Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Britney Spears 1st Album '...Baby One More Time'

...Baby One More Time
is the debut album by American pop singer Britney Spears. The album was released on January 12, 1999 by Jive Records and became a worldwide commercial success, reaching the top five in nineteen countries, and number one in fifteen, including the U.S Billboard 200. The album and its singles helped propel Spears into mainstream popularity. With the release of the lead single "...Baby One More Time", Spears became a pop phenomenon; the single peaked at number one in the Billboard Hot 100, a feat Spears would not repeat for another ten years, in October 2008, when her single "Womanizer" peaked at number one on the chart. Every single released in the United Kingdom charted within the top-five position in the UK Singles Chart and the top-three position in the Eurochart Hot 100. The album's lyrics, and its music videos maintained the typical virgin image of the late 1990s teen pop revival for Spears. The album is certified 14× Platinum by the RIAA. ...Baby One More Time has sold more than 37 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the most successful albums of all time and is Spears' most successful and best selling album to date.

After returning to Kentwood upon the cancellation of The New Mickey Mouse Club, her lawyer Larry Rudolph arranged an audition with senior vice president of A&R of Jive Records, Jeff Fenster. Fenster stated about Spears, "It's very rare to hear someone that age who can deliver emotional content and commercial appeal". After the audition, she briefly joined girl group Innosense, but later quit. The label appointed her to work with producer Eric Foster White. Feeling hopeful about the recorded material in the very first sessions, Spears started promoting the album almost a year before the album was released. Spears flew to Cheiron Studios in Sweden, where half of the album was recorded in March and April 1998, with producers Max Martin, Denniz PoP and Rami, among others. Production on the album wrapped in November 1998 with the recording of the cover version of Sonny Bono and Cher's "The Beat Goes On", produced by the UK band All Seeing I. The cassette release had the same cover that was later included in "...Baby One More Time" single booklet. The international edition has an alternate cover picture. It is a picture of Spears in white, with her hands in a praying gesture. The picture also resembles the cover artwork of Björk's album Debut.

Track listing #
Title Writers Time 1. "...Baby One More Time" Max Martin 3:30 2. "(You Drive Me) Crazy" Jörgen Elofsson, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger, Max Martin 3:17 3. "Sometimes" Jörgen Elofsson 4:05 4. "Soda Pop" Mikey Bassie, Eric Foster White 3:20 5. "Born to Make You Happy" Kristian Lundin, Andreas Carlsson 4:03 6. "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart" Eric Foster White 5:11 7. "I Will Be There" Max Martin, Andreas Carlsson 3:53 8. "I Will Still Love You" (Featuring Don Phillip) Eric Foster White 4:02 9. "Deep in My Heart" (International bonus track) Per Magnusson, David Kreuger, Andreas Carlsson 3:34 10. "Thinkin' about You" Mikey Bassie, Eric Foster White 3:35 11. "E-Mail My Heart" Eric Foster White 3:41 12. "The Beat Goes On" Sonny Bono 3:43 / 5:521

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