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  1. 14 points
    Britney and her team finding out that touring instead of being in Vegas helps with sales
  2. 10 points
  3. 10 points
    Everyone has this "epiphany" every era and no one is ever right. Now, more than ever, it's farther from the truth. Britney didn't go to Vegas to retire. She's wanted a show in Vegas since 2003. She went to Vegas to fulfill one of her dreams and have a more stable environment for her children. Britney has always hated the promo side of the business, the paparazzi side, and all of that. She earned her dues to not have to do heavy promo if she doesn't want to. She built an empire for herself, and it's about time she's able to enjoy it. Yes, she does music for fans and because it's fun, yes she doesn't care about being the top girl, no that doesn't mean she's ready to retire. She can't even sing her song live? Where have you been her entire career? She's never been known as the girl that sings live, she's known as the girl that puts on a hell of a show. She still does that, and she's not stopping anytime soon. She may slow down to enjoy her life, but that doesn't mean she's going to retire at 35.
  4. 10 points
    Honestly, what she went through in 2007 truly was traumatic, along with being completely battered by both media and the public, it's a miracle she came out of it alive and not every one recovers from such heavy shit overnight, for some people it can take years!! I think that's what we're witnessing with Brit, little by little she's finding herself again, she's getting comfortable putting herself out there again, expressing herself again, so to me it's not that surprising, it was bound to happen and here's hoping it'll just get better and better as time goes on.
  5. 10 points
    Ok so first of all, hi I'm Tim, and I'm from Ohio. I have never seen Britney in concert and have been asking my parents for years to get me to Vegas to see this show. So finally, I did something worth treating and graduated college, so my mom is taking my to Vegas as a gift! I'm going to the August 9th show and I got front GA standing left, and I want to be front row. So like... what time do I need to get there? Where do I go? Any other helpful tips would be so great! Thanks
  6. 10 points
    I think those vanilla candles are hanging from the ceiling low
  7. 9 points
    Technically she's been around since she was like 8...
  8. 9 points
    I think it's just a picture, lol, she clearly paints just for fun and/or relaxation, she's not fucking Picasso or some other professional painter, I don't see the point in trying analyze it. But I'm not at all surprised that you would try to turn it into something negative!!
  9. 9 points
    The "2017" picture is from the Femme Fatale tour.
  10. 9 points
    Did you hear that falsetto? AND THOSE BELTS? I can't believe I'm slayed because of a Happy Birthday performance but that's exactly what's happening
  11. 8 points
    ...they have My Only Wish (This Year) on their Christmas playlist I swear there must be some hardcore Britney fan behind the company's music selection, because they also play Man On The Moon and What You Need all the time
  12. 8 points
  13. 8 points
    ...I don't think this is a thread that should be opened It's not our business, and virginity is a manmade concept developed to shame women to sleep with only one man.
  14. 8 points
    Her dancing now compared to FF is sooo much better though and FF was one of her most successful albums... so idk where this is coming from. The TRUTH is that Britney isn't going to make a big impact because she doesn't want to. She is just doing enough to make her fans happy because she doesn't want to be the "IT" girl anymore.
  15. 8 points
    I don't think Britney will ever make a big impact on the GP, unless she starts focusing on her dancing and performing skills, which may be enough for us, but are far from being attractive for regular people to go check her new music and videos. Her poor dancing hurts her image and her career much more than any lipsync controversy, and she still has to make a proper comeback on that particular area.
  16. 8 points
    1. Wow some people are so quick to jump to a negative conclusion calm down! 2.Britney has said numerous times she loves Vegas and actually was thinking about a residency way back in 2003 so now that she has it, its been a dream of hers come true why would she fully give it up? 3. I feel like her mini Asian residency was a test to see she can withstand touring. As clearly obvious she is definitely over a full blown tour so maybe she will do the same thing again over in the states or in Latin America or Europe soon. 4. She knows her 20th anniversary is coming up. Her teams knows it. Her label knows it. We know it. And we're at peak 90s/00s nostaligia so why wouldn't they be planning something around that? 5. She's been going at this for so long and has been through so much. I don't know how many times it has to be said but manage your expectations, not in a negative way either. Just hope she puts up another solid album and does the bare minimum in terms of publicity. If she does less than that then be mad but for the love of godney stop "dreaming of heroes" and be real.
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  18. 8 points
    Remember when everything seemed just kind of slow or stiff.....I came across this today and wasn't expecting to see this energy
  19. 8 points
    First off, let me say, I am not bashing Britney here. I'm simply detailing and archiving everything that happened during the Glory era. After signing a deal with Planet Hollywood and releasing her 2013 album Britney Jean, which caused mass controversy, Britney hit the studio for another 2 years or so working on her biggest album, putting more effort than she has in the last decade. Rumors about #B9 came when the third single of Britney Jean, Alien, was ultimately scrapped. The pro-tools session had leaked, and caused massive controversy when it was discovered that Myah Marie absolutely did vocals for the song that made it onto the track itself. (Along with the infamous glitch.) Flashback to late 2013, when we watched I Am Britney Jean. Remember when Larry said Alien was gonna be a single, and when it was, it was going to be added to Piece of Me? We all know how that panned out. So with Britney Jean being ultimately scrapped from that point on, Britney began to hit the studio and from what we heard, what she was working on was incredible, mind-blowing, and said to be her best work in years. Of course rumors came along and things happened. Insiders were saying "It's Britney's best work! It sounds like a mix between In The Zone and Blackout!" But then again, we hear that everytime Britney gets in the studio. Later on, we get 2 new songs from Britney in the more "experimental" sense. We got Tom's Diner - a collaborative effort with legendary prodcuer Giorgio Moroder, who originally produced the song in the early 90's. Before the track leaked, we got a snippet of an alternate version of the song, with clearer vocals, while the leaked version (also the album version) had Britney's vocals processed through a vocoder. The song was never panned as a single to the disappointment of many fans, and the clear vocal version still to this day has not leaked. While the song gave Britney an idea on how to move forward in the "electronic" sense, and with the fan-backlash of the use of the vocoder, it definitely had a helping hand with the way of the vocals of her then-upcoming album. And then we got a more "urban" attempt - Pretty Girls ft. Iggy Azalea. Infamously, this track was backlashed from the start, and had quite the messy release. Fans were reluctant for Britney to work with Iggy Azalea, who at the time was being scrutinized for racist comments on twitter she made years prior. While fans were primarily upset Britney was working with a "problematic" rapper, set-photos from the music video shoot ended up online and fans suddenly had hope again. Many rumors were going around saying "It's the lead single from #B9!" The track had a messy start that gave fans a bad feeling from the get-go. The cover was released, with a photoshopped Britney and Iggy in space. And then moments later, was deleted from Britney's twitter account. (Luckily, fans had saved the image.) This sent fans into a panic, saying "The single is gonna be scrapped!" and giving wild speculation to the single-cover controversy saying "They used Britney's face from a 1999 photoshoot!" (Rolling Stone to be specific.) However, the cover was uploaded the next day with one slight change. Instead of "BRITNEY SPEARS FT. IGGY AZALEA" the track now said "BRITNEY SPEARS & IGGY AZALEA." So literally, the single cover was changed because Iggy felt like it was more of a duet than a feature. However, the track was ultimately dropped from Glory, because Iggy didn't know how to keep her mouth closed. After the track was "done", Iggy went on Twitter and said if Britney had promoted the song more, it would have been more successful. When a fan cricitized her comment, she said she doesn't have to "kiss Britney's ass" all the time. Afterwards, Iggy's worldwide tour had been cancelled - Britney replied with the shadiest tweet saying "At least I have a summer full of shows to look forward to!" Afterwards, the track was dropped from Glory, and performed for a while longer on Piece of Me, until the next setlist renovation. All instances of Iggy were done with a pre-recorded backdrop. The song was never mentioned again. After the fiasco of Pretty Girls and the less-quiet backlash of Toms Diner not being a single, Britney was reportedly hitting the studio harder than ever. Since that was all the information we were given, fans were terrified that there would be a possibility of will.i.am returning for Glory. We were given confirmation that will.i.stop and Myah Marie were not on the album. Though some fans thought otherwise. will.i.am never commented on the subject, while Myah Marie straight up denied being on Glory. She has admitted that she was on Britney Jean, but "didn't know they were going to use her vocals on the final album". With Myah being ridiculed into the shadows, will.i.am too furious (probably) to comment on the album, the album only had one more fear: Dr Luke. Fans were afraid Dr Luke would be on the album, as he created monster hits with Femme Fatale, and a favorite from Britney Jean, Brightest Morning Star. No comments were given from officials, until the album dropped. Dr Luke was not on the album, possibly due to sexual assault accusations from Kesha, who Britney had also worked with during Femme Fatale. Dr Luke also had a record-breaking number of copyright infringement cases against him - one of which was even on "Hold It Against Me", which reportedly copied the melody of one song, and took the title and double-entendre from a country song. While the case was dropped, fans were still afraid of Dr Luke tainting the Glory era. Only until it was discovered he wasn't involved with the album. (Surprisingly.) And neither was will.i.am. (A huge relief to those who survived Britney Jean.) The only thing we WERE looking forward to was that DJ Mustard would be on the album. (Holy shit!) With her direction planned, Britney began to work on the album with new producers and writers to create what we now know today as "Glory". The first hint we had at the album was a picture Britney had posted on instagram that said "GOODBYE", but inside the letters of "GOODBYE" were also the words "GAME CHANGER". Later on, a tweet Britney posted capitalized three words "JUST LUV ME". Fans were CERTAIN that the first single for the album would be the rumored "Just Luv Me". Unfortunately, it didn't pan out. An earlier hint that went largely noticed were mysterious pictures of the moon Britney had tweeted - and then deleted. Rumors circulated saying the album would drop early 2016. Then Summer 2016. While we still didn't get much, it wasn't until her performance at the 2016 BBMA's that we were told her new single "Make Me (Ooh)" would be debuted. However, when the show came, the track was absent. Later reports said "The track wasn't finished." Fans were let down, but not for long. Later on, music video clips and snippets of the song began to rise online, with the raciest video Britney would have put out in months. It was also revealed that rapper G-Eazy was on the track. However, this turned into one hell of a mess that still, to this day, we talk about constantly. With a LQ to MQ phone-camera recording of the video playing on a computer screen with the timeframe in the lower corner, fans were ecstatic to see it. While the video was supposedly finished, it was scrapped. Producer David LaChapelle had his name removed from the credits and they HOPED it would quitely slip under the rug. It didn't. Fans were outraged. They wondered where this incredible music video went, and why we were given a music video made out of a rushed-as-hell music video that had a similar plot, with multiple shots of Britney dancing to the song. The subtitle (Ooh) was also dropped from the official single title. Some fans liked the video. Others didn't. The original video still has not leaked to this day - We only have clips. The ending is missing entirely. However, we do have a fan-shot behind the scenes video of Britney and LaChapelle sitting in a tractor, assumingly used for the end of the music video where men in nude-colored speedos would grind on the machine. Britney was not having it. In the video, you can hear her screaming "I DON'T LIKE THIS!" and when leaving the machine, you can definitely hear her call LaChapelle an "ASSHOLE!" However, the video was scrapped due to "creative differences". Supposedly. We all know Britney wasn't comfortable with that last scene, fought with the director, and that was it. Why the finished scenes were never released, we may never know. While this fiasco went noticed by Britney's team, they decided to release an alternate cut of the music video (a few months after the album dropped), which contained nothing but the dance scenes from the album photoshoot. The video was released through Britney's short-lived mobile game, "Britney Spears: American Dream". But that's not the end of the fiasco of the first single. After the debut of Make Me (ft G-Eazy), a radio version debuted with an entirely different bridge, completely replacing G-Eazy's verse with recycled clips from the verses, along with some extra adlibs, and an amazing high note which... Some people actually liked more than the official version. But where did it come from? Was this the original version of Make Me? Was this what was meant to be performed at the BBMA's? Why did Britney's team decide to suddenly throw G-Eazy on the track? In my opinion, I firmly believe the solo version was the original intended version of the single. But that's just me. The first single fiasco didn't stop there. Then came the first time Britney had performed at the VMA's in 9 years, since the "infamous" Gimme More performance. While fans were blown away, especially after Britney debuted a live mashup with G-Eazy's "Me Myself and I" singing Bebe Rexha's parts, G-Eazy then messed up his own verse on his song. Afterwards, people assumed by the way he grabbed the back of Britney's head at the end of the performance, he tried to initiate a kiss. It didn't happen and the rumors still go around to this day. However - the biggest controversy about the VMA performance? Right after the performance aired, there was a leaked Snapchat video of G-Eazy doing a line of cocaine on some random woman's breasts. No one knows if this was before or after the performance. But if you ask me, it could have very possibly been before, as performers are known to do drugs or drink liquor before a show due to nerves. Not trying to take a shot at G-Eazy, but with the cocaine video and messing up your own verse, it seems like it to me. Despite the cocaine controversy, it was largely ignored. G-Eazy still was there for a majority of surprise performances with Britney on stage. Afterwards, Britney then uploaded a teaser for a commercial for her at-the-time-new perfume "Private Show", which shared the name of a song on the album. When the full trailer was released, there was only one small discrepancy with the teaser. There was a different outfit. And to this day we still don't have the full clip with the original outfit from the 15 second teaser. (Which was then later recycled into an outfit for Piece of Me.) A Christmas commercial was also put out for Private show, about 30 seconds long, with about 2 or 3 extra shots of Britney dancing in the "white" outfit. Small leaks began to happen left and right. Some fake, some not. (One popular fake I remember was something about "rollerblades in the sky with you", or some shit like that.) Fans were extremely hyped when the tracklist leaked - especially when hearing the title "Coupure Electrique", which translated, means "Power Outage", or if worded a different way in French, "Blackout". With Britney's team knowing we love Blackout, fans were officially FLOORED when the album dropped and they heard Coupure Electrique. Some still debate that it's the best song on the album. However, with leaks came controversy. It was proven that the photoshoot was actually just the scenes from the released Make Me video, which fans replied with "unprofessional". However, with a scrapped video, a pending release date what else was there for Britney to do? Personally - I like it. Then came another controversy - G-eazy was the only feature on the album, which had several fans raise an eyebrow. When pre-ordered on iTunes, Glory began to release a few songs - Private Show, Do You Wanna Come Over, and Clumsy - before the official release of the album. Fans had overwhelmingly positive reaction to the songs. And even then, we had small snippet leaks of "Just Luv Me", which may or may not have been a demo. Rumors were also circulating that the entire album stems were going around before the album leaked, and the snippets we got were made with the stems and mixed in a way that the original holder of said stems could track where and who leaked it. Regardless, when the album was finally dropped, fans were blown away by every single track on the album. Fans were screaming about how the bonus tracks "were even better than the album tracks". But it didn't stop there. Things got even more and more weird with the Glory era. First, people noticed that the DJ Mustard track didn't make the album - a huge letdown for people hoping for that "urban sound". Rumors then said it would be on his next mixtape. It wasn't. Second, people were then confused about the tracklist. While iTunes had Do You Wanna Come Over? as track number 7, the official CD Disc had the track as track 2. Personally, I like Invitation - DYWCO - Make Me. Mostly because I feel like the lyrics of Invitation slightly contradict Make Me. "Not gonna beg so don't make me." Regardless, the tracklisting was slightly messy. When inserting the physical disc of Glory, I remember seeing "If I'm Dancing" spelled as "If I' M Dancing", which I had to instantly fix. This was mostly an error on iTunes' part, and I believe the issue has been resolved. That's not the end of the fiasco surrounding Glory. After the album dropped, we were all fighting about the second single. A majority of people said Do You Wanna Come Over? While another majority said Liar. Ultimately - we were told the second single would be Slumber Party. We all accepted this as okay. Until it was reported that artist Tinashe would be on the track. This instantly threw fans into a rage, with some saying Tinashe ruins every track she gets on and how she's featured on remixes because it's almost guaranteed for radio play, as long as "Tinashe" is in the title. However, when the remix dropped, fans tended to actually LIKE the Tinashe version more. While Tinashe recorded the second verse, a chorus, some backing vocals, adlibs on the second chorus, Britney ALSO added a few adlibs on the new version of Slumber Party. (I was a doubter, called her Tinashit, etc. But I took all that back after watching the video.) The music video dropped, and we were all blown the fuck away with how incredibly sexy it was. Everyone who didn't like Tinashe instantly did. Everyone who didn't like Slumber Party was instantly a fan. But... Again, there was a slight mixup. When the video premiered on YouTube, it had a different version of the Tinashe remix, missing Britney's added adlib at the end. On the official vevo channel, the song was the single version. Later on, the audio on YouTube was corrected and never mentioned again. (Except for fans who ripped the audio.) But this wasn't the end of Glory. Afterwards, fans were shocked when they noticed that reprints of the album replaced the solo version of Slumber Party with the Tinashe version. A move never pulled by Britney's team. Around the same time, it was also discovered the Japanese edition of Glory would have "Mood Ring", the DJ Mustard track we all wanted so desperately. And ironically, several fans praised it to be the best song on the album. Then there were TWO versions of the Japanese CD - Both with Mood Ring, one with solo Slumber Party, one with Tinashe. Also around that time, Britney announced that Glory was to be printed on vinyl - the first official album vinyl she had done since Baby One More Time. An obvious big deal. And fans that pre-ordered the vinyl got their names printed on a poster which was folded in the vinyl insert. Even this caused controversy - at least with me and a few other people. Several fans mentioned that they recieved their vinyls damaged, scratched, cracked, or even broken. Luckily, mine was just chipped and plays just fine. Although it likes to skip ahead of Side 3 which starts with Better. My vinyl likes to skip a bit of the intro. With the low quality production of the vinyl, many fans, including myself were extremely furious. Remember when I threatened to give out the direct phone number to the administrator of the company who produced the vinyls? I sure as fuck do. With us giving Glory so much love, we were blown away. Only to have an amazing era cut short. Everyone was disappointed. The era was done? But why? We still don't have an official answer, other than the rumored "it just didn't sell". All we really got were 2 (3, 4 if you include the unreleased Make Me) music videos, the Private Show commerical(s), and Make Me, DYWCO, and Slumber Party added to Piece of Me. Tinashe also joined Britney on stage for some performances of the song. So what really happened with the Glory era? We will never know. This era was short lived and had very little leaks - in fact, I believe the only leaks were a stem pack, a pro tools session, and Instant DejaVu (which happened a little after Glory, but who cares?) Although the era was dramatically messy, it still worked and Glory still turned into the masterpiece it is today, and still regarded as some of Britney's best work. I am 110% here for Experimental Britney, and I am ready to archive what's gonna happen when she leaves Planet Hollywood and starts B10 tbh.
  20. 8 points
    I want to believe but until it has actual confirmation I'm not gonna say it's real. It looks kinda real. Kinda.
  21. 8 points
    At this point I think it should be obvious that the show will just be POM overseas, but that doesn't mean that it's going to be bad! Actually, I'm kinda excited because I'm expecting it to be similar to the festival performances she did last year, which were very refreshing because although most of the routines were the same the fact that she was on a different stage with different outfits and no props made it more interesting and fun to watch! I've been re-watching the Triple Ho Show videos these past days and I've been remembering how much I loved that show because it's true that she didn't dance that much, but the "adapted" choreographies were better than the original ones and she had so much energy, you can tell that being on a different atmosphere was also refreshing to Britney. Anyway, I just hope that the summer concerts bring something new to the table, I'm looking forward to see how she does
  22. 8 points
    It's no secret that she is getting less and less relevant. Just look at the numbers. I don't think there's much profit in her new(est) albums. I'm kinda afraid that she's turning into Madonna. Britney Jean sold incredibly bad. I didn't find any credible numbers for Glory, but it doesn't look good. Femme Fatale sold fairly good when you think about how popular torrent-sites were at that point. But it's been down the hill the past years. In my professional opinion they need to do major work on the brand Britney Spears. They need to find new methods to make Britney Spears a relevant brand again. But there's no doubt; Britney will always be the pop icon. Her music will always sell to her diehard fans. And she will always have different opportunities. ---- No shade intended, it's just facts. Don't kill me
  23. 8 points
  24. 7 points
  25. 7 points
    Well I prefer not to believe shit until she actually announces what she’s doing BUT if it turns out to be true, then it’s definitely disappointing !!!
  26. 7 points
    Happy Spearitual Sunday bitches We are gathered here today to pray for your happiness, health, and freedom! We pray that as you work on B10, you have complete freedom to express yourself. Godney, we pray that B10 that takes the masterful production that we were blessed with in Glory a step farther and that it is lyrically more mature. We pray to you to bless us with not another residency in the coming year, but with an iconic world tour that includes mostly songs from Glory and the next album. Godney please, bless us with at least 3 music videos in this next era, that slay our bodies, and inspires those ashamed of their fandom to come out of their proverbial closets. Please give us interviews that are insightful, goofy, and uninhibited. Dear Godney, please give be our Primeney and we will sing your praises on social media, and we will give you all our money!!! Today we pray that leaks of your original Perfume & Make Me Ooh music videos surface. Please light your vanilla candles, put your hands together and recite the following prayer to yourself
  27. 7 points
  28. 7 points
    Someone pretended to be Britney Spears‘ manager Larry Rudolph – and got away with over four dozen songs. According to newly surfaced documents obtained by TMZ, the thief impersonated Larry in emails sent to RCA Records, creating a fake email address ([email protected]) and tricking label reps into sending music. The imposter reportedly received 49 digital files. Cops tell TMZ that the suspect got away with 12 tracks intended for Britney‘s Glory, which was released in August of 2016. The Los Angeles Police Department obtained a search warrant back in October of 2016 and June 2017 to search AOL and Microsoft records for the suspect’s email account. There is now a suspect – and he’s an attorney studying intellectual property law at UCLA. http://www.justjared.com/2017/11/30/someone-pretending-to-be-britney-spears-manager-received-49-unreleased-songs-from-her-record-label/ how come I never thought of that to get unreleased songs
  29. 7 points
    If he leaked it ( especially from glory) I would start a gofundme to pay his legal fees
  30. 7 points
    I'm so happy! I thought it was like a tour exclusive or that it would cost like $50! Also, Fergies album is amazing!
  31. 7 points
    Reading those lyrics makes me sooooo grateful for the 90s rap I grew up with, lol
  32. 7 points
    I wonder if it freaks those who have residencies over there I would be mortified if I had fans and they got shot at by some asshole It destroyed Ariana Grande They really need to modify gun laws cuz I'm sick of hearing this shit happen every month
  33. 7 points
    Source: http://www.thefader.com/2017/09/27/britney-spears-blackout-interview-10-year-anniversary-2007 In 2007, Britney Spears went through the toughest time in her life. The invasive photos of her public breakdown, as well as her nervous VMA performance, are uncomfortable and unforgettable pop cultural touchstones. But the album she created in the middle of all that is the most important album of her career. Blackout is a darkly pulsating coalition of club and hip-hop electricity, upheld by Britney fans as proof that their favorite singer isn’t just a trendsetter and a cultural icon but a true artist. Songs like “Gimme More,” “Piece of Me,” and “Break the Ice” are sexy and forceful answers to the manipulative media and her untrustworthy inner circle at the time. They’re also incredibly fun to dance to. To honor the decade since its creation, 12 of Blackout’s most influential creators and biggest fans — and the Legendary Miss Britney Spears herself — spoke about secrets from the recording sessions, the album’s legacy, and how Britney has shaped the last 10 years of pop music. Britney Spears, living legend Blackout was the first time I worked with Danja, and he gave me the opportunity and freedom to work with more urban sounds and influences. It really inspired me! I also got the chance to sing more and stretch my voice in ways I hadn’t done before. The magic of Blackout was actually pretty simple. It just wasn’t so thought out. I just did what I felt and it worked. Sometimes less is more I guess. I still perform “Freakshow” in my Vegas show — it’s one of my favorite songs that was never released as a single. It’s so much fun and it gives me the chance to get the audience involved. Oh yeah — it’s sassy. And I love sassy! Charli XCX, lifelong fan I've always been a huge fan of Britney. When I was younger, I was obsessed with all of the first two records, and when [Blackout] came out, it was the first time a lot of my friends became fans too. This was the first time that Britney had become globally cool. The sound of this record was so fresh to me — she went with some really interesting producers on that record, and the combination of all of it was pretty next level. I remember thinking that the songs felt very ahead of their time. They could still be on the radio now. Growing up, you know, I remember I didn't have MTV or anything, so I remember watching the “...Baby One More Time” video, I think on the news or something? Like on the British news, they were reporting that at the time, like it was a scandalous but next-level pop video. I just wanted to be her basically, so I think she was my first big pop icon. She's the icon I grew up with, more so than Madonna or Cher, or anyone like that. Britney was that person to me. Danja, pioneering producer I didn’t think about “pop music” while creating Blackout. I was into dance music and EDM at the time, but it wasn’t mainstream yet. I was just going to a club in Miami a couple of times to see the atmosphere. Everyone was bouncing around to Benny Benassi’s “Satisfaction” and Tiesto, literally in a trance. I was like, That’s it. If my music doesn’t make you feel like that, what are we doing? I didn’t think about anything other than bringing that essence to popular culture. Have you ever seen this pretty pop queen on a bassy scrunching track? It’s like caramel — rich, almost unbearably sweet, but so good at the same time. That was what I was intending to do. I wanted you to make a mean mug face when it came on. So like on “Get Back,” one of the bonus songs, it was gritty and like a videogame — drums distorted a bit, grimy synthesizer bass that had a nasty characteristic, a nice melodic bassline. The bass sounds even had tones. That’s what I would use to make the groove, not the 808 or smooth sub-basses. Even in “Gimme More” — just that “vroom vroom” sound — everything was distinct and had characteristics. There was not a lot of pre-planned thoughts while going into the studio — we were just going with the flow. We were able to create without any distractions, or anyone giving us any real direction. That’s why I think the part of Blackout that I was a part of ended up being what it is. We were free. She might have been going through more in her personal life than what we knew at that time, and it got a little crazier when we were deeper in the project. But throughout the whole process, she was very present, attentive, and interactive. She was one of the easiest people to get things done with — she would sit there and sing no matter how many times we had her do it over, and just get it done. You would know how she felt about a song by pure body language; she didn’t have to say anything. She would still be nailing the lyrics and the melody, but she would be in there really dancing. You hear stories of Michael Jackson doing full-on choreography while recording some of his songs and it was the same thing with her. I was just making sure I made grooves that she could dance to, something hard and edgy with hip-hop undertones. Once I realized that was what she wanted to do, that’s where I stayed. If you listen to radio now and hot tracks on iTunes, every pop artist has some kind of hard 808 hip-hop urban appeal, and for pop female acts, she started that. She made it OK to bounce a bit, to talk shit, to have harder basses and drums. And it all started at CLUBSPACE in Miami. Maria Minerva, DIY trailblazer In the late ’00s, all the innocent impulses of Swedish pop were falling into the background, and the exhibitionism and dark urges that had been suppressed started coming to the forefront. Blackout was full of musical influences that you’d never heard in pop before then. It’s only a small step from Blackout’s electro-house bass to the wobbly U.K. garage or a dubsteppy bass which is everywhere in pop these days. There are several tracks on the album that use that. There’s also a mix of Danja rapping and dance beats — and that [combination] became the main language of pop music five years later. In that way, it was 100 percent ahead of its time. “Get Naked (I Got a Plan)” is definitely my favorite track — that was kind of an anthem for me and one of my oldest friends. He was a gay guy in Estonia, and there’s a long and painful history for LGBTQ people where I’m from. I would see all these young gay boys in Estonia who were listening to Britney, so she was in the background for our generation growing up. That was in the back of my mind [when I riffed on “Slave 4 U” in the 2011 track “Another Time and Place”]. Even though I was not a native English speaker, those lyrics are ingrained into my brain. I live in Calabasas [on the outskirts of L.A.], where Britney actually lived the year after Blackout came out. That’s where she went to recover, and I can completely see why! It’s like living in the wild wild west — there’re horses everywhere, there’s nothing going on. I really feel the spiritual connection, ‘cause it’s really a place where people go to not be found. So that’s what I’m doing now, 10 years later. Keri Hilson, trusted collaborator It was a tumultuous time. Paparazzi had literally cut through the bushes at the studio to try to get a glimpse of her and her child. They were following and harassing [her], so the security at every studio we worked in was super high. I felt really bad for her. But when Britney stepped in the studio, she was focused, and so pleasant to be around — even if we only got two hours of her, which would be the case some days. One time she got a phone call and disappeared out of the booth. She takes it so [seriously], and an artist that takes themselves seriously has to acknowledge when they are unable to give their 100 percent that day, to protect their art. I respect that so much more than an artist who would come in and bullshit you. We were given the specific direction that she did not want the music to mimic her personal life. So we figured, OK, so let’s create a fantasy world that she would be happy in. We did a few days at her home, and we also worked at The Palms studio in Vegas — we did a week or so there. We also worked at Conway Studios in Los Angeles. I would say we spent two weeks or maybe a month in Britney mode. The songs that we created [“Gimme More,” “Break the Ice,” “Perfect Lover,” “Outta This World”] were very much part of a time where we would get very little of Britney. She did not write on any of the songs that we did — we would create, and I would lay a demo while we awaited her arrival. I’m on the background of everything that we did, just because she wanted to focus on her delivery and her lead vocal. When we played her my demo of “Break the Ice,” she didn’t want to do the back- ground. Honestly, I think she said some- thing like, “it sounds like me anyway.” “Gimme More” happened at Conway — [Danja] had done the beat in his headphones, and we all had chills. I started [sings], “Gimme Gimme, Gimme, Gimme Gimme” over the low-end. It was just so easy! I believe it was Jim Beanz who came up with the line “It’s Britney, bitch.” We were joking around in the studio, andI remember telling him, “Do it, go do it, put it on there.” I remember [Jim] being a little reserved about it, like, “How’s she gonna feel?” But I was like, “That’s how she’s gotta feel!” It’s cocky, and we simply wanted her to feel that way about this record. She had what I call the “fuck it factor.” She had been pushed into it. And the “fuck it factor” is actually when an artist does something bold, ‘cause it’s like, “I know this is not conventional, and I know this is not why they love me, but fuck it.” Robin Carolan, head of Tri Angle records Blackout inspired and continues to inspire pop music, more so than any other album in the last 15 years, even more so than widely acknowledged masterpieces, like Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds. It ushered in new ways of processing vocals that felt genuinely bold, bizarre, and at times made you feel disturbed and uncomfortable. It showed pop music could be disjointed, disorienting, and downright ugly, but still be fierce and classic. If you ever wanna see a gay club truly explode, request “Gimme More” and wait for “It’s Britney, bitch” to drop — a true declaration of survival and resilience. Ten years ago, magazines had prewritten Britney’s obituary. No one had witnessed someone so famous come undone at the seams so violently and so publicly. The fact that she didn’t die makes those three words feel so much more important now when you hear it today. LGBTQ people have always looked to their musical heroes to provide inspiration or strength. Protest anthems can be weapons or sometimes armor — but sometimes we also want these songs to strut and slap us in the face. Nowadays everyone talks about pop music in serious terms, but when I was younger being a pop music fan, especially if you were a boy, could get you in trouble. It often meant you were a . I was always defiant about my love of pop, but after Blackout came out, I refused to feel ashamed to talk about pop albums in lofty ways. Without it, there’s no way I would have been so bold as to launch my label, Tri Angle, with a Lindsay Lohan tribute album knowing very well how it could open me up to ridicule. It was ultimately a middle finger to people who looked down on pop music, and other people (mostly straight men) telling me what was real. Tinashe, deep-cuts expert I’ve always been drawn to production that feels darker, dangerous or sultry. But at the same time, Britney has this sweet voice and brings this bubbly approach. She is able to intertwine that innocence and sexiness — she’s walking that fine line, something I’ve always loved. I sampled Britney’s “Blur” on one of my first songs, “Can’t Say No,” because I just really loved that beat. It’s a really underrated Britney cut, so I thought it would be cool to make my own version. I also didn’t have access to my own beats at the time, so I was getting creative. It was very surreal to work with her on “Slumber Party.” When we were doing rehearsals, it was really cool to see her in her element. When she gets in front of a mirror you can tell she’s super comfortable and that’s really her zone. Total Freedom, DJ innovator When I first heard Blackout, I was more of a serious fan of Keri Hilson and Danja’s, so I was really excited to hear their sounds written and produced for that pop icon. It was also Danja’s first pop project without being a ghost producer for Timbaland. Blackout is like a demented toy — it’s fun and very “Britney” and pop, but everything sounds a bit dark. At that moment in time, you didn’t expect to hear chopped-up vocals on a pop song, even though that was something people in underground dance music were working on. Now, with the crossover between both worlds — like Major Lazer and their popularity — almost all pop music is slowed down, chopped up, extremely “cut and paste.” Nothing is straight anymore. The period of time when Blackout was released was the turning point of what social media and reality TV were going to become — cameras in everyone’s lives, especially celebrities’. We were on the outside seeing this start to happen, and she was in the middle of it. In the face of everyone treating her not as an artist, but as a public mess, she had enough power and strength to make a record that was so incredible for its time. “Why Should I Be Sad” at the end of the album, by Pharrell and The Neptunes, is still one of the most meaningful songs ever. It’s really bittersweet — more so than any other song she made before that. With big pop acts, especially because there are so many hands on the project, it’s hard to tell how much is orchestrated to sell a product, as opposed to artistic expression that happens to fall in line with the person’s personal life. But that song in particular is such a beautiful way to end the album — she’s turning her back on what everyone’s expectations are of her. She’s going through all this shit, but could get through it, live her life, and go off. I still listen to that song; it’s just so powerful. Julia Michaels, pop's new mastermind Blackout was so influential. Not only production-wise, but for me as a lyricist “Gimme More” was super-influential. The talk-style verses which tell a very real story definitely shaped the way that I write and probably shaped the way a lot of people write. Britney is always ahead of the curve. Sonically, stylistically, always. Every album she’s ever done has always been like that. She’s a fuckin’ icon. I don’t think people realize how involved she is in the studio. Pop instincts are so ingrained in her brain that you play a guitar and she will sing the most incredible melody. She’ll have a concept ready, she’ll have lyrics ready. I don’t think people give her enough credit. They’ve seen her as “Britney Spears” and an incredible performer, dancer. I don’t think they know that she can write. While we were working on Glory, literally everything she was saying sounded like the radio. We were like, “Yup. We’re using that. Yup. That’s done.” It was incredible. ASMA, exploratory producer Sometimes when people think of pop music, they think of everything being perfect, on cue, hitting the right notes. On Blackout, Britney was disrupting that. The lyrics and production felt dirtier — the quality wasn’t so clean — adding effects like the stutter on “Piece of Me” to emphasize the digital sound in her voice. Some of the decisions made on that album were so visionary for pop music. It’s not like nobody did that before, but Britney doing it was like, Oh shit. She can really blend darkness and cheesiness, or experimental and pop, in a way that’s so seamless that you’re in awe. As DJs, we blend worlds in different music constantly; there are so many other micro-worlds in between genres. I’m not a DJ who plays one genre — I play a bunch and see where the worlds collide and make sense together. That’s super inspired by what she’s done. HAIM, proud members of the Britney army DANIELLE: I think it’s no secret that we love Britney Spears. We did a whole radio show dedicated to her and we played “Break the Ice,” which might be my favorite Britney song. It feels like Britney really did what she wanted with this record, which is so refreshing for that time coming off a bunch of records where she was prim and proper. This record came out and it felt like she was being herself and not letting anyone tell her what to do. ALANA: Making the rules and breaking the rules. ESTE: When “Gimme More” came out, I remember standing in my room — I had just started at UCLA — doing my own choreo to the song in the mirror, just for me. With “Piece of Me,” it reminded me of Michael Jackson’s “Leave Me Alone.” She was throwing everything that people said about her back into people’s faces, and I loved that about her. DANIELLE: Every line on “Piece of Me,” it’s like — she went there. She’s so confident and irreverent. Honestly, I think she can really do no wrong. I love the fact that she’s so strong in her convictions and does whatever she wants. ALANA: Tom Coyne mastered the record and it’s bombastic. Every song was so good. I love the fact that “Radar” is on this record and on Circus because it wasn’t a single on Blackout but she was like, “Fuck it I’m going to make it a single on the next one.” She just doesn’t give a fuck, it’s so cool. It’s the coolest shit.
  34. 7 points
    There's always that 1 fan that thinks she's gonna retire after every era. She has proven time and time again that she is a legend and here to stay. Her peak is past, true, but she has solidified her legion of adoring fans who will continue to enjoy her art. I can't wait for what's next from miss Britney Spears!
  35. 7 points
    She gave me my present late cuz she got sick but look! Now I have something to wear when I go to Vegas to see Britney next week!
  36. 7 points
    Honestly, this is the Britney I want to see right now tbh. She could do this for 70% of the show with just a few really great dance numbers and I'd be more than happy. She actually has better stage presence here and shines when she's just feeling out the song rather than trying to be a "character".
  37. 7 points
    I was there tonight, my 1st time seeing her...Holy shit it was amazing. This cover was an amazing surprise too.
  38. 7 points
    So Britney's legendary "Piece Of Me" video is at 96 million views, so 4 million away from 100 million. You know what to do Britney army... You better watch bitch!
  39. 7 points
    I kindly ask for you to not be an asshole and educate yourself. After what happened to Ariana, Britney has all the right to freak the fuck out if she wants to. Their bodyguards can do whatever they feel like doing in order to protect her. The booeing was not towards her nor her bodyguards, it was to the fucking psycopath that jumped on stage. The whole crowd started shouting "ASSHOLE! ASSHOLE!" and cheered when he was taken away. "fuck her bodyg" seriously? Fuck them for doing their job right? Fuck them for protecting her? Fuck you
  40. 7 points
    I know you're trying to be polite I know you want to treat me right But don't be so polite (x2) Yes, it's Spanish
  41. 7 points
    I think we all can agree that she looks the best with crop tops. I hate how lately every time she wears a bikini or a top or something on stage she also uses those ugly and unflattering belts. Your tummy is flawless queen, you need to expose it
  42. 7 points
    The leotards are so ugly and unflattering. Her body is meant for crop tops and pants/shorts.
  43. 7 points
    Me if this turns out to be true
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  45. 7 points
    I'm so fed up of ya'll making shit up and then blaming Britney for these fake ass rumours. Grow up already! She's just launched Glory, although a dead era by now, but it hasn't been that long. Stop being delusional. Sorry not sorry if i'm rude, but i'm realistic and i don't want ya'll to be hurt when the truth hits ya on the face. That's it.
  46. 7 points
    I'm sure @HeadstrongWolf is going to agree with me. I randomly remembered that she performed DLMBTLTK on the Femme Fatale tour so of course I had to re-watch it for the first time in years and wow, this performance is just perfect! The live vocals over the pre-recorded track, the fact that she performed it for the first time in 10 years, Adrien Galo's hotness, her swinging way before Sia... Everything is just perfect. She really blessed us that time
  47. 7 points
    That's not her and there's no Just Luv Me video in the works. Nice try
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  49. 7 points
    The fact that you scammed a sugar daddy is goals af lmao
  50. 7 points