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  • "Mannequin" sounds nothing like "Blackout" though.

    "Blackout" was much more electro and stylish than anything on "Circus", "Mannequin" included.
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    • Do you guys know where I can buy the Japan edition of this?

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      • Originally posted by LotsOfLove View Post
        Do you guys know where I can buy the Japan edition of this?
        http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/product/BVC...7165d7a35e5e31
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        • They don't have it in stock anymore :(

          Thanks tho!

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          • The Guardian placed the album at #39 on the list of the 100 best albums of the 21st century.

            39 Britney Spears
            Blackout (2007)
            Made amid her most troubled phase, Blackout defied the odds to become a diamond pressed from trash. The production is all sleazy, buzzing electro, and Britney’s melodies have the twisted naivety of nursery rhymes. The two big singles are genius: Piece of Me bats back tabloid gossip with a sonic golf club, and Gimme More is her best-ever song, an erotic psychodrama where the purring come-ons of the title also sound like a woman drowning under her ambition.
            https://www.theguardian.com/music/20...e-21st-century
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            • I forgot how cool Get Back was, so hot! The song I mean of course. No shade.
              "Lift up your head
              Lift up your heart..."

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              • How Britney Spears’ ‘Blackout’ Has Become The Blueprint For Boundary-Pushing Pop Music


                In 2007, when Britney Spears dropped Blackout the internet lit up. Long before there was a critical appreciation for pop music, forum users were picking apart the music from a critical lens. Blackout felt like the peak of the forum pop critic. It was a menacing, sexy and celebrity-driven pop record that was infused with gritty electronics. While the critics largely dismissed it, the forums celebrated it.

                Blackout wasn’t the kind of pop record that changed the sound for the following year. Pop/rock and hip-hop dominated the airwaves but Lady Gaga’s The Fame, in particular, felt like a graduate of the Blackout school of pop. It was an electronic pop record that toyed with the price of fame as an outsider. The only difference is Spears was an insider.

                Gaga’s influence has been felt more over the last decade than Spears’ but it seems that Blackout-era pop is having a resurgence in pop’s thriving underground. As ’90s-nostalgia wears off, a new wave of artists who had their formative years in the ’00s are popping up. Like the forum critics, they’re of a class that have looked to pop for its mastery rather than for cheap thrills and they’re making music that’s both inventive and nostalgic.

                It’s difficult to talk about the current underground of pop without mentioning Charli XCX who is at the forefront right now. She’s gathered a collective around her of experimental, pop students who are sitting just a little too far left of the mainstream for radio play right now.

                XCX is a fan of Blackout more than any other Spears record. “The songs felt very ahead of their time,” she told The Fader when the record turned 10. It’s easy to hear the influence in club-centric songs like Click or Silver Cross which, funnily enough, also feel ahead of their time. In turn, you could easily hear XCX making Spears’ Freakshow her own with little alteration.

                While Spears, however, was playing to the radio while also dealing with increasing public scrutiny, this new wave of pop artists are operating without the same pressure. They’re largely new to the scene and are unlikely to find hoards of paparazzi following them to the grocery store. It’s giving them the freedom to play with the ’00s pop aesthetic that Spears, Christina Aguilera, Paris Hilton and more perfected.

                Aesthetically, artists from Kim Petras to Slayyyter, are looking to the ’00s, presenting as a rebirth of the shiny, girl next door popstar while also destroying the model. They’re wildly outspoken, explicit and unhinged while serving deliciously melodic pop songs. You can imagine hearing Petras’ Do Me on the radio if it weren’t so sexually vivid or Slayyyter’s Touch My Body if the bass didn’t smack so hard.

                Both Slayyyter and Petras are fans of Spears. Earlier this year Slayyyter covered Everytime proving just how vocally similar the pair were. She also told Paper that she loves the description of her music as “bottom-rate, Walmart clearance section Britney Spears,” because she’s mentioned in the same sentence as her idol. Petras, meanwhile, used Spears as a tool to learn English while growing up in Germany.

                “Have you ever seen this pretty pop queen on a bassy scrunching track,” Blackout producer Danja said to The Fader in reference to Spears. It’s a question that you could easily answer now by namedropping XCX, Petras or Slayyyter.

                Beyond Spears’ sound, the underground popstars of today also find nostalgia in the celebrity of the time. The visual aesthetic of the ’00s party girl, including Spears, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, is pastiched and perfected by these artists. It was initially brought back to life by the PC Music crew, in particular Hannah Diamond whose visuals appropriated shiny flip phones and mini skirts but it’s carried on.

                It’s born of nostalgia for an era they grew up with but with fantasised notions of celebrity. Nowadays we’re fed a version of a popstar through social media, often publishing before the tabloids get in. Back then, the tabloids set the script – something that essentially drove Spears to despair.

                Interestingly, Blackout was a record that addressed the fame while also playing into the version of her that the press had painted. Spears had only two co-writes on the record, allowing her world to be described by other writers. Piece Of Me is an example of both shunning the celebrity and embracing it. Gaga’s The Fame then visualised that level of fame by writing from the perspective of someone famous without having really experienced herself. She has now, of course, seen it all.

                That similar vision has found its way into underground pop in a braggadocios, playful way. Petras actually got Hilton in the video for I Don’t Want It At All – a song that revolves around materialism. Slayyyter’s debut features a song called Celebrity where she fantasises about wealth and publicity. Similarly, Liz’s latest cut Lottery declares, “I’m a rockstar” in the first line.

                In terms of lyrical content, they can be filed next Lindsay Lohan’s Rumours or Fergie’s Glamorous. The only difference is, those popstars were living it. The new wave are simply acting it out. Just like our parents’ generation glorified ’70s rock ‘n’ rollers, we’re finding a place in our hearts for ’00s celebrity. Blackout‘s writers nailed this version of celebrity before it was even widely being picked apart.

                At the time, NME called Spears “a robot” while Pitchfork didn’t review the album at all. 12 years after its release, however, it’s being looked upon more favourably. And for good reason. It’s still ahead of its time and relevant in an era where XCX, Petras and Slayyyter are all finding critical favour with their pop music. It seems we should’ve listened to the forum pop critic back then because Blackout is ageing better than most of its peers.
                https://theinterns.net/2019/10/02/ho...tal-pop-music/
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                • Every year this album collects new praise articles all over the web, I love that the praise continues and that the album left a good mark in the pop music landscape.... Two recent articles this month and it's not even the album's anniversary yet.
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                  • So underrated!

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                    • even though I don't agree 100% with the article, the album deserves the praise

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                      • Yes. This is her Magnus Opus IMO. By far her best work to me personally.

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                          • I though it was gonna be yellow with orange swirl? That's the pic I saw the other day. Gotta get this!
                            I have received many gifts from God,
                            but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess
                            .

                            Don McLean on Madonna's version of American Pie

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                            • Originally posted by beredy View Post
                              I though it was gonna be yellow with orange swirl? That's the pic I saw the other day. Gotta get this!
                              That was fanmade
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                              • Just ordered my copy

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                                • Originally posted by JeremySpears View Post
                                  That was fanmade
                                  Looked good though, it matched the cover.
                                  I have received many gifts from God,
                                  but this is the first time I have ever received a gift from a goddess
                                  .

                                  Don McLean on Madonna's version of American Pie

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                                  • Get Naked, Freakshow and Toy Soldier are my favorites from this.

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                                    • The legendary, groundbreaking Bible of Pop "Blackout" turns 12 today.



                                      I won’t say much. I‘ll just quote these:

                                      "With complete creative control ‘Blackout’ showed us that Britney is more than just a pop singer, she has an ear for trends and it always one step ahead of her peers and instead of following trends she sets them.” - ColourOffensive (2013)

                                      “When she dropped Blackout in 2007, the music industry scoffed, but then proceeded to spend the next few years imitating it to death, to the point where everything on pop radio sounded like Blackout.” - Rolling Stone (2016)

                                      The other thing that makes Blackout so incredible is the music, which was remarkably ahead of its time.” - Cosmopolitan (2016)

                                      “A Blackout turns 10, it stands as a masterpiece of her extraordinarily resilient career, a perfect piece of pop art of its time as well as a trend-setting record that brought EDM elements into the mainstream, where they still permeate today.” - Billboard (2017)

                                      “Happy tenth birthday to Blackout, which is not only the greatest of all Britney Spears albums, but one of the most innovative and influential pop albums of the past decade.” - Rolling Stone (2017)
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                                      • It was already posted in the general artists topic but I‘m gonna post it in here as well:
                                        The Rolling Stone named "Blackout" as one of the biggest influences on Pop this decade.



                                        Britney Spears’ ‘Blackout’
                                        Britney Spears’ fifth album came at the height of one of her darkest period’s: she had become both a tabloid fixture and the subject of public mockery and scrutiny for her partying, whirlwind romance with Kevin Federline and questionable parenting skills. Blackout responded to all of the above and had Spears experimenting with her sound to an extreme she had not attempted before and has not entirely returned to since — but maybe that’s because so much of pop in its wake has attempted the dark techno of Spears’ masterpiece. The album’s impact can be best heard in Ke$ha’s self-aware early party jams, Charli XCX and PC Music’s incisive, sexy future pop, Kim Petras’ spooky bubblegum and Taylor Swift’s tabloid-tackling Reputation singles like “Ready for It?” and “Look What You Made Me Do.” -B.S.
                                        https://www.rollingstone.com/music/m...ackout-927823/
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                                        • The album cover wasn't as bad as people made it out to be.

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                                          • Love this song. Below is my close second favorite with this title

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                                            • MrLeonix wrote this in 2014 and I‘m bringing it back right now because I couldn’t have said it better and I was actually thinking about this today:

                                              [...]...this [Get Naked] could have been a brilliant Britney single, however I don't regret it not being a single either, since this song is part of that mystery and charm that surrounds Blackout is part of that Legacy and cult following of the album, its that surprise you will just find inside the album and not on the singles that you heard."
                                              The three singles present the album so well and were perfect choices but at the same time nothing could really prepare you for what you’re about to hear here. What a masterpiece.

                                              I will never stop analyzing this album lol
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                                              • Originally posted by GetBack View Post
                                                The album cover wasn't as bad as people made it out to be.
                                                It's even worse than "Glory" or "Circus".
                                                Her pre-breakdown covers were absolutely iconic and amazing. I'm shocked how bad the more recent ones are.
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                                                • #JusticeForBlackout is happening on June 8th.

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                                                  • Originally posted by Mainshow View Post

                                                    It's even worse than "Glory" or "Circus".
                                                    Her pre-breakdown covers were absolutely iconic and amazing. I'm shocked how bad the more recent ones are.
                                                    Blackout’s cover is actually cool. Bizarre, chaotic, enigmatic and somehow iconic and distinctive.
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