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It took 10 years, but Justin Timberlake finally (mostly) confirmed something we all assumed - that his hit "Cry Me a River" is about then-girlfriend Britney Spears.

The 2002 song has long been rumored to detail the breakdown of the couple’s romance and the video even featured a girl bearing a striking similarity to Spears.

Timberlake has always denied the claims, but in an episode of E!'s True Hollywood Story, his friend Timbaland confirms Britney Spears was the inspiration.

Justin himself concurred (while still not mentioning his ex by name) that a heated phone conversation between the young lovers prompted "Cry Me a River."

Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears Picture

In the special, which was about Timbaland, the producer says, “He went to a concert and saw Britney, and Britney talked about him in the show and he was pissed.”

Justin then explains, “I was on a phone call that was not the most enjoyable phone call. I walked into the studio and he (Timbaland) could tell I was visibly angry.”

The singer, who was apparently cheated on by Spears, poured out his feelings in the song from his debut solo album Justified, and the emotion showed in his lyrics.

Timbaland says, “I was like, ‘Man, don’t worry about it’ and he's like, ‘I can’t believe she did that to me’ and he was like, ‘You were my sun, you were my earth.’”

JT and Brit, who just got engaged to Jessica Biel and Jason Trawick, respectively, in the last few months, split up that year, and are on friendly terms, but not close.

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Britney Spears is making this holiday season memorable with gifts to her fans - and we're not just talking about her engagement to Jason Trawick, nice as that was.

Earlier, she released a new/old song, "Strangest Love," reportedly recorded (but never released) for 2003's In The Zone. Now another new song has surfaced online.

It's an acoustic version of “Don’t Keep Me Waiting,” which was clearly enhanced with production on the album version. But this one is fun to listen to in its own way.

Listen to Britney Spears in a rare acoustic setting and see what you think:

Thoughts on Spears' acoustic version of 'Don't Keep Me Waiting'?

 

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If Britney Spears is feeling like she's being pushed out of the spotlight by younger, more talented artists, you wouldn't know it. In fact, she's quick to praise them.

The inger made a comeback earlier this year with her Femme Fatale album, and is glad to have "competition" from new young artists such as Jessie J and Adele.

They push her to "make her songs and live shows better" she says.

Brit Bikini Pic

She told Stylist magazine: "It's cool there are so many new, up-and-coming artists to look at and be inspired by. I think it's great to have a little competition."

"I feel it inspires [Team Britney] and makes us better. There are so many soulful singers, even ones from London, like Adele and Jessie J, who are just amazing."

"It feels like a really cool time to be making music now."

It's also just a cool time to be Britney Spears, in general.

"As the years have gone by, I've evolved as an artist," said the soon-to-be 30-year-old, who's been at this since 1998. "I've put even more into my career."

"After that amount of time you start to know exactly what you want. You feel a little bit more in your skin, in terms of who you are. And that feels really nice."

Britney Spears: Still got it?

 

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Britney Spears’ controversial “Criminal” music video, which features the singer robbing a store with boyfriend Jason Trawick, has just been released!

The 29-year-old, who just passed 10 million Twitter fans, wrote:

“Ladies & gents, I’m excited to present to you the music video for Criminal, one of my favorite songs off of Femme Fatale. Enjoy!”

We particularly enjoyed the shots of Brit in the shower. Yowza.

“Criminal” was shot in London and directed by Chris Marrs Piliero, who also did Britney's “I Wanna Go” video. She's been criticized for the violence depicted in the “Criminal” video, which you can watch and share your comments on right here:

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Britney Spears' new single will be downright criminal.

Literally. That's the name of the track. The 29-year-old pop princess revealed the exciting news backstage at the 2011 MTV VMAs, telling the network, “The song is… really different and it’s nothing [like what] I’ve heard before!”

“I really wanted to deliver the song and I was thinking of a really cool concept for the video just to make it interesting,” said the 29-year-old, who was the recipient of a special VMA tribute and some high praise from Lady Gaga.

Take a listen to Britney getting "Criminal" below ...

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Growing up, Joe Jonas had a poster of Britney Spears on his wall.

Now, the 21-year-old will be joining his childhood crush on tour.

"It's a dream come true," says Jonas, who will open for Spears and promote his upcoming solo album Fastlife (due out October 11) on October 16.

Joe J.

"She was the first girl I ever had a poster on my wall of, and her album was the first CD I ever bought," says Jonas. "It's so funny to think I had that on my wall and here I am about to perform with her. She's a very sweet lady."

A lady who knows how to work the pole!

He'll join Spears's Femme Fatale tour on August 5 for one date in the U.S., then open her nine shows in Europe, with performances in Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

"I'm really looking forward to being part of this," he says.

We're happy for Joe and the fans who will get to see him live the dream. The only thing that would be better? Maddie Briann opening for Britney.

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It's nice to see Britney Spears having some fun for a change.

She still knows how to put on a good show, but the singer has been quite reserved and micromanaged in the years since she went off the rails. That said, her new video for "I Wanna Go" is clearly one she had a blast with.

A video that doesn't take itself too seriously, it's light on dance, heavy on revenge and in-jokes. The targets? Paparazzi and Britney herself, with nods to her widely-panned film debut and infamous umbrella attack.

Check it out below and see what you think:

What do you think of Britney Spears' "I Wanna Go"?

 

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Britney Spears, who just kicked off her Femme Fatale tour, has a new music video coming out this week, and it contains some fun references to Spears of yore.

In "I Wanna Go," Spears hits back - literally - against the paparazzi with a mic. You have to give Brit major props for paying homage to this incident.

She is also wearing a Mickey Mouse skull crop-top, a nod to her days on the Mickey Mouse Club, while the marquee sign of a movie theater reads "Crossroads 2: Cross Harder," a great play on her 2002 film debut.

The full music video drops Wednesday. Here's the teaser:

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Having been hospitalized earlier in the week, forced to own up to her poor eating habits, Selena Gomez finally got some good news today:

The single "Who Says?" has gone platinum.

Gomez reacted on Twitter with enthusiasm: "Ahhhh yay! Yay! Yay! Who Says went platinum!!! Thank you!! YOU have every right to a beautiful life :)"

Way to go, Selena! Now, all ears turn to "Whiplash," another track off Selena Gomez & The Scene's upcoming album, "When The Sun Goes Down," which comes out June 28. Britney Spears actually co-wrote the song. Give it a listen now:

What do you think?

 

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The few. The proud. The unlikely fans of Britney Spears.

The U.S. Marines from 266 Rein and HMLA 169 are a talented bunch. Not only do they deserve our respect and admiration for protecting our nation, they know how to have some fun - even "somewhere deep in the heart of Afghanistan."

That's where they produced and starred in this homage to Britney Spears' hit, "Hold It Against Me," which the singer personally saw and gave a shout-out to on her official blog. Experience the greatness of our country's finest below:

Britney Spears Biography

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Born
Birthplace
Kentwood, Louisiana
Full Name
Britney Jean Spears

Britney Spears Quotes

I miss it here so much! I love it so much! It makes me it's kinda like bittersweet coming here because I used to live here for two years. And when I come here, it's like, man, I wish I had my apartment here still.

Britney Spears [on New York City]

MTV has long played an important role in my career. How can I not be there to kick off their 25th VMAs?

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