Music-versary: Britney Spears released ‘Oops!…I Did it Again’ LP on May 16, 2000

Britney Spears

Release date: May 16, 2000

Backstory: She definitely did it again. After enjoying huge success with her first album, …Baby One More Time, Britney Spears released her sophomore album in the spring of 2000. It sold 1.3 million copies in its first week, breaking the Nielsen SoundScan record for highest debut sales by any female artist at the time. Oops!…I Did it Again went multi-platinum in just one month and solidified Spears as the quintessential teen pop queen (although now in her 30s, some probably still think of her as such).

Released by JIVE Records, no one can deny that Spears and her production team knew exactly how to capture the hearts of millions of tween and teens by putting out a sequel to …Baby One More Time with the same sugary pop and R&B flavor and computerized beats, but a tad bit more maturity. The title track and first single Oops!…I Did it Again earned Spears a Grammy nomination for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. The catchy, frisky song also garnered international success and topped the charts in several countries.

Lucky, Spears’ second single off the album, is about fame and the downside of having it all. It peaked at No. 1 in Austria, Germany, Sweden and Switzerland and reached the Top 10 across Europe. The third single, Stronger, a more R&B-tinged tune with a hefty dance beat, which touched on liberation from a domineering, unfaithful boyfriend, peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was certified gold by the RIAA. Producers Robert John “Mutt” Lange and Rodney Jerkins, respectively, lent their expertise on tracks Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know and the Rolling Stones cover (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, two gems that round out the album nicely.

On the charts: Oops!…I Did it Again peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. One month after it was released, the album reached Platinum status by the RIAA, and by Jan. 24, 2005, Oops!…I Did it Again was certified diamond with 10 million units sold. To this day, it’s one of the highest selling albums of all time.

Oops!…I Did it Again is an entertaining, well-constructed and -produced album that is just as memorable as it is spirited. That’s why it’s no surprise that the album received favorable reviews from critics and even more admiration from the millions of fans who sang and danced along to it relentlessly.

Credits: Britney Spears (vocals), Rodney Jerkins (producer, engineer, vocal arrangements), Robert John (producer), Timmy Allen (producer), David Krueger (composer, keyboards, mixing engineer, producer, programming), Rami Yacoub (composer, keyboards, mixing engineer, producer, programming), Robert John (producer), Kristian Lundin (composer, keyboards, mixing engineer, producer, programming), Steve Lunt (composer, producer, string arrangements), Per Magnusson (composer, keyboards, mixing engineer, producer, programming), Max Martin (composer, keyboards, mixing engineer, producer, programming), Diane Warren (composer), Alexander Kronlund (composer), Harvey Mason Jr. (engineer), Harvey Mason Sr. (editing), Michel Gallone (engineer, mixing engineer), John Amatiello (engineer), Eric Gast (engineer), Dan Gellert (engineer). Click here for complete list.

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