Britney Spears is giving herself the gift of music this year. The pop star -- who walked away with a trio of Moonmen at last week's MTV Video Music Awards -- is releasing her sixth studio album, titled "Circus," on Dec. 2, a.k.a. the blessed day of her birth lo these 27 years ago. "Womanizer," the first single, was produced by the Atlanta team the Outsyders and hits radio Sept. 22. Other collaborators include early adopter Max Martin, Dr. Luke, Danja, Bloodshy & Avant, and Guy Sigsworth.
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