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8 Reasons You Should Be Anticipating Britney's Return

Sunday, September 8, 2013
Britney Spears fans (also known as the Britney Army — but I prefer Disciples of Godney) have been brimming with anticipation for months now. Let's be honest: it doesn't take much to get us wide-eyed and flailing. But the era of what has been simply dubbed "Album 8" in lieu of the actual title truly feels like Britmas.

For the non-believers, I thought I'd share eight very sensible reasons why you should be excited for the newest Britney era.

Oh, and before we get started, remember: this is not a comeback.

1) The collaborators are HUGE.
William Orbit (Madonna's "Ray of Light" album), Sia (who is not only an outstanding solo artist, but has also penned David Guetta's "She Wolf [Falling To Pieces]," Rihanna's "Diamonds," Ne-Yo's "Let Me Love You [Until You Learn to Love Yourself]" and Rita Ora's "Radioactive") and Charli XCX (Icona Pop's "I Love It") have all been tapped for the creation of Album 8. Executive producer, whom Brit fans have been decidedly on the fence about in the past, shared he wanted to really get an "intimate sense of where her life is right now" before even beginning the process; and, Britney herself has called Album 8 to be her "most personal album ever."

The Twitter correspondence between Britney and Sia below proved there is some magic in the works:

"Beautiful" and "heartbreaking" are qualities both fans and non-fans alike have been craving from B for quite awhile.

2) Danceney.
Looking for the Britney who flawlessly executed these moves?

Rumors have been swirling for months that Brit will be announcing a residency in Las Vegas. While signs are pointing to the fact that this will indeed become a reality, it also appears Britney is generally very committed to polishing her dancing skills this era. She has been spotted in and out of dance studios for the past several months, hinting that maybe, just maybe, we'll see some of those heavily-choreographed  numbers we lived for in the past.

3) She's putting in the work (literally and perhaps figuratively).
It has been unofficially confirmed there will be a song with the word "Work" in it, which already leads me to believe it will be the dance, pop goodness Britney excels at. But don't assume the entire album will be auto-tuned club-bangers:
For those looking for a more substantial Britney, it seems she's looking to bring that to the table  not only lyrically, but vocally, as well.

4) This.
Last night, Queen B uploaded the following photo and caption on her social media channels:

Let's break this down: she looks fantastic, she's dancing (see point "Danceney") and she's filming a video. It's been a minute since we've had a dance-charged video from Ms. Spears, so this is unarguably sensational news.

5) Competition is fierce.
Katy Perry, Lady Gaga and Beyoncé are all on deck to release new material within the same timeframe of Album 8's promotion and release. This only makes Britney's new era all the more intriguing and exciting — and her team has likely set the bar high on quality.

6) The recipe.
Even if you're not a Britney fan, there is a song and/or album in your iTunes. Britney is aware of her strengths from previous albums, and uploaded her "recipe" for Album 8 last month.

I'm sure we can all agree if this album is at all inspired by "Blackout" or "In The Zone," there is greatness in store.

7) The mystery.
From the cryptic countdown on to little hints Britney herself has dropped via Twitter, there are lots of surprises in store. While we know some of the producers and writers involved, we truly do not yet know much else about Album 8. Certainly these details will be divulged in the coming weeks, but the lead-up has been quite "mum's the word" and Britney's keeping her lips on the Starbucks. 

8) It's Britney, bitch.
Dig her or dislike her, one thing is certain: Britney is a pop phenomenon. With more than 100 million albums sold to-date (105, actually) and so many records broken (e.g. her sophomore album "Oops!... I Did It Again" still holds the record for the highest sales in one week by a female artist ever), there is no denying she has been and continues to be a force to be reckoned with. She somehow always manages to keep us interested, guessing and squealing.

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