Britney Spears: Who is That?

Britney Spears

In the year of 2013, who is Britney Spears, and why is she still in the headlines? Her latest album did nothing but leave critics with enough ammunition to last a lifetime, even though she thought it was her most personal album yet, and said that she was extremely proud of it.

The video below is a promotional video for Britney’s new album by Bonoo9 Productions. It attempts to show the many faces of the star, as she lives life as a mum, a friend, and a performer etc.

However, videos like this have done nothing to boost the appraisal of her album. The Washington Post slated her music, classing it as something to be forgotten, and similar to every other album she has released. The Los Angeles Times stated that if people still like the music of post-2007 Spears, then her current album might be your “cup of dance-pop tea.”

This type of eerily historic-turned-modern pop music, is not what consumers want blasting from their speakers and radios. The new pop generation has been masked by boy bands such as One Direction, or artists like Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus. She leaves people with whispers hanging from their lips, saying Britney Spears, who is that?

Pink, one of Britney’s main competitors from younger years, is doing much better than her in terms of musical production. Her latest album received primarily positive reviews, and sold over 1,000,000 copies.

No one can doubt that Britney was a pop goddess, who ruled the pop-culture music scene with a reigning crown, with hits like Baby One More Time and Oops! I Did It Again. However, as times change, so does musical taste. Progression happens, and artists like Britney Spears and Eminem, who are constantly trying to claim back the fame and success they once had, produce middle of the road compositions. It almost makes their music desperate, as they attempt to re-create what once was, in a world that has moved on.

Britney’s album has been called a “snoozefest of shallow mid-tempos,” with little meaning behind her lyrics. Fans have stated that it is not as personal as she had made it out to be, and the overall synopsis is that she has produced music that leaves little to rave about. Below is her album sampler by TS Chart Show. It previews ten songs, including Alien, Work B*tch, Body Ache, Passenger and Don’t Cry.

With album releases like this, who knows what is next in store for Britney Spears? However, she continues to receive interviews and attention from the media, where her great personality and well-loved persona oozes from afar. Here are some of her top interviews, that are believed to confirm the return of the old Britney, to 2013.

Despite the accumulation of negative critiques about her music, her fans remain loyal, including her 34,518,883 followers on twitter. Although some people are sat wondering, Britney Spears, who is that? Many believe that she continues to earn her place in the headlines, and is making an almighty comeback.

(Op-Ed)

By Melissa McDonald

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