Britney Spears has made public the cover of her upcoming 8th studio album, "Britney Jean". The pop princess' "most personal record ever" will be released in stores December 3rd (RCA Records). The cover features pitch-black background, a black and white photo of Britney resting her right fist on her face and looking straight to camera, and an empty heart with the album name written in blue neon-light words placed in the middle.
Alongside the reveal of the "Britney Jean" artwork, the mother of two also posted on her official website a hand-written open letter to fans (read below). The content refers to the recording process of the eighth album, the producers she's worked with, how special this new album means to her and she "pours her heart and soul into it", and a special thank you to fans for their love and support during these 15 years of career.
Britney also confirmed she will be dropping a new song (and possibly, new official single as well) next November 5th on iTunes. It's the Sia-penned ballad "Perfume".
I like the simplicity of the cover. It's like her eyes are staring into my soul.
I haven't sat down to write you guys in SUCH a long time. Long overdue! We're all so used to getting our thoughts out in 140 characters, but sometimes its nice to take time to sit down and write something a little longer and more personal. I am putting the finishing touches on my new album, "Britney Jean" over the next few days and I am so excited for you to hear it. I poured my heart and soul into this album and it's been an incredible journey. I've learned a lot about myself, and as I am finishing, I am reminded of the incredible foundation that has supported me for the last 15 years. Thank you all for continuing to follow me on this journey and for allowing me to do what I love to do. I can’t believe this is my eighth studio album and I know I keep telling you that it is my most personal record yet, but its true and I’m really proud of that.
I have been through a lot in the past few years and it has really inspired me to dig deeper and write songs that I think everyone can relate to. Working with people like Sia, William Orbit, and of course Will.i.am has been an amazing experience. They have listened to all of my ideas and helped me bring them to life. There are a lot of really fun, upbeat dance songs, but it was important to me that I show my strength, and my attitude, and my vulnerability. Of course, I also have some surprises for you guys ;)
I want to show you the different sides of Britney Spears. I am a performer. I am a Mom. I am funny. I am your friend! I am Britney Jean.
Hope you love my labor of love!