Britney Spears: Anti-Pirate Siren Songs Make for Good PR Pre-Album Release

Britney Spears is a not-so-secret weapon against Somali pirates. Apparently the once-troubled pop princess’ early hits “Oops! I Did It Again” and “Baby One More Time” repulse the sea-going marauders.  British merchant navy officer Rachel Owens revealed:

Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most. These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.

To keep the crew from getting dosed with Spears’ music, the ship’s speakers can be aimed solely at the pirates. In 2011 there were over 175 armed pirates attacks on ships in the Horn of Africa.

Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry adds:

Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music.  I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention.

Conveniently, this story hit around the same time as Spears revealed her new album cover (she’s topless on the front) and released her first single, “Work Bitch.” Spears became a child star and teen sensation before two bad marriages and a very public nervous breakdown.  She has been under the conservatorship of her father, Jamie Spears, for the past five years. Britney returns to the stage this time with a Las Vegas engagement beginning December 27,  right around the time her album hits.

I doubt it will sell in Somalia. Though it may get pirated.

FINALLY! Gulf Benefit Tonight, CNN: Justin Beiber, Sting, Cameron Diaz

It’s about time! Finally there’s large scale national benefit for the Gulf region. The spill may not have injured orphans and displaced families like earlier telethons, but the BP spill’s impact  affects hundreds of thousands of people–oil workers, fishermen, shrimpers, support workers, the tourism industry–in at least four states, as well as millions of non-human life forms: Coral, crabs, fish, dolphins, manatees,  sea birds, plants. And all our oceans are connected…this could flow across the globe. Buh bye, world.

So Larry King is devoting two hours tonight, beginning at 8pm Eastern time for a telethon/concert/fundraiser for humans and the environment devastated by the BP Deepwater Horizon spill. Sting has signed on, along with teen sensation Justin Beiber, Cameron Diaz, Ryan Seacrest, and Robert Redford, Deepak Chopra, Philippe Cousteau, Ted Danson, Kathy Griffin, Chelsea Handler, Randy Jackson, Kerry Kennedy, Lenny Kravitz, Jenny McCarthy, Tim McGraw, Alyssa Milano, Aaron Neville, Edward James Olmos, Victoria Principal, Gloria Reuben, Tyson Ritter, Richard Simmons, Ian Somerhalder, Sam Trammell, Melania and Ivanka Trump, Pete Wentz, Herbie Hancock and India.Arie.

CNN states that the event will benefit

United Way, The National Wildlife Federation and The Nature Conservancy, organizations working directly with the families, individuals and wildlife affected by the Gulf oil spill.

The Nature Conservancy lists BP as a member of its International Leadership Council.

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