As a child, I was only a casual fan of Britney Spears. I thought Britney was cool, but kind of overtly promiscuous. I was young and didn’t really understand her music or image like I do now. The only cd I owned of hers was a compilation of her and N*SYNC from McDonalds. More or less I liked her music, but I didn’t really have a very high opinion of her until I started getting really into her music in the spring of 2008. That’s when I coincidentally bought her Blackout album only because I had a 30% off coupon. I almost bought a Natasha Bedingfield album. In fact, I actually did buy it, but then returned it for the Britney one only minutes later after my mom’s advice.
When I got home, I didn’t like the album at first, but after a month it quickly became one of my favorite albums. I began to research her and I learned more about everything that was going on in her life that I used to see from a bad perspective. Different negative things that were going on in my life seemed to parallel what was going on in hers, and after watching her then-new documentary For The Record a few months later I gained so much respect for her as a person because of her strength to overcome everything she had been through. Watching her videos, I enjoyed her earlier music videos that depicted her as young and innocent, slowly transitioning into raw sex and energy that comes across in many of her more recent videos, which is something that I hadn’t appreciated before. Although many would disagree, Gimme More, one of her most sexually-charged videos, is my favorite video of hers.
Although I loved Blackout, I was afraid if she released another album afterwards it wouldn’t be nearly as good. Circus proved me wrong and immediately, at the time, became my favorite Britney album. I loved it at first listen. Nowadays, I switch between Blackout and Circus as my favorites, with In The Zone (her forth release) as a close third. Around the release of Circus, I was a huge fan, but not yet on the level that I consider myself to be now. In 2009, when the single 3 was released, I loved it from the moment I heard it, however, it wasn’t until 2011 when I became a complete fan. I discovered the BreatheHeavy website (Britney’s largest fansite) and began reading it daily, as well as researching demos and b-sides I hadn’t heard before. Although Femme Fatale, which became her seventh album release in early 2011, isn’t my favorite album of hers, it’s still pretty great. I saw her live at the Femme Fatale Tour which was unbelievably awe-inspiring. It was just amazing to finally see her up-close and personal on stage.
Nowadays, I’m still checking BreatheHeavy every day as part of my regular internet routine and listening to any new leak that might come out.