Saturday, January 29, 2011

Britney Spears Going 'Harder, More Urgent' On Next LP

Claude Kelly says Brit's upcoming project will sound more like her 2007 album, Blackout.
By Jocelyn Vena

Britney Spears
Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images

If edgy is what she's going for, a rumored collaboration with Gucci Mane might be one step Britney Spears is taking to ensure that her March release has the hard-edged pop sound she seems to be working on.

Songwriter Claude Kelly opened up about writing songs for the pop star's still-untitled album, which has already spawned the hit single "Hold It Against Me."

"It's way more edgy than the last album," Kelly told People.

"[It's] more in the vein of the album before." He explained that Brit and her team intend to hark back to the singer's 2007 Blackout.

As for her last album, Circus, Kelly explained that Britney's 2008 LP served a very specific purpose in the singer's pop-star timeline. "The last album was more clean pop. [Its purpose] was to reintroduce Britney to the world as the pop princess," he explained, adding that they're taking an anything-goes approach to the March album and he's still not sure what the "final product is going to be."

Kelly gave props to the production team. "She's always ready," Kelly explained. "Dr. Luke and Max Martin are running the show, and it's all about the beats. It has a heavier bass line and it's much harder, more urgent, more club. She's ready again!"

Fellow songwriter/producer Danja spoke to MTV News recently and shed some more light on the Britney album.

"I just took my track level up. I just wanted to make sure it's still hard-hitting and still that same energy that people heard, but very today's time," he said. "So we'll see. I don't know what the project will end up being, but we'll see. We did have a meeting like a year ago, and they wanted it to sound urban, hard-hitting, not so much dance, but just that similar sound."

What do you hope Britney's album will sound like? Tell us in the comments!

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