Because no album release is complete without some illegitimate leaks along the way, a version of Britney Spears' opening Britney Jean track "Alien" has surfaced online.

From the producer's mouth (Twitter), here are the facts.

You can listen to the leaked version below, or just be patient and wait for the real deal December 3rd!

It's the summer of leaks, apparently: Just days after Katy Perry's "Roar" and Lady Gaga's "Applause" both made their way online ahead of schedule (albeit only in snippet form in Gaga's case), the Pop Gods have given us 90 seconds of a brand-new One Direction song, thought to appear on their forthcoming untitled third album.

Apparently titled, "Just Can't Let Her Go," the new song features something of a new sound for the 1D lads; it's built around a slinky flute hook! They're not calling up the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka just yet, but it does seem like, two years into their career, One Direction is tinkering with the formula a bit.

Listen to the "Just Can't Let Her Go" fragment below:

[DigitalSpy]

"Ladies, y'all wanna do it again?" asks Kelly Rowland at the song's start. May the answer to this question always be "A THOUSAND TIMES YES!"

It may not be a "Destiny's Child track," but that doesn't mean we can't pretend it is. "You've Changed" is Rowland, Beyonce, and Michelle Williams' first collaboration since January, and we're thrilled to report it's a great deal better. Although it truly is Rowland's song—and she insists as much—it sounds like the trio is picking up exactly where they left off in 2006. The mid-tempo, soulful, empowerment jam is reminiscent of any solid mid-2000s D.C. ringer. This is a good thing.

Give it a listen!