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Last Updated: Saturday, 6 October 2007, 13:46 GMT 14:46 UK
Britney names new album Blackout
Britney Spears
Spears' hits include Toxic, Lucky and Me Against The Music
Troubled pop star Britney Spears has revealed that her first studio album in four years will be called Blackout.

The title "refers to blocking out negativity and embracing life fully," said the star's record label Jive.

Spears' comeback single, Gimme More, is already number three in the US singles chart - despite the singer's disastrous performance at last month's MTV awards.

The star's erratic behaviour in recent months culminated in her losing custody of her two sons earlier this week.

Her ex-husband, Kevin Federline, was awarded custody after Spears failed to produce her driving licence and missed a test for drugs and alcohol.

She was granted visitation rights - but must be monitored at all times when she is with Sean Preston, two, and Jayden James, one.

'Soap opera'

The singer's latest setback follows a year of unfavourable headlines after her separation from Mr Federline last November.

She has spent several stints in rehab, shaved off her hair in full view of the paparazzi at a Los Angeles tattoo parlour, and separated from her management company.

In September, she was charged with hit-and-run and driving without a valid licence - and could face six months in jail and a $1,000 (495) fine if convicted.

The singer, 25, is due to release her album on 12 November in the UK and the following day in the US.

Jive Records says Spears will not be making the usual round of promotional appearances ahead of the release.

"It's not Jive's place to fashion a public-relations campaign with respect to Britney's personal issues," label spokesman Allan Mayer told MTV, "but Jive does care about her and does support her.

"There's no question that when you have someone at this level of celebrity, they become like cartoons or soap-opera characters, and we forget that they're human beings.

"People say that's the trade you make - that you have to give up your privacy or the ability to lead a normal life - but sometimes you make that bargain before you realize what it entails and it's too late."

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