Britney Spears On Working With “Mutt,” Shania

While recording her upcoming album “Oops!… I Did It Again,” Britney Spears was blessed with a battery of super-producers, as well as a song co-written by a husband-wife duo with more platinum between them than Spears herself.

Producer Robert John “Mutt” Lange, best known for his work with AC/DC, Def Leppard and his record-breaking wife Shania Twain, can be found on “Oops!…,” and he shares co-writer credit with Twain on a song called “Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know.”

“I was so excited when I found out I was going to be able to work with him,” Spears told MTV News’ Chris Connelly. “He was like the most amazing producer of all time, I think. I went to his house and I watched, looked at this wall, and it was just [covered with things featuring] all the people he’s ever worked with. And he is just like a legend. He was amazing.

“He not only does country music,” she continued, “he does rock. He’s so talented. I was so upset, though, because the day I got
there, Shania had left the day before. I was like [disappointed], ‘Really?’ I wanted to meet her.”

Although she never had the chance to hang out with Shania in the studio, Spears fell in love with the song the couple co-wrote.

“When you hear the song, it’s so pure and delicate,” Spears explained. “It’s just one of those songs that pull you in. That’s why I like it, and I like singing it as well.

“I think they wrote it ‘specially for me,” she continued, “because the lyrics of the song, if you really listen… they’re more of what I can relate to, ’cause they’re kind of young lyrics, I think. I don’t think Shania would probably sing some of the words that I’m saying.” [RealVideo]

In addition to “Mutt” Lange, other producers appearing on “Oops!… I Did It Again” include teen pop guru Max Martin (who worked on Spears’ debut)
and Rodney Jerkins, who’s currently shaping Michael Jackson’s latest studio project.

MTV has been overtaken by a Britney blitz this week to lead up to the release of “Oops!…” on May 16. Spears held her post-”TRL” listening party, “Britney’s First Listen,” on Tuesday, and the singer will toast the arrival of her new album on next Tuesday’s installment of “TRL” starting at 3:30 p.m. (ET)

Sunday, May 14 will see the pop starlet hit our Times Square studios for two hours of “Britney Live” starting at 12 noon (ET). Spears will be fielding questions from fans during the show; to send a question of your own or to find out more information, check out her sub-site right here on MTV.com.

For a look behind the scenes at this week in Britney’s world, tune in to “MTV News 1515″ this Friday at 7:30 p.m. (ET). And for more from Chris Connelly’s interview with Spears, check out the current MTV News Online feature “Britney
Spears: Doing It Again,”
and look out for a new feature debuting this Friday on MTV.com.