Britney Spears has been named one of VH1’s “Save the Music” ambassadors.
Spears joins Cher Lloyd, Diane Birch, Hunter Hayes, and Taye Diggs as part of the 2014 Save the Music Ambassador Class.
VH1’s Save the Music Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to restoring instrumental music education in public schools across the country. The foundation also raises awareness about the importance of music as part of a child’s complete education. The organization was founded in 1997, and has provided $51 million in new musical instruments in 1,900 public schools. The foundation has directly benefited 2.3 million children.
The 2013 VH1 Save the Music Ambassador Class included Mariah Carey, Matchbox Twenty, B.o.B., Ingrid Michaelson, Robin Thicke, LeAnn Rimes, Andy Grammer and New York Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist.
The announcement comes shortly before the release of Britney Spears’ eighth studio album, Britney Jean, which is due to hit shelves November 29. The 31-year-old released the first single, “Work B*tch,” on September 17. The second single, “Perfume,” was released on November 4.
Spears confirmed that she will be headlining a residency in Las Vegas in May. Spears’ two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino, called “Britney: Piece of Me,” begins December 27 and will run for 100 shows through 2015. Spears said she has been doing all she can to prepare for the residency.
“I’m doing 90 minutes of yoga twice a week in addition to a lot of cardio-hour-long sessions three times a week with my trainer, Tony Martinez,” the Grammy winner said. “The [Vegas] performances won’t be simple — they’ll be a massive party from start to finish. And to pull this off, I have to be in top condition and running at full speed.”
Last month, British tabloid The Mirror reported that Spears’ music was being used to scare away Somali pirates. Rachel Owens, a merchant Navy officer who works on supertankers off the east coast of Africa explained, “[Britney Spears’] songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most. These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.”