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The Essential Britney Spears

The Essential Britney Spears

by Britney SpearsBritney Spears


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Anybody seeking an exhaustive Britney Spears compilation has been waiting for a collection like 2013's The Essential Britney Spears. Where other Britney compilations ran no longer than a single CD, this is a double-disc set with over 30 tracks -- more than enough space for all of her hit American singles, although that does mean that there are some singles from non-U.S. territories that are missing in action. Usually, the earliest of these are the ones most notable -- the sugary "Born to Make You Happy" is the greatest omission, but "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know," "I Love Rock N Roll," and "Anticipating" are all absent, along with latter-day dance and European singles "MMM Papi" and "Lace and Leather," European singles like "Someday (I Will Understand)" -- but only hardcore fans will notice what's absent, as all the hits are here, from "…Baby One More Time" to "Till the World Ends" (plus "Scream & Shout," the hit featuring Spears). Skeptics might suspect shorter is better for Britney -- and those looking for a quick blast of hits will be well-served by Playlist -- but this double-disc set reveals that she had two strong, distinct phases to her career: the bubblegum pop ingénue of the new millennium, followed by the blackout club diva of ten years later. There are slow patches in both phases, but there's tremendous pop in both, and they both shine on this Essential disc.

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Product Details

Release Date: 08/20/2013
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888837546928
catalogNumber: 375469
Rank: 11847


Disc 1

  1. ...Baby One More Time
  2. Sometimes
  3. (You Drive Me) Crazy
  4. From the Bottom of My Broken Heart
  5. Oops!...I Did It Again
  6. Lucky
  7. Stronger
  8. I'm a Slave 4 U
  9. I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman
  10. Overprotected
  11. Boys
  12. Me Against the Music
  13. Toxic
  14. Everytime
  15. Outrageous

Disc 2

  1. My Prerogative
  2. Do Somethin'
  3. Giimme More
  4. Piece of Me
  5. Radar
  6. Break the Ice
  7. Hot As Ice
  8. Womanizer
  9. Circus
  10. If U Seek Amy
  11. Out From Under
  12. 3
  13. Hold It Against Me
  14. Till the World Ends
  15. I Wanna Go
  16. Criminal
  17. Scream & Shout

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Britney Spears   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Cathy Dennis   Composer
Bobby Brown   Composer
R. Kelly   Composer,Producer
Madonna   Composer
Dido   Composer
Gene Griffin   Composer
Shelly Peiken   Composer
Teddy Riley   Composer
Guy Sigsworth   Producer
Eric Foster White   Arranger,Producer
Mark Larson   Art Direction
Christopher "Tricky" Stewart   Composer
Max Martin   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer
Ellen Von Unwerth   Tray Photo
Pharrell Williams   Composer
Benny Blanco   Producer
Per Magnusson   Composer,Producer
Britney Spears   Composer,Executive Producer
Balewa Muhammad   Composer   Executive Producer,Additional Production
Neptunes   Producer,Remixing,Additional Production
Chad Hugo   Composer
Bloodshy   Producer,Engineer
Jean Baptiste   Composer
Jörgen Elofsson   Composer,Producer
Rami   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Gary Graff   Liner Notes
Klas Åhlund   Composer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Arnthor Birgisson   Composer
Henrik Jonback   Composer
Theresa LaBarbera Whites   Executive Producer
Dante Santiago   Executive Producer
Trixster   Producer
Larry Rudolph   Executive Producer,Management
Angela Hunte   Composer
Keri Hilson   Composer
Ezekiel Lewis   Composer
Penelope Magnet   Composer,Producer
Bonnie McKee   Composer
Alexander Kronlund   Composer
Randee St. Nicholas   Cover Photo
Candice Nelson   Composer
T-Pain   Arranger,Composer
Claude Kelly   Composer
Clutch   Producer
Patrick "J Que" Smith   Composer
Billboard   Producer
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Shellback   Composer,Producer
Lazy Jay   Producer
Nikesha Briscoe   Composer
Pontus Winnberg   Composer
David Kreuger   Composer,Producer
Outsyders   Producer
Rafael Akinyemi   Composer
Kesha Sebert   Composer
K. Briscoe   Producer
James Washington   Composer
Christian Karlsson   Composer
Benjamin Levin   Composer
Nate Hills   Composer,Producer
Gary O'Brien   Composer
Thabiso Nkhereanye   Composer
Tiffany Amber   Composer
Jef Martens   Composer
Marcella Araica   Composer
Mathieu Jomphe   Composer
Lukasz Gottwald   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer
Terius Nash   Composer
E.F. White   Composer
Avant   Producer,Engineer
William Adams   Composer
Annette Stamatelatos   Composer

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