This event begins 05/27/2002 and repeats every year forever
"I Love Rock 'n' Roll" was the fourth single from the album Britney, released on 27 May 2002. The song was used in her 2002 movie Crossroads, in which Spears' character Lucy performs it in a karaoke bar. Britney has publicly stated that the original song is one of her favorites. She listened to the original Arrows Mickie Most-produced version just before she recorded the song, according to Jive A&R representative Steve Lunt. The scratches performed on this version were performed by Corey Chase at Hit Factory Miami. When promoting the single's release, Spears mistakenly attributed the hit version of the song to Pat Benatar instead of Joan Jett.
Spears' cover was met with mostly favorable reviews. NME's Ted Kessler wrote that Britney "still works best when making a good pop cheese and dance sandwich: there's the ace Rodney Jerkins-produced version of Joan Jett's 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll', which does exactly what is says on the tin." Rolling Stone's Barry Walters wrote that "producer Rodney Jerkins' hip-hop blaspheming of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" doesn't go as far as it should (is a Limp Bizkit remix in its future?), but it certainly beats what her earlier studio architects did to those Sonny and Cher ("The Beat Goes On" on ...Baby One More Time) and Stones ("(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" on Oops!... I Did It Again) songs." Another positive reception came from PopMatters's editor Nikki Tranter, who enjoyed that the song is "different from the average run-of-the-mill pop offering," and praised that "she does strange justice to the tune, vamping up her vocals and turning out something, that while silly and camp, is actually a fun listen."
The song was performed live during Spears' Dream Within a Dream Tour (2001–02). In 2016, it was added to the revamped set list of her Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Me (2016–17), marking the first time Spears performed the song in 14 years. During the performance, Britney Spears rode a mechanical electric guitar, which simulated a mechanical bull, as it rotated on stage. The same prop electric guitar had been used during her Femme Fatale Tour (2011) for a segment in which she covered the song "Burning Up" by Madonna. At the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, the song was performed as part of a medley.
This event begins 05/28/2002 and repeats every year forever
On May 28, 2002, the music video for "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" was released. Directed by Chris Applebaum, it shows Spears with her own band, a stack of speakers and flashing lights. The video begins in black and white and switches to and from color throughout. It was shot at The Inn, a bar in Long Beach, New York. The video was ranked at #2 on the 100 Best Videos of 2002 list during MTV Latin America's countdown. A "Director's Cut" version of the video was later leaked, containing previously unseen scenes.
This event begins 06/01/1998 and repeats every year forever
In June 1998 Britney began a promotional mall tour titled L'Oreal Hair Zone Mall Tour! The show ran till August 1998.
Britney did small sets in malls and food courts around the United States, mostly in larger cities. Spears' set was around 30 minutes, and she only had two female dancers with her on the stage. Her label, Jive Records, has said that this tour was created to promote Spears' upcoming debut album (...Baby One More Time) and prepare for her first major tour.
The set list was comprised of:
"(You Drive Me) Crazy"
"Thinkin' About You"
"Deep in My Heart"
"Born to Make You Happy"
"...Baby One More Time"
SOOOOOO Cute Seeing Britney in her first couple of LIVE performances!
This event began 05/04/2015 and repeats every year forever
"Pretty Girls" is a song recorded by Britney Spears and Australian rapper Iggy Azalea.
Azalea co-wrote the song with Maegan Cottone, British girl group Little Mix, and the song's producers, The Invisible Men. The single was released on May 4, 2015, by RCA Records.
The music video for "Pretty Girls" premiered on May 13, 2015, and was directed by Azalea and Cameron Duddy.
The visuals were inspired by the 1988 film Earth Girls Are Easy, starring Geena Davis. The song was performed live by Spears and Azalea for the first time on May 17 at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. Later that year, it was added to the setlist for Spears' Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Me.
The collaboration peaked within the top 20 in the United Kingdom, Canada, Hungary, Scotland, and South Korea as well as the top 30 in the United States, France, and Australia. The track also received two nominations at the 2015 Teen Choice Awards.
This event began 05/06/1999 and repeats every year forever
On May 6, 1999, the Sometimes music video premiered on Total Request Live.
As her previous video, ...Baby One More Time, this one was also directed by Nigel ****. It was shot at the Paradise Cove in Malibu, California. It featured model Chad Cole as her love interest.
This event began 05/06/2019 and repeats every year forever
The Met Gala in 2019 was one for the books.
Lady Gaga was a bit of an exhibitionist when she made her grand appearance. She continually stripped off her clothing while hamming it up for the cameras.
It was pretty epic and deserves a day on Exhale's Pop Anniversaries calendar.
This event began 05/10/1991 and repeats every year forever
‘Truth or Dare’ sheds light on Madonna’s most loyal fanbase: the queer community.
Truth Or Dare debuted May 10, 1991.
Celebrity access comes in abundance these days. Pick up your phone, open Instagram and scroll down your feed to see the latest happenings with your favorite stars. Still, a lot of that easy access is executed with a strong level of curation, particularly from the major pop acts. Filters. Double takes. Edits. To that effect, we’ve grown to love certain feeds for their more authentic portrayal of stars. Cue Cardi B’s rise to fame. On the other end, Madonna is still seemingly working on navigating Instagram, but even if she does conquer the platform one day, it’ll never offer the same unprecedented pass to her celebrity as she did in in 1991 with the release of her very first concert/doc film. For our inaugural installment of This Day In Pop, BreatheHeavy decided to kick off our series with one of the most important documentaries in pop music: Madonna: Truth or Dare (also known as In Bed With Madonna).
Back on May 10, 1991, Madonna’s (mostly) black-and-white doc was given a limited cinematic release by Miramax Films in various North American markets. 14 days later, the film was treated to a wide release across the country. Whether that was a tactical move from the studio or not, an even bigger scope of the public got a dose of Madge in the 122-minute film and it lifted the veil (more so than it had been done before) on what it meant to be one of the biggest stars on the planet. Extensive for even today’s standards, the access shines bright as the film’s biggest star, and like her early career accolades, the project made its mark, netting over $30 million at the box office. If you haven’t seen the concert doc, it’s best to try and watch without any current day views on Madonna and instead with the framework of a 1991 release. From afar, it seemed like it was meant to chronicle the then-32-year-old’s life while on her 1990 three-continent “Blond Ambition World Tour,” but the self-funded film did so much more and, surprisingly, left a fair amount of her vanity out the picture. It scaled magnificent footage of concert performances in color in between then-new backstage editing aesthetics. It pushed the ****** envelope with aggression. It presented an A-lister in a raw and authentic space, putting the singer’s thoughts at the forefront, for better or for worse. Most importantly, it shed a light on the queer community at a really important time.
s** was, is and probably will always be some component to the Madonna blueprint, but there’s absolutely no hiding it in Truth or Dare. It appears overt and almost uncomfortable. In one notable scene from her show in Toronto, the singer is told that plainclothes officers are prepared to arrest her if she performs simulated female mas*******n within a dance routine of “Like A Virgin.” Her response is defiant and potentially more controversial than the bit from the tour itself, which is also paired with Chatholic imagery, in case you were wondering. “Last time I was on tour, Sean [Penn] was in jail. I guess it’s my turn,” she responds. Law enforcement decided not to arrest the singer, but that doesn’t mean she got away with all of her sexcapades while filming. Later on in Italy, the Pope pushes back on the trek, forcing her to cancel two shows. In another prominent scene from the film, Madonna plays a game of “Truth or Dare” and shows her backup dancers just how she gives head using a glass bottle. Again, it might seem tame-ish in this day and age, but we’re talking almost 30 years ago.
Beyond the s**, Truth or Dare sheds light on Madonna’s most loyal fanbase: the queer community. The film frequently goes beyond Madge as a focal point, offering viewers a rare glimpse of her family, childhood friends and collaborators, but the most memorable batch within her inner circle is her backup dancers (made up of mostly gay men). With hundreds of hours of footage, director Alek Keshishian takes the theme of family (chosen family, if you will) and hones in on their genuine dynamic. It’s close-knit friendship. It’s a celebration of LGBT love. It’s AIDS activism when stigma ran high. As the film progresses, viewers learn just how important they are to her life and that’s something that Keshishian didn’t realize until mid-filming. “I felt instinctively that I wanted to get across how in Madonna’s world homosexuality was just a fact of life,” he explained in an interview with The New York Times in 2016. “These dancers, who she felt so close to, they were going through that age of AIDS. There was still so much stigma against it. I felt personally the power of putting that out, buT I had no idea that it might resonate with others quite the way it did.”
It’s a tender notion throughout the film that carries its own weight and fills Madonna’s presence with compassion, balancing her overt behavior. At one point, her makeup artist admits that she was *****. “All I can think of is that she started talking about how she’s on tour with me. She’s staying at the Ritz Carlton and those guys got it in their mind they were going to **** with her,” the singer responds. That’s the kind of attitude that Madonna can’t stomach nowadays. Back in 2015, she made it clear that the cult classic isn’t on top of any of her must-see lists. “I sort of gag when I watch it, ’cause I’m like, ‘Oh my God, I can’t.’ It’s hard to watch myself do anything,” she explained to Andy Cohen, admitting that she’s scared she’ll come off as a brat. But as fearfully as she might be, there’s no taking away just why the film comes off as quintessential M-A-D-O-N-N-A and that’s part of why it helped dictate the tone of how we view celebrity today. In one scene, the singer is seen mingling with a batch of stars backstage of one of her shows. One of those faces is then freshly-Oscared winner Kevin Costner, who greets the star, saying, “You were great. Thanks for having us. That was very generous. I thought it was neat.” Madge isn’t pleased with the reaction. “Neat? Anybody that says my show is neat has to go,” she says once he leaves the room while pretending to gag herself.
Her overall sense of truth and candor even seems to be too much for her then-boyfriend Warren Beatty, who can’t deal with the cameras following her around. At one point in the film, the dynamic between her and the production crew becomes too much for him. “She doesn’t want to live off-camera, much less talk,” he says of the Madonna and the production. “There’s nothing to say off-camera. Why would you say something if it’s off-camera? What point is there existing?”
That’s an argument that still holds up in today’s heavily-documented Instagram culture, but there’s a good chance that you still won’t see that kind of Truth or Dare access from today’s pop stars — unless you’re able to bypass label reps, publicists and the stars’ own sense of media training.
Written by @JamesExhale for BreatheHeavy.
This event began 05/10/2019 and repeats every year forever
On May 10, 2019, Britney Spears appeared in court along with her mom Lynne, for a status hearing regarding her conservatorship, which started in 2008. Earlier that year, Britney had stayed at a mental health facility, for allegedly 30 days. At the beginning of the year, her second Las Vegas residency Domination, which was planned to begin in February, was "postponed" cancelling all the announced dates so far through a message on her social media that cited her father's health as the reason.
Britney was last seen in public in January, and after weeks of absence, it was reported by TMZ that she had entered a mental health facility on her own. Later, an anonymous call to the podcast Britney's Gram suggesting that she was sent to the facility against her will for not taking the medication they were giving her, and that it was the same reason why her co-conservator Andrew Wallet quit earlier that year, started a movement among her fans and social media with the hashtag #FreeBritney to question and ask for a revision of the conservatorship she had been living under since 2008.
Her mother Lynne kept igniting the fire of the movement by liking comments on Facebook that supported the movement, until her account was removed. The judge Brenda Penny who attends the case of Britney Spears, asked for a hearing to discuss the status of the conservatorship. It was reported by the media, that Lynne Spears was seeking to gain access to Britney's medical files.
Dozens of Britney fans protested outside the court house holding signs that read “Free Britney” and “end the conservatorship.” TMZ reported Lynne and Jamie both agreed to an evaluation over Britney – presumably regarding her mental health. The evaluation would be set by Jamie and a court-appointed lawyer. They also claimed Britney asked the judge for certain freedoms she’s not allowed under the rules of the conservatorship, but the judge denied her.
Paparazzi caught Britney walking to her ride after the court hearing. Somewhere along the way Brit’s high heels became a pain, so she kicked them off and carried them. TMZ and other media called the move bizarre.
This event began 05/13/2015 and repeats every year forever
The music video for Pretty Girls was directed by Azalea and Cameron Duddy and was released on May 13, 2015. It continues a cult movie related focus for Azalea's music videos, her previous year's single "Fancy" paid homage to the '90s teen film Clueless and "Black Widow" to the Kill Bill films. The clip is a homage to the 1988 film, Earth Girls Are Easy, directed by Julien Temple and starring Geena Davis. It therefore is heavily based on '80s fashion and technology as well as the loose plot of the film. The video begins with Spears reclining poolside filing her nails with the health and wellness supplement MateFit. visible. Suddenly, an alien Iggy Azalea crash lands into the pool. Spears then proceeds to give Azalea a new makeover.
Two women dress up in '80s fashion and drive in a bright yellow jeep to a car wash, where Spears and backup dancers break into dance. Meanwhile, Azalea's alien powers cause a television to explode, water to turn pink and an ATM to begin shooting cash, which Spears dances around. Soon, two women hop into a convertible with Spears' friends, where Azalea turns Spears' retro handheld telephone into a Samsung Galaxy S6. Nightfall arrives and two women head to a club where Azalea raps and Spears and dancers choreograph a synchronized dance break. Suddenly, the nightclub begins to shake and an unseen force proceeds to abduct Azalea and Spears, to the latter's delight. The screen fades black before two women appear laughing and doing arm movements in the yellow jeep and the credits roll.
It became Britney's fastest video to reach 100 million views on YouTube, but it also became the video with most dislikes.
This event began 05/16/2000 and repeats every year forever
On May 16, 2000, Britney Spears released in the United States her second studio album, Oops!... I Did It Again. The album had already been released in Japan on May 03, and Austria, Germany and Switzerland on May 15.
Preceded by its lead single of the same name, which came out a month prior, Oops!... I Did It Again debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, getting the #1 in 20 charts around the world, #2 in six other countries and #5 in Italy. It broke the record for the biggest first-week sales by a female artist ever in the US, with 1, 319, 193 copies sold, a record she held until 2015, when Adele released 25. It reportedly sold over 500,000 copies just during the first day. It still holds the record for biggest first-year sales by a female, with 7.89 million copies sold in 2000, landing at #4 in the year-end chart of that year. It also appeared on the year-end chart again in 2001 at #28. Oops!... I Did It Again was also the #6 most sold album of the 00's. It became her second album to receive the Diamond certification from the RIAA.
Much as its predecessor, Oops!... I Did It Again is a teen pop / dance pop album, though it has more influences of funk and R&B, with an overall more mature and aggressive tone. Whereas ...Baby One More Time was filled by mostly bubbly ballads and heartbreak songs, Oops! has a more adult sound with tracks like Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know or Where Are You Now, and its mid-tempos gravitate towards the empowerment, in tunes like Oops!... I Did It Again, Don't Go Knockin' on My Door, What U See (Is What U Get), or the Rolling Stones cover (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction, with Stronger even nodding at her debut single by revealing her "loneliness ain't killing her no more". However, it doesn't completely leave aside the sweet melodies that characterized her debut album, with songs like One Kiss from You, Dear Diary or the bonus track Heart.
The album was mainly produced by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub, but it counted with the collaborations of Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Jake Schulze, Mutt Lange, Per Magnusson, David Kreuger, Steve Lunt, Larry "Rock" Campbell, Kristian Lundin, Rober Jazayeri, Paul Umbach, Timmy Allen, Barry J. Eastmond and Eric Foster White, the latter of which produced You Got It All, a cover from The Jets, which was originally recorded for her debut album.
Most of the producers also provided the lyrics of the tracks, but additional songwriters include Alexander Kronlund, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards (for the Satisfaction cover), Shania Twain (for Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know), Keith Scott, Jörgen Elofsson, Andreas Carlsson, Diane Warren (When Your Eyes Say It), Jason Blume, Eugene Wilde, Rupert Holmes (You Got It All) and George Teren. Britney herself co-wrote Dear Diary.
The album was recorded in 1999 after her ...Baby One More Time Tour finished, most of the recording taking place in November. The recordings took place between New York, Hollywood, Orlando, Sweden and Switzerland. The first songs to be recorded at the Cheiron Studios in Stockholm were Oops!... I Did It Again, Walk on By, What U See (Is What U Get) and Don't Go Knockin' on My Door, followed by Stronger and Lucky, which along with Oops!, weren't finalized until January. Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know was recorded in December at Robert "Mutt" Lange's villa in Switzerland. Girl in the Mirror and Can't Make You Love Me were recorded in mid-January at Parc Studios in Orlando, Florida. She then recorded When Your Eyes Say It and One Kiss from You in New York, along with Dear Diary and Heart. Finally, in late February she recorded (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction at Pacific Recording Studios in Hollywood, California. You Got It All and Where Are You Now were outtakes from her debut album.
Four singles were released in order to promote the album: Oops!... I Did It Again, Lucky, Stronger and Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know.
She also embarked on a world tour, the Oops!... I Did It Again Tour, that lasted from June 20, 2000 through January 18, 2001.
For the release of the album she held a special presentation in Tokyo and Paris, and she also made several appearances on MTV and other TV shows in the United States.
The day of the release, she appeared on TRL to talk about the record, and she was signing some CD's for her fans.
A week earlier, she recorded the "First Listen" of the album, where they played a preview of each of the tracks.
The album was released on vinyl in 2019, and it got a new cassette release in 2020 for its 20th anniversary.
This event began 05/17/2015 and repeats every year forever
On May 17, Britney Spears and Iggy Azalea performed live Pretty Girls for the first time, at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards, from the Axis Theater at Planet Hollywood resort, where Britney used to headline her Piece of Me residency.
The performance received mostly positive reviews from viewers and critics. People Magazine said that Spears and Azalea proved they are more than just "pretty girls". Stating "From the moment they touched down on stage, the duo kept the crowd cheering with a fun, colorful performance." Entertainment Weekly also said that "Spears gave one of her most energetic televised performances in years."