Pop princess Britney Spears is terrified her fourth album IN THE ZONE will be a commercial disaster.

The blonde star, 21, is returning to the music scene next month (NOV03) following a well-deserved year off - but she fears fans may have abandoned her during her break from the charts.

Britney frets, "Things not working out and my career being over is a real fear for me. Honestly, that's why I work so hard because it worries me so much."

A pal adds, "Britney knows she's got a long way to go to be a chart-topper again. Her old fans just can't relate to her any more and because of her antics over the past year, everyone is waiting for her to fail."

05/10/2003 10:56