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  1. Britney Spears injured her knee while filming the video for “Outrageous” on June 8, 2004. Some consider it the beginning of the end, but however you decide to interpret it, Britney Spears’ knee injury on-set of her music video for “Outrageous” 17-years ago changed the trajectory of the pop titan’s performance offerings for good. It’s a sore subject for all of the B Army, but an important component in understanding one of the many reasons why she does not perform as she did in the past. For our latest installment of This Day In Pop, BreatheHeavy is revisiting the summer night when the singer took to the streets of Queens, New York to film the clip to the hip-hop-charged track and seemingly put a nail in the coffin to the promotional trail for 2003’s In The Zone. For a long time in her early career, due to pop music elitists and general naysayers, it was cool to hate on Britney Spears. In The Zone, more specifically “Toxic,” shifted the perspective on the singer and opened her reach to a wider and more grown audience. Nonetheless, her fourth era of pop superstardom hit a rocupcakes the night she took to the streets to film the video for the R. Kelly-produced track. On the visual front, we had the reliable Dave Meyers, who had previously directed “Lucky” and “Boys (Co-Ed Remix)” as the man in charge. On the campaign front, the song was set be part of the soundtrack to Halle Berry’s superhero film, Catwoman. For a fourth single, the investment was there. Maybe that’s, in part, because the song was rumored to lead the LP until Britney nabbed Madonna for “Me Against The Music.” Regardless, the promotion, press and release came to a halt at 11:30 PM that Tuesday night when a dizzying spin in her routine made her scream and fall under the L Train line as spectators in a pre-social media world watched from the sidelines. Local indie rock band Mo Matching Drapes took advantage of the shoot by filming an amateur music video of them on set of her set. Little did they know they’d capture one of her biggest career mishaps on camera. “She obviously took a wrong step and blew out her knee. It was an old dance injury,” a spokeswoman told Reuters at the time. Immediately following the accident, Spears was carried off set and transported to a local hospital, where doctors conducted an MRI scan, found floating cartilage in her knee and performed arthroscopic surgery on the star. The impact of the injury in Spears’ K-Fed era brought more repercussions than one could have expected at the time. Cue the cancelation of her “Onyx Hotel Tour,” which was scheduled to begin its second North American leg just 14 days later. You try to envision the pop spectacle without choreography. It simply doesn’t work. Earlier in the year, Spears hurt her knee while performing in Illinois, forcing her to cancel some dates, so the validity of the mishap isn’t really up for debate. She was in a thigh brace for six weeks followed by eight to twelve weeks of rehabilitation. Needless to say, it gave her a pass to a much-needed break that she had been yearning at that point in her career. It’d be the last time that we saw Spears dance to such intricate levels that matched her years of experience. As a consolation prize, we were given a short edit of the music video for “Outrageous” with the release of Greatest Hits: My Prerogative, which arrived later that November. Worth it? Absolutely not. Still, as we all know, the worst had yet to come. Written by @Jame***hale for BreatheHeavy | Exhale
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  2. On April 16th, 1971, Tejano superstar Selena Quintanilla was born. Although the Queen is no longer with us, the 16th is the day to celebrate her life and her music. 😘 RIP and happy birthday. Siempre Selena 💜
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  5. Britney Spears released her critically acclaimed 9th studio album on this day in 2016.
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  6. On August 18, 2005, Britney Spears released Someday (I Will Understand) as the lead and only single off her EP Britney & Kevin: Chaotic. Spears wrote the song two weeks before knowing she was pregnant with her first child, Sean Preston Federline. A pop ballad, its lyrics refer to a feeling of empowerment as a pregnant woman. A remixed version of the song was included on the 2005 remix compilation, B in the Mix: The Remixes.
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  7. The video features Spears and her son's watching The Smurfs 2 in a theater and as Gargamel zaps Spears, she finds herself in Smurf village singing and dancing with the smurfs.
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  8. On May 13, 2000 Britney performed Oops!... I Did It Again and Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know on SNL. I love the outfits! Enjoy
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  15. On November 13, 2000, Stronger was released by Britney Spears as the third single of her second studio album Oops!... I Did It Again. The song has self-empowerment lyrics about a girl who is tired of her cheating boyfriend and decides to live without him. It received acclaim from music critics, who described the song as both musically and lyrically innovative and considered it the best dance track from the album. Stronger achieved commercial success worldwide, reaching the top five in Austria, Germany and Sweden, while reaching the top ten in Finland, Ireland, Switzerland and United Kingdom. Stronger peaked at number eleven in the United States' Billboard Hot 100, and was later certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for selling over 500,000 units of the single. The B-side of the single was Walk On By.
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  17. On May 1, 2000 in a rare performance Britney performed Oops!... I Did It Again on Pop Jam. Enjoy
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