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The Queen and the King of the superlatives; Britney Jean has arrived

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Last week saw the UK release (December 2nd, 2013) of Britney Spears’ eighth studio album, ‘Britney Jean’.

It wouldn’t be a hugely intuitive leap to say that Britney has probably reached that level of celebrity whereby she doesn’t have to outsell her peers, or impress every critic, or even every fan. I think it is clear for all to see that she is content in her personal life; more visibly so, some might say, post-Trawick break up…hmm, well we’ve all heard ‘Perfume’ haven’t we?! (or I have, and I like to read into things, so…) I think this record echoes that sense of security in herself – she made it clear from the start which writers and producers (Sia, William Orbit) she wanted to work with, she chose an Executive Producer (Will.i.am) that she considers a friend and she produced a collection of tracks that she was proud of.

Britney likened the writing process for this record to therapy – a sentiment shared by Katy Perry in her latest offering, ‘Prism’. Wouldn’t it be amazing if everyone had the opportunity to write and record an album after a break up…i’m guessing the death metal genre would have a serious influx of talent if this were the case! Less zen, more venom.

 

The standard edition of the album features ten tracks, with the deluxe version offering fourteen including the rather brilliant, ‘Now That I Found You’. Will.i.am, David Guetta and Danny O’Donoghue (The Script) share writing credits on this one and it is electro-dance Britney at her finest. Guetta’s influence is clear; the track immediately reminded me of ‘Without You’ (ft. Usher), which is another of his collaborations that I love. My favourite tracks from the album so far include ‘Alien’, ‘Perfume’, ‘It Should Be Easy’ and ‘Tik Tik Boom’. I love Will.i.am, the king of the superlatives; particularly his lyrics with the line, “If there was a scale from 1 to 10, then my love for you is a million, billion…” (‘It Should Be Easy’). A million, billion…I do appreciate the over-dramatics.

 

In celebration of Britney’s return to the charts, the Official Charts Company ( @OfficialCharts ) and Amazepop webzine (@AMAZEPOP ) have been counting down her top 10 biggest selling singles in the UK and her top 50 tracks, as voted for by the fans. Topping the official best selling singles chart in the UK was ‘…Baby One More Time’. Britney’s iconic debut track was released in 1999 and went on to sell 1.5 million copies. It was also the first of seven consecutive top 10 hits for the Britster. Fun fact: the track is still a download favourite, with 11,000 people doing so in 2012. To date, the music video has been viewed over 88 million times on You Tube.

 

Regularly-cited critic and fan favourite, ‘Toxic’, was voted the winner of Britney’s top 50 tracks by readers of Amazepop webzine (www.amazepop.co.uk). The 2004 track topped charts across Europe and Britney herself has named the Bloodshy & Avant written and produced hit as her personal favourite of her career to date.

 

Readers were asked to pick up to 10 of their favourite Britney tracks, from a list of 123 of her singles, album tracks and B-sides. My personal favourite is ‘Everytime’ and I’d be surprised if anything to come ever topped this for me. I also voted for ‘…Baby One More Time’, ‘I’m A Slave 4 U’, ‘Boys’, ‘Stronger’, ‘Sometimes’, ‘Work Bitch’, ‘Piece of Me’ and ‘I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman’. It was a tough elimination process though, much soul-searching and re-evaluating of values ensued before the final decision was made.

I do enjoy a good poll.

shelleyhanveywriter 🙂

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Written by shelleyhanveywriter

December 9, 2013 at 1:00 pm

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