CBS News Logo Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, more record Orlando tribute song “Hands”

NEW YORK -- GLAAD and Interscope Records have joined forces to release a song featuring Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Mary J. Blige in tribute to the victims of last month's massacre in Orlando, Florida. "Hands" was released Wednesday on iTunes. It also includes Selena Gomez, Imagine Dragons, Juanes, Pink, RuPaul, Meghan Trainor and Gwen Stefani. Lady Gaga gets emotional during tribute to Orlando shooting victims Sales will benefit the Equality Florida Pulse Victims Fund, the GLBT Community Center of Central Florida and GLAAD. The June 12 shooting at the Pulse nightclub left 49 people dead and dozens injured. It's the worst mass-shooting in recent U.S. history. Elton John, Ricky Martin, Melissa Etheridge pay tribute to Orlando shooting victims Jason Derulo, Kacey Musgraves, Prince Royce, Nate Ruess, Troye Sivan, Jussie Smollett, Adam Lambert, Tyler Glenn of Neon Trees, Mary Lambert and the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles also appear on the song. "Hands" was co-produced by Grammy winner Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Bruno Mars) and was co-written by Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter, the duo who also worked on hits like Justin Bieber's "Sorry," Nick Jonas' "Close" and Gomez's "Good for You," featuring A$AP Rocky. Continue Reading

Britney Spears’ name is popping up all over the Olympics

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson put a move on Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados that resembled a Kyrie Irving crossover to help the U.S. beat Canada in a shootout Thursday. But everyone’s also talking about the nickname for her gold-medal-winning deke. Twin sister and teammate Monique Lamoureux-Morando explained to NBC: “The last four years, one of our coaches, Peter Elander, has worked on that move with us. It’s called ‘Oops, I Did It Again’. So she did ‘Oops’ against Russia and she did it again against Szabados there. “I’ve seen it a handful of times and it usually works every time.” Britney Spears made “Oops” a hit in 2000 but it’s just one of several examples of how the singer has been making her stamp on the Pyeongchang Olympics. Who saw that coming? Spears has cheered on American Olympians Adam Rippon and Gus Kenworthy. She urged Kenworthy on Twitter to “gimme, gimme more on the slopes today!!” — a reference to one of her songs. Kenworthy told Out magazine, “This year, my first big win happened when I was listening to ‘Gimme More’ by Britney Spears so I’ve listened to it for every contest.” Rippon tweeted on Saturday, “I could feel you on the ice with me @britneyspears.” American biathlete Maddie Phaneuf called “Toxic” her pump-up song. American snowboarding gold medalist Chloe Kim said “Toxic” likely was one of the songs she listened to before her final run down the halfpipe. [email protected] Twitter @_phil_thompson U.S. beats Canada in shootout for gold in women's hockey: 'Joy's the only word that comes to mind' » U.S. curlers to play for Olympic gold after upsetting Canada » 2018 Winter Olympics: TV schedule and highlights » Continue Reading

Gus Kenworthy’s reaction to Britney Spears’ tweet: ‘Oh my God’

He's been to a Britney Spears concert in Las Vegas. Her song 'Gimme More', he told GQ, brought him luck in his qualifying run."I'll sing to myself when I'm getting ready, just to keep my heart rate down, keep my thoughts mellow," he told the magazine earlier this week. "I'm not super superstitious, but if I listen to a song and then I do well, then that becomes my song for however long it works for. At our last qualifying event, it was 'Gimme More' by Britney Spears. Everyone could hear, and so it's like all these dudes at the start, other skiers and my coach, and the song starts, and it's like: 'It's Britney, bitch!' I ended up winning the event in Aspen with that, and then went to our next qualifying event and got second with that song, and so the song's working for me right now."So the pop star sent this tweet of support for the skier along with hashtag "ItsGusBitch":Which, of course, he thought was the greatest.The slopestyle skier will compete today at the Olympics (you can watch him 8 PM ET on NBC) - despite nursing a broken thumb. MORE: Jamie Foxx walks off SportsCenter after question about playing basketball with Katie Holmes 2018 Winter Olympics TV guide: The events to watch Saturday night Look at this nice moment between Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant Why Adam Rippon scored worse than skaters who fell at the Winter Olympics See Ester Ledecka's shocked reaction after winning super-G gold in stunning upset Continue Reading

Britney Spears’ dad punched me and threatened my life days before singer’s meltdown, says self-styled manager Sam Lutfi

Britney Spears' dad burst into her house uninvited and attacked her self-styled manager during the singer's slow-motion meltdown four years ago, the manager told jurors Wednesday. Sam Lutfi said Jamie Spears "lunged" at him "with his fists" and threatened him on January 28, 2008, three days before authorities strapped Britney Spears to a gurney and rushed her to UCLA Medical Center for her second involuntary psychiatric hold in the space of a month. "He chased me around the kitchen island, spitting and shouting, accusing me that I had hurt his daughter and I had better leave or he was going to beat the hell out of me," Lutfi said on the witness stand. The furious dad was "ejected" by security but found his way back into the gated Beverly Hills mansion the next morning and continued the confrontation, Lutfi said. "He cornered me in kitchen, punched me in the solar plexus and threated to kill me. It hurt," Lutfi testified. "I ran to the game room in the house and locked myself in." Lutfi broke down crying at one point, claiming the publication of a book by Britney Spears' mom that labeled him a "Svengali" and a "predator" left him feeling "suicidal." Jamie's lawyer grilled Lutfi on cross-examination, questioning his claim that Jamie charged at him. "Did you know that Jamie Spears had just had knee replacement surgery?" lawyer Leon Gladsone asked. "No sir," Lutfi replied. "You didn't call for any medical help, did you?" the lawyer asked. "I didn't need any sir," Lutfi said. A lawyer for Britney's conservatorship took aim at Lutfi's claims he helped Britney with song selection and artwork for her Blackout album, showing jurors prior video deposition testimony in which Lutfi admitted that work was done by her record label. Lutfi is suing Britney Spears for breach of contract, her dad for physical assault and her mom for defamation - charges the family members vigorously deny. Jamie and Lynne Continue Reading

Britney Spears gives ‘Jersey Shore’ star Pauly D an onstage lap dance in concert

"Hold It Against Me" isn't just a song for Britney Spears, it's a mantra.Montreal, the lucky audience member chosen to receive some special attention from Spears was none other than her tour deejay and "Jersey Shore" star Pauly D.SPEARS THROUGH THE YEARS: BRITNEY'S BEFUDDLING BEHAVIORMini Cooper and surrounded by half-naked dancers.The supposed ladies' man appeard to have blushed just a bit - but Spears was just getting started. JERSEY SCORES: THE ANTICS OF YOUR FAVORITE BEACH BUMS Throughout this tour, she's made a point of bringing fans onto stage and giving them some special attention. During her New York City stop on the tour in early August, Spears dragged her boyfriend Jason Trawick up onto stage and gave him a similar, if slightly more heartfelt, treatment.tweeted about the event as soon as it happened, writing, "Wow Just Got A Lap Dance On Stage From @britneyspears!!!"responding, "Hope you enjoyed your dance! Was tough getting my legs around that big blowout." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Vanessa Hudgens could learn from Britney Spears

Vanessa Hudgens, co-star of Disney money machine "High School Musical," spent the weekend apologizing because a naked picture she says she took for a friend ended up on the Internet. Gosh, imagine that. Still, Disney can't be too happy here, so I thought maybe she'd appreciate a note of support. Dear Vanessa, Okay, let me get this straight. You sent out a naked picture of yourself and thought it wouldn't show up anywhere else? You're 19 years old and you never came across the phrase "Download Screen Saver"? You gotta get out more. But then, I'm naive, too. Before I read about your picture, I thought the high school in "HSM" didn't exist. Hundreds of shiny, happy students bouncing around and not one of them shows a sign of having a single sex-related thought? In which alternate universe? But if you didn't realize that anything with pixels eventually shows up on the Internet, then I'm wrong. There not only must be a high school where students major in wide-eyed innocence, you're the valedictorian. Now some mean people on the Internet think this is a setup, that you deliberately triggered a flurry of publicity that wouldn't be serious enough for Disney to fire you, but would be naughty enough to give you a little credibility with people over 12. I'm not buying it. I believe you thought this picture would be a treat for one lucky fellow.I believe this because you are a teenage girl. I'm pretty sure a universal obsession among teenage girls is "How attractive am I?" So you take a picture like this because the idea some cute guy is turned on by your pixels is, well, reassuring.Teenage boys, by the way, have similar neuroses. They just act out or sublimate them in different ways.Anyhow, if your worst mistake as a teenager is a naked picture, you've aced the course. But where there are enough hormones to pose for one picture, there are more. Hormones are strong. Stronger than Disney.Ask Britney Spears. She's a Disney grad, too, and not Continue Reading

Obsessive Britney Spears fan lashes critics in YouTube video

A tearful but hilarious tantrum posted online by an obsessed fan of Britney Spears is proving to be a bigger hit than the singer's Las Vegas letdown last weekend. The two-minute video featuring young fanatic Chris Crocker sobbing and screaming at the camera in heavy eye makeup and blond highlights has been viewed more than 2 million times and has received more than 30,000 comments since it was posted on YouTube on Tuesday. "Leave Britney alone! Please!" Crocker wails, repeatedly, while accusing the media (Perez Hilton gets a special shout-out) of exploiting the pop tart's pain. "All you people care about is readers and making money off her," he says, before shrieking, "She's a HUMAN BEING!" Crocker, 19, did not respond to e-mail requests by the Daily News for comment. The not-so-secret Spears admirer (he has posted other pro-Britney pieces, including "Back up, Britney haters!" and "Britney, this is for you") calls himself "The New Christ" on his YouTube profile and cites Miss Piggy as a hero on his MySpace page. He defends the "Toxic" singer's erratic behavior, blaming her divorce from Kevin Federline and the ensuing custody battle over their two kids for pushing her over the edge. "When is it professional to publicly bash someone who's going through a hard time?" he asks. As for Sunday's now-infamous MTV performance, Crocker sobs, "She hasn't performed on stage in years. Her song is called 'Gimme More' for a reason, because all you people want is more, more, more, more, more! You're lucky she even performed for you!" Reactions to the overemotional rant range from supportive to disturbed. "There is nothing wrong with it. It's just a person who is a HUGE fan of Britney and what he says is true," writes one viewer. "Someone forgot to take their medicine," says another. "I can't even tell if he's being sarcastic or for real," reads another post. For skeptics convinced this is all a stunt, Crocker writes on YouTube, "Yes, I was really crying. The Continue Reading

Britney Spears’ TV lip-sync a flop, but new single a big hit

Britney Spears' live VMAs performance was an embarrassing flop, but her new single "Gimme More" could still wind up on top. A thumping dance track full of suggestive come-ons delivered by Spears in a breathy voice, the single landed on the Hot 100 Billboard chart in 85th place. Industry experts expect it to climb fast when the digital version comes out Oct. 2. "I guarantee you, when the song comes out on iTunes, it will probably make it into the top 20," said Billboard's Silvio Pietroluongo. "It's also getting more and more radio play. "All of her other songs have debuted in the lower half of the chart. Without a digital single, you can't debut much higher than she did." The song's momentum does not appear to have been stalled by Spears' putrid performance at Sunday's MTV Video Music Awards, where she lumbered across the stage in an ill-fitting black bikini and lazily lip-synced "Gimme More." Acerbic Simon Cowell of "American Idol" told a British newspaper Spears was so bad that if she had been auditioning for one of his shows he "wouldn't have put her through to the next round." "I'd have taken one look at her in rehearsals, and I wouldn't have allowed her onstage," Cowell told The Sun, adding that "she could have killed her career." In an interview with the "Extra" television show, Cowell conceded that by failing so spectacularly Spears got "more attention in the last 48 hours than any artist on the planet. ... She stole the show, whether you liked it or not." Spears, who became a powerhouse pop princess on the strength of hits like "Baby One More Time" and "Oops! ... I Did It Again," has not discussed her widely panned VMAs performance. More than 7 million people watched Spears stumble about onstage during Sunday's two-hour broadcast, held in Las Vegas for the first time in the show's 24-year history. There have been reports that Spears showed up for rehearsals four hours late, holding a frozen margarita. She also apparently refused to Continue Reading

Britney Spears lip-syncs her way thru MTV’s VMA opener

Britney Spears phoned it in for her "comeback" performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last night. Britney lip-synched her way through a three-minute show-opening performance of her new single "Gimme More," wearing nothing but a sparkly black bikini and ill-fitting blond weave. It was a far cry from her energetic outings at VMAs past. Britney, eyes glassy, could barely keep time to the music and by the end wasn't even mouthing the words to her own song - while getting groped from behind by overmuscled male models. Cuts to the audience revealed fellow artists rolling their eyes. 50 Cent looked like he might have just thrown up in his mouth, and Rihanna was flat-out laughing to a table guest. Possible Brit love interest Criss Angel, who reportedly worked so hard with the singer to prepare for the show, wasn't even in the audience by the time Britney performed. The magician lazily watched the disaster unfold from monitors on the red carpet. MTV officials had warned the pop tart to keep it clean for the live Las Vegas broadcast. Britney was told that if she acted out before yesterday's sound check she could be eliminated from the show. So the mom of two played it safe, taking baby steps around the stage instead of showcasing her signature dancing skills. She didn't come close to anything as scandalous as her open-mouth kiss with Madonna at the 2003 VMAs. Britney wasn't a bad girl. At the end of the performance, she was just bad. Host Sarah Silverman was rooting for Britney before the show on the red carpet. "I'm excited to see Britney," she told the Daily News. "She always brings it. I think she'll do fine." But Silverman didn't spare Spears in her opening monologue, saying, "She is 25 years old, and she has already accomplished everything she is going to accomplish in life." Silverman even got in a dig at Brit's baby boys, Sean Preston and Jayden James, calling them "the cutest mistakes you've ever seen." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Billboard Music Awards: Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea perform ‘Pretty Girls’ on TV for the first time

Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea's out of this world performance at the Billboard Music Awards was totally an '80s flashback. Much like their music video for "Pretty Girls," the artists kept with the alien theme throughout. The performers were surrounded by people in bright colored '80's gear as they were beamed onto stage at the beginning of the performance. Spears proved that her body is better than ever, donning a tight body suit that only covered up parts that it had to for television. Azalea took home top rap song during the awards show Sunday night for her song "Fancy" alongside Charli XCS. This was the first time the artists' song "Pretty Girls" was performed on TV. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH THE VIDEO HERE. Continue Reading