Britney Spears is a tease — like, a professional one. The singer has been slowly leaking out bits and pieces of her eagerly anticipated ninth album, Glory, for weeks, and fans’ anticipation is getting close to the boiling point. With the Aug. 26 release date fast approaching, Spears did it again Thursday (Aug. 18) when she dropped yet another preview of the album courtesy of the “we can just chill on the couch” pop buzz-bomb “Do You Wanna Come Over.”
It’s the fourth song we’ve heard to date from the album, which will drop just two days before Brit makes her long-awaited return to the VMA stage on Aug. 28, performing at the MTV showcase for the first time in almost a decade. We haven’t seen an official track list or production credits yet for the effort she’s been teasing for nearly two years, but here’s what we know so far.
The first video was not what fans expected
Not long after Britney released the soft-focus video for the G-Eazy collabo “Make Me,” news broke that an alternate original version was reportedly scrapped for being overtly sexual. That led to fans launching a petition for the release of the alternate version directed by David LaChapelle.
A more hip-hop sound?
In an interview with Ryan Seacrest, Britney promised that Glory is probably “the most hip-hop album” she’s made to date (though she later said only two or three songs “go in the direction of more urban”). So far we’ve heard three remixes that prove she’s still got something for her club people too.
The deluxe version will have a lot of songs
Going by the iTunes pre-order page, there are 17 tracks on the bonus edition, marking the most songs on a Britney album to date. At least two of them are marked with explicit content tags, though the song titles for the 13 songs we haven’t heard so far have not yet been revealed.
It’s the start of a “new era”
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) August 3, 2016
She’ll perform on the VMAs
Britney hasn’t played the MTV awards show since 2007; the broadcast will mark the live TV debut of “Make Me.”
“Clumsy” is anything but
The club-friendly, synth-dripping track features the lines “Call me a fool/ Call me insane/ But don’t call it a thing/ Closer to you/ Closer to pain/ It’s better than far away,” plus an “Oops!” callback.
Get ready for a “Private Show”
The bump-and-grind-worthy, doo-wop-flavored “Show” dropped last month as part of a teaser for Spears’ new perfume, also called Private Show.
Glory is “very chill”
Spears told E News in June that she was very excited about the album she’s been working on for almost two years. “It really means a lot to me. It’s my baby,” she said, adding that fans can expect it to sound “a little melodic, a little more not so poppy. It’s kind of chill… Very chill.”
Brit’s ready to Netflix and, well, chill
On the super-poppy latest single “Do You Wanna Come Over,” Brit gets fun and flirty, singing “Nobody should be alone if they don’t have to be,” before a shouted chorus of backup singers chime in with “Whatever you want/ Whatever you need/ Gotta do it!” The track features the classic Britney come-on: “I could get into that kissin’ and touchin’/ Or we could be good and do next to nothin’.”
The production crew is deep
According to EW.com, Spears has been in the studio with Ian Kirkpatrick (Nick Jonas’ “Levels” and Jason Derulo’s “Want to Want Me”), DJ Mustard (who told Billboard his song is a “super big hit“), electro artist Burns (who produced “Make Me”) and hip-hop producer Young Frye (who produced “Private Show”). She’s also reportedly written songs with Canadian icon Chantal Kreviazuk (Drake, Kelly Clarkson) and Simon Wilcox (Jonas’ “Jealous”).