe” — largely just a run-down of some of her biggest hits . Will.i.am for his part later revealed that dance producer William Orbit, a regular Madonna collaborator, would be doing behind-the-boards work on the Spears effort. Spears teamed up with will.i.am. for his late 2012 single “Scream & Shout.” While the song was part of his clunker of an album “#willpower,” the digital single itself has sold well, having been legally downloaded more than 3.2 million times in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Spears’ “Smurfs 2” cut, “Ooh La La,” has performed more modestly. Since the song’s release earlier this summer it has sold 153,000 copies. ALSO:

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Simon has opened up in an revealing interview with Ellen DeGeneres, set to air in the States next week. With Britney leaving the talent show this year along with LA Reid, two new recruits have been drafted in, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio. The head honcho doesn’t seem too upset at losing Britney though, who joined the show amid huge hype this time last year. During Cowell’s appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, the outspoken host asked him about why he signed Brit: “How did that happen initially? Why did you go this will be right for the show?” Cowell responded: “I think if I’m being honest with you, Ellen, there was a time I think everyone was trying to up themselves in terms of who could find the biggest known star to be on a panel. Simon Cowell thinks his X Factor USA recruit Britney was “uncomfortable” on the show (WENN) “And in terms of a pop singer? Jennifer Lopez and the other one on The Voice… I can’t remember. Blondie. Christina. And we said, ‘We’ll take Britney’. She was fine, but I think she found it very uncomfortable.” Ellen then commented to Si that Brit is not a big talker,and the star seemed to agree, saying: “I didn’t realise that! I kind of booked someone who couldn’t talk, which is a bit of a problem when you want someone to judge. “She wasn’t comfortable being negative, she didn’t like it when the contestants spoke back to her, so she was just uncomfortable.

It’s been an exciting kick off to the fall music season; however, as these recording artists embark on promotion for their current singles and forthcoming album releases, one other act has taken a different marketing approach for her upcoming music. In the process, she has managed to command everyone’s attention and get people talking — or tweeting, as the case may be. The end result has been the eager anticipation of the return of Britney Spears to the realm of pop music. Although there have been several cryptic posts on Britney’s social media accounts throughout the summer about her new project, things really kicked into overdrive on August 20 when her main website became a blacked-out page that ran the title “All Eyes On Me” across the top along with a countdown timer of days, hours, minutes, and seconds leading up to Tuesday, September 17. Immediately, people began speculating that “All Eyes On Me” was the name of either Spears’s eighth studio album or the title for the first single, which Britney herself tweeted on August 13 was coming “MUCH sooner than you think.” Since the countdown clock went live, there hasn’t been a lot of information made public about Spears’s new project. No announcements or press releases have been generated by her record label or management team. Britney has also been relatively silent, with the exception of occasional posts about dance rehearsals and working with a vocal coach. Then last Wednesday she took to Twitter and teased that a surprise would be coming this week. The tweet ended with #WERK. (It should be noted that @hannahspears, the Twitter account for Britney’s dog, continued using #WERK in tweets the rest of that day.) Once again, speculation mounted about her new music, and by this past Saturday sources were claiming that her new single was indeed titled “Werk Bitch.” A photo of the artwork for the new single started circulating on Instagram, but I suspect it was creative photoshopping by a die-hard fan. Whether or not “Werk Bitch” is even an actual song that Britney recorded, let alone her upcoming single, remains to be seen. In a time when people have become over sharers on social media it’s odd when someone does the exact opposite, yet that is exactly what Britney Spears is doing. And this shrouding in mystery is what’s keeping everyone guessing. There’s no gold truck driving across the country. No talk of a smartphone app that will accompany her new album.