New Britneyology

What to believe?

Posted by: Karenannanina on: April 16, 2016

We live in interesting times! The web is replete with “stories” about Britney, and every time one of them is launched, it pops up almost everywhere. Sometimes it’s still popping up on less switched-on gossip sites a couple of weeks later, such is the continuing fascination with our heroine. Sometimes I ask myself why that is. With most of our current exposure to Britney being of the “looking ordinary in the street” variety, we may forget just how spellbinding and beautiful an artist she can be, but we only have to look at a couple of her videos to be spellbound once again.

So, given that Britney still has the power to intrigue people who remember her glory, and the allure to attract plenty of imaginative media confabulation, how should we approach the flotilla of recent rumor?

Britney, apparently, has been signed up to do a six-week panto season at the London Palladium next Christmas, for a fee of £500,000. Hmmm. Sounds like something left over from 1st April, doesn’t it? Yet a lot of websites are still spreading it around like it’s Gospel truth. Can you even imagine her negotiations with her promoters in Vegas to be allowed out of her megabuck “Piece of me” contract so she can go earn £100,000 a week away from her family in London over Christmas? Everything about this story – such as the side-story that the panto part had previously been turned down by Kylie Minogue and Kim Kardashian – seemed to be designed as a test of our credulity, yet some people actually bought it!

Next, we are informed that Britney wishes to adopt a baby girl. A baby Chinese girl. Has she been in China looking at girls? Or is the story “inspired” by recent news reports about the neglect suffered by many female children in China? It adds a veneer of near-credibility. But if Britney wanted more children, she’s still of child-bearing age, is healthy, has already given birth to kids of her own, and seems to view the experience of motherhood as almost sacramental. If such a woman wanted to extend her family, she would want to do it herself. Where did the story come from? Not from Britney, that’s for sure. Credit for creativity goes to “a source”.

Today we hear that Brit will be performing at the Billboard Music Awards 2016. Now, this is not entirely impossible – after all, she has done it before. But when you look more closely at the report, in all its many varieties and restatements, it amounts to nothing more than pure speculation. What they’re saying is: she COULD be there – after all, it would make sense for the organisers to secure her services and get an automatic ratings boost. And it would tie in with the supposed release-date of her new material. But has anyone connected with Britney or with Billboard said anything? Nope.

And now we come to the most important rumors. Britney is going to release her 9th studio album next month, in May. Oh wait, it’s actually happening in June. Maybe. But hey, the single has already been chosen, the video is about to be filmed. We even have some description of the album, from the lips of Larry Rudolph. But wait again, isn’t that the same description he gave a couple of months ago, using exactly the same words? This casts doubt upon the status of the current reportage as “news”, even though the apparent source is the often-reliable Robin Leach. I think it’s a combination of gossip and an old story, rehashed and inflated for a second bite at the cherry. We have heard nothing from official sources, so… be hopeful, be optimistic, but don’t get too excited just yet.

2 Responses to "What to believe?"

Yeah, I wonder most about the single, I want it announced announced, not third hand, I’m keen whenever it happens, and hopefully the fans will be more receptive this time

I think the single will be out before June but I hope it’s not too oversexed (the visuals & lyrics) and more on the sensual side than the borderline porn stuff we’ve gotten in some popular songs lately.

Britney seems happy and gets less and less dehumanizing comments about her state of mind, comments I’ve often defended her against since she’s been going from strenght to strenght since 2012. It’s been a long process but the results are there.

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