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It’s Britney, Bitch

With Britney on an official hiatus and planning her much anticipated wedding, I have decided to compile a list of Britney’s Top 10 performances throughout her amazing career. Since the likelihood of hearing new Britney music is slim to none in the next few years (producer Benny Blanco hinted to a 2014 release) I suppose I’ll have to manage with past inspiration. Let’s all pray to the Britney Gods that she at least appears on a Nicki Minaj track or makes a speedy return to music by the beginning of 2013. Anyway, here is my list of my favorite Britney performances and her most legendary…

10. Till The World Ends – Femme Fatale Tour 2011

Despite what people say about Britney’s lack of dance moves as of late, there are times when Ms. Spears shows a spark of interest and really engages in the choreography which in return makes her look interested. Whether it be the amount of medication she is on or the fact that she has “nothing to prove”, Britney made a welcomed return to dancing on The Femme Fatale Tour and showed much improvement with every ongoing date.

9. Baby One More Time – MTV Music Video Awards 1999

Must we not forget the performance that started her string of legendary MTV VMA performances! Hot of the success of Baby…One More Time, Britney rocked the VMA stage like a veteran and showed the world she wasn’t messing around. This is the performance that separated her from all her peers and proved to the world that she was an equal contender and a true pop phenomenon.

8. Breathe On Me – Rai Due Live (In The Zone Promo Tour) 2003

Yowza! Shedding her ‘good girl’ image undeniably and looking like a sleep deprived club hopping nymphomaniac, Britney came back with a progressive new sound and an accompanied sexed up image. What I like most about this performance is the intimate and minimal setting, but with a banging body and a steamy song you really don’t need more than that, do you? It’s a mystery why Breathe On Me never became a single considering it had mass appeal and much potential to be a massive hit.

7. Me Against The Music – American Music Awards 2003

Britney opened the American Music Awards with a huge bang! Dropping from the ceiling in a silver metallic ensemble only to reveal her svelte figure in a laced up purple bustier, Brit Brit performed her new single and gave the world a sneak peek of what her massive Onyx Hotel Tour would be like. My favorite part of this performance is when the track morphs into the Rishi Rich Desi Kulcha Remix…which every Britney fan knows should have been the lead mix of Me Against The Music!

6. Stronger – American Music Awards 2001

Ohhh the good ol’ days…Britney was dating JT, flaunting her six-pack abs, dancing her sweet ass off and rocking her signature one sleeve gypsy-esque creation! The world was in order, there was harmony in the universe and the future was bright for Britney (for a while anyway). The best part? The bit where Britney is surrounded by a circle of back-up dancers and breaks down with the “bada bopada, I’m stronggger” part…it’s like bitch don’t pretend your microphone was suddenly on and you were singing live for a minute. Who cares though…it’s Britney, bitch!

5. Everytime – Saturday Night Live 2003

It goes without saying that Britney isn’t known for her incredible vocal abilities and instead known for her dance appeal and stage presence, but when she does display her true vocals live Britney sounds quite lovely. It’s a shame that Britney doesn’t showcase her song writing skills more often through personal experiences and hardships. Let’s hope we hear more of a vulnerable side and receive another monster of a ballad on future releases from Brit Brit.

4. Toxic – In The Zone ABC Special 2003

Let’s keep it real, shall we? Britney’s dance moves in this performance are untouchable and no other pop-star at their pinnacle could ever come close to dancing the way Britney did. The choreography is a sexy fast-paced frenzy of dips, twirls & thrusts while Ms. Spears works the floor in high heels and makes it all look so simple. And just to clarify, I do love other pop-stars…but mainly only Rihanna and Gaga…and sometimes Beyonce but really only Sasha Fierce Beyonce so she doesn’t really count.

3. I Got That (Boom Boom) – Total Request Live 2003

Amazing song…Check! Toned body…Check! Flawless dancing…Check! Live Vocals? CHECK! Britney was not fucking around when it came time to promote for In The Zone and with the haters at bay Britney definitely had something to prove with all the controversy and negativity surrounding her. This performance is a clear example of what made Britney such an outstanding pop star and brilliant performer. Her collaboration with The Ying Yang Twins was a fresh, fun surprise and was a precursor of what her new sound would eventually become.

2. I Can’t Get No Satisfaction/Oops.. – MTV Video Music Awards 2000

I still remember watching this performance as a baby-gay in my best friends basement and being completely in awe of what I just witnessed. We watched in shock and amazement and were completely flabbergasted by what was happening before our eyes! “OMG…is she naked?…I think she’s naked…Katie, she’s fucking NAKED!!” The striptease into the flesh sparkly bodysuit is EVERYTHING and still continues to “inspire” other “pop stars” today (fuck off J-Lo) and wannabes (get a life Heidi Montag). This performance gave me goosebumps and still does to this day. Britney is a ferociously talented entertainer who oozes sex appeal and absolutely demands to be watched!

1. I’m A Slave 4 U – MTV Video Music Awards 2001

Uh, duhhhh! Taking a huge risk by debuting a brand new single off her upcoming third album, Britney performed I’m A Slave 4 U for the first time at the 2001 MTV VMA’s to an eager crowd and suspenseful viewers. In an era before internet leaks, shoddy youtube videos and social networking sites; all eyes were on Britney and the pressure to deliver another legendary VMA performance worthy of her title as VMA Queen was high. The Prince-inspired Neptunes produced lead track was a fresh sound for Britney and a sound very few pop stars were experimenting with at the time. With fast intricate choreography, outstanding visual presentation, and daring stage props; Britney earned her title as a pop innovator and remarkable performer.

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Top 10 Albums

This is a list I compiled of the top 10 albums that have in some way made an impact in my life. These albums are in some form sonically groundbreaking, completely flawless or just absolutely amazing and deserve all the recognition they received.

It’s very rare to listen to an entire album and instantly fall in love with every track or at least grow to appreciate every song. Most albums nowadays are loaded with filler grade C tracks that serve absolutely no purpose other than to complete an album. Singles seem to be the dominating force when it comes to an artist’s bragging rights and unfortunately quality albums are infrequent.

Now for the count down…

#10 The Cardigans – Long Gone Before Daylight

I became a fan of The Cardigans as soon as I heard Lovefool but I never admired a full body of work by them until Long Gone Before Daylight. After reading a mediocre review of the album by Rollingstone, which caught me off guard since I thought the band had disbanded, I decided to check the album out for myself. Immediately, from the first listen, I fell in love with the record. Nina Persson’s vocals have never sounded better and the stripped down country-blues sound suits the band very well! Definitely an album worth checking out if you haven’t already.

Favorite Track = For What It’s Worth

#9 Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Although never really a huge fan of Kanye West I always found the guy to be interesting. I’m not sure what it is about him. Whether it be his outspokenness, obnoxious attitude, his unconventional visionary approach or his sense of style, the man is extremely intriguing. He is also a genius artist who is extremely talented. What I like most about My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is how consistent the album is as a whole, every song seems to nicely compliment the next.

Favorite Track = Lost In The World

#8 Kelis – Fleshtone

Ohhh Kelis, if only this album was better managed and promoted by your team! Fleshtone, without a doubt, is one of the best dance records to come out in the last few years. I can not stress enough how brilliant this album is. It’s really quite a shame that Fleshtone kind of dissolved after its release because every track is worth checking out. Like Kanye’s Nightmare, every song on Fleshtone connects properly and there is a continuous theme throughout each track. Besides her team failing to actively promote the record, I feel like the record was maybe a little too ahead of its time. Very unfortunate.

Favorite Track = Brave

#7 Yeah Yeah Yeah’s – Fever to Tell

I was lucky enough to catch the YYY’s when they came to Chicago in support of Fever To Tell in 2004. Of course, I was familiar with Date With The Night but I never bothered to listen to Fever To Tell in its entirety until after I watched them live. Seeing them live was like nothing I had ever seen before, the show was a visual firecracker of fidgety vocals, brash instruments and frantic stage presence. From that moment on I was a huge fan.

Favorite Track = Y Control

#6 Bloc Party – Silent Alarm

Bloc Party was a band I was completely unfamiliar with. I had read about them, I had heard about them but I never heard anything by them. Initially, I thought they were going to be this happy, dancey, rock-pop band with synths but that was me looking way too much into their name. The first song I heard by Bloc Party was a song called Tulips and my assumption about the band couldn’t be any further from the truth. Silent Alarm is a beautifully well crafted, guitar driven album and Bloc Party remain to be one of my favorite bands. I look forward to hearing new music from them soon!

Favorite Track = So Here We Are

#5 Britney Spears – Blackout

It was with three words that I became ridiculously obsessed with Britney Spears. As soon as she uttered “It’s Britney, bitch”, I was instantly hooked and still am till this day. Blackout represented Britney at her worst time; she was in and out of rehab, stumbling through performances, attacking paparazzi and shaving her head, yet she was able to create her magnus opus. And while Femme Fatale is a better album as a whole, Blackout is an edgy, urban, club banging disk that had Britney in full control and working with unfamiliar producers. Blackout set the bar high for other pop artists to follow and still remains one of the most influential pop records today.

Favorite Tracks = Gimme More, Get Naked (I Got A Plan)

#4 Cut Copy – In Ghost Colours

Unlike the rest of the bands and musicians on this list, Cut Copy was a band that I was entirely unaware of. I caught them live on a fluke back in 2004 when they opened for Franz Ferdinand in Chicago. Not knowing what to expect from Cut Copy nor really caring to watch the opening band (I’m ashamed to say that but it’s true), I was shocked by what I was hearing. With a blend of pulsating synths and electric guitars the band came off like a cross between Daft Punk and Fleetwood Mac and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Cut Copy make amazing music and put on quality shows, totally worth checking out…especially live.

Favorite Tracks = Out There On Ice, Far Away

#3 Madonna – Ray Of Light

While Britney’s magnus opus is a fun, youthful, unintelligent record, Madonna’s Ray Of Light is a mature, self-aware, introspective record that was more personal and extremely daring. Madonna took a huge risk working with William Orbit (a relatively unknown in America at the time) and it paid off for this record. Production on this album was clouded in mystery and not too many people were aware of what type of sound, let alone image, Madonna was going to unveil. Madonna has always been known to be a trendsetter and this album is no exception being one of the first mainstream albums to add elements of electronic and trip hop.

Favorite Tracks = Drowned World/Substitute For Love, Sky Fits Heaven

#2 Blur – Think Tank

After taking a small hiatus as a band, Blur made a triumphant return with Think Tank. The album saw the band collaborate with producer Norman Cook (Fat Boy Slim) for the first time and they created some of their most cohesive work to date. Every time I listen to Daman Albarn’s smooth voice throughout these songs I tend to escape to another place. The man has such a beautifully chill voice and he sings with such ease that you can’t help but be taken away. The blend of middle eastern influences, jazz-inspired break downs and dreamy vocals are what keep me hooked to this record. It also helps that Blur happens to be the coolest band, ever. Blur is what every band should aspire to sound like. Quality music.

Favorite Tracks = Ambulance, Good Song

#1 Garbage – Version 2.0

Gosh, where do I begin!? Garbage is without a doubt, my favorite band of all bands. Nothing will ever compare to Shirley Manson and the boys and I absolutely adore them. When Garbage dropped Version 2.0 I was instantly satisfied with their new sound. The band remained true to their darker lyrical content and controversial topics but their sound had evolved into something extraordinary. They experimented with different sounds, different instruments and changed their overall approach to making music to get the textured sound of Version 2.0. I really enjoy the counterbalance of the gloomy lyrical content mixed with the futuristic bleeps and bops. This album represents growth, evolution and dedication and I applaud them for their effort.

Favorite Tracks = Temptation Waits, The Trick Is To Keep Breathing

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