Contributed by britney_luvr:
In 1999 Britney Spears released her debut album “Baby One More Time” and it seemed then that everyone loved her. The world just couldn’t seem to get enough of this little girl from the deep south dancing along a school corridor with pigtails and short Catholic school girl uniform.
The album would go on to sell over 20 million worldwide and span such hit singles as (U Drive Me) Crazy, Born To Make You Happy and the album’s title track. She followed it up in 2000 with “Ooops…I Did It Again”. The sales shot through the roof as it sold a record 1.3 million copies in its first week alone in the US.
Then came the more mature sounding third effort “Britney”. She unleashed this to the world with a VMA performance that included a snake being wrapped around her neck. While initial sales were quite good, 750,000 in it’s first week in the US, in the end it sold just 4 million altogether. Not bad, but by Britney standards this was considered, unfairly, a flop, and question marks were being raised about how much longer she could go on.
Dogged by rumors of why she split up with boyfriend Justin Timberlake and those rumors of her declining sales and popularity, she decided it was time for a break, so she took 6 months off to record her 4th CD “In The Zone”.
Then came the publicity blitz, that included finally admitting she was no longer a virgin, a number of topless photoshoots, after declaring she would never do such things, and, of course, who could forget that VMA kiss with Madonna. She was everywhere. She then even got Madonna to collaborate on her comeback single “Me Against The Music” which only got to a disappointing #35 in the Billboard singles chart.
Then came the release date for “In The Zone”. First week sales were quite good, 609,000 and it got her to the #1 spot yet again, her 4th #1 selling album, the first female to do such a thing. But since that sales have been poor. Her 2nd week sales were down 60% on her first week sales, dropping to below the 200,000 mark. It also dropped to #3 in the charts. In the 3rd week, again sales dropped and it dropped to #7 in the charts and now in its 4th week it is dropping to #10. In 4 weeks it has sold 1.15 million copies while Alicia Keys new album has already sold over 960,000 copies in just TWO weeks.
Added to that, in the past year she has watched her former boyfriend, Justin Timberlake, and arch-rival, Christina Aguilera take her over in the charts and popularity. There is now more hate sites on the internet for Britney than Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and she is considered now more famous for her private life than for her music.
Are we now watching the demise of one time America’s sweetheart? Has she really become the most hated celebrity in America? And if so, why?
It does sadden me to say it, but I think we are seeing the end of Britney the pop star. She will always be in the limelight, but not for her music or career. Her sales are in free-fall right now and that in turn means her career is going like wise. It is a sad day for me, having to admit this, but I just can’t see Jive allowing this to go on much longer.
Bye bye Britney. I still love you, and thanks for the happy memories that I still have of you!