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On May 06, 1999, Britney Spears released the music video for Sometimes, the second single off her debut album ...Baby One More Time, debuting on TRL. It was directed by Nigel ****, who had previously directed her first video ever in 1998 and it was shot at Paradise Cove in Malibu, California. The video was supposed to be done earlier in the year: back in February, while she was rehearsing for it, she injured her knee, forcing the production of the video to be delayed, and she also had to reschedule several tv promo performances that were already planned in the following days. At first, she was supposed to only receive physical therapy to recover, but she ultimately went under a minor surgery. She said in a statement: "I want to thank my wonderful fans and all of the people who have offered their love and support during this time." The concept of the video was changed from the originally reported by MTV: "The new clip will feature Spears on the porch of a beachfront home watching a group of kids having fun, prompting flashbacks about her former boyfriend." Instead, Britney starts the video by looking through a telescope that's pointing to the beach, where she gets to see her love interest (Chad Cole) playing with his dog. Throughout the video we see Britney and her dancers on the Paradise Cove pier, wearing white outfits and performing the choreography done by Darren Henson; in addition, there's intercut scenes of her sitting near a car, in a balcony playing with a beach ball, in a lawn having a picnic, and some close-up shots under the pier and in front of a white wall, among others. Towards the end of the video, Britney leaves behind her shyness and stops running and hiding to succumb to the arms of her loved one, and we see them together by the pier In general, critics considered that this video portrayed Britney in a more pure, virginal image, as if trying to clean up her "****" persona from the BOMT music video. Sometimes landed at #15 on TRL's Top 99 of 99, a countdown done at the end of the year. The music video reached 100M views on YouTube in February 2018, surpassing the 200M views by 2021. On her video/DVD Time Out with Britney Spears, we see an interview of Britney describing the experience of recording the video, along with behind the scenes footage and more interviews on set. In 2012, some more behind the scenes footage leaked, showing a longer cut of the choreography Related:
MathCarmignani posted an event in Pop anniversarieson April 30th of 1999 Sometimes was released as the 2nd single from ...Baby One More Time baby all i need is time
On April 30, 1999, Sometimes was released as Britney Spears' second single off her debut album ...Baby One More Time, and second single ever. It was written and produced by Jörgen Elofsson, with additional production by Per Magnusson and David Kreuger. Recorded in May 1998 at Cheiron Studios in Sweden, the teen pop ballad talks about a girl who's shy about revealing her true, intense feelings towards her love interest, citing time as the only thing she needs to overcome her fears. Sometimes was released as the Radio Edit, which features a shorter musical bridge, reducing the album version of the song by 10 seconds. Along several remixes across the different formats, it also included I'm So Curious as a B-side, the only song co-written by Britney from her first album. According to Elofsson's site, he came up with the song during a trip to Key West, Florida, while walking down the town one morning. Back in Sweden, he played the song to his peers, who really liked it, and Max Martin suggested him to send it to Martin Dodd, the A&R at Zomba Records and Cheiron’s European Coordinator. Dodd sent it to the management of a new female artist, for which he considered the song would work perfectly. The management of the girl, who happened to be Britney Spears, loved it, and decided to take it. Despite not being released as a physical single in the United States, following the massive hit that was ...Baby One More Time, it became a general success hitting the radio stations in early April. It peaked at #21 on the Billboard Hot 100, AND #6 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart. It went #1 on New Zealand and several European countries, including the UK where it was certified Gold for over 450k copies, and was Top 10 on many other charts, receiving Platinum certifications in Australia, Belgium and Sweden. A music video directed by Nigel **** was released in May of that year, after its shooting got delayed due to a knee injury she suffered while rehearsing for it when it was supposed to be filmed originally, back in February; but we'll celebrate that anniversary in a few days. Britney Spears performed the song live since her very first showcases in 1998 as well as her Mall Tour. She also included the song on her first tours, being the Dream Within a Dream Tour the last time she would perform the song, back in 2002. She also performed the song in many TV appearances and promo performances