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Britney is the third studio album by American recording artist Britney Spears. The album was released internationally on November 5, 2001, by Jive Records, and on the 6th in the United States. Britney is notable for Spears' increasingly prominent role in the production, and being the transition album away from her bubblegum pop sound and teen pop image from her previous two albums, and leaned increasingly toward more R&B and Hip hop, along with more sexual influences. Although the album's singles were slightly less successful than her album's previews singles, Spears assumed some creative control by co-writing five of the album's tracks. The album Britney rose to the number one position in the Billboard 200, in which gave the Jive label its eleventh chart-topping album. The album became 2001's most successful debut by a female or female group artist. The album's success made her the first female artist in music history to have her first three studio albums to debut at the number one spot. This record, however, would later be broken by Spears herself with her fourth studio album, In the Zone, which charted in the same position. To date, the album has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.


When recording her follow-up record, Britney wanted an "older generation to pick up on it," adding that she "had to change it up and pray people think that's cool."

She stated that she chose to self-title the album because the majority of its content describes who she is.

Britney recorded twenty-three tracks for the release, several of which she co-wrote with the assistance of Brian Kierulf and Josh Schwartz.

She added that personally writing the album and developing its concept made the project "that much more special," elaborating of her intentions to "get better and grow" as a songwriter.

Britney worked with a variety of collaborators including pop colleagues Martin and her then-boyfriend Justin Timberlake.

She commented that that she initially felt "awkward" and "nervous" working with Timberlake, saying that she was accustomed to the process being "like work."

She also worked with hip hop producers Rodney Jerkins and The Neptunes, who made the record "nastier and funkier."

Track Listing

North American Standard Edition
1."I'm a Slave 4 U"Chad Hugo • Pharrell Williams3:23
2."Overprotected"Max Martin • Rami Yacoub3:18
3."Lonely"Josh Schwartz • Britney Spears • Rodney Jerkins • Brian Kierulf3:19
4."I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"Dido • Martin • Yacoub3:51
5."Boys"Hugo • Williams3:26
6."Anticipating"Schwartz • Spears • Kierulf3:16
7."I Love Rock 'n' Roll"Jake Hooker • Alan Merrill3:06
8."Cinderella"Martin • Spears • Yacoub3:39
9."Let Me Be"Schwartz • Spears • Kierulf2:51
10."Bombastic Love"Martin • Yacoub3:05
11."That's Where You Take Me"Schwartz • Spears • Kierulf3:32
12."What It's Like to Be Me"Wade Robson • Justin Timberlake2:50
Total length:39:52
European Edition
12."When I Found You"Jörgen Elofsson • Dan Hill3:36
13."What it's Like to Be Me"Robson • Timberlake2:50
Australian, New Zealand, U.K. and Japanese Edition
12."When I Found You"Elofsson • Hill3:36
13."Before the Goodbye"Kierulf • Schwarz • Spears • Brian Transeau3:50
14."What It's Like to Be Me"Robson • Timberlake2:50
Asian and Toyota Edition
12."When I Found You"Elofsson • Hill3:36
13."I Run Away"Kierulf • Schwarz4:05
14."What It's Like to Be Me"Robson • Timberlake2:50
2003 European Reissue and 2008 Digital Deluxe Edition
12."When I Found You"Elofsson • Hill3:36
13."I Run Away"Kierulf • Schwarz3:05
14."What It's Like to Be Me"Robson • Timberlake2:50
15."Before the Goodbye"Kierulf • Schwarz • Spears • Transeau3:50
Special Limited Edition (CD)
12."When I Found You"Elofsson • Hill3:36
13."Before the Goodbye"Kierulf • Schwarz • Spears • Transeau3:50
14."What It's Like to Be Me"Robson • Timberlake2:50
15."Overprotected (Darkchild Remix) "Martin • Yacoub3:06
16."I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman (Metro Remix) "Dido • Martin • Yacoub5:25
17."I'm a Slave 4 U (Thunderpuss Remix) "Hugo • Williams3:18
18."Overprotected (Exclusive Performance; Enhanced Version Bonus Content) "Martin • Yacoub-
Special Limited Edition (DVD)
1."Britney Talks Part 1"-1:26
2."I'm a Slave 4 U"Hugo • Williams3:28
3."Britney Talks Part 2"-2:00
4."Lights, Camera, Action - Overprotected"-3:24
5."Britney Talks Part 3"-2:58
6."I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"Martin • Yacoub3:53
7."Britney Talks Part 4"-0:59
8."Overprotected (Darkchild Remix) "Martin • Yacoub3:39
9."Britney Talks Part 5"-0:40
10."Making of Pepsi - Right Now (Taste the Victory)"-3:13
11."Britney Talks - Part 6"-1:31
12."Britney Weblinks" 0:30
Bonus Edition CD Single
1."I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"Dido • Martin • Yacoub3:53
2."I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman (Spanish Fly Remix Radio Edit) "-3:29
3."I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman (Chocolate Puma Dub) "-7:37
4."I Run Away"Kierulf • Schwarz4:06
5."Overprotected (Music Video) "Martin • Yacoub3:54
6."Crossroads U.S. Movie Trailer"-1:19
  • A Japanese box set was also released entitled Gift From Britney containing the Special Limited Edtion of the album and a charm bracelet.


"I'm a Slave 4 U", the album's lead single, was not very successful in the United States (In fact, it was Spears's first lead single not to crack the U.S. top 10), but it was a big hit in Europe and Spears's first dance club hit. The performance of the song at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards, caused controvercy, since Spears was dancing with a python on her shoulders.

"Overprotected", the album's second single, had similar success as "I'm a Slave 4 U", but it had mixed reviews. Two versions of the song exist, the original version and "The Darkchild Remix". It talks about Britney being sick of not being herself, and critics noticed the song as way for her to "break free".

"I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman", the album's third single, received positive reviews, but it won the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Original Song. It didn't chart very well in the U.S., but it was a success internationally.

"I Love Rock 'n' Roll", the album's fourth single, is actually a cover of The Arrows song of the same name. The song charted moderately on the charts.

"Anticipating", the album's fifth single (France only), charted weakly on the charts and wasn't heavily promoted.

"Boys", the album's sixth and final single, was released as the second single from the soundtrack of the movie Austin Powers in Goldmember. It has failed to chart high, but it was very well received. The Co-Ed Remix featuring Pharrell Williams was released as a single.

Unreleased & Unused Songs


  • The album's original title was Shock Your Mind, though Spears made the decision to change the title of the album to her own name, as the album reflected her.
  • British singer Dido wrote darker lyrics for "I'm Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman", though she was asked to change them.
  • "Overprotected" was originally meant for Spears's second album Oops!...I Did It Again, but was then produced for Britney.
  • Spears never wanted "Bombastic Love" and "Cinderella" on the album because the songs didn't sound mature enough. They were included anyway.
  • Before The Goodbye was originally supposed to be the lead single, but this was changed when Spears recorded "I'm a Slave For U".
  • She recorded songs with Missy Elliot and Timbaland, but their tracks never made the final track listing due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Spears wrote all but 2 tracks on the album before the track listing was changed. Despite this, she co-wrote 5 of the tracks included on the album.
  • Originally, the songs "I'm a Slave 4 U" and "Boys" were intended for Janet Jackson, however, both songs were rejected.
  • "Bombastic Love" was supposed to be a single at some point, but Spears refused due to her not wanting it on the albumin the first place. However, snippets of an alternative version are played during the behind the scenes video of Crossroads, which may be the alleged single version.
  • Even though "Before the Goodbye" was included as a bonus track, its actually not finished. BT's production on "Before the Goodbye" was unfinished due to his conflict with Jive after it was demoted to bonus track status, as opposed to the lead single status is was originally supposed to serve (see fifth fact).
  • The songs that were produced by Max Martin were not supposed to be on the album, but instead on the soundtrack for Crossroads. After Jive decided they didn't want a soundtrack for Crossroads to be released, all of the songs went onto Britney.
  • Never Be Me was originally recorded as a B-side of Overprotected single, but it was scrapped, and the full version has leaked in 2007.
  • "Anticipating" was released as a single instead of "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" in France. The video is the performance of the song from the Dream Within a Dream Tour.
  • "That's Where You Take Me" received a limited release in the Philippines and possibly other Asian markets. The CD copies of the single are extremely rare and it Spears' most rare CD out of her entire discography.
    • It's rumored a music video for the song was made, with montages of Spears' performances from her Dream Within a Dream tour and backstage footage, however, this rumor has never been confirmed.
  • Despite the album debuting at #1 in the US, none of its singles peaked inside the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100.
  • The album remains as Spears' only album to receive a radio ban. This is the main reason the album wasn't promoted heavily in the United States. Following the release of "Me Against the Music", the ban lifted.
  • Although the album itself had not been successful in the United States, the album performed well in the United Kingdom. Each single from Britney, excluding "Anticipating" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll", peaked in the top 15.
  • A few editions of the album came with a promotional poster of the Crossroads film.
  • A few editions of the album left out the lyrics for "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman".

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