Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Britney's (Possibly) New Single

Britney Spears may or may not have given birth to a baby boy yesterday. So I may or may not say congratulations to her. I also may or may not care.

Unfortunately for Britney, I think her career is at a nadir. I don't think she will ever reach a peak quite like she had in the late 90s, early 00s. Remember, she was the catalyst of the revival of bubble gum pop. Without her there would no Xtina, no Jessica. She was the symbol of that music, that era.

She hasn't had a bonafide megahit since "Oops, I Did It Again" way back in 2000. "Me Against the Music" and "Toxic", while hits, did not capture America. The world has stopped revolving around her. Why? Well, early on in her career, Britney said her role model was Madonna. And Britney has certainly tried to follow Madonna's career path, with movies and a family. But Madonna started a family only after putting out albums and singles for ten plus years. Britney did it in 6 years. Her film career has been nonexistant. Madonna had a successful and controversial book and a successful movie based on her touring before she started her family. Britney may have burned through that tract too fast. And Madonna played the strong single mother when she had Lourdes, while Britney has played the country bumpkin since her marriage to K-Fed.

So what's Britney to do? She should reinvent herself, move away from sugary poppy ballads. Perhaps a duet with John Mayer or another acoustic guy. But I don't see her changing her musical habits. She will probably put out bubble gum albums to decreasing sales. She, with two kids and a marriage, have made herself "too old" for her younger fans, and never was taken seriously by the older generation. She needs to grow, or be left behind. Another option would be to appear on other people's albums, but her herself keeping away from the musical spotlight.

Perhaps only Tom Cruise over the past two years has done more damage to one's reputation than Britney. But there are ways for her to dig herself out of the hole. It's just a question if she's smart enough to realize that she needs to regroup and not force herself back. We shall see.

My 3rd attempt at a signoff.
Roll the Credits. Cut to the Coda.
Adam Entertainment


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