As anyone at The Hollywood Gossip could have predicted, Britney Spears was just about to bail on her music video shoot - until her record label threatened to use the video dancers and location for a younger, rising Aussie starlet!
The New York Post reports that Britney Spears was supposed to show up at Social Hollywood to shoot the video for "Piece of Me," but was, of course, hours late.
When it looked like Spears was going to be a no-show, Jive decided to refit the set for another pop act, Samantha Jade, and her single "Eyes on Me."
"Jive hired Wayne Isham to direct, had the backup dancers there - hair, makeup and everything," a Post source said. "But [Spears] refused to show up. Jive was upset. They were paying everyone overtime. Finally, Britney showed up - 12 hours late - after they said they were going to give the video shoot to Samantha Jade."
Jade, a rising star on the label, was told to be on call to shoot a music video for her single "Eyes on Me." Rather than write off the shoot's expense, the record label was set to have Jade step in and use the team assembled for Spears' video.
"They were going to recalibrate it for Samantha Jade, because it was too expensive to just scrap," the source told the Post. "Britney finally showed up when she realized a new, younger, hotter girl was about to take her slot."
Samantha Jade, left, nearly replaced her fellow Jive artist, Britney Spears.
Saturday, Spears celebrated her 26th birthday, but had to deal with scene-stealing pal Paris Hilton, who showed up at the Scandinavian Mansion of Style in Bel-Air.
"Britney was inside with Sam Lutfi and Alli Sims," a partygoer said. "When Paris saw Britney leaving, she desperately raced out to walk her to her car."
Spears wanted to call her ex-husband, Kevin Federline - but had to borrow Paris Hilton's cellphone "because she could not find her own," a source said.
The desperate"Piece of Me" singer actually invited Kevin to join her at the club during the 1 a.m. call. Not surprisingly, FedEx had other things on his mind.
"Britney begged him to come out with her," a source said, "[but] Kevin reminded her that one of them needed to actually be a parent and take care of [Jayden James and Sean Preston] ... Then she hung up on him. Kevin said she was drinking."