That’s very good news, because Tranter not only has his finger on the pulse of what sounds hot (and what doesn’t), but played a pivotal role alongside the ultra talented singer-songwriter, Julia Michaels (listen to her new Selena Gomez-assisted song, “Anxiety,”) on Britney’s last studio album, Glory. That record is considered part of ~the holy trinity~ of Britney albums. The others include In The Zone and Blackout, and it appears the precious trio could expand to a quartet, possibly thanks to Tranter.
According to an unearthed publishing on Danja’s profile on Primary Wave, touted as one of the largest independent music publishing and talent management/production/entertainment companies, Danja has worked on multiple(!!!) new songs with Britney. The posting is filed under the year 2019, likely because that’s when his profile was updated to include Britney’s new songs.
Update: Primary Wave has since deleted the post, however we managed to grab a screen shot.
Danja is responsible for co-creating some of Britney’s most sacred songs; a string of classics off Blackout, including “Break The Ice,” “Get Naked,” “Hot As Ice,” “Perfect Lover,” “Get Back” and “Gimme More.” He also produced “Kill The Lights” off Circus, which Britney originally recorded in 2007 for Blackout.
“Blackout was the first time I worked with Danja, and he gave me the opportunity and freedom to work with more urban sounds and influences,” Britney said in 2017 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the album. “It really inspired me! I also got the chance to sing more and stretch my voice in ways I hadn’t done before. The magic of Blackout was actually pretty simple. It just wasn’t so thought out. I just did what I felt and it worked. Sometimes less is more I guess.”
I heard Happy Birthday Blackout was trending earlier… thank u all for loving the album as much as I do. Blackout 2.0?
In that same interview, Danja opened up about working with Britney, and how the two captured magic in a bottle.
I didn’t think about “pop music” while creating Blackout. I was into dance music and EDM at the time, but it wasn’t mainstream yet. I was just going to a club in Miami a couple of times to see the atmosphere. Everyone was bouncing around to Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction” and Tiesto, literally in a trance. I was like, That’s it. If my music doesn’t make you feel like that, what are we doing? I didn’t think about anything other than bringing that essence to popular culture.
Have you ever seen this pretty pop queen on a bassy scrunching track? It’s like caramel — rich, almost unbearably sweet, but so good at the same time. That was what I was intending to do. I wanted you to make a mean mug face when it came on. So like on “Get Back,” one of the bonus songs, it was gritty and like a videogame — drums distorted a bit, grimy synthesizer bass that had a nasty characteristic, a nice melodic bassline. The bass sounds even had tones. That’s what I would use to make the groove, not the 808 or smooth sub-basses. Even in “Gimme More” — just that “vroom vroom” sound — everything was distinct and had characteristics.
There was not a lot of pre-planned thoughts while going into the studio — we were just going with the flow. We were able to create without any distractions, or anyone giving us any real direction. That’s why I think the part of Blackout that I was a part of ended up being what it is. We were free.
It’s worth mentioning Danja also touches on how they crafted a batch of bangers during a defining and tumultuous time in her career.
“She might have been going through more in her personal life than what we knew at that time, and it got a little crazier when we were deeper in the project,” he said, “but throughout the whole process, she was very present, attentive, and interactive. She was one of the easiest people to get things done with — she would sit there and sing no matter how many times we had her do it over, and just get it done.”
After Britney abruptly cancelled the entire Domination residency to take care of her father, Jamie, our fav could quite possibly be coping through another unsettling chapter. Needless to say Danja’s timing is a tad eerie.
It’s not clear how and when Britney linked up with Danja, or if this posting is the real deal, but the prospect is endlessly enticing and gives Britney fans a glimmer of hope that though the Queen might not be around right now, when she’s ready to return… she’ll do it with a bang, bitch.