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  1. On July 27, 2009, Britney Spears released an animated music video for Kill the Lights. On February 10, 2009, a fan fiction contest was launched on britney.com. The winner of the contest would get to see their story becoming a plot for an official music video of any song from the Circus album. Later, the winner of the contest was announced. It was Eliana Moyano from Argentina, who picked Kill the Lights and this was her entry: On May 18, we got a sneak peek of the video The video was directed by PUNY and was released for purchase via iTunes on September 4, 2009. The video only features about half of the song, and though some fans consider it the continuation of Break the Ice (which also got an animated video) this relationship was never confirmed. Kill the Lights was not released as an official single, but it was included in the promotional CD that came with the perfume Circus Fantasy released later in the year, along with Circus (Junior Vasquez Club Circus Mix).
  2. Did Britney know what was happening in court WHILE she was filming the Circus music video? Did she know the conservatorship was being made permanent while she was on the set of her Music Video? Or did they keep that hidden from her? What do you think? “The music video for "Circus" was filmed from October 28 to November 2, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. It was directed by Francis Lawrence” Oct. 28, 2008 - Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Reva Goetz rules that Britney's conservatorship will become permanent. (Case # BP109096)
  3. Here's Britney Spears writer's demo for the Circus unreleased track "Take the Bait", with vocals by Candice Nelson. Celebrate with us Britney-Online.net's 12th anniversary through all of July #BritneyOnline12
  4. And I've just come to realize this after years of watching it. It really was the perfect comeback video, even more so than Womanizer. It puts Britney in a position of a badass pop star, which she, in fact, really is. The way it portrays her beauty by having close ups of her face, the way all of the lights and sparkles are revolving around her only. The way she has this pissed off look on her face as if she's saying she's coming back and about to own this **** once again (which she did). The Circus M/V really did show us Britney, the ringleader, and rightfully owning this title. In the end, give this flawless vid and song a view
  5. Let's see what y'all got to say after two decades of Britney.
  6. By now we PRETTY MUCH have an idea of what 'Original Doll' sound/mood was going to be. Go online and there is a bunch of demos. Did y'all ever notice that some of the leaked demos for Circus including some of the released songs have a common theme/sound. Something way different than the final outcome, was an idea scrapped? Did Womanizer change the whole direction of the album? A lot of Demos and some of the released tracks have this retro vibe (50's/60's/70's) that I believe team Britney was going for, but maybe one of the more modern electro-pop songs like Womanizer, Mannequin, Trouble, and Phonography changed the whole thing up. Which may also explain the inclusion and single release of Radar... Take a listen below to these tracks and write what you think, or if anyone knows tea that too
  7. Some talking points What vinyls do you have or purchased? When did you get your vinyl(s)? What machine do you use to play it? Speakers? What special attatchments do you have with them? Why did you buy all the circus vinyls so I have to buy them for close to $100 on amazon? Lastly, if you or a member of your family has been diagnosed with methoselioma... jk I just bought blackout special edition vinyl with red and black splatter. Yes it looks like diarrhea or raw meat. It's gorgeous and I love it. I'm torn between getting femme fatale or in the zone on amazon next. I don't have a machine yet, I feel it's more important to buy the special ones first beforehand. For the people not collecting, why are you not interested?
  8. On March 12, 2009, Britney Spears released the If U Seek Amy video, the third one to promote her Circus album. It was filmed in February and was directed by Jake Nava, who had already worked with her in 2004 for the My Prerogative music video. The video starts with a parody of news anchor Megyn Kelly, who criticized the double meaning in the lyrics of the song when it was first sent to radio in January, after being chosen as the next single by the fans on an online poll. Megyn Kelly seemed to be thrilled about the homage In 2018, Kristina Mitchell, the actress that played the reporter, talked to Yahoo about her experience on the IUSA video. After the jab at Fox News, we skip to Britney waking up from what seems to have been a super fun slumber party She's wearing a corset and black, wet-look leggins (which could be replicated, according to her stylist for the shoot David Thomas, by getting them at American Apparel and "just fold them in half and then you put slits in it, but you don't slit it where your knees are") as well as a pair of red Louboutin shoes, that weren't on sale to the public until a month later. After a dance sequence in the living room accompanied by her cheerleader dancers, Britney puts on a more conservative outfit, reminiscent of a 50's housewife, a short blond wig, and grabs a baked apple pie as she prepares to exit the house, where she's joined by her husband and two children (including a little girl dressed up in the schoolgirl outfit from ...Baby One More Time) to greet the media that's waiting for her outside. She blows a kiss to the camera and then we see the news reporter again finishing with the classic tagline "doesn't make any sense, does it?" MTV news described it as an amalgamation of all the different moments from her career up to that point, from the BOMT reference, the ***iness of Toxic and Womanizer, the shot style from Everytime, the panties reference from Piece of Me. We could also add that the news anchor, though it was clearly a parody of Megyn Kelly's recent statements, is also reminiscent of the Overprotected (Darkchild Remix) video intro. The video hit 100M views on her official YouTube channel on May 2020 and it was upgraded to "HD" just one day before its anniversary. The video reached #7 on the 2009's yearly Top 100 aired by MTV Latin America. Related:
  9. On March 10, 2009, Britney Spears released If U Seek Amy, the third single off her sixth studio album Circus. It was written and produced by Max Martin, with additional writing by Shellback, Savan Kotecha and Alexander Kronlund. The song talks about looking for a girl named Amy who is nowhere to be found, though its title suggest a different meaning when it's rapidly pronounced during the chorus. So much, that the song received complaints from the Parents Television Council, thus leading radio to air a censored version instead, If U See Amy. Notoriously, Megyn Kelly from Fox News denounced the nature of the lyrics in January; this would be then addressed with a parody in the official music video of the song, which anniversary will be celebrated in a few days. Despite the controversy, the song peaked at #19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #16 on the US Dance Club Songs chart, while hitting #8 on the Mainstream Top 40. It went #1 in Brazil and it was Top 20 in several other countries. If U Seek Amy was chosen as the third single in an online poll on Britney's official website. It was announced in December 2008 as the winner with 26% of the votes, leaving behind Kill the Lights and Out from Under as the closest options. Blur who? The electropop song was the first time Britney collaborated with Max Martin since her third studio album Britney, released in 2001. She talked a little bit about it in an interview in 2008 If U Seek Amy joined the group of many other singles which never received TV promo performances. However, it's been performed live on her Circus Tour in 2009, Femme Fatale Tour in 2011 and it was incorporated to her Piece of Me show in Vegas since the revamp in 2016. In June 2009, a remix EP for the single was released, including remixes by Junior Vasquez, Mike Rizzo, Crookers among others.
  10. On March 03, 2009, The Circus Starring Britney Spears tour kicked off in New Orleans. In order to support her sixth studio album, the Circus Tour would be Britney Spears' "comeback" tour since her Onyx Hotel Tour in 2004, and after a so-called "public breakdown" in 2007. This was her first tour after being placed under a conservatorship in 2008, despite which, she showed to be totally capable of performing complex dance routines, memorize lyrics, interact with props, participate in magic tricks and even being lifted in the air while blindfolded on the back of two aerialists. The tour got two legs in North America, one in Europe and another one in Australia, where it ended in November, after 97 shows and 1.5M in attendance. The Circus Tour grossed $131.8M (around $160M today) becoming the fifth highest grossing tour of 2009 and 16th overall in the decade of the 00's. Choreographer Jamie King did the casting of the dancers and acrobats while Simon Ellis was in charge of the musical direction. The production design was done by Road Rage, developing the big, circular stage with two smaller satellite rings at the sides, all of which resembled an actual three-ring circus, that was built by Tait Towers. A cylindrical screen above the stage was built by Solotech. Despite its name, the setlist actually included more songs from her albums In the Zone and Blackout, rather than Circus. Circus Piece of Me Radar Ooh Ooh Baby / Hot As Ice Boys If U Seek Amy Me Against the Music (Bollywood Remix) Everytime Freakshow Get Naked (I Got a Plan) Breathe on Me / Touch of My Hand Do Somethin' I'm a Slave 4 U Toxic ...Baby One More Time Womanizer Besides these, the opening night she covered Duffy's I'm Scared. And in subsequent legs, she performed Mannequin and Alanis Morissette's You Oughta Know. The concert was never broadcasted live and it didn't receive any DVD release as her previous tours. However, some professional footage of the Copenhagen date exists, provided by Yahoo. While in Paris, Britney talked to ET about the changes on the European leg, and some of her dancers showed the outfits worn onstage. They also revealed Britney and Chase choreographed Mannequin. Feel free to share your favorite clips of the tour, as well as pictures and outfits
  11. I have never see a tracklist so messy like Circus, one version have quicksand, another rock me in, another amnesia., and so... Have someone a list of versions of the Deluxe Edition? Is there one version with all the bonus tracks released?
  12. On December 04, 2008, Britney Spears released the Circus music video, the second to be released to promote her album, also titled Circus. It was originally set to be released on December 05, but it was pushed for an early release. It was directed by Francis Lawrence, who had worked in the past with Britney for her I'm a Slave 4 U video. The Circus video was filmed in the last days of October and early fays of November of that year in Los Angeles. Inspired by the 1930's circuses, the video starts with Britney at a vanity where we see her putting on earrings by Bulgari, as well as her perfume Curious. She puts on a jacket and heads to the stage to perform along with her dancers. Throughout the video we see a variety of scenes, from Britney doing the choreography with her backup dancers, a chair routine during the second verse of the song, we see ribbon dancers, clowns, mimes, contortionists, elephants, lions, fire, you name it The video received several nominations at the MTV VMA's 2009, but didn't win any of them: Best Art Direction, Best Choreography (Andre Fuentes), Best Cinematography and Best Editing. It was also nominated for Best Video at the MTV Europe Music Awards of the same year, but lost to Single Ladies. However it won Best Moves at the MTV Australia Awards and Best Video of 2009 in FuseTV. In an interview Britney said she thought about the concept of the video since she listened to the song for the first time. It was also what ultimately gave the concept for the whole album and tour. Britney said about the video: She also talked about picking Francis Lawrence as the director for the video and the choreographer, Andre. The video got criticized by PETA which issued a statement condemning Britney for using "cruelly trained lions and elephants" and demanding her to "stop using exotic animals in her videos and concerts once and for all" (in reference to her 2001 VMA's performance in which she brought a tiger and albino python onstage). They also accused Gari and Kari Johnson, owners of California-based Have Trunk Will Travel, which were the trainers of the elephants that appear on the video, of supporting the use of electric pods to train the animals. Kari told MTV News: There's a Making the Video clip where we can see some comments of Francis Lawrence and Andre Fuentes about the video, and we also get to see different shots, and we even get to see Britney in an outfit holding an umbrella that didn't make the final cut. In the MTV documentary Britney: For the Record, we also get to see more about the behind the scenes of the video, where we also learn that they had technical problems with the wall of fireworks used for some of the solo shots of Britney. The video was uploaded to her YouTube VEVO channel in 2009, where it reached 100M views in 2014 Related:
  13. On December 02, 2008, the day of her 27th birthday, Britney Spears released Circus, the second single off her sixth studio album of the same name. The electropop song was written and produced by Dr. Luke, with collaboration of Claude Kelly, Benjamin Levin and Benny Blanco. Lyrically it talks about Britney's life and career as entertainer and her relationship with the media and the public that observes her, comparing her to a circus performer. In an interview for Hit Quarters, Claude Kelly commented about how Circus came about: Britney herself revealed to have been inspired by this song to set the concept of the album and her tour around it, it "put the whole album together as far as what I wanted my show to be like. You can play with a circus in so many different ways". The song peaked at #3 on the BBH100, but it reached #1 on the Pop Songs and Digital Songs charts, as well the Canadian chart. It was Top 10 in several countries where it charted. The song was performed the same day it was sent to radio on Good Morning America. It was also the release date of Circus, the album in the United States. It was the opening song of her 2009 tour The Circus Starring: Britney Spears And in 2013 it was added to the setlist of her Vegas residency Britney: Piece of Me, where it stayed till the end of the show, including the Asian Tour in 2017 and the Piece of Me Tour in 2018. The music video, directed by Francis Lawrence was released on December 04.
  14. On November 28, 2008 Britney Spears released Circus, her sixth studio album, in several European countries. It was released in the United States on December 02 that year, on her birthday. Executive produced by Britney's manager, Larry Rudolph and Theresa LaBarbera, who had collaborated with Britney on Blackout, the predominantly pop album incorporates a lot of rhythms and styles, from sweet ballads such as Out from Under and My Baby, to dance mid-tempos like Unusual You and Shattered Glass, to pop-rock tracks like Rock Me In. The record enlisted many of the collaborators from Britney's past career, like Max Martin, Danja, Guy Sigsworth and Bloodshy & Avant. Other producers were Dr. Luke, Benny Blanco, The Clutch, Fernando Garibay, Rob Knox, The Outsyiders, Nicole Morier, among others. Lady Gaga co-wrote the bonus track exclusive to selected countries, Quicksand. The album topped six charts, including the US BB200 and the European Top 100 Albums, while being Top 5 in 10 other countries. It was also Top 10 in the majority of other countries where it charted. Four singles were released in total: Womanizer, Circus, If U Seek Amy and Radar, the latter of which was a bonus track that was originally included on her previous album, Blackout. Kill the Lights received a promo release in a limited edition bonus disc that came with the perfume Circus Fantasy, along with a Circus remix. An animated video was made, with a shortened version of the song, after the concept for it won a fan contest where they had to choose a track of the album and elaborate a storyline for a potential video. Unusual You was rumored to be released as a single in some parts such as Australia and New Zealand. The Discogs website lists an unofficial release for the song, that also included Shattered Glass as track 2. It was never confirmed by Britney's team nor record label the legitimacy of the single. The Deluxe edition of the album includes 15 tracks, Radar included. The bonus tracks released across the different versions around the world are Rock Boy, Amnesia, Trouble and Quicksand. There's two CD + DVD editions that include the Womanizer and Circus videos, the making of these and some photo galleries. In the summer of 2008 it was confirmed that Britney was working on her "comeback album". In an interview for OK! Magazine, Britney described the album as being "more urban" and "her best work to date". One of the first producers to be confirmed for the album was Rodney Jerkins, he commented to Rap-UP TV that the two songs he was working on were "very dance-y, really up-tempo, in the clubs, real aggressive, catchy and very hook-friendly. I'm trying to reinvent her and reinvent myself with the project. I think it's about to be her time again". Another producer confirmed at the time was Sean Garrett, he told EW about working with Britney: "We’re trying to take her stuff to the next level. I’m going to come up with something crazy for her. I like to work on an artist when they count them out...and bring them back". None of these producers' songs made the final tracklist. Other collaborators confirmed but that also didn't appear in the final album were Lil Jon and Taio Cruz. Britney mentioned this had been the longest she had worked on an album. She described Circus as being "lighter" in comparison to the previous record Blackout. On her birthday in 2008, the day of the release of the album in the US, she performed Circus and Womanizer on Good Morning America. Other promo performances for this era were the Bambi Awards in Germany, Star Academy in France, The X Factor UK and in Japan Hey! Hey! Hey! Music Champ and NTV Best Artist. She performed Womanizer in all these appearances. Besides that, in 2009 she embarked on The Circus Starring: Britney Spears tour, however only the 4 singles and Mannequin were included on the setlist. Lace and Leather would be later performed at her Femme Fatale Tour in 2011.
  15. On November 6, 2008, Britney Spears joined Madonna on her Sticky & Sweet Tour in Los Angeles at the Dodger Stadium to perform Madge's 1995 single Human Nature. This marked Britney's first performance since her appearance at the VMA's 2007, and the first one after being put under a conservatorship in early 2008. Britney wasn't the only ex-Mouseketeer to join Madonna onstage that night. Justin Timberlake appeared right after Britney left the stage to perform with Madonna their duet 4 Minutes. It's unknown whether Britney and Justin had some backstage time together or not. The Human Nature performance featured a backdrop that showed footage of Britney trapped in an elevator, and the version of the tour included Britney's iconic phrase "It's Britney, *****" from her 2007 song Gimme More. We were able to see a little bit of the chat that Madonna and Britney had backstage on MTV's For the Record which aired that year. Madonna reflects about the times that Britney was going through at the moment, and the reason to choose her for that particular song.
  16. On October 10, 2008, Britney Spears released the Womanizer music video, the lead single off her album Circus. The video was directed by Joseph Kahn, who had previously directed Stronger and Toxic videos in 2000 and 2004 respectively. It was filmed in September, and according to Kahn, it was Britney who pitched him the original concept with all the elements that were ultimately used in the final product. In an interview with MTV, Joseph said "She pitched to me a very detailed idea of what she wanted to do. She wanted to dress up in costume, she wanted to follow her man to work, and she eventually wanted to show at the end that she is all three of those women." "It was, like, her first video that no one really knew if she could even come on set, you know? It was just a big question as to you know, like, what would that video look like?" he said. "What shape would she be in? Can she really dance? Can she perform? Who is she at this point?" "Womanizer, for me, was a great experience on a personal level, because it completely verified that she was coming back," he continued. "By the time I worked with her on 'Womanizer,' you know, that was the Britney that I knew and it was a fun experience for me." For the sauna scenes Joseph said: "It was an actual sauna and we built a big tent around it ... and Britney, naked again. I guess I have one of the best jobs in the world. I was like, 'You know, if we do this video, and she went through all this work to get a new paint job, I was gonna show off the paint job — she's gonna be naked in this video.' " "By the time it got out — and the beautiful thing about the Internet is that you get instant reaction — the reaction seemed to be very positive. I'm going to sound like such a wuss, but I think I cried," he said. "That sounds super lame, but come on, man — that's five days of some serious stress. And I had to end the video on her smiling, for sure. Like, we just need to tell everybody that she's OK." About working with Joseph Kahn, Britney said "Working on 'Womanizer' with Joseph was a lot of fun. [...] He makes sure that he gets the types of shots that go with the music. It's not like a movie, it's more like a musical. You know, if I say 'on the hi-hat here or on the drumbeat here, I want my leg to be in the air.' And it's that detail, and it does make a difference, and that's what he can do. It's very rare to find people that still know how to do that." The video was nominated for Video of the Year at the VMA's 2009, but lost to Beyoncé's Single Ladies. However, it did win the Best Pop Video category. In MTV Latin America, it landed at #5 on the Top 100 of 2008. In 2013 it reached the 100M views on her official YouTube account. However it was in February 2020 that it got the most views in a single day, ever since it was uploaded to her account, with 1,395,897 views. It's currently expected to reach 300M views in November. Related:
  17. It's been a while... But I'm here now (jk probably no one even remembers me). So my boyfriend and I started this tradition of watching shows by different artists. We've watched The Onyx Hotel tour, Artrave by Gaga (my favorite so far), also Rihanna's Anti. We've also watched a couple of festivals (Sigrid and Paloma Mami). Aaaaaand now that it's my turn to pick one, I really want us to watch The Circus Starring Britney Spears. The thing is, there are so many different versions on Youtube I don't really know which one's the best! Can yall help me out? Also if you have links to download it that'd be great! Thank you *****es!
  18. Hi! I'm really happy to share my new version of Circus in 4K 60FPS with Lighting Restored + Audio remastered!! I keep now everything in original aspect ratio so it's 4:3. Obviously, it's slightly edited to let it on YouTube. Hope you will enjoy! Other music videos in 4K 60FPS:
  19. hello ❤️ Trouble is one of my favorite Britney songs. I love the backing track for its pressing beat. I dream of a Britney live performance
  20. Despite all the criticism, this is still one of her many great performances This performance solidified her comeback from a turbulent previous year She looks happy, healthy and we could all see that fire in her eyes again
  21. When I was on Twitter posting about my bent Mariah Carey autograph (), I saw a thread about Circus being one of the biggest comeback albums of all time. I immediately scanned and had to share. Agree or agree?
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