Pop music is constantly changing. It moves with the times and the generation of listeners, but at its core, it’s fun, it’s captivating, and it makes you feel a range of emotions. One woman has been at the forefront of pop music since the late nineties: Miss Britney Jean Spears. Love her or hate her (though we’re judging you if you do), she’s a household name and one of the industry’s most influential artists. With her millions of albums sold and records broken, one piece of art will always be on top. Blackout by Britney Spears didn’t just keep up (and lead) the evolution; Blackout was the revolution!
It Was Daring
We’re not exaggerating when we say Blackout was ahead of its time. The album was released in 2007 but has an experimental, futuristic sound that still holds up to this day. She pushed the envelope lyrically and artistically! Whether you’ve heard this album a million times or, on the off chance, living under a rock and listening for the first time – Blackout by Britney Spears will suck you in from beginning to end.
It Was Bold
As Britney grew up in the media, we as an audience got to watch her tip-toe that line between girl and woman (‘Not Yet A Girl, Not Yet A Woman,’ are we right?) With Blackout, she went well… all out! Without hesitation, she unapologetically laid her femininity, strength, and power all out on the table. It took us all by surprise but is, to this day, one of the best surprises we’ve ever received.
It Called Out The Media
Now, this wasn’t the first time Britney has called out her lifestyle or the way the media has perceived her. We can pull up the receipts with ‘Lucky’ and ‘Overprotected’ talking about how she’s always felt as though she was guarded, sheltered, and nothing more than America’s Dream. What makes ‘Piece Of Me’ different is that this track had an angrier tone that gave the paparazzi (and everyone else who shamed her) the middle finger.
‘Piece of Me’
I’m Miss American Dream since I was seventeen. Don’t matter if I step on the scene or sneak away to the Philippines. They still gon’ put pictures of my derriere in the magazine. You want a piece of me?
Britney Spears in ‘Piece Of Me’
It Became A Blueprint
It’s no secret that pop girls have taken a page or two out of the book of Britney Spears. Since her very first release, she’s made waves as an incredible performer and a pop culture icon. However, we’ve heard and seen the influence of Blackout in several artists’ works, including Rebecca Black, Billie Eilish, Taylor Swift, and many more. It could be that dark pop edge in their videos or the electric synth in the melodies; Blackout made Britney the blueprint once again.
It Birthed Some Of The Best Singles Of The Early 2000s
The early 2000s gave us a lot of legendary tracks from artists like Lady Gaga and P!NK, but none will match the countless number ones that stemmed from Britney Spears and Blackout. On this album alone, we were given ‘Piece Of Me,’ ‘Radar,’ and ‘Gimme More’ which have all peaked at number one in several countries and gone multi-platinum. With off-the-charts success, Britney didn’t slow down. If you ask us, we’d say the power of Blackout opened the door for future Britney Spears smash hits like ‘Womanizer,’ ‘Circus,’ and one of our all-time favorites: ‘If U Seek Amy!’
Every time they turn the lights down just wanna go that extra mile for you. Your public display of affection feels like no one else in the room (but you).
Britney Spears in ‘Gimme More’
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