9:00am PT by Keith Caulfield, Billboard
New Single, Video by Will.i.am and Britney Spears to Premiere Next Week
Get ready to "Scream & Shout," courtesy of will.i.am and Britney Spears.
The pair's new single will premiere on U.S. radio at 3 p.m. EST on Monday (Nov. 19). Three days later, on Thanksgiving night, its music video will debut during Fox TV's "The X Factor," on which Spears serves as a judge. The single will also go on sale via digital retailers next week, although an exact release date hasn't been announced yet.
"Scream & Shout," from will.i.am's upcoming second solo album willpower, isn't the first song the pair of pop superstars have worked on together. On Spears' Femme Fatale album, released in spring 2011, will.i.am wrote and produced the track "Big Fat Bass."
willpower was originally slated to be released in October but was pushed back (to a date to be announced) in September after will.i.am delayed its release due to leaks. He tweeted on Sept. 18 that he was "trying to finish willpower . . . & now because of all the leaks I have push(ed) the album back to make new songs . . . I will give you updates soon."
The album has been preceded by two singles in the U.S.: "T.H.E. (The Hardest Ever)," featuring Mick Jagger and Jennifer Lopez, and "This Is Love," featuring Eva Simons. The former debuted and peaked at No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 almost a year ago (Dec. 10, 2011). The latter hit No. 4 on the Dance/Club Play Songs chart in October; overseas, it was a smash hit, reaching No. 1 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart.
"Scream & Shout" marks Spears' first new music in more than a year. Femme Fatale, her seventh studio album, bowed atop the April 16, 2011, Billboard 200 and became her first to generate three Hot 100 top 10s: the No. 1-peaking "Hold It Against Me," "Till the World Ends" (No. 3) and "I Wanna Go" (No. 7).
The set has sold 767,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.