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  1. On April 15, 1999, Britney Spears appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In the picture shot by David LaChapelle (who would continue collaborating with Britney in future projects throughout her career) Britney appears lying in a bed covered with hot pink satin sheets, wearing some dotted pj shorts, her unbuttoned shirt revealing a black bra, a telephone in her left hand, and her right arm wrapped around a Tinky Winky doll from the Teletubbies. "Inside the Heart, Mind & Bedroom Of a Teen Dream" was the headline, surrounded by other stories about Cher, Bill Maher, Norm Macdonald, the Hole & Marilyn Manson tour and the lost tribes of the Amazon. Steven Daly starts the article talking about her "honeyed thigh" and the logo of her t-shirt "distended by her ample chest". The interview took place at Britney's home in Louisiana while she was recovering from the surgery after a knee injury she got during a dance rehearsal. With just one single out, 1998's ...Baby One More Time, and the album just recently released a few months prior, she was already on top of the world. They also dived a bit on the breakup with her ex-boyfriend Reg, as well as the rumors that linked her romantically to members of NSYNC and Backstreet Boys Britney also reflects in the kind of music the label ultimately made her record, as well as the origin of the ...Baby One More Time music video. You can read the full article here. Britney and David would later talk about the controversial photoshoot that caused a lot of criticism among parental groups that were concerned about the message Britney was sending to kids. She also covered the magazine several times throughout the years Related:
  2. On April 12, 2019, a clip with footage from the original David LaChapelle-directed Make Me... video, leaked online, almost three years since the official video was released. Make Me... was the lead single off Britney Spears' ninth studio album Glory (2016), and it featured rapper G-Eazy. The shooting of the original video, took place in early June 2016. Britney posted several photos from the set, and even gave an interview for E! News. Some clips from the shooting were captured by people that were at the location Ultimately, when the official video premiered in August, it turned out to be a completely different thing, directed by Randee St. Nicholas, even though some low quality clips from the LaChapelle treatment had leaked hours before the release. It wasn't until 2019, that a high quality video with footage from the original shooting leaked, at the time that Britney Spears had been checked into a mental health facility after the cancellation of her Domination residency. David LaChapelle first commented "not my video sorry" when asked on Instagram about the leak, but later he weighed in to explain the original video wasn't released because Britney didn't like it: The original, racier video has been very divisive among the fans, with some praising it for its controversial nature, while other, more conservative viewers, deeming it too raunchy and vulgar, and unrelated to the meaning of the song (which is a recurrent thing on Britney videos though, including the other David LaChapelle-directed Everytime). Which is true is that the video we got is a very raw and unedited cut, and is not the vision the director had, joining the list of scrapped videos that never were, such as 2013's Perfume. Not only was the video scrapped, but the entire photoshoot for the album as well. It wasn't until 2020 when we got to see the rest of David LaChapelle's pictures for the Glory re-release(s), including a new cover for the album. We're not supposed to share the video here, but you all know where to find it. *in before Jordan removes the original video images 🥲* Related:
  3. On April 12, 2004, the Everytime music video premiered on TRL. It was the third video to promote In the Zone, Britney's fourth studio album. It was filmed on March 13 and 14 in Los Angeles and it was directed by David LaChapelle, who had photographed her in 1999 for the Rolling Stone magazine. The video features Britney and her love interest (Stephen Dorff) arriving at a hotel in Las Vegas inside a limousine. They seem distant, and when Britney tries to touch him while he talks on the phone, he pushes her away . They're received by a crowd of paparazzi and fans, making them struggle to walk by, but they eventually make their way, entering from the backdoor of the hotel, after Britney's boyfriend had thrown some magazines to the paps. They keep arguing as they reach their room, where Britney gets in the bathtub while her boyfriend stays in the couch. As she touches her head while lying in the bathtub, she notices that there's blood from a wound she got at the beginning of the video, when a paparazzo accidentally hit her with a camera. She then loses consciousness and drowns. From here we see intercut scenes of Britney running in a hospital hallway and her boyfriend rescuing her from the bathtub. We see her being carried into an ambulance surrounded by the paparazzi, and the doctors trying to resuscitate her at the hospital. Her ghost or spirit is seeing herself in the bed, and when she walks to the next room, she sees a baby being born. At the end we see her rising from under the water in the bathtub and smiling, suggesting it was all a dream or fantasy. Before the video was shot, MTV news obtained a treatment of the video, which involved a cup of wine and a bottle of pills in the bathtub scene. She was supposed to die and be seen in the end walking past the paparazzi, who wouldn't notice her ghost. However, it received a lot of criticism from the public who accused Britney of "glorifying suicide". Britney, through her record label, decided against this treatment, clarifying it was not meant to be a suicide, but an accidental death, and that the treatment would be revised. The day of the premiere, Britney called the show and explained the concept of reincarnation of the video. She added "It's more like a movie. It's different than anything I've ever done. It's dark, and it shows me in a different light. Of course, I'm going to go back and do dance videos, but I wanted to be inspired and challenged." The video went #1 a few times on TRL countdown, and in MTV Latin America, it landed at #37 in the yearly Top 100 of 2004. In 2018, it became Britney's 15th video to surpass 100M views on YouTube. In May, she appeared on UK's TRL, where she clarified again the video wasn't about suicide, but that even if it were, it should be taken in a positive light by the parents, in order to raise awareness since the suicide rates were at their highest. She also talked about David LaChapelle, and played Rock, paper, scissors against her past self. On her Greatest Hits: My Prerogative, an alternative cut of the video was released, including some outtakes:
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