Britney Spears Teases 'Very Different' New Album: 'It's the Best Thing I've Done in a Long Time'
By Sophie Schillaci
Britney Spears looks good.
The 34-year-old music icon is turning up the sex appeal in three new cover shots for V Magazine's 100th issue, posing in all-black-everything (including garters and thigh-high stockings!) and posing with a set of very chiseled male abs. (We can't see his face, but they do belong to model/bodybuilder Brandon White. In case you were wondering.)
In the issue, out March 8th, Spears opens up about the pitfalls of fame, why she hasn't fully embraced technology, and -- most importantly -- the status of her next album.
"Honestly, I'm just particular with this record," she tells writer John Norris, who first interviewed the pop star for MTV back in 1999. "It's my baby, and so I really want it done right. I would much rather have it be completely how I want it to be, whether that takes another year for me to do, or two months. I have no idea at this point. But I just know that the direction I'm going in is so good. It's the best thing I've done in a long time."
It's been more than two years since Spears' last studio effort, Britney Jean, was released. Though it brought us an undisputed fan favorite anthem, "Work Bitch," the LP overall was Spears' least commercially successful of her career, peaking at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S.
Spears later teamed up with Iggy Azalea on the single, "Pretty Girls," released last spring, though news of a full-length release never followed. Still, when the singer is not on stage at Planet Hollywood's Axis Theater performing for her Las Vegas residency, she has been teasing fans with Instagram posts revealing behind-the-scenes shots of her latest studio sessions.
"I'm proud of the work, and it's very different; it's not what you would think at all," she says of the new album. "But I'm not rushing anything. I just want it to be done right, so that my fans will truly appreciate it."
While we eagerly await Spears' ninth studio album, we'll have to make do with living vicariously through her incredible social media accounts. While Spears is a pro at sharing candid, unfiltered moments from her life on Instagram and Twitter, she admits that using technology (namely, computers) isn't exactly her strong suit.
"Honestly, I still don't use my computer," she confesses. "My kids use the computer more than I do! I understand that a lot of people are into it, and I have days where I write and stuff, but it's really not for me. It's not my thing."
More than 17 years after she skyrocketed to fame with "...Baby One More Time," Spears has grown used to the glaring spotlight -- and if it looks like she's more comfortable in her skin than ever these days, that's because she most certainly is.
"Whoever is in the spotlight, people are really quick to judge," she muses. "I mean, there are a lot of kids coming up who've experienced that. You know, Justin Bieber, he's huge, and he experiences that. It's just the way the world works, unfortunately. I've been doing this for 20 years. I kind of don't pay attention to it. I have my relationship with God and myself and that's what matters to me. I really don't care what most people think."
But, if she did care, we're totally loving carefree and confident Brit! Just last week, the mama of two stunned in a series of seriously sexy video snippets set to her sultry 2003 song, "Breathe on Me." See for yourself in the video below.