The big news in English-language music recently is that, besides the new single “Rise” from Katy Perry, her more senior fellow American pop star Britney Spears has dropped “Make Me”. The two songs are vying for the top spot on the iTunes charts in both The United States and Canada with Katy currently at #1 and Britney #2. Things are a little different in the UK with Katy at #2 and Britney at #12. In Australia, Katy is #1 and Britney #10. What is interesting about “Make Me” is that Britney has opted to write and produce the song not with an industry veteran but with a hot newcomer, Britain’s Matthew Burns to be exact. It was a big risk that seems to have paid off. We feel the song, with its catchy spy guitar riff, would sound better without the rap segment, although we understand there are some who like that sort of thing. It is done by G-Eazy from The States.
Britney Spears took much of the world by storm in 1998 with her debut single “Baby One More Time”. Her album of the same name set a world record for the most sales from a debut, standing at 30 million to date. Born is the U.S. state of Mississippi, Ms. Spears brought teen power back to pop music, something that had been lacking since the late-80s when Debbie Gibson, Glenn Medeiros, and Tiffany slayed the charts . Britney Spears has sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide (both singles and albums).