Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/alex-ja ... 64906.htmlThis week marks the tenth anniversary of the release of Britney Spears' fifth studio album, 'Blackout'. An album that, at the time, seemed a near impossibility. Following a year of divorce, rehab and that hair-shaving incident, unexpectedly, what would emerge was a set of work that helped shape the sound of the pop landscape for years to come.
In a year where Spears' meltdown played out in front of baying paparazzi, it all made for uncomfortable viewing, and an uneasy fear that it all wasn't going to end well. A seemingly unending appetite for her antics allowed the internet to turn her into some kind of clown, turning her personal troubles into a soap opera. It's no coincidence that 2007 was also the year that 'Keeping Up With The Kardashians' debuted.
The messy canvas of Spears' personal life didn't lend itself to the traditional blueprint of anticipation and fan excitement that precedes an album release. By putting 'Blackout' on global music release schedules Spears' label found a way to channel the confused energy that radiated from the superstar into an album that nobody saw coming.
If the cynics were prepping to give this new album a critical drumming, they were beyond disappointed. The production work of Danja and Bloodshy & Avant ensured an assault of bold sounds and dance influences that helped Britney's vocals rise to the occasion. On 'Blackout', if it wasn't already clear from her tabloid antics, Spears had fully moved on from her bubblegum past and was taking her loyal fan base with her, poking an ironic stick at her less than ideal life on 'Piece Of Me.'
This was never going to be an album that Spears would flog around the world on a promo trip. She was never going to announce a tour, and it all came close to going down the toilet when she performed first single, 'Gimme More', at the MTV VMAs just weeks before the album's release. The one-time princess of the MTV stage turned in a car crash of a show that should still come with a warning for any repeat viewing.
Blackout marked a notable shift from the familiar pop sounds that had dominated the first half of the decade, allowing a new era of electropop and dubstep to dawn on radio. The immediate influences were apparent with the arrival of Lady GaGa's 'Just Dance' one year later and were still impacting with Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' in 2012. It's a sound that Spears herself has also revisted with her singles 'Hold it Against Me' and 'Work Bitch.'
Ten years later, as Spears continues to enjoy the routine of her Vegas residency, the pitfalls of 2007 seem a distant memory. The odd reminder comes courtesy of the popular meme: 'If Britney survived 2007, then you can make it through today.' For a reminder of how 'Blackout' still holds up, then give the tracks 'Get Naked' and 'Hot As Ice' an outing and admire how far she'd come, so soon after picking up those hair trimmers.
I'm really glad these articles are acknowledging the impact "Blackout" had on pop music. Britney fans have been saying this for years but people are quick to try to discredit her.MrLeonix wrote:The articles just keep going. I'm really glad to see all of this appreciation, I honestly feel "Blackout" deserves all of this.
Huffingtonspot UK: Britney Spears Blackout: 10 Years On
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Blackout marked a notable shift from the familiar pop sounds that had dominated the first half of the decade, allowing a new era of electropop and dubstep to dawn on radio. The immediate influences were apparent with the arrival of Lady GaGa's 'Just Dance' one year later and were still impacting with Taylor Swift's 'I Knew You Were Trouble' in 2012.
This was a really nice read. One of the best articles I've seen thus far. And I love how they skipped "Britney Jean" and went straight from "Femme Fatale" to "Glory", as it should be.MrLeonix wrote:DAZED: Britney’s Blackout ten years on – a mutant pop classic
How the superstar overcame very public controversies and proved her critics wrong with one of the most inventive pop records in recent history
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---Really, it wasn’t until 2011’s Femme Fatale – which nestled commercially pulsing EDM of “Till The World Ends” with outlandish panpipes of “Criminal” and the skittish “How I Roll” – and later 2016’s Glory – with its mesh of trop-pop with the weirdly frenetic hyper-pop on songs like “If I’m Dancing” and the ominous and melancholic electro on French language “Coupure Électrique” (which, as it happens, translates to “power cut” or “blackout”) – that carried on Britney’s penchant for colouring out of pop’s presumptuous box.
... UK Charts Company, The Fader, and NRJ France have also posted about it.Instinct wrote:Billboard, Dazed, Noisey, HuffingtonPost, Attitude, E! News, Bustle, Idolator, MTV, Spotify and Out have posted about it so far. Hopefully Rolling Stone will follow on the 30th, since they've been praising the album from day 1.
Source: http://www.rollingstone.com//music/news ... ce-w510038"Nobody has ever been able to explain how Blackout happened – how a star in mid-meltdown managed to document it all so vividly,"
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. It's where America's sweetheart changed her name to Mrs. Oh My God That Britney's Shameless and got real, real dark on us. On Tuesday, October 30th, 2007, when the world was trying to write her off as a joke – not for the first time, not for the last – Brit dropped music way too weird for the radio, all alien and distorted, warping her Southern drawl into a surly electro-punk sneer. Within a couple of years, everybody was trying to sound like this. It's Britney, bitch.
She was a pop princess. Now she's in and out of hospitals, rehab, and court. How Britney lost it all
Blackout is an avant-disco concept album about getting famous, not giving a ****, getting divorced, not giving a ****, getting publicly mocked and despised and humiliated. It's an album about dancing on tables in a cloud of glitter and Cheeto dust. But mostly it's an album about not giving a ****, which is why it sounds perfect for grim times like these. Especially since America in 2017 is less sane or stable than Britney was in 2007. If our girl could emerge from the wreckage with an album like Blackout, there's hope for us all.
Every now and then, a pop queen delivers a masterpiece that stops in the world in its tracks and commands respect. Blackout was not one of these masterpieces. It got widely dismissed as a career-ending flop, in the wake of her disastrous performance of "Gimme More" on the MTV Video Music Awards, stumbling through her dance moves, giving up halfway through. People decided Blackout was a pitiful crash-and-burn from a has-been skin job.
Yeah, well, people were pretty stupid in 2007. If you require proof, just Google "Audrina and Justin Bobby." ("Homeboy wore combat boots to the beach" was the "homeboy is gonna like get it" of its time.) Blackout is where Britney vents all her raging party-girl hostility, from the way she snarls "I'm Miss American dream since I was 17" in "Piece of Me" to the way she spits "stupid freaking things" in "Why Should I Be Sad." No wonder the radio got scared away–this is her version of Lou Reed's nihilistic noise opus Metal Machine Music. We'll never know if Lou listened to it, but surely he would have admired a statement like "Get Naked (I Got A Plan)."
Nobody has ever been able to explain how Blackout happened – how a star in mid-meltdown managed to document it all so vividly. It's not like anybody sat down and decided to make a great album, least of all the artist herself – out of twelve tracks, the only two she had a hand in writing were "Freakshow" and "Ooh Baby Baby." There was no production mastermind pulling strings behind the scenes. Blackout had an all-star team of circa-2007 hitmakers: Danja, Jim Beanz, T-Pain, Bloodshy & Avant, Freescha, Fredwreck, Henri Jonback, the Neptunes, the Clutch. Yet they all outdid themselves. Sonically, the abrasive robo-screech was years ahead of its time. It's almost as if the producers and writers were using Blackout as a beta test, trying out their craziest ideas on the assumption that the album would bomb and nobody would listen.
At first, it looked like they were right. In the parlance of 2007, Britney was "not in a good place." She was all over the tabloids for head-shaving and windshield-smashing. A kid in Tennessee became a YouTube star for sobbing, "Leave Britney alone!" Her marriage to Kevin Federline barely outlasted her first (which clocked in at 55 hours), leaving Brit with two babies and a warehouse full of unsold Britney and Kevin: Chaotic DVDs.
Her high-profile VMAs gig in September was eagerly awaited as her comeback – until about two seconds after she stepped onstage. She could barely move. Live-blogging for Rolling Stone that night, I'd saved up all my superlatives for the queen's conquering moment. Instead, I spent four minutes trading "how is this happening" texts with my editor. As I typed sadly at 9:06 p.m., "Oh, Britney. That was not a not-terrible idea." Just a few weeks later, Jay-Z dropped the single "Roc Boys," boasting that his drugs "got less steps than Britney / That means it ain't stepped on, dig me?" Never one to hold a grudge, Brit posted a Jay-Z song on Instagram last month: "When this song came out, I lost my mind like a little kid!!! I fangirled and cried!!" And of course, Jay went to see her Vegas show in 2015, because that's what you do when Beyonce runs the world.
By the time Blackout came out in October, everybody figured Brit was over. "Gimme More" reached Number Three on career momentum, but it stopped the other singles cold; "Piece of Me" stalled at Number Eighteen while "Break The Ice" missed the Top Forty. If you were in NYC for Halloween 2007, you probably remember the streets were crawling with Britneys serving the "Gimme More" lewk; half the ladies on the L train that night kept screaming "It's Britney, bitch!" (The other half were Amy Winehouse. That was quite a Halloween.)
But it's ironic that of all the turmoil Britney went through in 2007, the one thing people remember today, the thing that turned out to be lasting, is the music. As the lady once sang, she's got nine lives like a kitty cat. The trilogy of Blackout, Circus and Femme Fatale is the summit of Britdom; in so many ways, it's comparable to Bowie's Berlin trilogy, with its electric-blue Euro-haze ambience, as well as the angst of a damaged fame junkie who's always crashing in the same car. Pop artists keep building whole careers on the Blackout sound – just to pick the most stellar example, Selena Gomez's "Bad Liar" is the best Britney song of 2017, just as "Hands To Myself" and "Slow Down" were the best of 2015 and 2013 respectively.
"Piece of Me" is the peak of the album – and maybe Britney's career – produced by the Swedish duo Bloodshy & Avant, who also did "Radar," "Toy Soldier" and "Freakshow," not to mention the 2003 classic "Toxic." Miss American Dream Since She Was 17 lists all the ways the TRL dream turned into her nightmare, so she punishes America by making us live it out with her. "You wanna piece of me?" sounds like she's either pimping herself out or taunting you into a bar brawl. Either way, it'll cost you. No wonder Taylor Swift quotes this song ("another day, another drama") in "Look What You Made Me Do." "Piece of Me" remains the template for every pop girl who decides it's time to wreak her evil vengeance on a world that made the fatal mistake of pissing her off. Are you sure you want a piece of Britney? After ten years, Blackout still makes that sound like a thrillingly dangerous question.
I think its because it pretty much sums up what "Blackout" is about. IMO POM is the song that represents the best everything that Britney was living and breathing in 2007 and it has the "don't give a f*ck" and confident attitude that defines the overall "Blackout" album. Its basically the statement on the album.menime123 wrote:I’ve never understood why POM was considered the album highlight to be honest. It’s good, but not amazing.
I love how dark this album was. The music, the look, the production. I love everything about it.BlueScorpion wrote:‘Blackout’ Photographer Ellen von Unwerth Shares New Godney Outtake
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.
Love these bits.Pop artists keep building whole careers on the Blackout sound – just to pick the most stellar example, Selena Gomez's "Bad Liar" is the best Britney song of 2017, just as "Hands To Myself" and "Slow Down" were the best of 2015 and 2013 respectively.
You can practically directly juxtapose one of her two most famous interviews ever, the Matt Lauer Dateline interview from 2006, and Piece of Me, released by Britney a year later.menime123 wrote:I’ve never understood why POM was considered the album highlight to be honest. It’s good, but not amazing.
Break the Ice, Toxic and And Then We Kiss say helloBehindBreakaway wrote:Toy soldier is legit the best song she's every recorded
Nahhhh toy soldier is far superior haha. The fact is was never a single breaks my cold dead heart!MusicRecords wrote:Break the Ice, Toxic and And Then We Kiss say helloBehindBreakaway wrote:Toy soldier is legit the best song she's every recorded
Its interesting to see so many fans praising "Toy soldier", it's always been a fan favorite, and always considered a highlight from "Blackout" ...... On the other hand "Toy soldier" is not among my Top 5 tracks from "Blackout".BehindBreakaway wrote:Nahhhh toy soldier is far superior haha. The fact is was never a single breaks my cold dead heart!MusicRecords wrote:Break the Ice, Toxic and And Then We Kiss say helloBehindBreakaway wrote:Toy soldier is legit the best song she's every recorded
I think its an even bigger crime the fact that the flawless "Ooh ooh baby" is the only song without a voteRayRay wrote:Can't believe I'm the only one who voted for Everybody.
I don't think Britney will ever release an album during Q4 again. So I say Q2 or Q3. A Tour will likely happen in 2019, then she may take a 2 years break and return to Vegas around 2021 for a new different show.menime123 wrote:So how long til the next album? Q4 release next year? World tour 2019?
I can actually see this. I think she's done with kids tbh so no worry there. I hope the next era is more...eventful! I love Glory (the album) but I didn't appreciate that Britney was at the forefront of the scene. Or maybe I need to accept that she is going into the Auntie phase (when a big star stops having super duper mainstream success as starts going into their legendary older star career of touring, special appearances and rare moments + and album here are there) years of her life.MrLeonix wrote:I don't think Britney will ever release an album during Q4 again. So I say Q2 or Q3. A Tour will likely happen in 2019, then she may take a 2 years break and return to Vegas around 2021 for a new different show.menime123 wrote:So how long til the next album? Q4 release next year? World tour 2019?
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