Britney Spears fans may still have a few months of anxious waiting before her seventh full-length's March release, but the pop star is reportedly dropping her first piece of new music in a little over a week. "Hold It Against Me," a new single that will presumably be included on the still-untitled follow-up to 2008's "Circus," will premiere on Jan. 7, according to New York radio station Z100's program director, Sharon Dastur.
In the issue of Entertainment Weekly hitting newsstands tomorrow (Dec. 31), Dastur says that fans won't be disappointed when the single, which was produced by Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald and Max Martin, hits radio next Friday. "The beat that they give her is really unique compared to other artists - this infectious bass beat beneath the song," says Dastur. "Plus, the hook is just amazing."
Dr. Luke, who is executive-producing the album alongside Martin, confirmed the title of the single on Twitter earlier this month, although he said that lyrics to the song that had been floating around the internet were inaccurate. Before he began work on the album, Gottwald revealed that he wanted Spears' sound to delve "a little more into electronic -- grimier," during a keynote Q&A at the Billboard Film & TV Music Conference:
On her 29th birthday on Dec. 2, Spears announced in a Twitter post that the new album was coming out in March and that she was "IN L-O-V-E WITH IT!" The same month will also see the release of "Fame: Britney Spears," a 32-page biographical comic book from the same company that previously released comics of Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga and "Glee."