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!