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Spears Draws Millions With TV Documentary

2 December 2008 8:15 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Britney Spears drew a crowd of 3.7 million viewers who tuned in to watch her TV documentary on Sunday.

The pop star talked about the series of public meltdowns that led to her two hospitalisations earlier this year in MTV special Britney: For the Record.

Spears welled up with tears during the 70 minute interview, as she spoke about losing custody of sons Sean Preston, three, and two-year-old Jayden James, and her failed marriage to former dancer Kevin Federline.

The show's ratings surpassed nearly every major show with the exception of the annual Video Music Awards, according to network bosses. »

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Britney Spears Scores Ratings Gold!

2 December 2008 4:08 AM, PST | TheInsider.com | See recent The Insider news »

The numbers are in for Britney Spears' MTV documentary. "Britney: For The Record," which debuted on Sunday night, averaged 3.7 million viewers, says The Hollywood Reporter. According to the trade paper, Britney's documentary tripled the network's average rating for viewers ranging in age from 12 to 34. The TV special gave Britney fans an inside view of the singer's day-to-day experience, as well as a closer look into the last few years of the mega star's life. Britney's new album "Circus" is available in stores Tuesday Dec. 2.

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Britney Spears Makes The World's Prettiest Infomercial

1 December 2008 10:38 AM, PST | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Without Britney Spears, what would MTV have left? A few thousand ex-Real-World contestants, the mummified body of John Norris, and hundreds of girls screaming during the Hills After Show, their cheap jersey Lauren-Conrad-Collection dress/tents billowing in the breeze? She's their go-to product, their guaranteed VMAs hook, because even if all she does is show up, and all Britney ever does these days is show up, she's bound to make news. I pondered all this while watching the last five minutes of the "live" countdown to Britney: For The Record, Britney's documentary/Circus promo/infomercial. The whole thing, as they repeatedly told us before breaking for perfume commercials, was brought to us commercial-free by Britney's two fragrances, Curious and Fantasy. Can a commercial tell you that something is commercial-free without all human logic snapping like a twig? Evidently, yes. I've never sampled Britney's perfumes, but judging by the documentary, they probably. »

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MTV scores with Spears special

1 December 2008 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

For the record -- Britney Spears' MTV special did pretty good Sunday night.

"Britney: For The Record" averaged 3.7 million total viewers at 10 p.m.

It also pulled in a 3.5 rating in the network's target demo of persons 12-34, tripling the time period average in that demo and all others.

The documentary, part of Spears' career relaunch, provided insight into pop princess' rough last few years and into her paparazzi-filled everyday life. »

- By Kimberly Nordyke

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Manager: 'Britney is ready for comeback'

21 November 2008 11:44 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Britney Spears is "definitely ready" to make a comeback, according to her manager. Larry Rudolph said the star is getting better every day and is prepared for a return to the spotlight. "She's a very strong person. Everybody goes through setbacks in their lives. [But] every day, I see her getting happier and stronger," Rudolph told People at a screening of MTV documentary Britney: For The Record. He also revealed that regaining visitation (more) »

- By Michael Thornton

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Britney opens up over Justin relationship

21 November 2008 1:02 PM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Britney Spears has spoken candidly about her relationship with Justin Timberlake. In her documentary Britney: For The Record, the singer revealed that she felt 'lost and alone' after she split from Timberlake in 2002. "With Justin, he was part of the magnitude of what I had become. So when he was gone I was like, 'What am I supposed to do with myself?' "He started to do an album for himself and he started to do things for himself, and I just never saw him anymore. "When it ended I felt so alone. I didn't really want to think about the reality of it. I never (more) »

- By David Balls

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Spears Blames Paparazzi For Meltdown

20 November 2008 11:00 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Britney Spears blames the paparazzi for her infamous meltdown - insisting their constant pursuit for snaps led her into a downward spiral.

The star was hospitalised twice earlier this year and lost custody of her sons Sean Preston, three, and two-year-old Jayden James after a series of public meltdowns, including a headline-grabbing incident when she shaved off all her hair.

The pop superstar has since got her life back on track, winning three gongs at the MTV VMAs in September and enjoying huge success when her comeback single Womanizer made the biggest chart jump to number one in Billboard Hot 100 history.

Speaking in her new tell-all MTV documentary, Britney: For The Record, Spears analyses what led to her epic fall from grace, and decides the hordes of paparazzi that constantly follow her played a huge part in her breakdown.

She explains, "I used to be a cool chick. But I feel like the paparazzi has taken that away from me - like, the way I used to live my life. I used to be a cool chick but I'm not anymore."

And the star admits she didn't do herself any favours - because she surrounded herself with people who didn't have her best interests at heart.

She adds, "I had let people into my life that were just bad people. You're so busy you don't see what's going on. You don't have time to stop and think. ...It's important to have good people around you." »

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Britney: 'Art is my spiritual therapy'

19 November 2008 8:44 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Britney Spears has revealed that she used art therapy to cope with her recent problems. In her forthcoming documentary Britney: For The Record, the singer talked about how she fought back after her public breakdown, which saw her lose custody of her two children and be admitted into a psychiatric ward. "Everyone has a world they create around themselves. If I have a lot of nervous energy, when I just start dancing it all goes away," (more) »

- By David Balls

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Britney Spears Says New Life Has 'No Passion'

19 November 2008 7:07 AM, PST | TVGuide - Breaking News | See recent TVGuide - Breaking News news »

Britney Spears says the struggle to regain control of her life can be like a jail sentence, saying, "There's no excitement, there's no passion." "I have really good days, and then I have bad days. Even when you go to jail you know there's the time when you're gonna get out. But in this situation, it's never ending. It's just like Groundhog Day," the 26-year-old singer says in a new 90-minute documentary, Britney: For The Record, to air on MTV in the U.S. on Nov. 30 and on Sky1 in the U.K. on Dec. 1.

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- Tim Molloy

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Spears: 'I Married For The Wrong Reasons'

18 November 2008 11:08 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Britney Spears has realised her marriage to Kevin Federline was a mistake - because she tied the knot for all the "wrong reasons".

The pop superstar stunned fans when she announced her engagement to backing dancer Federline in 2004 after just three months together.

They wed two months later in a surprise ceremony in California, officially becoming man and wife in October.

Spears filed for a divorce from Federline in 2006, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason behind the split. The divorce was finalised in July last year.

And the singer, who gushed about her love for Federline in their 2005 MTV reality show Britney + Kevin: Chaotic, has confessed she didn't know what she was letting herself in for when she walked down the aisle with her former beau.

In a candid new documentary, Britney: For The Record, the singer says, "I think I married for the wrong reasons.

"Instead of following my heart and doing what made me really happy, I just did it for the sake of the idea of everything."

Federline was granted sole custody of the former couple's sons Sean Preston, three, and two-year-old Jayden James after Spears had a series of public meltdowns, including a headline-grabbing incident when she shaved off her hair. »

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Britney Says 'I Feel Like a Prisoner' In New Interview

18 November 2008 10:10 AM, PST | x17online.com | See recent x17online news »

Los Angeles, California (X17online) - In a candid interview, Britney Spears compares her life to a jail sentence and says her life feels like the Bill Murray movie "Groundhog Day." The UK's Daily Mail reports that in an upcoming documentary for MTV, Spears says about her life: "There’s no excitement, there’s no passion." "I have really good days, and then I have bad days. Even when you go to jail, y'know, there’s the time when you’re gonna get out. 'But in this situation, it’s never ending. It’s just like Groundhog Day every day." The paper reports Britney thinks she is still being forced to 'pay' for her well-documented meltdown. Talking about her father Jamie's conservatorship, Spears says: "I think it’s too in control. If I wasn’t under the restraints I’m under, I’d feel so liberated. When I tell them the way I feel, »

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Britney Spears Calls Her Life Worse Than a Jail Sentence

18 November 2008 8:45 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Britney Spears says that since her breakdown, her life has been worse than a jail sentence – but that she's slowly healing one day at a time. "I have really good days, and then I have bad days," the singer, 26, admits in a new fly-on-the wall, 90-minute documentary, Britney: For The Record, to air in the U.S. Nov. 30 on MTV and in the U.K. Dec. 1 on Sky1. Struggling to gain control of her life again after her public meltdown earlier this year, she says candidly: "Even when you go to jail, y'know, there's the time when you're gonna get out. »

- Monique Jessen

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Spears: 'I'm Still Paying For Breakdown'

18 November 2008 4:11 AM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Britney Spears' comeback is bittersweet - because the star feels "no excitement, no passion" for singing after her infamous breakdown.

The star was hospitalised twice earlier this year and lost custody of her sons Sean Preston, three, and two-year-old Jayden James after a series of public meltdowns, including a headline-grabbing incident when she shaved her head.

Speaking in new MTV documentary, Britney: For The Record, the singer says, "I have really good days, and then I have bad days. Even when you go to jail you know there's the time when you're gonna get out.

"But in this situation, it's never ending. It's just like Groundhog Day every day."

The star's fortune is being kept under indefinite control by father Jamie as part of a co-conservatorship agreement with the courts - but Spears is wary that those closest to her are stifling her creativity.

She continues, "I think it's too in control. If I wasn't under the restraints I'm under, I'd feel so liberated. When I tell them the way I feel, it's like they hear but they're really not listening."

And Spears, who is enjoying success in the U.S. and U.K. with new single Womanizer, is convinced she is still paying for the breakdown she suffered in the public eye.

She adds, "If you do something wrong in your work, you can move on, but I'm having to pay for a long time. I never wanted to become one of those prisoner people. I always wanted to feel free."

And even though her "weird" life is all she's known, Spears didn't realise how famous she was until her breakdown.

She adds: "I think I've learnt my lesson now and enough is enough." »

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Sky1 acquires 'Britney: For The Record'

30 October 2008 8:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Documentary Britney: For The Record will be shown exclusively in the UK on Sky1. Filmed by Phil Griffin, the show will feature Spears speaking openly about her troubles during the last three years. Cameras follow the singer in the recording studio, shooting her latest video and at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. Speaking about the film, the popstar said: "I wanted to make [it] because I started to feel like I wasn't being seen in the light that I wanted to be seen in. This is an opportunity to set the record straight (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Sky 1 acquires 'Britney: For The Record'

30 October 2008 8:03 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Documentary Britney: For The Record will be shown exclusively in the UK on Sky1. Filmed by Phil Griffin, the show will feature Spears speaking openly about her troubles during the last three years. Cameras follow the singer in the recording studio, shooting her latest video and at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. Speaking about the film, the popstar said: "I wanted to make [it] because I started to feel like I wasn't being seen in the light that I wanted to be seen in. This is an opportunity to set the record straight (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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Watch Womanizer Uncensored from Britney Spears

29 October 2008 12:39 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

In celebration of the upcoming documentary “Britney: For The Record”, here’s the uncensored music video “Womanizer” by Britney Spears that ABC wouldn’t air on 20/20. In the 90-minute exclusive documentary film, “Britney: For The Record,” Britney granted access to the award winning team at @radical.media to tell her side of the story in her own words. The film will not only give viewers a look into what it is truly like to walk in the shoes of one of today’s biggest musical icons, but behind-the-scenes access to everything from Britney recording her new album to preparing for her appearance on the “2008 MTV Video Music Awards,” and much more. “Britney: For The Record” will air exclusively on MTV on Sunday, November [...] »

- Brian Corder

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Britney Spears to Set The Record Straight in Britney For The Record

28 October 2008 12:08 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

New York, NY (October 10, 2008) - In the 90-minute exclusive documentary film, “Britney: For The Record,” Britney granted access to the award winning team at @radical.media to tell her side of the story in her own words. The film will not only give viewers a look into what it is truly like to walk in the shoes of one of today’s biggest musical icons, but behind-the-scenes access to everything from Britney recording her new album to preparing for her appearance on the “2008 MTV Video Music Awards,” and much more. “Britney: For The Record” will air exclusively on MTV on Sunday, November 30th at 10pm Et/Pt. “MTV has had a long history with Britney Spears and our support for her [...] »

- Brian Corder

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