Britney is the third studio album by American pop singer Britney Spears. The album was released worldwide on November 6, 2001 by Jive Records, and one day after in the United States. Britney is notable for Spears' increasingly prominent role in the production, and being the transition album away from her bubblegum pop sound and teen pop image from her previous two albums, and leaned increasingly toward more R&B and Hip hop, along with more sexual influences. Although the album's singles were slightly less successful than her album's previews singles, Spears assumed some creative control by co-writing five of the album's tracks. The uneasy transactional music styles for the album Britney garned it at the number one position in the Billboard 200, in which gave the Jive label its eleventh chart-topping album.
The album became 2001's most successful debut by a female or female group artist. The album's success made her the first female artist in music history to have her first three studio albums to debut at the number one spot. This record however would later be broken by Spears herself with her 4th studio album In The Zone which charted in the same position. To date, the album has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
When recording her follow-up record, Britney wanted an "older generation to pick up on it," adding that she "had to change it up and pray people think that's cool."
She stated that she chose to self-title the album because the majority of its content describes who she is.
Britney recorded twenty-three tracks for the release, several of which she co-wrote with the assistance of Brian Kierulf and Josh Schwartz.
She added that personally writing the album and developing its concept made the project "that much more special," elaborating of her intentions to "get better and grow" as a songwriter.
Britney worked with a variety of collaborators including pop colleagues Martin and her then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.
She commented that that she initially felt "awkward" and "nervous" working with Timberlake, saying that she was accustomed to the process being "like work."
She also worked with hip hop producers Rodney Jerkins and The Neptunes, who made the record "nastier and funkier."
Britney additionally recorded songs with Missy Elliott and Timbaland, but their tracks never made the final track listing due to scheduling conflicts.
|1.||"I'm a Slave 4 U"||Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams||The Neptunes||3:23|
|2.||"Overprotected"||Max Martin, Rami Yacoub||Max Martin, Rami||3:18|
|3.||"Lonely"||Britney Spears, Josh Schwartz, Brian Kierulf, Rodney Jerkins||Rodney Jerkins||3:19|
|4.||"I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"||Max Martin, Rami, Dido||Max Martin, Rami||3:51|
|5.||"Boys"||Hugo, Williams||The Neptunes||3:26|
|6.||"Anticipating"||Spears, Schwartz, Kierulf||Brian Kierulf, Josh Schwartz||3:16|
|7.||"I Love Rock 'N' Roll"||Alan Merrill, Jake Hooker||Rodney Jerkins||3:06|
|8.||"Cinderella"||Martin, Rami, Spears||Max Martin, Rami||3:39|
|9.||"Let Me Be"||Spears, Schwartz, Kierulf||Rodney Jerkins||2:51|
|10.||"Bombastic Love"||Martin, Rami||Max Martin, Rami||3:05|
|11.||"That's Where You Take Me"||Spears, Schwartz, Kierulf||Brian Kierulf, Josh Schwartz||3:32|
|12.||"What It's Like to Be Me"||Justin Timberlake, Wade Robson||Wade J. Robson, Justin Timberlake||2:50|
"I'm A Slave 4 U", the album's lead single, was not very succsessfull in the United States (In fact, it was Britney's first lead single not to crack the U.S. top 10), but it was a big hit in Europe and Britney's first dance club hit. The performance of the song at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, caused controvercy, since Britney was dancing with a pythton on her shoulders.
"Overprotected", the album's second single, had similar succsess as "I'm A Slave 4 U", but it had mixed reviews. Two versions of the song exist, the original version and "The Darkchild Remix". It talks about Britney being sick of not being herself, and critics noticed the song as way for her to "break free".
"I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman", the album's third single, recived positive reviews, but it won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song. It didn't chart very well in the U.S., but it was a succsses internationaly.
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll", the album's fourth single, is actually a cover of The Arrows song of the same name. The song charted moderately on the charts.
"Anticipating", the album's fifth single, charted weakly on the charts and wasn't heavily promoted."Boys", the album's sixth and final single, was released as the second single from the soundtrack of the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember. It has failed to chart high, but it was very well recived. The Co-Ed Remix featuring Pharrell Williams was released as a single.