Britney Spears has been forced to postpone the release of her new single over fears her short-lived marriage at the weekend (03JAN04) will affect sales.

The pop star created shockwaves around the world after supposedly spontaneously marrying her fellow 22-year-old childhood friend JASON ARMSTRONG in Las Vegas on Saturday, only to file for an annulment later that day, explaining the episode away as a "joke gone too far".

Now bosses at her record label JIVE have now delayed the planned release of TOXIC until 1 March (04), and are considering banning any public appearances by Spears to promote it - fearing questions about the wedding will dominate.

09/01/2004 02:11