This week's mailbag looks at when we might expect Spears' next full-length, how big a radio hit Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' could be, Miley Cyrus' career sales and more
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ANY NEWS ABOUT BRITNEY SPEARS' NEW ALBUM?
Can you reveal something new & exciting about new Britney's album? #AskBillboardFromFrance
Not that exciting, but I can at least relay an official word from Spears' label.
I forwarded your question to a rep at RCA Records. Here's what he said:
"I can't give you any info. at this time because I'm not aware of anything other than what she told Ryan Seacrest a couple weeks [on his syndicated radio show]: we can expect a full-length record by the end of the year."
Then again, in last week's "Ask Billboard," I noted that Interscope Records had offered no details other than a tease of "COMING SOON: LADY GAGA!" at the end of a press release about its current singles being promoted to top 40 radio. A week later, we now know that Nov. 11 brings "ARTPOP." So, who knows what meatier details might soon arrive regarding Spears' next album.
In the meantime, we have Spears' current "Smurfs 2" soundtrack single, "Ooh La La." I still find it surprising, by the way, that the song has yet to truly take off, have charted so far at Nos. 85-92-94 in its first three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Still, it returns to its peak (23-22) on the mainstream top 40-based Pop Songs radio airplay chart. (It debuted at No. 22 two weeks ago, aided by coordinated plays on Clear Channel-owned stations.) Perhaps consumers would be more abuzz about the song if it were accompanied by a new album, as opposed to a soundtrack? (And, total aside: does anyone else hear similarities between "Ooh La La" and Madonna's "MDNA" track "Superstar"? Listen and compare ...)
The fortunes of "Ooh La La" are likely to be boosted, however, by the premiere of its video last Thursday (July 11). With more than 10 million YouTube views as of this posting, its initial streaming totals should help the song rebound when the Hot 100 is refreshed this week.