Original Doll (or The Original Doll) is the so called "forbidden/lost album" by Britney Spears, that was never released. It was planned to be released as her fifth studio album, sometime in 2005, as a "darker" sequel to In the Zone, but was never released.
Background[edit | edit source]
In November 2003, Spears told Entertainment Weekly that she was writing songs for her next album. Soon after, producer Henrik Jonback confirmed that he had written songs with her during the European leg of her Onyx Hotel Tour on the bus and in his hotel room between shows.
On December 30, 2004, Spears made a surprise appearance in the radio station of Los Angeles KIIS-FM to release a demo of a new midtempo song titled "Mona Lisa". Spears had recorded the song live with her band during the tour. The song talks of the fall of the Mona Lisa (an alter-ego Spears used when she "needed to get things done"), calling her "unforgettable" and "unpredictable" and warns listeners that she will not have a "collapse." She also revealed she wanted the song to be the first single of her upcoming album, tentatively titled The Original Doll, and hoped to release it "probably before summertime , or maybe a little sooner than that."
After this release, however, Jive Records announced that while Spears had been working in the studio, "no album [was] scheduled for the moment" and there were "no plans to serve 'Mona Lisa' to radio stations."
Original Doll ended up unreleased, as it was Spears' 'forbidden album' that was more in-depth to her sadness in life. JIVE did not allow her to release it, which angered her. The project was eventually abandoned, in place of Spears' reality show Britney & Kevin: Chaotic, the extended play of the same name, and B In The Mix: The Remixes.
In 2007, Spears released her fifth studio album Blackout, which was considered as the final result of Original Doll, since Spears took a more creative and controling turn during writing, recording and production, and was even credited as the album's executive producer.
Songs[edit | edit source]
Underlined can be found on the internet.
"Mona Lisa" - The only actual confirmed song from the album. In 2004, four other songs listed with Spears as a performer are registered with ASCAP, and were presumed to be recorded by her for Original Doll:
"Money, Love, & Happiness" - Demo leaked in 2012.
"Like I'm Fallin'" - Known alternatively as "Fallin'". Written by Britney Spears and Michelle Bell. Registered on ASCAP.
"You Have No Idea (Diary Of...)" - Producer demo leaked in 2017.
"Take Off" - Leaked in 2017.
"Disguise My Love" - Producer demo leaked in 2017. It's revealed by Michelle Bell that Britney recorded the song.
"The Fugitive" - Britney was photographed holding a CD with ‘The Fugitive’ and ‘New’ written on it while on tour in Spain in May 2004.
"Crazy Things" - Written by Michelle Bell, Bloodshy & Avant. Registered on ASCAP.
"Things We Do For Love" - Written by Michelle Bell, Bloodshy & Avant. Registered on ASCAP.
"Under The Pressure" - Michelle Bell, Bloodshy & Avant. Registered on ASCAP.
"It's My Life (Forget The Nine To Five)" - Written by Bloodshy & Avant. Registered on ASCAP.
"My Own Way" - Written by Bloodshy & Avant. Registered on ASCAP.
"Outta Here" - Written by Bloodshy & Avant. Registered on ASCAP.
"Follow Me" Written by Britney Spears, Michelle Bell, Bloodshy & Avant. Registered on ASCAP.
"Spin The Record" - Written by Michelle Bell, Bloodshy & Avant. Registered on ASCAP.
"Little Me" - Recorded in 2005. Britney released a 59-second snippet on her website in 2006.
"Original Doll" - In 2006, The lyrics of a supposed title track are teased "No more hitting the wall, Original Doll".
According to Wikipedia, Most of these songs were recorded for In the Zone, but there are speculations that these were actually from this album.
Fans have speculated that some track titles could have also been revealed in the "Do Somethin'' video.
"Strut" is placed on the wing mirrors of the pink wagon, "Hole In The Wall" is written above the entrance of the club of the same name and "Love Boat" the pink crop top Britney wears in the video, due to the fact that the video itself teased the track "Mona Lisa" (which is the only track confirmed to be on the album by Britney herself) by not only displaying the name during the music video's opening sequence but by also having the music video filmed under the same alias.
Due to little information surrounding the album, fans have made their own versions of the album with fan-made track listings. This version shows the following track listing:
- Mona Lisa
- Money, Love & Happiness
- Do Somethin'
- Take Off
- Little Me (Just Yesterday) (Full Fan-Made Version)
- Rebellion (Full Fan-Made Version)
- Someday (I Will Understand)
- All That She Wants
- Mona Lisa (DJ Volume Ulti-Remix)
Release history[edit | edit source]
|United States||December 30, 2004||
One-time radio play by Los Angeles KIIS-FM