On New Year’s Eve we learned from our dear Britney Spears herself that she is currently hard at work on new music for a new album. Wee!! But, we really didn’t get many details about the project at the time. Today we learn from Entertainment Weekly magazine a major detail that is sure to excite us all. You may recall back in early December that songwriter Elijah Blake revealed that he is writing songs for Britney’s new album … but according to Britney’s rep, Blake is NOT working with Britney at all. Instead, the rep reveals that she is working with Hit-Boy (real name Chauncey Hollis), the producer responsible for the massive Jay-Z and Kanye West hit song N***** in Paris. Um, wow!
Just before the new year, Britney Spears confirmed in a Twitter Q&A that she was indeed “working hard” on her next album, and that she was “collaborating with some inspiring new producers.” Which is intriguing! But who are these producers providing Britney with inspiration? Details are still scant, and Spears’ rep says that the album’s still in its early planning stages. But the rep did drop a few details, telling us that Britney “hasn’t worked with Elijah Blake,” despite the rumors. Blake, a writer who sometimes goes by Sean Fenton and has worked the likes of Usher and Rihanna, said in an interview that he was working with Britney. We’ve asked him for a comment but have yet to hear back.) But the rep did spill some names working on the album Britney — like the recently inescapable producer Hit-Boy, the aptly named man behind Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “N—-s in Paris,” A$AP Rocky’s “Goldie,” Kendrick Lamar’s “Backseat Freestyle,” and other major 2012 jams. Of course, there’ll be seasoned Spears vets helping out too. Will.i.am., for instance, will be pitching in again.
Man … Britney and Hit-Boy? I can’t even imagine what sort of amazingness they will put out together. This news pleases me greatly. I’m not quite so keen on the will.i.am news but he did manage to whip up a very decent track with Scream & Shout and if he can produce another single like that with MORE Britney and much less will then I don’t think I’ll mind too much. OMG, I am over the moon at the prospect of a new Britney album coming out this year … please gods, make it so. I am GREATLY encouraged by this news. I can’t wait to hear more.