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Britney Spears Reflects On 'Blackout': "I Just Did What I Felt And It Worked"

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The magic ingredient was simplicity.



Britney Spears says the magic ingredient of Blackout was simplicity.



The princess of pop's most-critically acclaimed album, Blackout, will celebrate its 10-year anniversary next month. The Fader published a story with quotes from Miss Britney herself commenting on the monumental record, as well as the album's executive producer, "Danja," "Gimme More" co-writer Keri Hilson, Charli XCX, Tinashe, Julia Michaels and more.
"Blackout was the first time I worked with Danja, and he gave me the opportunity and freedom to work with more urban sounds and influences," Britney said. "It really inspired me! I also got the chance to sing more and stretch my voice in ways I hadn’t done before. The magic of Blackout was actually pretty simple. It just wasn’t so thought out. I just did what I felt and it worked. Sometimes less is more I guess."

The singer also shared a gem of information the Britney Army was not privy to.
"I still perform 'Freakshow' in my Vegas show — it’s one of my favorite songs that was never released as a single. It’s so much fun and it gives me the chance to get the audience involved. Oh yeah — it’s sassy. And I love sassy!"


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Without Broccoli Juice I´d say the less she is involved the better. It was the producers, writers who created that album due to the personal issues in Britneys life, made her jump edges by adding lines like It´s Britney bitch and so on. If Britney was in the studio that session she would have declined, but as the song was done and she just had to record it, she  just did it.

PS every interview that lacks of the words cool, faded, artsy fartsy, children, I´m a mom now is coming directly from her team XD

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Blackout inspired and continues to inspire pop music, more so than any other album in the last 15 years, even more so than widely acknowledged masterpieces, like Justin Timberlake’s FutureSex/LoveSounds. It ushered in new ways of processing vocals that felt genuinely bold, bizarre, and at times made you feel disturbed and uncomfortable. It showed pop music could be disjointed, disorienting, and downright ugly, but still be fierce and classic.

If you ever wanna see a gay club truly explode, request “Gimme More” and wait for “It’s Britney, bitch” to drop — a true declaration of survival and resilience. Ten years ago, magazines had prewritten Britney’s obituary. No one had witnessed someone so famous come undone at the seams so violently and so publicly. The fact that she didn’t die makes those three words feel so much more important now when you hear it today. LGBTQ people have always looked to their musical heroes to provide inspiration or strength. Protest anthems can be weapons or sometimes armor — but sometimes we also want these songs to strut and slap us in the face.

Nowadays everyone talks about pop music in serious terms, but when I was younger being a pop music fan, especially if you were a boy, could get you in trouble. It often meant you were a ^@**$%. I was always de ant about my love of pop, but after Blackout came out, I refused to feel ashamed to talk about pop albums in lofty ways. Without it, there’s no way I would have been so bold as to launch my label, Tri Angle, with a Lindsay Lohan tribute album knowing very well how it could open me up to ridicule. It was ultimately a middle finger to people who looked down on pop music, and other people (mostly straight men) telling me what was real.

Wow, I loved this part. Gave me chills. Really shows the power music can have and how much it can mean to people.

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Blackout remains my favorite album a decade after its release, so judging by the comments on here, I think I'll just opt out of reading the article. :gross: I normally don't endorse remaining willfully ignorant, but this is my go-to album both for working out and whenever I need a mental pick-me-up. So in this rare case I'd rather be delusional about her involvement and passion in the record than find out otherwise.  :Lshark:

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Just now, LostInAnImage said:

Blackout remains my favorite album a decade after its release, so judging by the comments on here, I think I'll just opt out of reading the article. :gross: I normally don't endorse remaining willfully ignorant, but this is my go-to album both for working out and whenever I need a mental pick-me-up. So in this rare case I'd rather be delusional about her involvement and passion in the record than find out otherwise.  :Lshark:

you're better off, trust me :tiffcackle: 

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I don’t think people realize how involved she is in the studio. Pop instincts are so ingrained in her brain that you play a guitar and she will sing the most incredible melody. She’ll have a concept ready, she’ll have lyrics ready. I don’t think people give her enough credit. They’ve seen her as “Britney Spears” and an incredible performer, dancer. I don’t think they know that she can write. While we were working on Glory, literally everything she was saying sounded like the radio. We were like, “Yup. We’re using that. Yup. That’s done.” It was incredible.

I didn't know this. Britney had more of a role in Glory than we realized.

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