Britney Spears' 'Circus' hits imeem.com

A week before store release, album can be heard for free

A week ahead of its release in stores, "Circus," the new album from Britney Spears, has been posted on the Web at imeem.com, where fans can listen to it for free.

The album features 13 tracks by the pop star, including the previously released "Womanizer" and other songs such as "My Baby," "Unusual You" and "Kill the Lights."

Releasing songs on the Web is a method used increasingly to promote musicians and their work ahead of an album release, and "Circus" is among this year's most anticipated CDs as Spears rebounds from a tumultuous 2007 and early 2008.

Spears went through a bitter custody battle over her two sons last year, exhibited strange behavior in public and by early 2008 was hospitalized twice for psychiatric evaluation.

During recent months, though, her father, Jamie Spears, has assumed control of her business and personal affairs, and Spears seems to have turned her life around. The ability to complete and promote "Circus" is an indicator of her apparent health.

The full album will be released in stores Dec. 2, Spears' 27th birthday. Imeem previously has released music from artists including Fall Out Boy, U2, Lil Wayne and the Rolling Stones.
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