New Britney Spears single released just hours after court gives her father control over her life and career
A new Britney Spears single has been released just hours after a court declined to remove her father from her 12-year-long conservatorship.
Spears was dealt a significant blow on Tuesday (10 November) when judge Brenda Penny declined to suspend Jamie Spears from the complex legal arrangement she has been embroiled in since her public mental health crisis in 2007.
Now, Urban Outfitters has announced that it is launching a previously-unreleased Britney Spears track into the world on vinyl – and it’s safe to say that fans are uneasy.
Calls to “Free Britney” have reached a fever pitch in recent months, with fans across the world coming together to fight for the singer to be released from the complex conservatorship, which allows her father to control various aspects of her career and personal life.
So when Urban Outfitters announced that it was releasing “Swimming in the Stars”, an unreleased track from her 2016 album Glory, fans were torn.
While many were eager to hear anything new from the iconic pop star, others were conflicted about supporting the new release when Britney has made it clear that she will not be pursuing a music career as long as her father has a role in her conservatorship.
Britney’s recent comments about her career, made in court documents, have led many to assume she didn’t have much of a say in the decision to release the single.
Britney Spears fans are calling for people to boycott the new single after the singer said she is ‘afraid’ of her father.
Singer-songwriter Simon Curtis urged fans to boycott the release on Twitter.
Selling a “new Britney single” the same day Britney tells a judge that she is afraid of her father, and is denied her request to remove him from absolute control of her life and business?
Hard fucking pass. pic.twitter.com/huSdQgxhWy
— Simon Curtis (@simoncurtis) November 11, 2020
“Selling a ‘new Britney single’ the same day Britney tells a judge that she is afraid of her father, and is denied her request to remove him from absolute control of her life and business?” Curtis wrote.
“Hard f**king pass.”
He begged Britney fans: “Don’t buy this. Don’t stream this. Don’t support this in any way whatsoever. We now know for a fact that Britney has spent the past 12 years of her life in an existence completely controlled by a person she fears.”
But others were happy to enjoy the single and celebrate the joyous occasion that is a new Britney Spears song landing in the world.
Can I please just enjoy "Swimming in the Stars" in peace? Is it to much to ask?
We have been waiting for a new @britneyspears song for years! And now we have one! Can you guys please enjoy and shut up for a minute! pic.twitter.com/kBPOk5g2gn
— DarkRomanek He/Him (@EternalRomanek) November 11, 2020
OMG IT’S A BRAND NEW BRITNEY SPEARS SINGLE CALLED SWIMMING IN THE STARS?!!! pic.twitter.com/yKVDjAHuBI
— kełłen (@goIdengstring) November 11, 2020
Swimming in the Stars has been confirmed as an official single omg I could cry this is so exciting @britneyspears
— nima (@badlandsvip) November 11, 2020
The new single was released just one day after Britney’s lawyer Samuel Ingham told a Los Angeles court that the singer was “afraid” of her father.
“My client has informed me that she is afraid of her father,” Ingham said, according to Associated Press. “She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.”
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Following the decision, Britney shared a picture on Instagram of children jumping over a skipping rope, and captioned it: “Keep JUMPING towards your dreams.”