Who is Britney Spears? A global superstar? An icon? Object of obsession? Sex symbol? She's been called many things throughout her career but who she really is? She started out as a one-hit wonder no one expected to last. They gave her a few months before she burns out and becomes a fad and look at her now - almost two decades into her career and she's still going strong.
Best selling female artist of the 21st century and unless your name is Madonna, MJ, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and a few selected others (all of which are legendary in their own right) chances are she has probably outsold you a million times over.
Her name is legendary around the world - try imagining a world without Britney Spears? Can you? Can you imagine the current pop culture without her? Can you even imagine the '00s without her? Her contemporaries are already slowly forgotten and have been pretty much the appendix of the industry itself - you know it's there but it serves no purpose and when it's gone you don't even notice you ever had it. But Britney? It's like trying to live a ''normal life'' without your eyes - or trying to breathe without your lungs. You just can't do it can you?
During her peak, Britney Spears was one of the most famous women on the planet - a phenomenon like no other. Everyone knew her name, no matter race, age or sex. Women wanted to be Britney Spears, and men wanted to be in her. It was like One Direction / Justin Bieber x 5, but not only was she a teen icon, she captured the interest of everyone, everywhere, through old-fashioned mediums and not by social media.
She didn't need FB likes, Twitter followers, YT views to prove how HUGE she is - you could just scream ''Oh my God it's Britney Spears'' and the chances are the people around you would go insane - now you have Lady Gaga wearing a skinned corpse and people just walk by her as if it's the most regular thing you see every day. She didn't rely on shock value, cheap gimmicks nor was a money-hungry attention whore - she was just a young Kentwood girl with a big dream - a dream that turned into reality.
People looked up to strength, beauty and work ethics as something to aspire to. Real performers and people who work hard and they saw that in her. They saw that in MJ, Madonna and many legends that came beforehand. Gaga doesn't have any of that. Her work ethic comes down to smoking pot and getting the final result. How good is that? Beauty is not there either, otherwise she wouldn't have to stoop so low and use lame gimmicks to catch anyone's attention. And strength? The only thing she does is use people's weaknesses in her own favor, and that's just pathetic. That's not someone who I wanna look up to - that's not the person I wanna see inspire the world. Now Britney Spears on the other hand? Call her manufactured. Say she has no input in her career. Call her the laughing stock of the industry - try to tear her down and she will still come out on top - as true winners always do.
She was/is a great performer, a decent songwriter despite everything and a beautiful strong woman that doesn't let anything bring her down. She stands up for strength, and not weaknesses. She doesn't use her fans and actually pushes them forward and makes them realize that there's a way out from a rough patch in their life. If she could make it through Hell that was '07 - we can make it though our silly daily challenges can't we? She stands up for everything one woman is and should be. She shows how to be successful in today's world without taking advantage of others and cheating your way to the top - only a coward takes the easy way up but only a true hero struggles fighting fairly and ultimately making their way to the top.
And if her debut wasn't publicized enough, she became the most photographed celebrity of all-time in 2007 along with the photo of her shaving her head becoming one of the most expensive celebrity photographs in pop music history. She released the most influential album in the last 5 years - started the bubble-gum pop trend- introduced new elements to the mainstream -and much more - she sets trends others follow without even trying.
Britney's impact, both musically and culturally, rippled generations and influenced every female pop artist that has graced the globe since - including Gaga, Katy Perry, Rihanna etc. Britney Spears is the epitome of a pop icon, first of her kind, and undoubtedly is a legend.
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