Britney Spears took to social media on August 3 to drop a huge bombshell about her much-anticipated ninth studio album, Glory, and now we’re counting down everything you need to know about Spears’ first release in almost three years.
When will Glory be released?
According to Britney’s Twitter tease, Glory is set for release on August 23, with iTunes pre-orders available now.
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) August 3, 2016
What’s the album tracklist?
Britney has so far stayed tight-lipped on the new tracks featured on Glory, though we do know that there’s a whole lot of new music from Spears to come.
iTunes revealed that the standard edition of Glory will feature 12 tracks, including the lead single “Make Me…” featuring G-Eazy, as well as the previously announced promotional single “Private Show.” As for the deluxe edition of Britney’s latest release, the special edition actually boasts 17 songs.
Britney isn’t revealing too much just yet about the names of the other tracks, though josepvinaixa.com previously revealed a number of songs rumored to have been written and recorded by Spears for her new album.
The site reported the names of a slew of tracks Spears has allegedly cut for Glory, including two Britney co-wrote titled “Invitation” and “Just Like Me.”
What does Glory sound like?
Glory looks set to take on a completely different sound than Britney’s past eight releases.
Speaking to V Magazine about Glory earlier this year, Britney admitted that her first release since she dropped Britney Jean in 2013 is “very different” and “not what you would think at all.”
“I just know that the direction I’m going in is so good,” Spears continued at the time, just months before she confirmed she was taking a new musical direction in a separate interview with E! News.
“It’s a little melodic, a little more not so poppy,” Britney told the site four months later, describing Glory as being “kind of chill. Very chill.”
Who else is involved?
Britney Spears brought out the big guns when it came to putting Glory together.
Britney already showed the world that she’s teamed up with rapper G-Eazy for the lead single “Make Me,” but he’s not the only big name attached to the album.
Songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, who’s written for some of music’s biggest stars, including Jennifer Lopez, Kelly Clarkson, and Avril Lavigne, teased that she was writing for Spears in a tweet posted back in July 2015.
“[It] was a next level pop day 4 me [with] a genius vocal performance by @britneyspears,” the songwriter tweeted to fans, hinting that she may have hit the studio with Spears.
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) July 18, 2016
MTV News also reported earlier this year that songwriter Esjay Jones had written for Glory after she let slip her involvement with the album in a since deleted tweet.
“#2016 Ecstatic to be working on the @britneyspears #EP with the #DreamTeam @Trey_Vittetoe #ginaschock #britneyspears,” Jones tweeted out, and promptly deleted, in January, revealing that Trey Vittetoe and Gina Schock, who have previously worked with both Selena Gomez and Miley Cyrus, had also written for Spears.
DJ Mustard has also confirmed that he’s involved with Glory, describing Britney’s new album as “crazy” and “like a movie” in an interview with Capital Extra earlier this year.
“We got something harder than all that. It’s like it’s a movie, it’s crazy,” the producer revealed of Glory. “I can’t really go too much on it, but it’s incredible.”
Glory is Britney’s best work “in a long time”
That’s according to Spears herself, who admitted that she was “very proud” of her work on the new album in a February interview with V Magazine.
Spears didn’t give too much away when it came to the big details on Glory at the time, but she did describe her new music as being “the best thing I’ve done in a long time.”
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