...Baby One More Time is the debut studio album by American pop singer Britney Spears. The album was released on January 12, 1999 by Jive Records and became a worldwide commercial success, reaching the top five in 19 countries, and number one in 15, including the U.S Billboard 200. The album and its singles helped propel Spears into mainstream popularity.
With the release of the lead single "...Baby One More Time", Spears became a pop phenomenon; the single peaked at number one in the Billboard Hot 100, a feat Spears would not repeat for another ten years, in October 2008, when her single "Womanizer" peaked at number one on the chart. Every single released in the United Kingdom charted within the top-five position in the UK Singles Chart and the top-three position in the Eurochart Hot 100.
The album's lyrics, and its music videos maintained the typical virgin image of the late 1990s teen pop revival for Spears. The album is certified 14× Platinum by the RIAA. ...Baby One More Time has sold 26 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the most successful albums of all time and is Spears' most successful and best selling album to date.
In June of 1997, Spears was in talks with manager Lou Pearlman to join female pop group Innosense. Her mother Lynne asked family friend and entertainment lawyer Larry Rudolph for his opinion and submitted a tape of Spears singing over a Whitney Houston karaoke song along with some pictures. Rudolph decided to pitch her to record labels which required a professional demo. He sent her an unused song from Toni Braxton and Britney rehearsed for a week & recorded in a studio with a sound engineer. Britney traveled to New York with the demo & met executives from four record labels and returned to Kentwood, Louisiana the same day. Three labels rejected her, arguing that audiences wanted pop bands such as the Backstreet Boys and the Spice Girls and that "there wasn't going to be another Madonna, another Debbie Gibson or another Tiffany."
Two weeks later, Jive Records executives returned calls to Rudolph and they appointed Spears to work with producer Eric Foster White for a month and he reportedly shaped her voice from "lower and less poppy" delivery to "distinctively, unmistakably Britney."
Spears recorded ten songs with White that included "Autumn Goodbye", "E-Mail My Heart", "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart", "I'm So Curious", "I Will Still Love You", "Soda Pop" and "Thinkin' About You".
She also recorded a cover of Sonny & Cher's 1967 single "The Beat Goes On." White was responsible for the vocal recording and song production while additional production was done by English electronic music group All Seeing I.
After hearing the material Britney recorded, president Clive Calder ordered a full album. Britney flew to Cheiron Studios in Stockholm, Sweden where half of the album was recorded from March to April of 1998 with producers Max Martin, Denniz Pop and Rami Yacoub, among others.
Martin showed Britney and her management a track titled "Hit Me Baby One More Time" which was originally written for American R&B group TLC; however, they rejected it.
However, other executives were concerned that the line "Hit Me" would condone domestic violence and later revised it to "...Baby One More Time".
Britney revealed that she "didn't do well at all the first day in the studio [recording the song], I was just too nervous, so I went out that night and had some fun. The next day I was completely relaxed and nailed it. You gotta be relaxed singing '... Baby One More Time'."
By June of 1998, the album was completed and Spears embarked on a promotional tour sponsored by L'Oreal. ...Baby One More Time was released as her debut album on January 12, 1999.
Track listing Edit
U.S. Standard CD:
|1.||"...Baby One More Time"||Max Martin||Martin, Rami Yacoub||3:30|
|2.||"(You Drive Me) Crazy"||Jörgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger, Martin||Magnusson, Kreuger, Martin||3:17|
|3.||"Sometimes"||Elofsson||Magnusson, Kreuger, Elofsson||4:05|
|4.||"Soda Pop"||Mikey Bassie, Eric Foster White||White||3:20|
|5.||"Born to Make You Happy"||Kristian Lundin, Andreas Carlsson||Lundin||4:03|
|6.||"From the Bottom of My Broken Heart"||White||White||5:11|
|7.||"I Will Be There"||Martin, Carlssson||Martin, Yacoub||3:53|
|8.||"I Will Still Love You" (ft. Don Philip)||White||White||4:02|
|9.||"Thinkin' About You"||Mikey Bassie, White||White||3:35|
|10.||"E-Mail My Heart"||White||White||3:41|
|11.||"The Beat Goes On"||Sonny Bono, White||White, The All Seeing I||3:43|
The very first pressings of the album feature a hidden spoken message by Spears after "The Beat Goes On". In it, Spears thanks fans and promotes the then-upcoming Boys Backstreet Boys album, Millennium, with snippets of songs featured on the album.
|9.||"Deep In My Heart"||Magnusson, Kreuger, Carlsson||Magnusson, Kreuger||3:34|
|10.||"Thinkin' About You"||Mikey Bassie, White||White||3:35|
|11.||"E-Mail My Heart"||White||White||3:41|
|12.||"The Beat Goes On'||Bono, White||White, The All Seeing I||3:43|
Asian edition (bonus tracks):
|13.||"I'll Never Stop Loving You"||Jason Blume, Steve Diamond||Magnusson, Kreuger||3:41|
|14.||"...Baby One More Time" (Davidson Ospina Radio Mix)||Martin||Martin, Yacoub, Davidson Ospina||3:24|
Australian and Japanese edition (bonus tracks):
|13.||"I'll Never Stop Loving You'||Blume, Diamond||Magnusson, Kreuger||3:41|
|15.||"...Baby One More Time" (Davidson Ospina Radio Mix)||Martin||Martin, Rami, Ospina||3:24|
|16.||"...Baby One More Time" (Boy Wunder Radio Mix)||Martin||Martin, Rami, Boy Wunder||3:27|
South Korean limited edition (bonus CD single):
|1.||"(You Drive Me) Crazy" (The Stop Remix!)||Elofsson, Magnusson, Kreuger, Martin||Martin, Rami||3:16|
|2.||"(You Drive Me) Crazy" (Spacedust Club Mix)||Elofsson, Magnusson, Kreuger, Martin||Martin, Rami, Spacedust||7:20|
|3.||"Sometimes" (Soul Solution – Mid Tempo Mix)||Elofsson||Magnusson, Kreuger, Martin, Soul Solution||5:40|
|4.||"...Baby One More Time" (Davidson Ospina Club Mix)||Martin||Martin, Rami, Ospina||3:24|
|5.||"I'll Never Stop Loving You"||Blume, Diamond||Magnusson, Kreuger||3:41|
|6.||"I'm So Curious"||Britney Spears, White||White||3:35|
Singaporean limited edition (bonus CD single):
|1.||"Born to Make You Happy" (Radio Edit)||Lundin, Carlsson||Lundin||3:35|
|2.||"Born to Make You Happy" (Bonus Remix)||Lundin, Carlsson||Lundin||3:40|
|3.||"(You Drive Me) Crazy" (Jazzy Jim's Hip-Hop Mix)||Elofsson, Magnusson, Kreuger, Martin||Martin, Rami, Jazzy Jim, Ricky Brown||3:40|
|4.||"...Baby One More Time" (Answering Machine Message)||0:21|
Fun facts Edit
- ...Baby One More Time is Spears' longest charting album to date.
- The album is the biggest selling album to be recorded by a teenager (since Spears was 17 at the time of the album's release).
- The word "baby" was said 25 times in "...Baby One More Time".
- If this verse in "...Baby One More Time": "When I'm not with you I lose my mind, give me a sign" is played in reverse, it's possible to hear: "Sleep with me, I'm not too young (you fool)". It's Spears' most famous subliminal message in a song.
- The title track is Spears' only song to be performed on all of her tours (and her residency Britney: Piece Of Me).
- Max Martin was supposed to produce two tracks on the album, but he produced eight.
- Despite its major success, the album was shut out from being nominated at multiple award shows.
- Spears originally wanted the album to sound like "Sheryl Crow music, but younger more adult contemporary".
- The album was originally going to be titled Britney Spears. Spears later released two eponymous albums, Britney (2001) and Britney Jean (2013).
- Spears knew that the title track will be a big hit, calling it "a fucking smash".