During her “dark phase,” Britney Spears released the Blackout album on October 26, 2007 (as a side note, today is also Homorazzi cast member, Tyrell‘s birthday!) At that time, the album hit number two on the Billboard 200 with very little promotion. That being said, it took up until May of 2012 to hit platinum, officially selling one million copies.
This was a time where you stuck by Britney, or you wrote her off as a trainwreck. It was a comeback, then it wasn’t, then it was… etc. I was definitely on #TeamBritney the whole way and actually really loved this album. It’s the only studio album of Brit’s to not debut at number one on the Billboard 200. What happened? It was outsold by the Eagles’ Long Road Out of Eden album that was sold at Walmart. The bargain chain then put out a press release that the Eagles sold double of what Spears had done and then Billboard did a controversial and shady rule change that allowed the sales from Walmart to count, in turn making Britney number two.
If you recall, she received the MTV Video of the Year for “Piece Of Me” that year and overall, critics and fans alike loved the album. Rolling Stone critic Rob Sheffield went so far as to say that the unique electronic sound in 2007 inspired many contemporary pop albums and artists. Back in January of 2011, he also added that the album is “possibly the most influential pop album of the last five years.” I’m totally pressing play on this album right now. Listen to it below and vote for your favorite tracks from the album. Happy 5-Year Anniversary, Blackout!