-Song title: ‘Ooh La La’-
-Artist: Britney Spears-
-Featured in the Trailer for: “The Smurfs 2” (Opens: 7/31/13)-
Quick Bio – You almost don’t even have to introduce an artist like Britney Spears, given her accomplishments and story. Sure, it hasn’t always been perfect, but when you’re as big as Britney has been over the majority of her career, it’s hard to hide. But, the reason we all know her and follow her is her music, which has transformed quite a bit over the years. Sure, its Pop music in virtually every sense, but pop music sells and for Britney as made her an icon in the industry other artists have looked up to. That’s probably the one fact to Britney that gets lost and one that I certainly think she deserves credit for. Plus, she has still sold over 100 million albums worldwide, picked up numerous awards over the past 20 years, became the youngest female artist to have five albums debut at number one and last year was the highest paid musician, according to Forbes, raking in a stout $58 million. That’s pretty solid for someone a lot of people had labeled ‘done’ after her fall from stardom in 2007-2008 after her aunt died. A year to forget also became the fuel for Spears revival, though, as since that point she has raised her game and climbed back to where she was prior to the free fall.
For those that don’t know, Britney Spears was born in the deep south and raised in Kentwood, Louisiana. At age three, she started attending dance lessons and by the time she was eight, she was trying out for ‘The Mickey Mouse Club,’ which didn’t officially cast her until 1992 when she was 11. But, what seemed to be her break was short lived when the show was cancelled returning Spears back to Kentwood. She later enrolled in a local private school in the town she was born, McComb, MS, but was never able to accept being a regular kid. She wanted more, so her mom kept pitching her vocals and eventually Jive Records called back citing Spears own willingness to become great was what excited them. Several years later her debut album, Baby One More Time was released to huge success, eventually going double platinum and becoming one of the best-selling albums off all-time. But, that was just the start as Britney later became the only artist during the Nielsen SoundScan era to have four albums debut with 500,000 or more copies sold in the United States. So, while it may be easy to only focus on what Britney hasn’t done right in her career, through her music, she also has become one of the biggest icons the music industry has ever seen. And her song ‘Ooh La La’ featured in the trailer for “The Smurfs 2” is yet another example of that.
Influence and Style – There’s no doubt you will get a host of opinions when it comes to Britney Spears, but to me that’s a compliment given what she means to the music industry. Very few artists come along and get to a status like Michael Jackson and Madonna did. But, I think Britney has gotten to that level and she deserves credit for that when you figure the amount of albums she sold prior to turning 20. As a female artist, she ranks only behind Madonna, Janet Jackson and Whitney Houston from a popularity and body of work standpoint. In a 2011 Entertainment Weekly article, Adam Markovitz commented on the cultural significance of Spears’s voice and music. “We don’t ask a whole lot from Britney Spears as an entertainer…we’ll still send her straight up the charts simply because she’s Britney. She’s an American institution, as deeply sacred and messed up as pro wrestling or the filibuster.” Not every artist gets that kind of “pass,” which is probably why her story has been such an inspiration to up and comers in the industry. Artists like Nicki Minaj, Demi Lovato, Katy Perry and Pixie Lott have all cited Spears as a major influence on their career. And at least from a fans standpoint, I would think the inspiration these other artists are drawing from is not just from a musical/performance standpoint. I think watching her fall down the way she did and then watching her pick herself back up is a big deal. Combine that with the millions of fans that follow her every move tells you it’s not always just about the music, it’s about the message underneath the music and performance. ~ Excerpts taken from Wikipedia.com
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