Britney Spears Changed Pop Music 21 Years Ago, It's Time We Give Thanks

I just wanna go back, sing “(Hit Me)... Baby One More Time”

On this day in 1999, the then-unknown Britney Spears released her debut album, …Baby One More Time. Twenty-one years later, we’re still seeing its impact on the pop industry. 

I can’t believe Britney invented school.

Who knew that when a teenage-Spears left the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and burst onto the music scene that she would become the most iconic pop-star of recent history. 

A legend then, a legend now.

The album deserves nothing short of legendary-status. The 12-track LP is home to the bubblegum-pop smashes “(You Drive Me) Crazy”, “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart“, “Born to Make You Happy“, “Sometimes” and of course, the catchiest song of all time, “…Baby One More Time”. Not to mention the not-at-all dated song-title “Email My Heart”. The ‘90s were a weird time, man. 

Never forget this Britney-led Japanese candy ad.

The breakout single “…Baby One More Time” ultimately gave Ms. Spears a platform to become the pop queen she now is. Racking up number ones in three separate decades, Britney’s first album gave us such a high benchmark of pop music, fans were subsequently shocked at her ability to continuously improve with hits like “Toxic”, “Gimmie More” and “Till The World Ends”.

Also, “Work B*tch”… Never forget “Work B*tch”.

Who knew that a TLC throwaway single would become the iconic Britney song we all know and love?!

But, what this album showed more than anything else, was that there was a need and a demand for pure, bubblegum pop in the 90’s music industry.

We’re talking about a time period where angsty-rock was at its peak. Britney was the voice that so many people yearned to hear and she paved the way for so many artists debuting in the years after. 

These glasses? A music AND a style icon!

As the millennium began, teen-pop dominated pop culture. MTV’s TRL was all anyone could talk about, boybands were competing for your hearts and at the core of it all, was the princess of pop herself, Britney Spears. 

Once a princess, always a princess.

And so, we would like to wish a happy 21st to …Baby One More Time, the album that gave us all the iconic karaoke hits and launched the career of our fave pop-star.

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Avril Lavigne, Cloned Or Not, Is A Pop Legend Who Deserves Better

It’s not that complicated!

Guys, Avril Lavigne is an actual queen. While the popstar suffered from some minor backlash for a slightly-culturally-appropriative song back in 2014, the truth is she’s a legend. She makes bops, and she has done so consistently for the past two decades. And so, without further ado, let’s explore the 6 main reasons why we should remember and respect the discography of Avril Lavigne.

1. She made ties cool

Fun fact: the sales of ties skyrocketed 7835736180% after the debut of the “Complicated” music video. Okay, while that isn’t true, you can’t deny the fact that you wanted a cool tie to wear loosely over your singlet? Fashion icon in the making, I say. 

2. She took creative risks

One doesn’t need to look past the hit-single ‘Sk8er Boi’ to see her overflowing creative juices. Firstly, it has to be acknowledged that adapting Shakespeare’s ‘Romeo & Juliet’ was a bold choice on its own, but to make them a punk and a ballet-dancer? Genius. Also, the use of the number “8” in “Sk8er Boi”… Someone thought outside the box!

3. She wasn’t afraid to love a guilty-pleasure

Bravery. The mere thought of admitting that you like Nickleback back in 2013 was an absolute no-go, but that didn’t stop Queen Avril. The punk-rock icon loved Nickleback so much that she tied the knot with him back in that year. While they did separate in 2015, the two are on excellent terms, so much so that they’ve kept collaborating with each other! Gotta love a healthy relationship with your ex. 

4. She’s a multi-lingual queen

We’re not sure how fluent Avril Lavigne is in languages other than Canadian, but that didn’t stop this icon from singing in Japanese, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Italian, German and Portuguese for her hit song, “Girlfriend”. Dora the Explorer who?

5. She’s started her own foundation

The queen of pop is also a queen of philanthropy! In 2010, Avril launched the Avril Lavigne Foundation aimed to help “individuals with Lyme disease, serious illnesses and disabilities.” Her 2018 comeback single was actually about her struggle with Lyme disease. 

6. She’s dead and has been replaced with a clone. 

Whether you believe this conspiracy theory or not, you entertained the idea that Avril Lavigne could have died and been replaced by an actress when it went viral a few years back. Only legends get conspiracy theories! Case closed.

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Mac Miller Delivers Us A Posthumous Album Directly From Heaven

Come back to earth.

In overwhelming news, we’re about to get a new Mac Miller album. 

This will mark the first bit of new music since his passing in 2018.

According to a statement made by Mac’s family earlier today, the late rapper was well into the process of making a new album when he passed away in 2018. He was working on a project called Circles which was set to be a companion album to his last LP, Swimming. The unheard project will see the light of day on the 17th of Jan. The note read, “Swimming in Circles was the concept… Two different styles complementing each other, completing a circle.”

Posthumous albums are always contentious when they’re released, often garnering mixed reviews from critics and fans. Posthumous albums from Michael Jackson, Lil Peep and XXXtentacion received backlash and were criticised for not following the vision of the artist or for being made as a cash grab. Mac’s family are seemingly aware of this, saying in the statement: “This is a complicated process that has no right answer. No clear path.”

As a result, this upcoming album seems different. Mac’s family seems to have his best interests at heart. The note read “We simply know that it was important to Malcolm for the world to hear it. One of the most difficult decisions in the process is how best to let people know about it, how to communicate meaningfully while keeping sacred what should be kept sacred.”

Furthermore, they put the project in the hands of Jon Brion who has been working with Mac Miller throughout the process. The Instagram post said “After his passing, Jon dedicated himself to finishing Circles based on his time and conversations with Malcolm. We are eternally grateful to Jon and to those who gave their best to the difficult and emotional task of putting out this body of work.”

Also, the family has come out and rejected any marketing gimmicks to promote the album; “this will be the only post on any of his channels.”

As a result, Circles seems like a posthumous album done right. Considering the project was meant to correlate to his previous efforts in a conclusive way, his family are ultimately fulfilling his vision and overall wish. Let’s take this album with a grain of salt, knowing that it’s not 100% Mac’s vision, but ultimately a gateway into the last few moments of his life.

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