Former "X Factor" U.S. judge Britney Spears has been teasing her eighth studio album, "Britney Jean," by saying on the Internet that it's her most personal album so far. And in an interview with E! News that was published on Nov. 2, 2013, Spears says of "Perfume," the album's second single: "'Perfume' is incredibly special to me because it hits close to home, and I think the story is relatable to everyone. Everyone's been through an insecure moment in a relationship that's left them vulnerable and I think this song captures that."
"Britney Jean" is scheduled for release in the U.S. and Canada on Dec. 3, 2013. "Perfume" is due for release in the U.S. and Canada on Nov. 5, 2013. The MetroLyrics website has published the lyrics to "Perfume" in advance of the song's release.
Spears tweeted on Nov. 2, 2013: "@MetroLyrics has the official #Perfume lyrics up right now: http://smarturl.it/PerfumeLyrics?IQid=tw … & the artwork that I LOVE."
In a hand-written open letter posted on her official Internet outlets, Spears made this statement about her "Britney Jean" album:
"I haven't sat down to write you guys in SUCH a long time. Long overdue! We're all so used to getting our thoughts out in 140 characters, but sometimes its nice to take time to sit down and write something a little longer and more personal. I am putting the finishing touches on my new album, "Britney Jean" over the next few days and I am so excited for you to hear it. I poured my heart and soul into this album and it's been an incredible journey. I've learned a lot about myself, and as I am finishing, I am reminded of the incredible foundation that has supported me for the last 15 years. Thank you all for continuing to follow me on this journey and for allowing me to do what I love to do. I can’t believe this is my eighth studio album and I know I keep telling you that it is my most personal record yet, but its true and I’m really proud of that.
"I have been through a lot in the past few years and it has really inspired me to dig deeper and write songs that I think everyone can relate to. Working with people like Sia, William Orbit, and of course Will.i.am has been an amazing experience. They have listened to all of my ideas and helped me bring them to life. There are a lot of really fun, upbeat dance songs, but it was important to me that I show my strength, and my attitude, and my vulnerability. Of course, I also have some surprises for you guys ;)
"I want to show you the different sides of Britney Spears. I am a performer. I am a Mom. I am funny. I am your friend! I am Britney Jean.
"Hope you love my labor of love!"
"Work Bitch" is the first single from "Britney Jean." As previously reported, the music video for "Work Bitch" premiered and got very polarizing reactions from viewers. While many of her fans say that they love the video, other people have expressed disgust over the video.
The video, which has an S&M theme, features a scantily clad Spears as a dominatrix who at times is shown whipping other scantily clad women. In one scene in the video, Spears is in an S&M swinger club, where she is also shown whipping someone.
"Work Bitch" was released on Sept. 17, 2013, the same day that she officially announced on "Good Morning America" that she is headlining a two-year concert residency titled "Britney: Piece of Me" at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Tickets for the residency (which has initially announced 50 shows, beginning on Dec. 27, 2013) have been selling at a brisk pace.
"Work Bitch" has become a Top 20 hit in several countries. In the U.S., "Work Bitch" debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but the song plummeted to No. 41 in its second week.
As previously reported, Spears revealed a few details about her eighth studio album, which she recorded with Will.i.am and other producers. On July 3, 2013, she tweeted: "Really excited 2 give u a taste of my new album... can't wait 2 share what I've been working on. Going to be my most personal album ever :)."
"Britney Jean" is reportedly the last album that she owes on her Sony Music contract. There will no doubt be a bidding war among major labels to sign Spears after her Sony Music contract ends. We'll have to see if she renews her contract with Sony or if she signs with a competing record company. Spears' previous album of new material was 2011's "Femme Fatale."
Spears' song "Ooh La La" from "The Smurfs 2" soundtrack bombed when it was released in July 2013. The song peaked at No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the song failed to crack the Top 40 in most other countries. Spears had much more success as a featured artist on the Will.i.am song "Scream & Shout," which was a Top 10 hit in many countries in 2012.
In other news, Spears' songs are being used in two very different ventures. The Guardian reports that her songs are being used by the British navy to scare off Somali pirates. Meanwhile, several of Spears' hit songs are the basis for a proposed musical/opera called "Jesus Spears Superstar," which is currently seeking investors. According to Spin, "Jesus Spears Superstar" will tell the story of Jesus Christ through Spears' songs.
Spears lasted just one season on "The X Factor" U.S in 2012, when the show lost millions of viewers after she joined the judging panel. (According to the Nielsen Company, "The X Factor" U.S. had an average of 12 million U.S. viewers per episode in 2011. In 2012, after Spears joined the show, that number dropped to 8 million U.S viewers per episode.)
She left "The X Factor" after getting a lot of criticism from viewers, who often called her a "dull" or "robotic" judge. In 2012, she was No. 6 on Forbes magazine's list of the World's Most Powerful Celebrities. In 2013, Spears didn't even rank on the list.
Spears' salary for the Las Vegas residency is $15 million a year, according to TMZ. She was also reportedly paid $15 million to be a judge on "The X Factor" U.S.
Nov. 3, 2013 update: Spears' "Perfume" song has been released on her official Facebook page.