Can you believe that it has been 16 years since the release of the ‘Oops!…I Did It Again,’ album.
Britney’s second album held the record for the highest first week sales for a female artist for over 15 years, only Adele managed to top the sales with her album, ’25.’ In Fact the album broke the record for the highest first week album sales of all time, before it was later taken over by Eminem and *NSYNC.
The album was originally going to be called Sunflower, it was then changed to Platinum 2000, however they finally settled on naming the album after the lead single. Britney started working on the album in early 1999, after the massive success of her début album.
Dear Diary, the track written by Britney, was due to have a more darker ending – with her love interest leaving her for her best friend, however this was changed to ensure it did not destroy the element of love and happiness for her younger audience.
‘When Your Eyes Say It,’ was due to be released as the fourth single from the album, however was held back to make way for, ‘Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know.’ The release was then entirely scrapped to make way for, ‘I’m A Slave 4 U.’ It is believed a music video was shot for the single by Johnathon Dayton and Valerie Faris, however there is a lot of grey matter surrounding the confirmed and denied information. Full details regarding the single release and video can be found HERE.
A song called ‘He Loves Me Not,’ was originally intended for Britney, however she did not like the song and it was later recorded by girl band, ‘Dream.’
‘You Got It All,’ was originally intended for Britney’s début album and was included in the promotional tape in 1998. It is believed that this was the first ever track Britney recorded for, ‘…Baby One More Time.’
The pictures used for the album, the ‘Lucky’ single cover and the ‘Oops!.. I Did It Again’ single were all shot on the same day.
The, ‘Oops!…I Did It Again,’ single has the most versions (official and promotional) than any other single in Britney’s entire discography.
The ‘other girl,’ Britney chats to throughout the whole album is her family friend and long term assistant Felicia (FE). The male voice in Oops! is in fact Max Martin.
The spoken Max Martin interlude in the track is a reference to the 1997 box office smash, Titanic. It was included after a personal joke between Max and Britney during recoding.
A song called, ‘Asking For Trouble,’ was due to be released on the album, but was taken out last minute. The reason for leaving the track out is unknown.
‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,’ was going to be released as a promotional single and was even performed at the MTV VMAS’s 2000. Britney’s record label decided against the single release due to some critics calling it the worst remake of all time, which is of course one of the most ridiculous things we have ever heard.
The album continued to sell over 25 million copies, making it one of the highest selling albums of all time. Britney did however sell more albums with her début, ‘…Baby One More Time,’ with over 30 million albums sold worldwide.
Just take some time to let that sink in.. Beyonce, Rihanna, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry (individually) are yet to surpass these first two album sales with their entire solo catalogue.
Stefan Kendal Gordy and Skyler Austen Gordy are credited as background vocals for ‘Lucky,’ they are better known today as Redfoo and Sky Blu in LMFAO.
Bobby Brown, better known for Whitney Houston’s on and off ex, was credited as the assistant engineer of the album. Bobby Brown was also the original singer for the future Britney hit, ‘My Prerogative.’
In Italy, they forgot to print Britney’s name on the, ‘Stronger,’ single cover.
The video for, ‘Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know,’ was deemed too racy and needed a few re-shoot scenes. Justin Timberlake, Britney’s boyfriend at the time was not happy with how close Britney and the French model looked and Britney’s mom Lynne was not happy about the video’s racy content. You can read more about that HERE.
Michael Cottril and Lawrence Wnukowski, two musicians, sued Britney and her label for unauthorized use of their songs, ‘What You See Is What Get,’ and ‘Can’t Make You Love Me.’ The case was later dismissed as there was no proof that the songs were stolen, it appeared that their claims were fabricated.
When, ‘Stronger,’ was released, it became the highest selling single in the US at the time.
‘Where are You Now,’ was also rumoured to feature on Britney’s debut album, however the track was replaced with, ‘I Will Be There.’ The song was re-recorded in November 1999, to feature on, ‘Oops.’
‘Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know,’ was written by Shania Twain and her partner Matt Lunge.
Celebrate with us by watching these amazing recording clips:
It is also time to get these iconic videos VEVO certified:
Happy Birthday to this flawless albums… We are feeling so damn nostalgic right now!
Today we celebrate the 16th birthday of the iconic, ‘Oops!… I did it again.’
The video was considered Britney’s first approach to a ‘racier’ image by critics. During this time, it was claimed that Britney was a virgin and critics used this video to question the authenticity of the claim.
The video was filmed by Nigel Dick who had worked with Britney on numerous videos at this point, with ‘…Baby One More Time’ being one of them. The video was shot between the 17th and 18th of March.
The CD single is the one with the most remix versions and most are extremely rare.
During the production, one of the cameras fell and hit Britney on the head. Britney received four stitches however continued to film the remainder of the video with only 4 hours rest.
Britney came up with the entire video concept. She wanted the video to take place on Mars and she wanted to go with the red cat suit look. The final choices were between a red or a black cat suit and Britney preferred the red one. The video premiered on MTV’s making the video on the 10th April 2000. ‘I want to be in a red jumpsuit. I want to have a really cute spaceman, but there can’t be any rockets’ said Brit. Nigel Dick also commented on Britney’s choice of outfit: ‘There was another cat suit actually, which was fantastic, which I loved, and the night before, I was told that Britney hired this guy that worked with Michael Jackson and so we’re going to use that cat suit. So that’s the cat suit.’ The cat suit was so tight, Britney needed to use powder to slide into the suit and also to avoid sticking to the suit (it was extremely hot and sweaty).
There was also a behind the scenes from Felicia’s perspective.
The video is one of her most iconic, however lost out to 4 Awards (she received 4 nominations) at The MTV Video Music Awards. The song also lost out to a Grammy and also to the Kid’s Choice Awards 2001 (She lost out to the Baha Men – ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’ – believe it or not!). Loosing out to all the wards created outrage – especially as she lost out to many one hit wonders.
The video was filmed on the same soundstage as Jurassic Park and Pirates of The Caribbean.
Eli Swanson who plays the astronaut, traded in his Space Suit for some scrubs. He is now a qualified surgeon… see the full article HERE.
A record of 155 radio stations added the song to their playlists in the first week of the songs release. This reflects the hype around the single.
There was a lot of rumours about breast implants when the video came out, this was later proven to be false and a case of padding in the cat suit. Britney requested the padding as she felt the tight cat suit, made her look flat. A radio station in Scranton, Pennsylvania even went as far as to create a parody of the song called, ‘Oops! They Deflated Again.’ The comedy in the track was seriously poor and failed to be funny, so instead of posting the lame attempt at humour, let’s rather look at this hilarious clip of the song with no music instead… this one is actually funny.
There were articles around the time claiming that the song was a diss to her previous girl band, ‘Innocence,’ by using the line, ‘I’m not that innocent.’ The people writing the articles clearly did not listen to the lyrics of the song and their claims made no sense whatsoever…
If you watch the scenes of Britney in white on the floor – when Britney sings, ‘I cry watching the days,’ one of the dancers messes up the dance routine (look top left)..
Everyone knows that the dialogue, ‘…but I thought the old lady dropped it into the ocean in the end,’ was a nod to Titanic, right? Max Martin confirmed that this was due to a personal inside joke they had about the box office smash.
The man talking in the song, is in fact Max Martin himself.
Britney famously performed the song at the VMA Video Music Awards in 2000, in a nude outfit that caused outrage with parents. Britney brilliantly responded with, ‘I am not the kids parents, I can’t tell them what to do. I just go up and do my thing.’
In the 2002 Austin Powers: Goldmember movie, Austin blows up a fembot Britney and references the famous song lyrics, ’Oops!… I Did It Again.’
The filming of the video can be accessed on the Greatest Hits DVD: My Prerogative. Have a look at the video comparisons here:
Let’s celebrate this milestone by watching the video, which is almost VEVO certified: