Oct 14 2008 Beverley Lyons And Laura Sutherland
TAKE THAT vow they'll not change the name of their new album - even though it has the same release date and title as Britney Spears' LP.
The Manchester group's ' fifth album, The Circus, is out on December 1, the same week Britney's Circus hits the shops.
But yesterday their manager said: "The boys have worked on this for months, like Britney, and we certainly won't be changing the title.
"When you work that far in advance, it's impossible to know what people will call albums. Erasure had an album Circus. The name is not copyrighted.
"I doubt there will be confusion. Fans will either ask for the new record by Take That or Britney Spears."
Britney's camp were also steadfast. An insider said: "Britney is not likely to change the title. She announced it two weeks ago.
There won't be confusion - Take That are great at what they do and everyone is excited about Britney's comeback."
Gary Barlow went on Radio 1's Chris Moyles show yesterday to debut their new single Greatest Day, penned by the entire group. Gary said: "This is a team effort. We always think we've got great songs for finishing our concerts, so we wanted something to start a concert."
He also revealed plans for Take That's 2009 tour.
Gary said: "We're finalising dates - maybe in a couple of weeks we'll all come in and announce it." The singer also chatted about collaborating with comic Peter Kay on The Winners Song, which featured on Sunday night's Britain's Got The Pop Factor .... spoof show.
He said: "Peter called me in January saying he wanted a song for the end of his show.
"He had all these lyrics - an amalgamation of all The X Factor songs - and we wrote it together."
The track, which Kay sings as trans-sexual Geraldine McQueen, is out now.
Yesterday, Take That's website was full of excitement about the tour.
But one fan posted: "I hope they don't go on sale in December, do wealthy people not read about the credit crunch?"