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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 will.i.am, 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 BritneySpears.com 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.


An It Girl's Must-Have: Color Me Swoon

Monday, September 2, 2013
As much as I appreciate adult activities like scheduling my own bedtime, enjoying adult beverages as I please and spending hard-earned cash on designer crushes, there's something great about child-like indulgences. Coloring books were one of my favorite activities as a kid, and I see no reason why, as adults, we can't whip out crayons every now and then.

Artist, author and downright talented chick Mel Elliott gets it. After developing Colour Me Good Ryan Gosling (which I obviously own a copy of), she is set to release Color Me Swoon (Perigee) tomorrow. Think the ultimate coloring and activity book featuring all of Hollywood's heartthrobs.


I had a blast going through the book, giggling at the activities and, well, swooning. I have yet to color in it, because my art skills aren't yet up to par and I would hate to make a mess of David Beckham's face.

I've provided a sneak preview of what you can expect in the book, as well as my idea of how a date would look with each of these dreamboats. My intention is not to make these fan fic-esque, though it may have veered that way...

Onward!

George Clooney

Swoon Factor: 8. As Carrie Bradshaw once said, "Clooney is like a Chanel suit, he'll never go out of style." (Although, I do prefer The Clooney beardless.)
Book Activity: A crossword puzzle, in which Clooney-ettes (that can be a thing, right?) fill in the answers to random facts/trivia.
Real Life "Swoon": Georgie is very old Hollywood. Think a movie (romantic dramedy, natch) followed by a candlelit dinner at an Italian establishment. Afterward, George will walk you home, and give a goodnight kiss — but no funny business!

James Franco

Swoon Factor: 8.5. Aaron may want to fight me on this one (don't worry, boo, he's yours), but anyone who can pull off James Dean is automatically a hottie in my book. It should be noted I was even swooning over him in This Is The End, which was a movie that was not at all swoon-worthy.
Book Activity: A crossword puzzle with words which describe James in various adjectives, including "bad boy," "brilliant" and "who?" (lol)
Real Life "Swoon": James would be all about those wine and painting classes. He'll whisper sweet nothings in your ear in between brush strokes.

Pharrell Williams

Swoon Factor: 9.5. I've been on the Skateboard P train since the In Search Of... days, and we all know the man ages like fine wine. Collaborating with Daft Punk and Robin Thicke made Pharrell ubiquitous this year — and I am not complaining.
Book Activity: A fill-in-the-blanks scenario, which could also double as a really awesome mad libs game.
Real Life "Swoon": Pharrell is an artist in every sense of the word, so he'd want to experience the Christopher Wool exhibit at the Guggenheim with you. Then, you'd enjoy a walk through Central Park and, amidst the chatting, he'd begin singing "The Closer I Get to You."

Adam Driver
Swoon Factor: 7.5. Whether you love him or hate him, Adam provides consistent eye candy on Girls. His  recent Gap campaign cemented him as one of the "It" Boys to watch.
Book Activity: Okay, so Adam doesn't get his own activity, but he is featured on the "Quirky Hot Team" along with Michael Cera, Andrew Garfield, Chris O'Dowd and Jason Segel. Sign me up for the Quirkies!
Real Life "Swoon": Adam doesn't dig big crowds, so you'd get to know each other at a quiet coffee shop. As you're leaving, he'd begin dancing (think club, not slow) in the street and invite you to join him. 

Ryan Gosling

Swoon Factor: 10482595.
Book Activity: Poem writing. Fitting, considering he is poetry to the world.
Real Life "Swoon": Does it matter? He could take me to Wendy's and I'd be like...


Color Me Swoon is available September 3, 2013; Mel Elliott can be found at www.ilovemel.me.

I received Color Me Swoon for promotional purposes. I was not compensated for this post, but am totally obsessed with the book anyway.