Pop superstar Britney Spears is set to shock fans with a song she's devoted purely to the joys of masturbation.

The once-virginal singer, who has captured headlines in recent months for such antics as sharing a kiss with Madonna and posing scantily-clad on magazine covers, will surprise fans even more with her song TOUCH OF MY HAND, which appears on her new album IN THE ZONE.

She sings, "Another day without a lover/ The more I come to understand the touch of my hand... I'm not ashamed of the things that I dream/ I find myself flirting with the verge of obscene."

Britney, 21, says, "It's probably the most sexual song on the album. It's such a touchy subject. I can totally go in the studio and sing it but when I'm (in interviews) I get really weird and bashful about the whole thing."

She adds of self pleasure, "I think it's a healthy thing. It's not talking about going out and exploiting yourself with different men or anything. I think it's a positive thing and I think it's reality. If you try to shut that out then that's bad. So I think... indulging in yourself is a good thing.

"It's exhilarating to express yourself and get those things out there that you wanna say. It's pretty empowering."

10/11/2003 08:56