More Info On Britney's New Album & Tentative Release Date

In part 2 of our interview with Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, the super producer spoke exclusively to Rap-Up TV about reuniting with Britney Spears and Brandy for their new albums.

Jerkins was back in the studio with Spears for the first time in seven years to produce some tracks for the pop star’s as-yet-untitled sixth studio album, which he revealed is scheduled for an early 2009 release. With this album, the trackmaster behind Spears’ “Overprotected (Remix),” said he’s “trying to reinvent her” and described the new sound as “very dancey, really uptempo, in the clubs, real aggressive, and catchy.”

Darkchild called the superstar a “professional” and cited a recent session where she completed a song in two hours. “She walked in at 8:30 and was out by 10:30.”

Source: Rap-Up.com

You can watch the interview at their website by clicking the above link.

Britney & Kevin Meet To Discuss Custody

Despite their differences over the last year, Britney Spears and her ex-hubby Kevin Federline have one thing in common — they’d both like to avoid going to trial this summer over the custody of their two young sons Sean Preston and Jayden James.

On Thursday, the pop singer, her father Jamie Spears and K-Fed managed to sneak away to a secret location where they and their attorneys began to try and hammer out an out-of-court custody deal ordered by commissioner Scott Gordon.

However, the all-day meeting (rumored to have been at a 5-star hotel) ultimately resulted in nothing. Both Brit and K-Fed refused to give an inch beyond the current custody status: K-Fed has temporary physical custody and Britney has visitation, which now inlcudes one overnight visit per week.

The long, drawn-out conference seemed to take its toll on the recovering pop star. An eyewitness tells OK! that following the meeting, Brit went directly back to her Studio City home at The Summit and then headed to the Ritz Carlton Hotel where she promptly booked a massage and sauna session.

Looks like the August trial date is still on — for now!

Source: OK! Magazine

Darkchild Working On Britney's New Album

Producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins has confirmed to news blog Rap-up.com that he is working with Britney on her new album.  The first part of his interview has been published on the site, where he talks about working on Beyoncé’s new album, and the second part will be posted next week, when he reveals all about working with Britney.

Check out the first part of the interview here.

Britney Has First Overnight Visit With Boys

Here’s some good news to start your morning – our cameramen report that Britney Spears had her first court-allowed overnight visit with her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James last night!

Our photographers spotted Kevin Federline’s bodyguard dropping the boys off at 6 PM last night. We believe that Kevin’s on his way for a celebrity golf tournament today.

Sean and Jayden weren’t Britney’s only visitors yesterday, though – her manager Larry Rudolph stopped by around 1 PM. In fact, our guys never saw Brit leave her house all day!

Source: X17

"Piece Of Me" Video Makes VH1´s Best Videos Of 2008 List

Britney´s video for the second single off her shelved album “Blackout” has come in at #12 on VH1’s Best Videos of 2008 so far poll.  Britney also appears twice more, with the “Break The Ice” video at #45 and the “Gimme More” video at #61.  Here’s the top 20:

1. Feels Like Tonight – Daughtry
2. Bleeding Love – Leona Lewis
3. Sorry – Buckcherry
4. No Air – Jordin Sparks feat. Chris Brown
5. Touch My Body – Mariah Carey
6. Stop and Stare – OneRepublic
7. Whatever It Takes – Lifehouse
8. These Hard Times – Matchbox 20
9. Love Song – Sara Barelleis
10. Won’t Go Home Without You – Maroon 5
11. Don’t Stop the Music – Rihanna
12. Piece of Me – Britney Spears
13. Love Like This (Feat. Sean Kingston) – Natasha Bedengfield
14. Realize – Colbie Calliat
15. Shadow of the Day – Linkin Park
16. 4 Minutes – Madonna
17. Into The Night – Santana
18. Pocketful Of Sunshine – Natasha Bedengfield
19. Love In This Club – Usher
20. Tattoo – Jordin Sparks

Britney & Kevin May Discuss Custody Settlement

Could there finally be an end to the Britney Spears and Kevin Federline custody case? If family court commissioner Scott Gordon has anything to say about it, the answer would be a resounding “yes.”

Only hours after today’s decision to allow Britney to have one overnight visit per week with her boys, OK! has learned that the court has ordered both sides of the dispute over little Sean Preston and Jayden James to meet tomorrow at a neutral, non-court location  to make an attempt at coming to terms on a permanent settlement.

These talks would be very similar to the closed-door mediation sessions that took place during the former couple’s divorce — even more so now that Laura Wasser, Brit’s original attorney in her feud with Federline, has been brought back on the team.

However, the case insiders warn OK! that these discussions may be all for naught, and that it’s likely the case will move ahead with a full trial.

Source: OK! Magazine

Britney Granted Over Night Visits With Sons

Britney Spears was awarded overnight privileges with her sons, PEOPLE confirms.

The pop star hasn’t had her children overnight since January following her forced hospitalization at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

A closed-door hearing Tuesday, attended by Spears and her ex, Kevin Federline, also saw the return of Spears’s first divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser, who has officially replaced Stacy Phillips.

L.A. Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini confirmed that Spears’s parenting coach attended the hearing and made statements to the court, and that Spears’s demeanor before the commissioner was “businesslike.”

“I think any judge is pleased to see progress being made by parties in a case,” Parachini added.

Details of the hearing’s outcome were not announced. But a source confirms for PEOPLE that Spears will now be allowed to have her sons Preston, 2 1/2, and Jayden, 1 1/2, with her overnight.

The former couple face a custody trial in August, unless they can settle their case amicably out of court.

Their next hearing is set for July 15.

The overnight visits were first reported by TMZ.com.

Source: People Magazine

Britney Back In Court Today

Britney Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline separately arrived at a Los Angeles court Tuesday for a custody hearing.

Spears, 26, is apparently seeking a change in her visitation schedule, but details weren’t immediately known.

At 8:40 a.m., a somber-looking Federline, wearing a beige suit, entered the courtroom along with his lawyer Mark Vincent Kaplan

Spears, also looking somber, entered shortly thereafter with her father. Her blonde hair was straight and long and she wore a white shirt, beige pants, and wedges. She took a seat in the right side of the courtroom, while Federline was seated on left side.

Laura Wasser, Spears’s original divorce lawyer, is reportedly rejoining the singer’s legal team. Wasser was seen entering the courtroom along with a lawyer working for Spears’s conservatorship.

The pop star currently has monitored visitation with her sons, Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1, three times a week.

The ex-couple faces a custody trial in August if they’re unable to settle their case out of court.

“Our goal is to settle what we can without a trial to achieve what’s in the best interest of the children,” Kaplan tells PEOPLE. “But whatever can’t be resolved with a private mediator will be brought to trial.”

Spears’s father remains in legal control of his daughter’s affairs until a July 31 hearing.

Source: People Magazine

Confirmed Producers Of Britney's New Album

Sorry I’ve been away for a few weeks, here are the producers we know Britney is working with on her new project:

Bloodshy & Avant (“Toxic”, “Piece Of Me”, “Do Somethin'”)
Sean Garrett (“Toy Soldier”)
JR Rotem (“Everybody”)
Guy Sigworth (“Everytime”, “Someday (I Will Understand)”, “Over To You”)
Danja (“Gimme More,” “Break The Ice”, “Get Back”, “Perfect Lover”, “Outta This World”)
Jim Beanz (“Gimme More,” “Break The Ice”)
Dallas Austin
Fredwreck