Contributed by homes:
Britney Spears has always been a big seller. But with each album her sales have decreased tremendously (‘Baby One More Time’ with over 20,000,000 albums sold, to ‘Britney’ with less than half at 10 x platinum worldwide).
Even though ‘In The Zone’ debuted at #1 with 609,000 copies, 4th highest debut this year after Clay, she’s still being labelled as a fad.
Why is this you ask? well it’s because sales are the sole indicator of her success.
Britney is equally the most hated and most loved celebrity in the music industry.
Fans defend her by boasting with her quite established sales figures. No one really credits her “talent”.. in fact she’s portrayed by many as “talentless”.
And if Britney’s strongest asset, her sales, decrease, she’s fully criticized for it. She has nothing else to fall back on.. no writing genius, no vocal ability, no instruments, nothing.
That’s why some of her peers (without mentioning names) might be passed as “successful” even though they only sell half as much.. because they are considered by critics and the music industry to possess artistic abilities of some sort.
quoted from shaddowfax:
“Basically, I liken Britney to Lays Potato Chips or Doritos… They don’t have talent, they aren’t artistic, the only thing they have going for them is that they taste good and appease some craving deep within your soul (known to the scientific community as “the munchies”)… So like many people like chips, so do many people like Britney’s sound and/or image.”