Britney Preparing For New Album, Tour

Britney Spears says she has fully recovered from the flu that forced her to restructure the North American tour in support of her third Jive album, "Britney," due Nov. 6. As previously reported, the t

Britney Spears says she has fully recovered from the flu that forced her to restructure the North American tour in support of her third Jive album, "Britney," due Nov. 6. As previously reported, the trek will now kick off Halloween night (Oct. 31) in Washington, D.C.

Spears told journalists during a teleconference today (Oct. 24) to expect a highly "theatrical" show, adding that she wants fans to "to see me in a different light than they've ever seen me in before. I really think they'll come to the show and get a really good idea of who I really am. The main thing is for people to leave feeling inspired."

One stage prop that won't be in use, however, is the giant snake Spears draped around her shoulders during her recent performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. "There's not going to be animals on this tour," the 19-year-old artist said with a laugh. "I'm already doing enough crazy stuff. I was going through the run through yesterday doing all my stuff, and I was like, by the time I'm 30, there's not going to be anything left for me to do." The tour's Nov. 18 show in Las Vegas will be broadcast live on HBO.

Spears credited production duo the Neptunes with helping to push her music into more mature and experimental territory on "Britney." Although first single "I'm a Slave 4 U" prominently bears the Neptunes' off-center creative stamp, the artist says the first track she put to tape with the pair was actually a "beautiful ballad" that will probably appear on her next album.

Spears said she is already looking ahead to future recordings, and hopes that boyfriend Justin Timberlake of 'N Sync will be a major collaborator. Timberlake and Wade Robson co-wrote the "Britney" album track "What It's Like To Be Me."

"He's a busy body himself, so I try not to bother him too much with the stuff that I do," she said. "But his opinion means everything to me. He really didn't have that much input on this record, but definitely on the next one hopefully he'll have a lot more."

Spears added that she isn't sure if there will be a soundtrack to her film debut, "Crossroads," which is due to hit U.S. theaters on Feb. 15. The film will feature her covering Joan Jett's "I Love Rock and Roll" in a karoake scene; the track also appears on "Britney."