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Report: Britney Spears signs on to 'X Factor'

After months of speculation, pop star Britney Spears has reportedly signed on as a judge for the second season of The X Factor, according to E! Online.

Rumors have swirled about the singer joining the Fox singing competition, but today E! reports that Spears will be paid $15 million to join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid on the judging panel for the show’s next season, set to premiere in early fall.

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Britney Spears' 'Circus': Cover art revealed!

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A month before Britney Spears’ sixth studio album, Circus, hits stores, it’s now time for the big album art reveal! Spears’ official site, Britney.com, has the exclusive on this one, but in case you’re not refreshing the page as often as we are, here it is.

While we have yet to hear Circus in its entirety, those who have report that the album is Britney at her finest — closer to her pop beginnings with Swedish song maestro Max Martin, but still edgy where it needs to be. If the chart-topping performance of “Womanizer” is any indication — “It’s cool!” Justin Timberlake recently told EW — Circus could be a huge hit.

Britney Spears shows she gets the joke in MTV promos

The last time we saw Britney Spears perform with an animal on an MTV awards show, it was an albino boa constrictor. Now she’s graduated to an 8,600-pound elephant. But don’t worry, there will be no French kissing involved. MTV just premiered a series of promotional spots for the upcoming 2008 Video Music Awards, one of which finds the host, British comedian Russell Brand, having a casual, if slightly awkward, chat with the beleaguered pop star, as a massive elephant paces around the room. Spears got the joke and loved it, a source who was on the set tells EW.com. “It was totally unscripted, just them interacting, and she really did screw up [Russell’s] name.”

Filming on a soundstage at Paramount Studios, where the VMAs will be held September 7, the MTV crew cleared the set completely for the two-and-a-half hour shoot. Spears was “a little nervous” to ride the elephant, as was planned, says the source, but otherwise had no issues being around the animal. It didn’t hurt that Tai, an 8-foot-8-inch-tall female, is a seasoned pro. “She’s the best elephant,” says a representative from Worldwide Movie Animals, which rented her out for the day. “She’s really mellow, easygoing, very intelligent, and well-trained.” Hmmm, can the same now be said of the other female in the ad?

Update: Neil Patrick Harris clarifies his Britney Spears remarks, AP then clarifies its story

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Neil Patrick Harris responds to the Associated Press article that suggested he would like Britney Spears banned from the set of his CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother. "It seems that yesterday a writer took some quotes of mine and
speculated an opinion about their intent. I write to you to set the
record straight," the actor says. "Britney did a great job on the show. She
really did. In fact, we are all hoping that she returns rather soon to
reprise her role as Abby."

Spears guest starred as a lovestruck receptionist on the March 24 episode, which earned the series’ highest ratings in the 18-49 demographic in its three seasons on the air. The appearance also garnered remarkably strong reviews for the troubled pop star. In the AP story, however, Harris was quoted as saying, "I’m in the minority that our show does not need stunt casting in order to succeed…. I worry that if they start Will & Grace-ing us too much, that the show will suffer." Now he tells EW.com that he would welcome Spears back — because he has "great faith" in the show’s producers and writers. He also says, "My job description is to act, and I should really do just that."

At first, the AP stood by its story. "I respect his right to change his stance," said AP entertainment editor Jesse Washington, "but… Neil Patrick
Harris told us unequivocally that he did not believe that Britney should be on
the show." But by late Friday, April 11, the AP seemed to have changed its tune.  "We’re issuing a clarification to our story," Washington said in a statement. "Harris did not say that he opposed a return engagement for Spears, and our lede said that he did."

Harris’ full statement appears after the jump.

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"It seems that yesterday a writer took some quotes of mine and
speculated an opinion about their intent. I write to you to set the
record straight.

"As I have said all along, Britney did a great job on the show. She
really did. In fact, we are all hoping that she returns rather soon to
reprise her role as Abby. Look, that episode garnered our highest
ratings of the season — I would never ignore or disrespect that fact. I
am just very protective of our show, and its content. I have a high
standard of quality, and hope to maintain it on every level. Television
is big business, I understand that. I have great faith in our casting
department, as well as [Twentieth Century Fox Television] and CBS, to
find the appropriate person for every role on our show. I was remiss in
speculating otherwise. My job description is to act, and I should
really do just that.

"Britney Spears fits into our make-believe world very well — if she
chose to return I can only imagine that Carter [Bays], Craig [Thomas],
and the rest of the writers would create a humdinger of a storyline for
her. We should be so lucky." (Additional reporting by Whitney Pastorek and Adam B. Vary)

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Shar Jackson wins Celebrity Rap Superstar, makes K-Fed proud

After months of grueling toe-to-toe, spit-to-spit competition, actress-turned-tabloid mainstay Shar Jackson (Moesha) took home the prize of Celebrity Rap Superstar last night, beating out runner-up Kendra Wilkinson (The Girls Next Door), rocker Sebastian Bach, über-blogger Perez Hilton — with whom she had some momentary drama — and the far less rhyme-inclined Jason Wahler and Efren Remirez on the MTV show.

Who knew she had it in her? But one listen to Jackson’s original rap, “Let It Blow,” during which she takes a dig at Britney Spears, will silence all naysayers. Even Jackson ex Kevin Federline, who saw first hand that rapping is no cakewalk, was impressed. “He was texting good luck before the show,” Jackson told us. “Then after, he called to say congratulations and how proud he was.”

K-Fed didn’t make it to the wrap party, however, where his parents and
four children helped Jackson celebrate. “He was on his way, but got
detained,” is all his publicist would tell us.
As for Jackson, she’s still shaking off the finale nerves. “I had no
clue how it was going to go right up until they read the results,” she
told us. “But I’m so thankful that people will get to see me in a
different light, doing something that my kids thought was pretty cool.”
And for Perez, Jackson’s got a message: ” Now you have something else
to write about me other than tabloid garbage!” Is this what modern-day
rap wars have become? God help us all.

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Bravo, Britney! Oh. Hang on...

Let’s give Britney Spears a round of applause today, shall we? Not only has she finally obtained that pesky drivers license, but her new single, “Gimme More,” just rocketed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Not a huge deal, right? Britney’s had tons of chart-topping singles, correct? Er, not so fast: Buried in Billboard’s news is the fact that “Gimme More” is actually Spears’ highest-charting single since “…Baby One More Time,” which was not only her very first hit but is also the only No. 1 single to her credit!

If that surprises you, check this out: “Gimme More” is only her fifth single to hit the Top 10. (Keep in mind that in the past year alone, Fergie has notched four Top 10 singles — three of which hit No. 1 — from her debut album alone.) And that list doesn’t include Spears’ hits “Sometimes” (No. 21), “Lucky” (No. 23), “I’m A Slave 4 U” (No. 27), “Me Against the Music” (No. 35), “Everytime” (No. 15), or the heinously titled — but well-known — ballad “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman,” which didn’t even chart.

Britney Spears may not be the most talented musical artist of our time, but she’s given us some memorable songs, and it just seems… odd that her singles haven’t performed better, doesn’t it? At least she can take solace in the fact that every one of her studio albums opened at No. 1.

The Firm's Kwatinetz dumps poor Brit Brit

So in one day the former pop sensation lost her kids and her manager. Fox News is reporting that temporary custody of her kids has been turned over to father-of-the-year Kevin Federline, and now, according to a source who used to work with Jeff Kwatinetz, the power broker at The Firm, the manager dropped Britney, one of his highest profile clients, because she was no longer listening to him and it was making him look bad. The only thing that trumps money in this biz is ego.

This is not the first time Kwatinetz has shocked the town by getting rid of a celeb client when the downward slide of their career had only just begun: Kwatinetz fired Michael Jackson in 2001 — and look what a brilliant decision that was.

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