10 Ways to Prepare Yourself for Britney at the Billboard Music Awards

Get ready….

In just 3 days, the legendary Ms. Britney Spears is about to do it again at the Billboard Music Awards when she makes us a slave for her when she opens this Sunday’s show with a medley of her greatest hits. If that’s not enough Godney love for you, the down home diva will also be receiving the Billboard Millennium Award, an honor that has only been given out to two other music artists in the past–Beyoncé and the dearly departed Whitney Houston. 

Besides Britney’s soon-to-be world stopping performance, according to show executive producer Mark Bracco, “The show is going to be filled with a lot of emotion.” A statement that may very well deem true as we’ll see Ms. Celine Dion performing on TV for the first time since the deaths of her husband of 21 years, René Angélil, and her brother, Daniel Dion, both to cancer and within two days of each other in January — and she has chosen a particularly poignant song for the occasion–Queen’s “The Show Must Go On.”  Pass the Kleenex, please. 

In addition to what’s sure to be Dion’s tear jerking moment, Madonna will be serving us with a touching (and highly publicized) Prince tribute, in which Bracco says will be “intimate” and that Madonna “…has been very involved in how it will be presented. It will be one of the emotional highlights of the show.” Another emotional highlight (literally) of the show?  “You don’t want to miss Pink,” spills Bracco, who told Billboard that the “Just Like Fire” diva is cooking up a top-secret performance of her Alice Through The Looking Glass tune that’s incredibly ambitious and she’s rehearsing it off-site for five days. “She has done incredible award performances — she has flown through the air, there have been acrobatics and fire — but it’s all going to come together in this performance.” We’re ready. 

We’ll also most certainly be ready for performances by Justin Bieber, Shawn Mendes, Fifth Harmony with Ty Dolla Sign, Troye Sivan, Meghan Trainor, Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani, Nick Jonas featuring Tove Lo, Rihanna and Demi Lovato, as well as the debut of Adele’s music video for “Send My Love (To Your New Lover).”  

But it is Ms. Spears who the world is most eagerly anticipating for this Sunday at 8PM on ABC (who’s counting?), meaning you should be highly prepared for the serving of Godney life that is sure to be headed our way in just a few days, and these 10 ways you can prepare will certainly help. 

1.Watch this performance of 2001ney taking over the middle of the Bellagio fountain with a perfectly timed performance of “I’m a Slave 4 U.” at the ’01 gala. Get it, get it. 

2.Then of course, this performance of Britney making her debut on the ’99 show with a jazzed up slay of “Hit Me Baby(One More Time)” will also blow your fucking mind. Enough said. 

3.Watch the video for “Work, Bitch” Because, why wouldn’t you? 

4.Try to guess just what classic Britney grooves will be in that medley… As y’all by now, before Britney snatches the Billboard Millennium Award, she’s going to be serving us with an about-to-be-legendary performance of all of her hits to kick the show in motion. While we can only hope that the entire show will just be Britney slaying it, there can only be so much time allotted, meaning we need to spend some time figuring out just what classic grooves she’ll be providing us with during the scorching medley, which will be mixed with lots of lots of dancing and several costume changes.

My personal guess is..“(Baby)One More Time),” “Oops..I Did It Again,” “I’m A Slave 4 U,” “Me Against the Music,” “Toxic,” “Gimme More,” “Piece of Me,” “Work Bitch” and “Til the World Ends.” What’s yours? Go. 

5. Then there’s “Pretty Girls” Hard to believe that it’s been an entire year since Britney and that other girl delivered a show stopping performance of their, um, hit, “Pretty Girls.” But, what a difference a year makes, right Ms. Azalea? Just goes to show you that those who throw constant music shade…

6.Remembering the days of Britney & Justin always helps the time go by. Sigh….

7.Listen to “In the Zone” a couple of times…. Since this Sunday’s performance will be the last stop before we get served up with all the #B9 album truth we can handle (don’t expect to hear lead single “Make Me(Ooh)” for just a little bit longer…here’s why) there’s no better time to dive deep into the Britney music vault to get all sorts of ready. While Blackout is certainly an obvious choice to get down to, chances are you’re listening to it, like, right now. So, going back four years (and what a four years that was), In the Zone is the perfect album, because not only is one of Britney’s most underrated sets (that wasn’t a question), it’s one of her best.

Armed with an array of genres ranging from deep house, sticky pop, Middle Eastern, and Ying Yang Twins, Britney has never sounded more sexier, more confident and more ready than ever to show the world she’s got what it takes, no matter what Stronger video sized storm she’s faced with. While the road less traveled after In the Zone was certainly an “omg” one, Ms.Brit prevailed and this album marked the true beginning of that journey. And again…that wasn’t a question. 

Oh, yes, this was also the album that gave us “Touch of My Hand,” and for that we must forever be grateful to it. 

8.Watch this Britney/Madonna (and Xtina and Missy, too!) moment from the 2003 VMAs… Maybe you’ve seen it before? 

9.Watch this SNL skit….. That moment in 2000 on a standout episode of SNL when an “Oops” era Britney played Mouse Trap author Dawn Paslowski and served us her comedic chops alongside Cheri Oteri and Will Ferrell on a fabulous show called Morning Latte.  

Go right here to watch….right now. But watch out for Ms. Dawn cuts the grease…..she’ll set you’re hair on fire.

10.Repeat steps 1-through 10. Because if you’re like me, you don’t know how you’re going to get through the next few days so you can get a little closer to the 2016ney truth, and hey, every little Brit helps. 



Hump Day Music Truth

1.Carrie Underwood spills all in Cosmopolitan….

“Smoke Break” songstress Carrie Underwood is breaking music tea mugs in the December issue of Cosmopolitan, spilling about her married life and how she feels women in country music deserve more recognition. 

“When I go to vote for the Country Music Awards, I have to write in names — I can think of, like, three who are really active,” Underwood told Cosmo. “Women have to work harder to get half the recognition. I am one of the lucky ones.”

Ms. Underwood also shares that she’s still in wedded bliss with her husband, NHL star Mike Fisher. She adds, “Everyone is getting divorced. They’re dropping like flies! But we are good. It helped that we were both established before we were married. Neither of us could be like, ‘I didn’t know it would be like this!’”

Save the date–the December issue of Cosmo hits newsstands on Nov. 10.

2.Britney Spears is definitely working on her new album….

Could 2016 be the year of both Britney and Adele? 

Last night after much speculation, Britney Spears confirmed that she’s moving forward with a new album, in her own special way, of course.

Ms. Spears, who’s in the midst of her red-hot Piece of Me residency in Las Vegas, has been dropping glittery goose eggs recently that her ninth (!) album is the works, recently sharing a captionless photo of herself in the studio and also sharing a tweet, revealing that she’d finished recording vocals on one song along with using the cryptic hashtag “B9,” which we know certainly refers to the new set. 

3. There are really no words to describe this

No words. Just watch. It’s everything you’re hoping it is. 

4.The same can also be said for this DNCE video…

It’s also everything you’re hoping it would be. 

5.Eminem is keeping on to prove he’s a lyrical Genius….

Hot off the music truth press, Billboard is reporting that Eminem will be  investing in lyrics and annotation site, Genius, in a new partnership with the “Without Me” rapper and Shady Records. 

Joining an already A-list star roster of investors including Nas and Pharrell, Mr. Mathers will continue serving up his newly pressed tracks on the site. Genius will also act as the official lyrics engine for and all of Shady Records’ online contingencies. 

“Coming up we would always obsess over the lyrics from our favorite MCs. Picking everything apart, trying to get into their heads,” Eminem said in his official statement. “I still do that today and Genius helps to make it a worldwide conversation. Pretty amazing to me.”

Founded in 2009 by Tom Lehman and Ilan Zechory, Brooklyn, NY based Genius continues to own its reputation in being the world’s largest source of song lyrics and crowd-pleasing music knowledge. Earlier this year, Genius tapped Marshall to provide some of his biggest hits including “Rap God,” “Stan” and “Lose Yourself,” alongside classic tracks by the Notorious B.I.G. and 50 Cent. 

With an out-of-this-world monthly reach of more than 40 million customers, Genius has expanded since its humble beginnings as Rap Genius, which was a website dedicated to annotating hip-hop lyrics. The site has also garnered nearly $60 million in investments since 2011, with that figure only expected to grow now that Em is on board. 


Mixtape Music News

1.There’s going to be a whole lot of Tidal celebrating next month….

By now, we’re all versed in Tidal–the “artist-owned” streaming service launched by Jay Z earlier this year–and the struggle its endured since its beginnings. Earlier this morning, plans to make the struggle a little less real are in full swing as the streaming service has just announced a big celebration they’re calling Tidal X: 1020, an explosive concert that will take place Oct. 20 at Brooklyn‘s Barclays Center. Among the many music A-listers who are all set to perform are Jay Z, Beyonce, Prince, Nicki Minaj, Usher, Lil Wayne, T.I., Nick Jonas, Damien Marley, and many others that will be announced over the next few weeks. 

Tickets will be available now for Tidal subscribers with a general on-sale beginning Friday at 12PM ET. All proceeds from the show will be donated to many organizations across the music globe with the disbursement of funds being overseen by The New World Foundation, a New York-based organization which partners with various philanthropic groups. 


2.Apple Music is officially launched in China…

Big news in the Apple world today as the company has officially launched its streaming music service in China. 

It was also announced today that iTunes Movies and iBooks are both now available in China, which is already Apple’s most profitable market for app downloads.

“Customers in China love the App Store and have made it our largest market in the world for app downloads,” Apple’s senior vice president of Internet Software and Services, Eddie Cue, stated. “One of the top requests has been more great content and we’re thrilled to bring music, movies and books to China, curated by a local team of experts.”

Without spilling all of their music tea, Apple said there are “millions” of songs in Apple Music’s catalog for China, including local artists like Eason Chan, Li Ronghao, JJ Lin and G.E.M. But that number may not be too close to the 30 million tracks that stateside Apple Music has in its catalog. 

Apple also said the streaming service will also roll out on Android smartphones this fall.

3.Joe Jonas and Charlie Puth are all set to reveal your 2015 AMA nominees…

On Good Morning America on Tuesday, Oct. 13,  Joe Jonas & Charlie Puth will link up to reveal the first nominees for the 2015 American Music Awards.

After Jonas and Puth announce the nominees for a handful of AMA categories, the nominees for another five categories will be announced on SnapChat (TheAMAs).

The 2015 AMAs spectacle, which has become a music highlight of the fall, will take over the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Nov. 22, with the broadcast starting at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.

Both Puth and Jonas have been on music point these days, with Puth’s hit singles “See You Again” with Wiz Khlaifa and “Marvin Gaye” with Meghan Trainor riding the charts and Jonas’ new project, DNCE, recently unveiled the lyric video for their catchy track, “Cake By the Ocean.” If you haven’t heard this one yet, you are truly missing out on what is one of the catchiest jams of the fall. 

4.Tower Records 4 Lyfe….

Remember record stores? You know those places where your parents would drive you to so you could buy music?

When a record store like Tower Records is legendary enough to hold onto its recognition even after bankruptcy, we must it pay it true music respect. We all know how it goes–the bigger they are, the harder they fall, which couldn’t be truer for now defunct Tower Records.

The infamous groove retail shop was a staple in the music industry in the late 20th century, but by 2006, the music giant had filed for bankruptcy.

Now, there’s an upcoming documentary All Things Must Pass that explains just how it all went down…literally. The film, directed by Tom Hanks’ son, Colin, looks at factors beyond theories on how the Internet killed the record store, and also follows Tower Records humble beginnings and its heartbreaking end, all while hearing from its founder, Russell Solomon, who narrates the movie.

Watch Mr. Hanks discuss All Things Must Pass on Jimmy Kimmel last month. 

5.An X Factor winner is teaming up with Kelly Clarkson for his debut single…

Ben Haenow–the absolutely adorable 2014 winner of the UK version of X Factor –has just announced the release date of his first single, which is all set to feature none other than the first American Idol champ, Ms. Kelly Clarkson.

The song is titled “Second Hand Heart” and will be served to headphones and Clarkson hearts everywhere on October 9th. The tune will also act as the lead single from Haenow’s self-titled set which will take over on Nov. 13.

Haenow took to Twitter to announce the big music news, writing “The beautiful @kelly_clarkson has taken my ‘Second Hand Heart’. What an honour!”

Ms. Clarkson was equally ecstatic,, writing, “Super excited to be featured on @BenHaenow’s new single “Second Hand Heart”! 

In other Kelly news, the diva has unfortunately canceled the remaining dates on her Piece by Piece tour due to more ordered vocal rest.