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Britney Spears debuts 'Hold It Against Me' video/infomercial

In her latest video, Britney Spears arrives on earth -- an alien, we presume -- to spread the message of consumerism. Music videos -- at their most basic level -- are ads. Ads for the artists featured therein. Spears, in her just-released video for her new single "Hold It Against Me," has taken that concept one step beyond self-promotion and into the realm of product placement. Is she the first performer to push product? No. Think of the effect Run DMC had on Adidas back in the early '80s. But she does seem to be breaking ground with undisguised, un-subtle in-video brand cameos. Of course Brit's own perfume gets a money shot, but so does Make Up Forever (available at Sephora), dating site and Sony. All of whom, we imagine, defrayed the costs of making an over-the-top music video with lots of pyrotechnic effects....

By Liz Kelly  | February 18, 2011; 8:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Britney Spears named ultimate gay icon

Correction: It turns out this blog item was based on a bogus news report. We knew it sounded to absurd to be true. Thank you for SFGN's Jason Parsley for the fact-checking. -- Feb. 23 ---- Britney Spears, icon. (Associated Press) The last time we checked, Britney Spears was not gay. Nor was she known for being particularly adored by the gay community. Yet in a poll by the Orange County Equality Project, Spears was named the "Greatest Gay Icon of All Time." Spears apparently beat President Obama and Cher to win the title. We can only conclude that Orange County, Calif., is home of a micro-saturation of gay BritBrit fans who are all extremely motivated voters. Either that or they thought they were voting for Lady Gaga. Source: Toronto Sun...

By Liz Kelly  | February 15, 2011; 3:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (17)
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Britney Spears, 'Femme Fatale,' tweets pic of new album cover

Since Britney Spears has 6,737,793 Twitter followers and counting, we're going to go ahead and assume that there's some interest in her new album cover. Well, the wait is over. Moments ago -- after posting a series of cryptic tweets ("Sexy and strong," "dangerous yet mysterious," "cool yet confident," "cheezy yet trite" -- okay we made that last one up), Brit shared this photo of her new album cover which is cleverly and originally titled "Femme Fatale": In January, we got a preview with the single "Hold It Against Me." Expect the full album to drop in March....

By Liz Kelly  | February 2, 2011; 11:54 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Britney Spears rep denies abuse reports

Britney Spears in 2009. (AP) A rep for Britney Spears released a statement calling a Star magazine report claiming Spears had been physically abused by boyfriend Jason Trawick "completely and utterly false." The abuse allegations came from Spears's one-time husband (for 55 hours) Jason Alexander, who also provided the magazine with tapes he claimed contained audio of a conversation between Spears and him in which she admits the abuse. Radar Online released more of the purported Spears/Alexander tapes late Tuesday, though an audio expert tells the tapes were "doctored." "The audio recording ... purporting to be between Britney Spears and Jason Alexander is so obviously fake as to be laughable," Spears's rep told People. Today, by the way, is Brit's 29th birthday. Source: People...

By Liz Kelly  | December 2, 2010; 8:55 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
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Rumor Mill: Was Britney Spears beaten by her boyfriend?

(Courtesy Star magazine) It's been a while since we've had any drama from one-time train wreck Britney Spears. But Star magazine, in an issue out this week, claims Spears was hit by former agent/current boyfriend Jason Trawick and that she was once pregnant with his child. From what reliable source did Star receive this bombshell of a story? Spears's ex-husband. No, not Kevin Federline. The other one -- Jason Alexander, to whom she was married for 55 hours back in 2004. Alexander claims that Spears keeps in touch via phone, e-mail and texts and that she recently confided that Trawick "hit her so hard it gave her a black eye." Alexander, it should be noted, says he sold told his story to Star because he's "really concerned" for Britney. Representatives for both Spears and Trawick denied the abuse allegations when contacted by Radar Online, but the site claims to...

By Liz Kelly  | December 1, 2010; 4:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Britney Spears episode of 'Glee': Is it time to lose the celeb-focused tributes?

The Britney Spears episode of "Glee" gave us the full "Hit Me Baby, One More Time" routine Tuesday night. And as the Post's Emily Yahr notes in her full recap of the episode, it delivered lots of Britney music, and even more of Brittany (Heather Morris) and her deadpan loopy dialogue, but not much face time from Spears. As "The Power of Madonna" did last season, it also raised a question: is it in "Glee's" best interest to focus entire episodes around a major musical and celebrity icon?...

By Jen Chaney  | September 29, 2010; 8:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
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Britney's Not Pregnant, Y'All. Calm Down., Liz Kelly , April 23, 2009
And Now a Few Words from K-Fed , Liz Kelly , December 3, 2008
Pop Psychology: Deconstructing Britney, Liz Kelly , November 20, 2008
One More Time: Britney Hits the Web Again, Liz Kelly , October 17, 2008
Reading List: Lynne Spears's Parental Advisory, Liz Kelly , September 15, 2008
Comment Box: It's All About You (And Britney), Liz Kelly , September 8, 2008
Photo Redux: Brit's Big Year, Liz Kelly , August 14, 2008
Britney Spears: Ready for Her Close-Up?, Liz Kelly , August 11, 2008
Highbrow: Britology, Liz Kelly , April 18, 2008
The Animated Britney Spears, Liz Kelly , March 12, 2008
Frank's Law: Cracking Down on the Paparazzi, Liz Kelly , February 13, 2008
The 'Britney Law' -- A Celeb's Best Friend?, Liz Kelly , February 12, 2008
Timeline: Britney's Erratic Behavior, Liz Kelly , February 7, 2008
Dr. Phil Gets Real. Real Low, That Is, Liz Kelly , January 7, 2008
Friday List: Brit-ish Humor, Liz Kelly , October 5, 2007
Britney: Just a Gum Blonde, Liz Kelly , October 1, 2007
Chris Crocker, Leave Us Alone, Liz Kelly , September 25, 2007
Friday List: A Five-Point Plan for Britney, Liz Kelly , September 14, 2007
Who's to Blame for Brit's Belly Flop?, Liz Kelly , September 12, 2007
Insta-Poll: Britney's VMA Performance?, Liz Kelly , September 9, 2007
Britney Spears: The Naked Truth, Liz Kelly , September 7, 2007
For Britney, Five Truths Worth Knowing, Liz Kelly , August 14, 2007
From the Desk of Britney Spears, Liz Kelly , July 5, 2007
Signs of the Brit-Pocalypse, Liz Kelly , June 27, 2007
K-Fed, Father of the Year, Liz Kelly , June 13, 2007
Analyzing Britney, , June 4, 2007
Where in the World is Jayden James?, Liz Kelly , May 15, 2007
Britney Spears: Suddenly Svelte, Liz Kelly , April 24, 2007
Britney Back in Rehab (Again), Liz Kelly , February 22, 2007
Oops, She Did It Again: Britney Leaves Rehab, Liz Kelly , February 21, 2007
Parsing Britney's Meltdown, Liz Kelly , February 20, 2007
Britney's Bold Bald New Look, Liz Kelly , February 19, 2007
Britney vs. K-Fed: You Be the Judge, Liz Kelly , January 18, 2007
Wanted: A Little Reality for Britney, Liz Kelly , January 10, 2007
A Desperate K-Fed Kicks Off 2007, Liz Kelly , January 2, 2007
Terrible Two: Britney and Paris, Liz Kelly , November 28, 2006
Sex Tape? Bring It On, K-Fed, Liz Kelly , November 15, 2006
Morning Mix: R.I.P. Spederline Edition, Liz Kelly , November 8, 2006
Britney and K-Fed, a Timeline, Liz Kelly , November 7, 2006
Britney Spears Files for Divorce, Liz Kelly , November 7, 2006
Britney Does It Again, Liz Kelly , September 13, 2006
Report: Britney Gives Birth, Liz Kelly , September 12, 2006
A Message From You, Britney, Liz Kelly , July 20, 2006
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