Like many Americans, Britney Spears worked on her birthday. Unlike most Americans, however, her work was an appearance on December 2 on ABC’s “Good Morning America” to promote the same day release of “Circus,” her sixth album. The young star has been a whirlwind of activity of late. But better the circus of comeback performances and interviews than the circus of scandal and tabloid headlines, which seemed to be all Spears was good for the last few years.
As for interviews, Jenny Eliscu of Rolling Stone magazine appeared on “The Today Show” on November 25 and defended Britney Spears as talented performer and dancer, even calling her “gifted.” Eliscu said that she was not allowed to ask Spears anything concerning the last year of her life and nothing concerning her psychiatric “breakdowns.”
Eliscu, who had interviewed Spears before, told Meredith Vieria that Spears was far more difficult to talk to than previously. Due to her father’s court-ordered guardianship, Spears has little direct control over her life these days, her every move monitored and chaperoned. Eliscu described Spears as more “remote,” “subdued,” but was impressed by how well the young Spears seemed to be doing after her “troubles.” The Rolling Stone reporter said she believed that Britney Spears could make a comeback because, regardless of the strange attraction people had to Spears’ personal drama, it was Spears talent that made her famous.
Eliscu’s Rolling Stone interview with Britney Spears on the cover hit the newsstands on November 28.
And a comeback may be what the young (and troubled) Spears needs. Her last attempt, 2007’s “Blackout,” which was supposed to be her comeback album, bombed relative to the sales of her previous albums, all of which sold at least three million copies (in the U.S.). But “Circus” looks to do far better. The album’s first single, “Womanizer,” climbed to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs. The success of “Womanizer,” coupled with Spears’ three awards garnered at the 2008 MTV Video Awards for “Piece of Me” (strangely enough, from the album “Blackout,” which has yet to go platinum), should propel sales of “Circus.”
On “Good Morning America,” Britney Spears performed the title track of the new album and her hit song, “Womanizer.” Thousands of fans lined Times Square in New York to get a chance to see her. Ecstatic fans told MTV News, “Britney’s back!” and gushed over the Spears’ trim-downed new look and her stage show.
GMA hosts Robin Roberts and Diane Sawyer presented Spears with a birthday cake. She also announced that her “Circus” World Tour would begin in March in Louisiana with the Pussycat Dolls as the supporting act. Joining Britney Spears on GMA was Hugh Jackman, John Travolta, Reese Witherspoon and Taylor Swift, who all sent her birthday wishes.
So why is it that Britney Spears seemed to be far more interesting when she was shaving off all her hair or when she couldn’t seem to make it to court to fight for custody of her children? It is doubtful that many people truly wished the young star ill but she did seem to be more interesting doing her hits-and-runs than she does now.
But until the next breakdown, the revitalized Britney Spears is appearing everywhere to promote her new album, “Circus.”
“Today Show,” NBC Television
“Good Morning America,” ABC Television