Spears makes unexpected appearance in court

LOS ANGELES (AP) - November 21, 2008 Spears appeared unexpectedly Friday for a hearing in her ongoing conservatorship. A court spokesman said after the hearing that Spears appeared to give an update on her upcoming album, "Circus," and details of her tour and other promotions.

Her father, Jamie Spears, has had control over his 26-year-old daughter's personal and financial affairs since February. The court made the arrangement permanent last month, but Spears can petition to end the arrangement.

The court spokesman says she did not make that request Friday.

As part of that deal, her father and attorney gained greater control over her professional career. Jamie Spears appeared in court with his daughter and emerged from a courtroom with her after a two-hour closed session.

Spears has not appeared in court during months of conservatorship proceedings, but has been represented by a court-appointed attorney.

Spears' new album is scheduled to be released on Dec. 2, which is also the singer's 27th birthday.

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