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Blackout (2007)

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Blackout is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Britney Spears, released on October 26, 2007 by Jive Records, four years after her previous studio album In the Zone. Spears started writing songs for the album in November 2003, and began experimenting with a more acoustic sound. Following her marriage with Kevin Federline in 2004 and the birth of her first son the subsequent year, she began recording the album in 2006 with producers J. R. Rotem, Danja and Kara DioGuardi. She gave birth to her second son and filed for divorce in late 2006, after which she continued working with producers such as The Clutch and Bloodshy & Avant. In May 2007, she embarked on The M+M's Tour at House of Blues venues across the United States.

Recording sessions took place at various studios around the country, including at Spears' home in Los Angeles. Some of the producers claimed to be impressed with her work ethic and professionalism, despite all her problems in her personal life. Spears wanted to make a fun, danceable album with uptempo, high-energy music. Blackout is mainly an electropop and dance album, which incorporates elements of several musical genres such as funk, Euro disco and dubstep. The themes of the album range from fame, sex, love and dancing. The cover sleeve and images were shot by Ellen von Unwerth. The centerfold pictures, which feature Spears and a priest in suggestive poses in a confessional, were condemned by the Catholic League.

Blackout was to be released on November 13, 2007, but it was moved up to October 30 due to unauthorized leaks. Zomba Label Group sued Perez Hilton for posting at least ten leaks on his gossip blog; the parties reached a settlement in June 2009. Blackout received mostly positive reviews from music critics. Most called it her most progressive and consistent album yet, but others argued that its quality should have been attributed to the producers rather than Spears, and also criticized her vocals for being overly-processed. Blackout was set to debut at the top of the Billboard 200, but debuted at number two due to a last-minute rule change. The album topped the European Top 100 Albums and the Canadian and Irish charts, while peaking inside the top ten in another thirteen countries. By the end of 2008, Blackout had sold 3.1 million copies worldwide.

Three singles were released from the album. "Gimme More" reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and became a top-five hit in fourteen countries. "Piece of Me" reached the top-ten in twelve countries, including Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom. Unlike her previous albums, Spears did not heavily promote Blackout. Her only performance to promote the album, "Gimme More" at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, was universally panned by critics. Blackout has appeared on many of the end of the year and decade lists including reader polls by Billboard and Rolling Stone, while The Times named it as the fifth best pop album of the decade. In 2010, Rob Sheffield of Rolling Stone called Blackout "the most influential pop album of the past five years."

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Danja stated that Spears' objective was to make a fun, danceable album with uptempo, high-energy music, saying, "She wanted to stay away from being personal. It's fun, it's basic and there's nothing wrong with that. It's about feeling good, celebrating womanhood."
The album opens with the first single "Gimme More", an upbeat dance-pop song with influences of electro and funk. The song opens with a spoken intro in which Spears says the line "It's Britney, bitch". The lyrics appears to be about dance and sex, although they are actually about the public's fascination with her private life, as noted in the lines "Cameras are flashin' while we're dirty dancin' / They keep watchin', keep watchin'". The next song and second single, "Piece of Me" runs through a down-tempo dance beat and consists of over-the-top vocal distortions, causing a split sound effect and making it difficult to discern which voice is Spears'. It talks about fame and is written like a biography retelling her mishaps, while she sings in a nearly spoken manner. The third track of the album, "Radar", is an electro and Euro disco song which features distorted synthesizers emulating sonar pulses, that received comparisons to those of Soft Cell's "Tainted Love" . In the lyrics, Spears lets the subject know he is on her radar, while she lists the qualities the man has.


After the chorus, the bridge begins with Spears saying "I like this part" mimicking Janet Jackson in "Nasty" .
The fourth song and third single "Break the Ice" opens with Spears singing the lines "It's been a while / I know I shouldn't keep you waiting / But I'm here now". The song features a choir. and Keri Hilson singing the backgrownd vocals sounding almost like a duet, she explained the song is about "two people, a girl and a guy, and the girl is saying, 'You're a little cold. Let me warm things up and break the ice.'" The album's fifth track, "Heaven on Earth", is a Euro disco love song with New Wave influences. It is inspired by Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" , with three vocal lines taking place over the beat. Nicole Morier commented that the song was written from a very dark place, saying, "I was thinking of someone and thinking they were so perfect and that I have all these imperfections. I think what's touching about it is that it's from the perspective of someone who feels like they really need this person just to feel safe and feel good." Spears named the song her favorite from Blackout. The sixth track, "Get Naked " is an uptempo dance song about sex. It is constructed as a duet between Spears and Danja, who sings the chorus with his voice distorted to sound like a decaying moan. Spears contributes a series of gasps, sighs and chants and her voice is also distorted. The seventh track, "Freakshow", is built around the 'wobbler' effect of dubstep. Spears sings about dancing and being in the spotlight in lyrics such as "Make them other chicks so mad / I'm 'bout to shake my ass / Watch that boy". During the bridge, her vocals are pitched down low, making her sound masculine.

After "Freakshow" is Blackout's eight track, "Toy Soldier", an R&B/pop song reminiscent of Destiny's Child that showcases a military drumroll and Spears singing about needing a new lover. In "Hot as Ice", an R&B/pop song featuring background vocals by T-Pain, she sings in a higher register, "I'm just a girl with the ability to drive a man crazy / Make him call me 'mama,' make him my new baby." Blackout's tenth track "Ooh Ooh Baby" contains a flamenco guitar and blends the beat from Gary Glitter's "Rock and Roll" and the melody of The Turtles' "Happy Together" . In the lyrics, she sings to a lover "Touch me and I come alive / I can feel you on my lips / I can feel you deep inside". Kara DioGuardi said she was inspired by the relationship between Spears and her first son in the studio, saying, "I would look at the two of them, the way they looked at each other and the way she would hold the baby. It kind of struck me as interesting. At times it'd be about a kid at times about a lover." "Perfect Lover" an R&B song, has a propulsive, clattery belly-dance beat in which Spears sings lyrics such as "Tick-tock / Tick-tock / Come and get me while I'm hot". The twelfth track is "Why Should I Be Sad", a midtempo R&B song directed to her ex-husband Kevin Federline. One of the bonus tracks, "Everybody", samples Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams " . It features Spears singing about the dancefloor in a breathy lower register.

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# Name Artist Live Acoustic Hidden Duration
1-1 Gimme More Britney Spears       04:11
1-2 Piece of Me Britney Spears       03:32
1-3 Radar Britney Spears       03:49
1-4 Break the Ice Britney Spears       03:16
1-5 Heaven on Earth Britney Spears       04:53
1-6 Get Naked Britney Spears       04:45
1-7 Freakshow Britney Spears       02:55
1-8 Toy Soldier Britney Spears       03:22
1-9 Hot as Ice Britney Spears       03:17
1-10 Ooh Ooh Baby Britney Spears       03:28
1-11 Perfect Lover Britney Spears       03:03
1-12 Why Should I Be Sad Britney Spears       03:10
1-13 Gimme More Britney Spears       04:11
1-14 Piece of Me Britney Spears       03:32
1-15 Radar Britney Spears       03:49
1-16 Break the Ice Britney Spears       03:16
1-17 Heaven on Earth Britney Spears       04:53
1-18 Get Naked Britney Spears       04:45
1-19 Freakshow Britney Spears       02:55
1-20 Toy Soldier Britney Spears       03:22
1-21 Hot as Ice Britney Spears       03:17
1-22 Ooh Ooh Baby Britney Spears       03:28
1-23 Perfect Lover Britney Spears       03:03
1-24 Why Should I Be Sad Britney Spears       03:10

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