Britney Spears’ second comeback is in full swing with plans to unveil a new album on her 27th birthday.
“Circus” is set for release on December 2, a little over a year after she released last November’s “Blackout,” which was perhaps her most critically acclaimed CD, but came during her infamous year of erratic behaviour, rehab, custody battles and at least one trip to hospital.
She barely promoted it, and the album – although it was certified platinum - was one of her least successful.
But these days Spears has been in the spotlight for all the right reasons. She won three MTV Video Music Awards for her clip “Piece of Me” and appeared on the awards show looking fit, a reversal of her dishevelled, widely panned appearance in 2007.
Spears’ life seems to have rebounded after her father James went to court and took legal control of her personal and professional life.
She also resolved her custody battle with former husband Kevin Federline, with Federline retaining custody of their two young sons and Spears receiving visitation rights.
Among the producers on Spears’ new CD are Nate “Danja” Hills and Max Martin, who produced some of her biggest hits, including her first, “Baby One More Time.”
The first single, “Womaniser,” will be released to radio in the US on September 22.