Britney Spears’…Baby One More Time: Untold Secrets

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Britney Spears’…Baby One More Time: Untold Secrets

Did you know that before Baby One More Time became Britney Spears’ first (and iconic) single, it was passed over by a major girl group? We’re spilling all the details on the album.

Oh, sweetheart.

Britney Spears’ debut album,…Baby One More Time, has sold over 25 million copies and is still the pop icon’s most successful album ever more than 20 years later.

It’s understandable, given that the 39-year-old’s first album ushered in a resurgence of teen pop music and defined a generation.

Spears, then 17 and best known for her time as a child on The Mickey Mouse Club, became the world’s most famous teenager…and the world has never stopped being transfixed by the princess of pop since then.

(Most recently, fans all over the world cheered on the icon as she finally ended her 13-year conservatorship.)

But did you know that her iconic “…Baby One More Time” single, one of the most popular songs of all time, almost went to another artist?

12, which went on to become the second best-selling album of 1999, and is still one of the best-selling albums of all time, thanks to the massive success of its first single and its accompanying music video of the same name.

In an era when music groups (TLC, Backstreet Boys, The Spice Girls, ‘N Sync, etc.) dominated the music scene, Spears’ solo success at such a young age was almost unprecedented, and she helped pave the way for teen queens like Christina Aguilera, Mandy Moore, and Jessica Simpson. She held the Guinness World Record for “best-selling album by a teenage solo artist.”

To honor the genre-defining album, we’re going back to 1999 and revealing some secrets about Britney Spears,…Baby One More Time, and that schoolgirl outfit…

Of course, “…Baby One More Time” was Spears’ first major hit, but the song almost went to a different artist after famed songwriter Max Martin, one of Spears’ longtime collaborators, wrote it with an R&B flavor in mind.

He emailed it to TLC.

“I liked the song, but do I think it’s a hit?” T-Boz told MTV in 2013.

“Was I supposed to go…?”

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