Former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will finish and record a lost Britney Spears song for release later this year, sources in the music industry are reporting.
McCartney, Starr and the late George Harrison famously "finished" two John Lennon demos for inclusion on the Beatles Anthology - those songs, titled "Free as a Bird" and "Real Love", were then released as Beatles songs. Lennon had written a number of songs that weren't finished prior to his death in 1980, and the remaining band members considered the recordings a Beatles reunion of sorts.
But amidst rumors that the two surviving Beatles are working on finishing other Lennon demos, they have instead secretly been working on finishing a lost Britney Spears demo, a song written by Spears - in crayon - while she was in rehab and which was never finished because she stayed only one day before going on another drunken, tattoo-gathering, head-shaving binge.
The song, titled "Too Drunk 4 U Baby," is about a misunderstood, delusional young mother who is bitter toward the world - and men in particular - and who is finding solace in drugs, alcohol and unmerited celebrity.
"It's a touching little song, really," McCartney reportedly told an industry insider, "and we thought, um, why not try something different? It would be rather expected for us to finish another one of John's demos, and Yoko isn't exactly giving those out like Halloween candy anyway, is she?"
"Ah, well," Starr said in a telephone interview from his home in London, "Paul rang me up one day and said, 'Let's finish a Britney song.' I said, 'Well, what the hell, let's just bloody do it.' And so we did. I think it's called 'I Want to Hold Your Foot' or something, I don't know."
While Britney Spears' representatives declined to comment, it has been learned that the drunken singer is reportedly considering covering a Beatles song in response to this news.
"She's really influenced by the Beatles' mid-1960s catalog," said one unnamed source close to the Spears camp. "She just loves albums like Headquarters."