Britney Spears NOT Sampling Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me A River, Despite Report

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By Michael Lewittes |


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Britney Spears is not sampling Justin Timberlake’s song “Cry Me A River” for her new single, despite an absurdly inaccurate report. Gossip Cop can exclusively correct this insanity. We’re told it’s not true.

According to Perez Hilton, the reason Spears has delayed the release of her upcoming single, “Make Me (Oooh)” is because she’s “sampling none other than Justin Timberlake’s ‘Cry Me a River’ in her new song.” The lazy blogger notes, “Industry professionals on Twitter have been asking Britney’s publicist… if she’s ‘still’ planning on featuring the infamous diss track in ‘Oooh’!” He then reminds readers that “Justin made waves back in 2002 by featuring Britney lookalike Lauren Hastings in his music video, which means Britney could now be getting even with her ex 14 years later!”

Or it can mean that Perez knows nothing. The ridiculous rumor was started on Twitter by a reporter who was kidding around. Naturally, journalism’s joker believes “there could be some truth to it.” Irrespective of Perez posting photos of Timberlake looking surprised or the lyrics to his single “Cry Me A River” coming out of Spears’ mouth (above), the claim about her sampling his song as some sort of “revenge” is a complete fabrication.

Of course, Perez has an atrocious record when it comes to accuracy and Spears. For half a decade, Gossip Cop has been cleaning up his messes. In 2011, we taught the blogger a lesson when he wrongly reported Spears hired a tutor to teach her “how to manage her finances.” We also busted him when he falsely claimed she was joining the TV show “Smash.”

But that was far from Perez’s only blunders about the pop singer. In 2012, Gossip Cop corrected him when he untruthfully stated Spears was doing a duet with Cheryl Cole. And the following year, we shot down his tall tale about Spears trying to save Amanda Bynes by “helping her record music.”

Not one of those stories ever panned out, and Gossip Cop is similarly assured the claim that Spears is sampling her ex-boyfriend’s song, “Cry me A River,” as part of a “revenge” plot, is also inaccurate. Spears’ manager Larry Rudolph exclusively tells Gossip Cop, “Although this and all of the other rumors I’ve read surrounding the release of Britney’s new single ‘Make Me’ are very entertaining, so far none of them have been true.”

Interestingly, a number of stories have recently come out bizarrely trying to tie Spears and Timberlake together again, even though they split up nearly a decade and a half ago. In late April, Gossip Cop debunked a story in OK! that wrongly contended Timberlake was going to join Spears onstage for several of her “Piece Of Me” shows in Las Vegas. The same tabloid later also falsely alleged that Timberlake wanted to record a song on Spears’ new album, but his wife, Jessica Biel, “put a stop to it.” Allow Gossip Cop to put a stop to all of this: There is nothing to link Spears and Timberlake anymore, most especially her new song, “Make Me (Oooh).”

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Britney Spears is sampling Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” for her new single.


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