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Britney Spears on 'GMA': More popcorn!

Good Morning America, a "news show," devoted practically its entire two hours this morning to a Big Apple Circus-based celebration of Britney Spears’ 27th birthday. The leather (kind of)-clad ringmaster who knows just just wh-wh-what you are performed "Circus" and "Womanizer," the former of which is embedded below for your potential pleasure. I’m partial to the "spontaneous" tossing of popcorn at 1:39. And wait around for Hugh Jackman’s awkward happy-birthday serenade via satellite, plus a glimpse of the dumbest person in history, who "sold her rent money" to see Britney "sing."

Oh and big announcement: She’s going on tour! Y’all!

More on Britney:
Chris Willman reviews Britney’s ‘Circus’
First look: MTV’s ‘Britney: For the Record’ (from Margeaux’s Mix!)
Madonna + Britney + Justin = Sadness
Britney’s ‘Womanizer’ sets a download record
Britney vs. Beyonce: Who has the better video?
Britney: First seeds of a comeback?

Britney Spears on 'X-Factor': Awesome or tiresome?

Okay, I know I’ve been a little tough on Britney  Spears in recent months, but I’m totally stumped by her performance of "Womanizer" over the weekend on Britain’s X-Factor. I mean, I’ve always felt that if you’re going to blatantly lip-synch, you should at least be dancing yourself into a panting, exhausted heap. But all I see in Britney’s routine is a lot of walking, a smattering of mild knee bends, a couple of rump wiggles, and some lethargic boxing moves. Yeah, she does a nice hair flip as she moves closer to the audience on the breakdown, but come on now…give me 48 hours with Wade Robson, and I could do the damn thing just as well. What say you, PopWatchers? Am I missing the point and failing to see a brilliant plug for her new Circus disc, or is this clip proof that people will cheer for just about anything?

More on Britney:
Chris Willman reviews Britney’s ‘Circus’
First look: MTV’s ‘Britney: For the Record’ (from Margeaux’s Mix!)
Madonna + Britney + Justin = Sadness
Britney’s ‘Womanizer’ sets a download record
Britney vs. Beyonce: Who has the better video?
Britney: First seeds of a comeback?

EW's New Music Roundup: Beyoncé, David Archuleta, Britney Spears, and more

Xtinabrtiney_lWelcome to this week’s edition of EW’s New Music Roundup,aregular post highlighting the "Download This" track recommendationsfrom the latest crop of music reviews found in Entertainment Weekly.All songs are from albums that are in stores now, and most are readilyavailable via iTunes, eMusic, or similar services. Enjoy — and be sureto share with your fellow readers if you’ve got opinions on any of thefollowing albums or singles…

Beyoncé, I Am…Sasha Fierce
Genre: Pop
EW Grade: B+
Download This: "Diva"
(Check out Beyoncé online)

Taylor Swift, Fearless
Genre: Country
EW Grade: B
Download This: "Fifteen"
(Check out Taylor Swift online)

David Archuleta, David Archuleta
Genre: Pop
EW Grade: C+
Download This: "Running"
(Check out David Archuleta online)

Christina Aguilera (pictured, left), Keeps Gettin’ Better — A Decade of Hits
Genre: Pop
EW Grade: B+
Download This: "Dynamite"
(Check out Christina Aguilera online)

The Bronx, The Bronx (III)
Genre: Rock
EW Grade: C+
Download This: "Pleasure Seekers"
(Check out The Bronx online)

T-Pain, Thr33 Ringz
Genre: Pop
EW Grade: B
Download This: "Chopped N Skrewed"
(Check out T-Pain online)

Seal, Soul
Genre: Soul
EW Grade: B–
Download This: "Free"
(Check out Seal online)

Deerhunter, Microcastle
Genre: Indie Rock
EW Grade: B+
Download This: "Never Stops"
(Check out Deerhunter online)

Staff Web Pick of the Week:
Britney Spears (pictured, right), "Kill the Lights"
Watch out, paparazzi: Britney’s coming for you! This newly-leaked track from her next album sounds a lot like her last single, "Womanizer" — except the melody’s a whole lot catchier and the beat’s got even more bounce.
(Stream it on YouTube)

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Madonna + Britney + Justin = Sadness

Madonnabritneyjustin_lI am decidedly depressed by the news that Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears are both slated to appear during tonight’s Los Angeles stop on Madonna’s "Sticky & Sweet" tour.

I know, I know…back in March, I blogged about how, for the first time in Madge’s career, I was unexcited about one of her album releases. After all, Madonna’s always been at her best when she’s latched on to a slightly underground trend, co-opted it as her own, and foisted it onto an unsuspecting mainstream audience (think: vogueing, electronica, Mirwais). Madonna’s sudden reliance on Timberlake, Timbaland, and Kanye West to make 2008’s Hard Candy a sales success was tantamount to her nervously carrying her lunch tray into the pop-culture cafeteria and trying to score a seat with the cool kids when, really, she should’ve been sitting down at an empty table and confidently forming her own damn posse. And sure enough, seven months after its release, Hard Candy is barely on my radar, except for those occasions when the admittedly excellent "Beat Goes On" pops up on my cardio playlist.

Which makes tonight’s recruitment of Spears even more distressing. Madonna and Britney’s previous collaborations — the faux-lesbian smooch on MTV, the abhorrent "Me Against the Music" — did little to boost either singer’s fortunes. And (hello!) why would you think that fans shelling out hundreds of bucks for a ticket would be excited to have a notorious lip-syncher added to the bill?

What think you, PopWatchers? Am I crazy for expecting Madge to still be setting trends at this stage of her career? And if she really has reached the "follow the leader" stage of her career, could it be time for her to (blasphemy alert) follow Celine Dion and Cher’s leads, and get herself a residency in Vegas? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

More on Madonna:
Is anyone else unexpectedly unexcited about the new Madonna CD?
EW.com’s "All About Madonna" page
Madonna’s politically charged tour video: Is it any good?
Music Review: Madonna’s ‘Hard Candy’
Madonna’s 10 Most Underrated Songs

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'Britney: For the Record': Will you watch?

On Nov. 30, MTV will air the 90-minute documentary Britney: For the Record (watch the trailer below), in which Britney Spears gets to tell her side of the story — the story being "What the hell was I thinkin’?" and, of course, the recording of her new album, Circus, due out Dec. 2, on her 27th birthday. Cameras followed Spears for three months with the purpose of capturing what it’s like for her to try to live a normal life. I know Spears asks herself that "What the hell was I thinkin’?" question, but I’m skeptical that we’ll get an answer out of her. Still, I’ll watch. Will you?P.S. Can you believe her video for "Womanizer" is premiering on 20/20 tonight?

More on Britney Spears:
"Womanizer": J’adore or J’loathe?
I Read It So You Don’t Have To: Lynne Spears’ memoir
20 Fall Albums We Can’t Wait to Hear (including Spears’)
Britney: Down for the Count? (The 2007 EW cover story)

I Read It So You Don't Have To: Lynne Spears' memoir

Throughthestorm_lTo quote an old editor here, upon his describing some truly awful work of art: "I wouldn’t have watched that with your eyes." Well, PopWatchers, that’s how I felt about reading Lynne Spears’ new book, Through the Storm: A Real Story of Fame and Family in a Tabloid World.

This book’s subtitle implies that it is a tell-all, and it’s anything but: Anyone who’s conversant with Wikipedia can learn as much or more about the beleaguered pop star, true or no. In Through the Storm, Lynne tells us a good deal about her non-famous relatives — her beloved sister Sandra, her British mother Lillian, and Lynne’s husband/Britney’s father, Jamie (described by Lynne as an alcoholic who drags a would-be happy Southern family down the road to dysfunction). But for the most part, the book serves as Lynne’s defense brief — how it was Britney who chose this life for herself, and how Lynne was only trying to be a supportive mom and do the right thing.

After the jump, photographic proof that I not only read every word of the book — all 30 chapters of it — underlining choice graphs and carefully annotated important passages (NB: "barf," pictured, pg 193). To make it even easier on you, I’ve painstakingly pulled quotes that illustrate what the chapter is about (or just strike me as, y’know, ridiculous). I’m running it in two parts, so come back tomorrow to see how it all turns out. Though chances are you know this already.

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Britney Spears' 'Womanizer': J'adore or j'loathe?

Britney Spears’ new single, "Womanizer," officially* debuted this morning on NYC’s Z100. Listen below.

Slezak’s gut IM reaction: "J’loathed.** I feel like it was created in a lab in 20 minutes. A Swedish lab. ‘Is sounding like hit, yes?’ And then she sips her frap and shrugs and lays down the track and goes back home. ‘Toxic’ was the last song of hers that felt exciting to me."My take: It starts off a bit Katy Perry, then ends all Pussycat Dolls (and I totally miss "Toxic" Britney, too!). That said, when I listened a second time, I was singing along to "Boy don’t try to front, I-I know just-just know what you are are-are" and trying to pretend that I didn’t hear-hear her say something about a lollipop and a sucker. I won’t buy the single, but I also won’t change the station if I happen to hear it.Your turn.

* We thought it better not to pass judgment on those grainy "Womanizer" snippets leaked on the internet last week.
** You know he feels strongly when he speaks pseudo-French. See also: Le gasp!

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Can Britney's good-ish fortune continue?

Fresh off a hot streak of not being a huge disaster for a few weeks, Britney’s decided to release her upcoming album, Circus. We might have gone with Frappe, Blackhole, or I Had the Most Unbeweavable Year, but Circus really is quite apt. It’ll come out on Britney’s 27th birthday, December 2, which seems a little early, as her last effort dropped only last fall. Blackout sold almost 900K copies, nowhere near the haul of Brit’s previous megamillion sellers. (Ugh, I hate when horrible people like me point that out. I’m always like — in the voice of Ms. J — "Girllllll, I’ll TAKE the toy car load of royalty money from one of those "less successful" albums if you don’t want it! Betch.)

Anyway, give us your fall music forecast in the poll below!

Is Britney practicing for Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards or working off her latest frappe?

Only time and repeat viewings (not recommended) will tell:

So, this looks somewhat promising…in that she bothered to show up for rehearsal. To be honest, I care less about what our newly toned chicken nugget’s going to do than about how many random SAT words VMA host and vocabulary expert Russell Brand will throw out to a confused audience members. Fatuous. Histrionic. Inscrutable. Viscous. They could all apply! Intemperate. Okay, maybe not.

If you’re game, shake that ass back here on Sunday (9/8 Central) for PopWatch’s VMAs live blog — brought to you by Adrienne Day, Simon Vozick-Levinson, and the letters W, T, and F.

Britney + the VMAs = deadly combo or secret weapon?

Britney_lWhile you all were watching the Russell Brand/Britney Spears VMA commercials and saying, "Why, isn’t that clever! An elephant in the room! And her hair extensions look good, too!" I’ve been at my computer biting my nails, aimlessly googling "Britney Spears 2008 VMA comeback," and wondering what will materialize from these witty ads. Britney and her people have been in talks about doing something at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, but "what??" is the question. PDubbers, I’ve thought long and hard about this, and here are my three best possible scenarios:

1. Realizing that she still has progress to make in her personal quest to return us to the "Slave (4 U)" days of yore (as pictured, at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards), Britney graciously turns down the opportunity to perform, and instead presents a Best Newcomer moonman, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd.

2. Britney starts the show off just like last year, but minus the trashy extensions and bundle of nerves. After "It’s Britney, bitch!" she begins to actually sing and dance to "Gimme More," redoing last year’s routine with the passion, energy, and self-awareness it lacked.

3. Blowing everyone’s mind, Britney says she’s not going to do anything, but secretly busts out for a cameo during the finale of Madonna and ex-bf Justin Timberlake’s "Four Minutes." This time, Madonna and Britney will start to kiss, but Justin will push Madge out of the way and give Brit a smooch, reassuring us that they were just "on a break" and are totally back together now.

Too far? Help me, PopWatchers — this decision is too much for one anxious fan. I’m going to YouTube some past performances — ignoring 2007’s, of course — and let you guys decide what Britney’s VMA tasks this year should be.

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