Spears's Circus is set to hit stores Dec. 2, when she turns 27

By Stephen M. Silverman
September 15, 2008 08:55 AM
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Britney Spears has arranged a wonderful birthday present for herself: her sixth studio album, Circus, due for release Dec. 2 – the day she turns 27, her label announced Monday.

Coming so soon after her triple victory – for video of the year, best female video and best pop video for “Piece of Me” – at MTV’s Video Music Awards on Sept. 7, Circus follows up her well-received 2007 album Blackout and continues the upward spiral the sometimes-troubled pop star has been experiencing.

The Outsyders, described by Spears’s label, Jive records, as an up-and-coming Atlanta production team, have produced the first single from the album, “Womanizer,” which will drop Sept. 22.

Other producers and writers with a hand in the album, according to Jive, include Dr. Luke (writer-producer of the title track, “Circus”), Danja, Max Martin, Bloodshy & Avant and Guy Sigsworth – who’s collaborated with such other artists as Madonna, Alanis Morissette and Bjork.

In all, Spears has sold more than 62 million albums internationally, including 1999’s Baby One More Time, 2000’s Oops! I Did It Again, 2001′ Britney, 2003’s In The Zone and the previously mentioned Blackout. Her sales records include eight No. 1 worldwide singles and four consecutive No. 1 albums.

Also on Monday, Guinness World Records revealed another accolade for Spears: she has replaced Paris Hilton as the Most Searched Person on the Internet in 2007.

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