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Britney Spears on 'X Factor': Would Jason Trawick come, too?

Britney Spears and Jason Trawick

Britney Spears is rumored to be close to signing a deal to judge "The X Factor," filling one of the spots vacated by Paula Abdul and Nicole Scherzinger at the end of the last season and possibly taking home a fat $15-million paycheck -- and she could see her fiance along for the behind-the-scenes ride.

None of the parties involved was willing to comment, Show Tracker reported, but talk has been building for days after Deadline reported weeks-long discussions were coming to a head.

Also going on in Britney's life: Changes in her conservatorship that would name fiance Jason Trawick as one of the folks overseeing Spears' well-being, with her finances staying the purview of daddy Jamie.

According to RadarOnline, that idea was Simon Cowell's, to make it possible for the sometimes-troubled pop star to join the show. 

"The last thing her father wants to do is be on the set for hours at a time. Jamie has conservatorship of Britney's finances and personal life," a source told the website. "Jamie just isn't comfortable in that world, but her fiance, Jason Trawick, is."

Trawick, who had been Spears' agent since 2006, gave up that role a couple of years ago so they could focus on their personal relationship. They got engaged in December, though word is there are no plans for a wedding any time soon.

A quick Show Tracker survey of fan responses to the idea of Britney at Simon's side shows excitement, tempered with caution. What say you?

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Photo: Jason Trawick and Britney Spears in May 2011. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press

 


Lana Del Rey likes Britney Spears, shrugs off haters

Lana Del Ray loves Britney Spears
Pouty music star Lana Del Rey has a coy, indie persona but is owning up to a love for one pop's iconic princesses — Britney Spears.

The "Born To Die" singer says she's not very taken with many lady artists (which we're not exactly buying), but Spears has always fascinated her.

"I'm not really interested in a ton of female musicians but there is something about Britney that compelled me — the way she sings and just the way she looks," she told UK radio station Magic 104.5. 

The content of Spears' music doesn't jibe with that of Del Rey's, fond of crooning about her lover's "cocaine mouth" and roaming around in Cipriani's basement, but Spears has certainly had her edgier times. Besides, anything remotely positive resonating from Lana's bee-stung lips is a good thing.

She has her detractors. 

Our friends at Pop & Hiss have a perfect primer for those in favor of, and staunchly opposed to, the breakout singer. Yet Lana pays the haters no mind.

"There’s backlash about everything I do. It’s nothing new. When I walk outside, people have something to say about it. It wouldn’t have mattered if I was absolutely excellent," Del Rey told Rolling Stone magazine on Tuesday, referencing her widely panned "SNL" performance.

Remember what Britney says, Lana. Stronger than yesterday. 

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Photo: Lana del Rey takes appears on French show "Le Grand Journal" on Monday in Paris. Credit: Lionel Bonaventure / AFP / Getty Images



Britney Spears is engaged to marry Jason Trawick

Britney Spears is engaged to Jason Trawick

Britney Spears is reportedly engaged to marry Jason Trawick, her former agent, and her beau since 2009.

"OMG. Last night Jason surprised me with the one gift I've been waiting for," Spears said Friday on Twitter. "Can't wait to show you! SO SO SO excited!!!!"

That "one gift" was an engagement ring featuring a three-carat round stone and pave diamonds on the band, an insider told Us Weekly exclusively, describing the ring as "very traditional."

Trawick popped the question after a romantic dinner for his 40th birthday on Thursday night, Us said. The singer just turned 30. "This is something they've both wanted for a long time," said the source, who confirmed the engagement to the mag. "It's a way to cement their family." 

He reportedly surprised her after she'd given him his birthday gifts.

Spears has two sons, Sean Preston, 6, and Jayden, 5, from her two-year marriage to Kevin Federline, which ended in 2006. Trawick was her agent from 2006 until May, when he left William Morris Endeavor to start his own company.

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Photo: Jason Trawick and Britney Spears arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles in August. Credit: Jason Merritt / Getty Images



VMA parties: Britney Spears, Jason Trawick chill; Adele goes gay

Britney Spears and Jason Trawick at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards
After a dizzying 2011 MTV Video Music Awards telecast, music stars and celebs kept their after-partying low key in Los Angeles.

Pop video winner Britney Spears stepped out with boyfriend Jason Trawick, hitting up Esquire magazine and House of Hype's after party at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills. Camped out at a table, Spears stuck close to her man and two female pals.

Only a few seats away and both in good spirits, Katy Perry and Russell Brand celebrated her score in the video of the year category. "Glee" guy Mark Salling held court between the superstars, welcoming Chord Overstreet and Emma Roberts to his table, in addition to Sam Trammel and Evan Ross of "True Blood."

Other revelers included Malin Akerman, Elise Neal, Flo Rida, Rose McGowan, Kelly Rowland, "The Nail Files" star Katie Cazorla and Sasha Grey, who got a shout-out on HBO as well Sunday as one of "Entourage" character Vincent Chase's ex-girlfriends.

Up the hill from the SLS, crossover sensation Adele bucked tradition and avoided the party circuit. The "Rolling in the Deep" singer went with friends to mainstay gay bar the Abbey -- one of Elizabeth Taylor's fave joints -- sipping Oxley gin and tonics and dancing into the night.

In Hollywood, some hip-hop heavyweights celebrated G.O.O.D. Music's new artist Big Sean. A private dinner and cocktail party was held at the Redbury hotel's library and outdoor patio, drawing Kanye West, Swizz Beatz and Estelle for chow and Grey Goose drinks.

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Photo: Jason Trawick and Britney Spears arrive at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards in L.A. on Aug. 28. Credit: Frederic J. Brown / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images


Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' lures Lady Gaga to Atlantic City

Britney Spears and Lady Gaga

Two pop stars walk into Atlantic City -- and though we wish a rabbi and priest were there too, it was no joke that Lady Gaga attended a Britney Spears concert this weekend.

In New Jersey's seaside gambling town, Spears brought her "Femme Fatale" tour to thrill locals and high rollers. Gaga counted herself among them Saturday night, clad in a leather bikini top and cap.

"I have a very special guest here tonight, Lady Gaga is here!" Spears told fans to deafening screams. Spears blew kisses at the "Bad Romance" singer as she shot up a hand and acknowledged the fans.

The sighting makes perfect sense to the Ministry, since before Gaga hit it big, she'd penned a few tracks for Britney, and Brit caught the "Monster Ball" when Gaga came through L.A. a year ago -- but some folks seemed to think the appearance symbolized the end of an alleged feud involving the two.

Fans erupted in a Twitter war back in February over which star was more popular, and that escalated into some she-said / she-said over Gaga's onstage comments about refusing to lip-sync in concert -- which some had taken as a direct shot at Spears. Whatever was really going on, it's apparently over now.

Watch peace unfold, below.

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Photos: Lady Gaga, left, and Britney Spears. Credits: Getty Images, left; Associated Press, right.


Nicole Richie nails Britney Spears' 'Slave 4 U' choreography [video]

 
Don't threaten Nicole Richie with a dance-off.

The Ministry has proof of how disastrous coming up against her can be, especially when it comes to busting some classic Britney Spears moves.

A video was recently posted to her official YouTube page showing Richie and a male friend going head-to-head, shimmying to the Spears hit "Slave 4 U."

Richie is victorious by a mile, moving through the choreography as though she's spent many a night in front of the mirror with Brit-Brit blasting.

Check out the full clip above, and give us your thoughts on Richie's move-busting in comments.

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Justin Timberlake spills: Nude scenes, Jessica Biel and Britney Spears

Justin Timberlake is talking everything from nude scenes to Britney Spears

Looks like Justin Timberlake's "Friends With Benefits" has yet another benefit -- the actor-singer is revealing a lot as he makes his rounds promoting the big-screen sex romp. 

Touching on everything from his nude scenes with costar Mila Kunis in "Benefits" to his love and protection of ex-girlfriend Jessica Biel, a new interview even sees Timberlake time-traveling to his days dating Britney Spears

"She is the single-handedly most significant person in my life," Timberlake tells Vanity Fair of Biel, with whom he parted ways in March. "In my 30 years, she is the most special person, O.K.? ... I don’t want to say much more, because I have to protect things that are dear to me -- for instance, her."

Those 30 years Timberlake has under his belt saw a kind of teen stardom only a select few share, like the aforementioned Spears. During the height of their Tiger Beat reign, they were pop's royal couple. Justin, however, regards that time as a past life.

"We were two birds of the same feather -- small-town kids, doing the same thing. But then you become adults, and the way you were as kids doesn’t make any sense. I won’t speak on her, but at least for me, I was a totally different person,” he said.

“I wish her the best -- that goes without saying. We haven’t spoken in nine or 10 years.”

Acting is undoubtedly his new passion, but even that work is finite for Timberlake. His shirtless days, for instance, are numbered.

"I can’t say I’m going to be butt-naked in a movie again," he says of his body-baring in "Benefits." He and Kunis play a platonic couple using one another for no-consequence thrills.

"I only did it because I’m young now, and everything’s where it’s supposed to be. I figured this is the time, before gravity gets the best of me."

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Photo: Justin Timberlake ponders while he poses in December 2010. Credit: Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times


Britney Spears performs with Rihanna, Nicki Minaj at Billboard Music Awards [Video]

 
Britney Spears
made quite the splash at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards, popping up twice for sexy performances with fellow artists Rihanna and Nicki Minaj.

Britney and Rihanna sex it up on the Billboard Music Awards For the remix of Rihanna's bondage hit "S&M," Spears emerged in a Bettie Page-esque bunny mask and enjoyed a dual pole-dancing routine with her redheaded counterpart (above).

Later on in the telecast, which counted many a trophy for RiRi, Justin Bieber, Beyonce and Taylor Swift, Spears gave fans a taste of her upcoming national tour by joining her opening act, Nicki Minaj.

Minaj performed her single "Superbass," transitioning into a rousing, wig-heavy rendition of Spears' second single "Till The World Ends" from her new record "Femme Fatale."

What did you think of Britney's Billboard cameos? Tell us in comments. 

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Photo: Britney Spears and Rihanna may be bad, but were perfectly good at it at Sunday's Billboard Music Awards. Credit: Ethan Miller / Getty Images  

 


Justin Bieber frustrated with Israeli paparazzi; Selena Gomez spotted with ex Nick Jonas

Justin Bieber, performing in the 'My World' tour in Italy, is frustrated with paparazzi in Israel
Poor Justin Bieber — the paparazzi never seem to leave him alone even when he's looking for spirituality in the Holy Land. 

Bieber, who stopped in Israel on his "My World" tour, was pestered by paparazzi and took to Twitter to vent his super frustration about his spoiled trip.

"amazing place...not a bad day. just wish got a little more space and privacy from the paps to enjoy this time with my family. Thanks" 

But the tweets from Bieber, nominated for a Webby Award Tuesday for his "takeover" of funnyordie.com, began to get progressively more irritable as the trip continued.

"im in the holy land and i am grateful for that. I just want to have the same personal experience that others have here," he wrote, later adding "You would think paparazzi would have some respect in holy places. All I wanted was the chance to walk where jesus did here in isreal."

The paps continued to snap photos of the Canadian-bred crooner, much to his dismay. But this wasn't the first time he's lashed out against the persistent photographers. In February, he flipped off a paparazzo who wouldn't leave him alone with girlfriend Selena Gomez.

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Britney Spears remixes Rihanna's 'S&M'; Spears to tour with Nicki Minaj

Britney Spears + Rihanna; Britney Spears + Nicki Minaj?? Yep, Spears teamed up separately with the two piping-hot pop divas on projects including remixing Rihanna's mega-hit "S&M" and tapping Minaj for her upcoming "Femme Fatale" tour. We repeat: Britney Spears, Rihanna, Nicki Minaj!

The "S&M" remix debuted Monday on Z-100 radio station in New York, and Rihanna called in to chat about the track that now highlights Spears.

"At first, we didn't know what the song was going to do because of the lyrics, but it became really big on radio and it's No. 1 at Pop this week. In order to do a remix, it had to be major," she told the station. "I asked my fans last week who they wanted me to collaborate with, and Britney was one of the most popular names."

"It's very strange because Britney never does features. It was really amazing that she really wanted to be part of this song. She really liked the song to begin with, but it was a different story when she had to sing it, and she really wanted to be a part of it. So it made it really, really special, because you never see two pop female artists doing songs together anymore," she said. "Just call us 'R&B.' "

Spears even got her own verse on the already provocative track, singing:

Just one night full of sin
Feel the pain on your skin
Tough, I don't scream mercy
It's your time to hurt me
Shut me up, gag and bound me
'Cause the pain is my pleasure
Nothing comes better

The duet exchanged love on Twitter Tuesday with Rihanna tweeting "@britneyspears one of the biggest worldwide popstars! U gangsta #EPIC."

"You ain't so bad yourself honey..." Spears replied.

Nicki Minaj to tour with Britney Spears Aside from her "S&M" with Rihanna, Spears announced her new tour with another Caribbean queen: Nicki Minaj.

Sources close to the deal have said the "Pink Friday" singer will join the Spears tour since Enrique Iglesias dropped out of the original co-headlining series because of conflicts with his own tour.

Minaj, 26, who hails from Trinidad and Tobago and is known for her quirky red carpet style, is touring with Lil Wayne until the end of April.

The pair will kick off the concert tour June 17 in Sacramento. Tickets go on sale Tuesday.

What do you think of the "S&M" remix -- too major or too messy? And what of Minaj joining Spears -- would you rather it be Enrique? Tell us in comments.

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