This is definitely shaping up to be Spears' year, though she told Today
-- just days after performing
at the MTV Video Music Awards -- that she doesn't see the release of her recent album
, as a comeback. "I think I've never really left," she said. "I've always been here. So (it's) just like ... maybe a reinvention of myself and just a different time in my life -- a really good, glorious time."