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Bride Masterfully Recreates Britney Spears' "Slave 4 U" Choreography

Britney Spears’ early career was defined by a couple of things, one being her catchy choreography that was on clear display in many of her music videos.

This included her monster hits like “…Baby One More Time” (which just celebrated its 20th anniversary of being released in October), “Oops! I Did it Again” and the iconic “I’m a Slave 4 U” which gave many of us gay men body envy given how insane her toned figured was in that video.

 

 

“Slave” still resonates with millions of us years later, even in a situation like at someone’s wedding. A popular YouTuber by the name of Amy Lynn Sattler posted a video from her wedding which showed the bride recreating Britney’s choreography and doing a stellar job at it… even in her flowy wedding dress.

“If you thought my 20 pound wedding dress was going to stop me from doing my hidden talent at my wedding... you’d be wrong,” Amy captioned the clip that she posted on her social media (see here).

Amy inherited several fans in the process after posting the clip.

Question is... who does the better version? Britney or Amy? And will this make its way to Britney herself for an epic redo with the new bride?

Britney Spears' Debut Album Was Released 20 Years Ago Today

The music world was forever changed 20 years ago today when Britney Spears released her debut album ...Baby One More Time.

The pop icon helped usher in a new generation of teen phenomenons alongside Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC and many more who brought this genre of music back to the forefront after grunge, R&B and hip-hop dominated for many years.

We were first introduced to Britney only a couple of months beforehand in October of 1998 when her song of the same name debuted on radio and music video rotation on MTV and VH1.

Music video director Nigel Dick helped create the vision of how audiences were first introduced to the Kentwood, Louisiana native for the classic music video that is considered by some as the best pop music video of all time.

Her schoolgirl ensemble mixed with an incredibly catchy song helped propel Britney from somewhat unknown (unless you watched The Mickey Mouse Club in the early 90's) to a global superstar, where her legions of fans couldn't wait to get ahold of her debut album.

...Baby One More Time was released on January 12th, 1999, and became an instant hit the minute it hit shelves. She debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 charts, selling 121,000 copies in its first week of release. Not only that, but she broke several records in doing so like being the first new female artist to have a number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 and album at the same time.

The album wound up selling 1.8 million copies within its first two months of release and spent a whopping 51 weeks in the Billboard 200 Top 10. It also placed number two on the 1999 year end list for Billboard's Top Albums of the Year and number 29 on their decade-end charts.

It eventually sold over 12 million copies and remains as one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Not too shabby for a debut effort where only one of its songs hit number one domestically ("Born to Make You Happy" also placed atop the UK Charts).

Britney experienced similar success with her future albums, notably her sophomore effort Oops! I Did It Again, however nothing compared to her debut effort in terms of the legacy it created and how she helped change the music landscape to what it is now.

She was the first female pop singer to really emerge from the pack and did it bigger and better than everybody else in terms of sales and fame compared to others who followed like Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson

Britney talked about the album's release on her Instagram today, saying "Can you believe that this album was released 20 years ago today??!! I can’t. It’s definitely been the journey of a lifetime, full of ups and downs, but I’m grateful for every single moment of it all. Getting to know you all over the years has been such an incredible experience, and has made this all worth it. Thank you for your support from 20 years ago, all the way to today. I am blessed."

For all the Britney fans out there... what was your favorite song from ...Baby One More Time?

 

Exclusive: Derrick Barry Talks Britney, All Stars and His Big Lincoln Center Gig

Casual fans of Derrick Barry will know him primarily due to his work on RuPaul’s Drag Race (maybe the younger ones), but many of us are fully aware of the fact that he’s the best damn Britney Spears impersonator on the planet.

He’s so great at doing Britney (not literally) that it catapulted him to the top 40 on America’s Got Talent way back in 2008. Derrick then made the season 8 cast of RPDR in 2016, where his fire and determination got him all the way to the final 5 amid some serious competition.

What was even better about his time on the show was that fans got to see another side of him outside of his Britney persona, which he proved time and time again as the Emmy-winning reality competition series progressed.

Now it looks as if sky is the limit for him and his career, as he will embark on quite the feat by taking center stage at Lincoln Center in New York City on January 20th.

He’s taking over the iconic location for one night only for an event called Derrick Barry Presents Britney Spears’ Circus: The 10th Anniversary. It coincides with the anniversary of the legendary pop icon performing with the Big Apple Circus one decade ago, where Derrick hopes to recreate that magic for his audience to see come show time.

Derrick chatted with me exclusively about the show, how his life has been after Drag Race, if he would ever do All Stars again and what’s next for this talented individual.

“Hey Derrick!” … Britney voice. How has life been for you post Drag Race?

Life has been nonstop since RuPaul's Drag Race! I was already traveling extensively after making Top 40 on America's Got Talent in 2008, but Drag Race opened me up to new markets all over the world, such as England, Scotland, Norway, Sweden, Argentina, Switzerland, Netherlands, Germany, India, Peru, Australia, Lebanon, Brazil & Ecuador. I am so grateful for all the love and support from fans across the globe!

What has been your proudest moment since appearing on the hit show?

That's an easy one! Meeting Mariah Carey on Watch What Happens Live & being crowned "Miss A-Mariah-ca", in the "Heartbreaker" music video look, the day after the crowning of Season 8 in New York City. Mariah is my original queen of inspiration. Her song "Make It Happen" became my personal anthem growing up & was the main reason I moved to Hollywood to pursue my love of performance art in 2003.

Would you ever consider doing All Stars in the future? Are you rooting for anyone to win this season?

I would most definitely do RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars! I feel like I came into Season 8 with so much confidence but lost it soon after because I was so focused on branching out, that I let my fire burn out & I dimmed my own light. I've learned to concentrate on my strengths & to always trust my gut instincts, instead of being pressured by the other cast members or judges to change my image.

Now onto season 4 of All Stars, I came in #TeamFarrah because she's the Christina (Aguilera) to my Britney. I simply love & adore her! I'm a huge fan of Trinity (The Tuck) Taylor. She blew me away on Season 9 & has continued to raise the bar on All Stars. Valentina is probably the most beautiful person I've ever seen on the show. I think she embodies a persona that has not been showcased before in the previous 10 seasons. I must give credit to my Season 8 sister, Naomi Smalls. We may have had our differences during & after our season, but talent, growth & maturity deserve recognition.

Tell us about your upcoming appearance at the Big Apple Circus this Sunday, January 20th at 4PM.

I'm opening the show with "Circus" & it's truly a dream come true! This has been on my vision board since watching Britney perform at the Big Apple Circus on her birthday, December 2nd in 2008. You can expect more singles from the Circus album & other surprises during the after party in the Mirror Room with DJ Ty Sunderland at 6PM.

Have you ever performed at Lincoln Center during your illustrious career?

I haven't & that's what makes this performance so special. I can check this one off my list. I'm coming for Radio City Music Hall & Madison Square Garden next, but that's a lot of "Work Bitch"!

What Britney classics will you be performing too?

Obviously, the singles "Womanizer", "If U Seek Amy" & "Radar", but I have to throw in some of my other favorites from the Circus album as well. You just never know what can happen "in the center of the ring".

Besides this fabulous evening, what else do you have coming up in 2019?

I'm celebrating 20 years of Britney's hits this year with a show that pays tribute to some of her most iconic & legendary performances. I'm also working on a 1-hour Britney theatre show to perform all of over the world. It's Derrick Bitch & I'm always ready to serve you Britney... One More Time.

Head over to www.DerrickBarry.com for all the latest news & updates.

Thanks to photographer Christopher DeVargas for the photo. 

Britney Spears' Boyfriend Sam Asghari Professes His Support for the LGBTQ Community

Sam Asghari has been part of pop icon Britney Spears' life for quite some time now, dating all the way back to his appearance in her 2016 music video "Slumber Party" featuring Tinashe.

He's been her main squeeze ever since, where the two have been spotted out on romantic dates while displaying some major PDA on and off social media.

 

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Guess whose birthday is coming up? #princess

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The bodybuilder's journey to getting to where he is now physically is nothing short of amazing. He detailed his fitness journey, which included him losing 100 pounds, to Men's Health earlier this year.

Just like Britney, Sam is a voracious supporter of the LGBTQ community. He was the "Toxic" singer's date to the GLAAD 2018 Media Awards in Beverly Hills, California on April 12th, where she won the coveted Vanguard Award much to everyone's delight.

He spoke out again about his support for our community on his Instagram earlier this week while answering a bunch of questions via his Instagram stories.

A fan simply gave him a compliment instead of a question on one of the stories, saying "Is not exactly a question! I just want to thank you for the support of the LGBTQ," next to a rainbow flag emoji.

His response? "LGBTQ will always have my support." Awe, thanks Sam! Now please put a ring on it so all of us can get excited about your potential upcoming nuptials to one of our biggest icons. 

Britney Spears is Still a F***ing Legend 20 Years Later

Yesterday, October 23rd, marked the 20th anniversary of Britney Spears’ debut song “…Baby One More Time” being released. It was a track that started it all for the small-town girl from Kentwood, Louisiana that ultimately helped make her into the star that she is today.

It’s something that she has clear pride in, as Britney talked about it on her social media Tuesday, giving some behind-the-scenes takes from the shoot of the iconic video and discussing it in a very upbeat manner about what the song has meant to her.

“It’s hard to put into words what today means to me… 20 years ago, the world heard my music for the very first time!” she wrote on Instagram. “So much has happened since then… but what I really want to say is thank you to my amazing fans who have been there for me since day 1. Your support over the years has meant the absolute world to me!! Love you all!”

I am someone who definitely is included in the “amazing fans” category who have been with her from the start and never wavered regardless of how hard things got for her. A lot of gay men have Madonna, Barbra, Cher, Gaga and more as their icon, but for me, it’s been Britney and I am so happy that she is still a mother f***ing legend all this time later.

When “…Baby” came out, there was all this talk about her being somewhat of a Debbie Gibson/Tiffany type in that they started out strong but faded fast. Perhaps it was her millions of fans, the times being different or just how hard Britney worked, but she shut those voices down easily by consistently putting out fantastic hit after hit while dominating the airwaves, charts and making millions of hearts melt in the process.

Britney just had… it. That “it” factor that is so rarely seen in the industry today. Now it’s more about having a big social media following or being a reality star with no discernable talent that gets you invited into all the A-list events. Ms. Spears was different from that, she had a gift, and it was clearly seen the minute the opening scene of “…Baby” happened where she tapped her shoe against the chair while waiting for the school day to end.

There was something so fascinating and captivating about her. For the most part, Britney made all the right career moves when it came to elevating her sound as she continued to push new material out. It’s something that Madonna expertly executed for decades. There have been many other pop singers that have tried to do the same, but nothing compared to what Britney has done.

Was 2007 tough for her yes? Do I think she just had it with the media in her face and criticizing her for her marriage and parenting at the time? Yes. There’s only so much a person can take. This isn’t a Chris Crocker “LEAVE BRITNEY ALONE!” sort of thing, but people seem to forget that we are all humans and can’t be this celebrity robot 24/7/365.

Yes, it was a scary time for her and one that is hard to look back on, but she also put out her arguably best effort to date in Blackout and only bounced back from all the drama and commotion shortly after.

It was like her second time telling the world to f**k off after they thought she couldn’t succeed. She did and persevered in many ways that others wouldn’t. Not to mention her endless sold out shows that continue to dazzle audiences all this time later, her endless support for the LGBTQ community and so much more that have made her into who she is today.

Britney probably won’t read this, and that’s all and good, but from a small-town gay kid myself from Long Island I kind of just want to thank her for being my icon growing up and continuing to do so in my 30’s. Here’s to many, many years of continued success for you… baby.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

This Week Marks Three Major Pop Music Anniversaries For Three of Our Favorite Icons. Which One Means the Most?

This week marks three major milestones: three of the biggest music releases for three of our favorite pop icons and outspoken LGBTQ+ allies.


October 19: The 20th anniversary of Cher’s iconic single Believe (the album of the same name was released three days later).

 


October 20: The 26th anniversary of Madonna’s album Erotica.

 


October 23: The 20th anniversary of Britney Spears’ first single, …Baby One More Time.

 


We’re curious: Which of these means the most to you? Which do you think holds up the best and will stand the test of time?

I like all three of these, but for this writer it’s a no-brainer: Erotica all the way.

A concept album, Erotica was mostly reviled in its day. Good luck finding a pop star today who hasn't borrowed from it enormously, repeatedly. All of them have—over and over.

Rolling Stone was one of the only positive reviews in 1992; they got it, calling it, "a post-AIDS album about romance.”

This music has meant a great deal to me since I was in my teens and was figuring out that I was gay. It is a dark album that's helped me get through some of the darkest periods of my life. It's an album that takes you on a journey, and ultimately it's about the power of love.

Related: All 13 Madonna Studio Albums, Ranked

This record is Madonna the artist at her most experimental, fearless and vital. I really hope she taps into these innovative instincts on her 14th studio album, due next year. I will adore her no matter what, but I want her to stop following trends; she is the ultimate trendsetter. Erotica was so ahead of its time, and I know Madonna still has this life force and creativity in her. I have no doubt.

Erotica is an iconic, enduring and inclusive part of LGBTQ+ culture.

That said, I can definitely appreciate Britney and Cher, and I’m certainly open to hearing opinions other than my own. 

Please let us know which of these releases means the most to you, and why.

Britney Spears Will Return To Las Vegas With New 50 Show Residency in 2019

Las Vegas loves Britney, and Britney loves Sin City right back.

Last night, on the Las Vegas Strip, Britney Spears took part in an elaborate announcement event to share the news she’s returning to ‘the Entertainment Capital of the World’ with a new residency, titled Britney: Domination.

The new concerts will take place at the Park MGM’s Park Theater beginning in February, and will run through August. Britney will share the space in rotation with Lady Gaga, Cher and Aerosmith.

Tickets for Britney: Domination go on sale on October 26th. For info, head over to ParkTheaterLV.com.

The announcement, live-streamed via Ellen DeGeneres’ YouTube channel, featured a huge build-up with video screens on trucks driving up and down the Strip, a massive light show and Britney music videos being projected on the side of the Park MGM resort.

Watch the live-stream below.

 

 

“I am so happy to be returning to my second home – Las Vegas!” said Britney via press release. “I’m working on a brand-new show and I’m so excited for my fans to see it! It’s going to be so much fun being back on stage and I can’t wait to perform at Park Theater.”

Brit’s first Vegas run, Piece of Me, launched in 2013 at Planet Hollywood with an initial announcement of 50 performances over two years. That eventually stretched into almost 250 shows before closing in 2017.

According to Billboard, Piece of Me grossed more than $137 million during it’s four year run. Expect Brit to surpass those numbers with Britney: Domination.

Britney: Domination 2019 Dates -

February – 13, 14, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 27

March – 1, 2 May – 8, 10, 11, 15, 17, 18, 22, 24, 25, 26

July – 24, 26, 27, 31 August – 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 14, 16, 17

(h/t Billboard)

Ranking Britney Spears’ 9 Studio Albums from Worst to Best

Britney Spears’ debut song “…Baby One More Time” will be celebrating its 20th anniversary of being released on Tuesday. It’s hard to believe that she has been in the pop stratosphere for that long of a time and shows no signs of slowing down either as the busy mother-of-two just announced that she’s signed a new residency tour in Las Vegas and will reportedly be making $507,000 per show. Not too bad for a girl from Kentwood, Louisiana.

She has put out 9 studio albums over the past 20 years with varying degrees of success. It’s hard for any artist to sell millions upon millions of records as their career age gets older, however the quality of what Britney has put out in her later albums have sometimes trumped what she did earlier on, meaning that your biggest seller doesn’t equate your best.

Here is, in my opinion as a gigantic Britney Spears fan, all her 9 albums ranked from worst to best. Do you agree? Let us know.

9/8. Britney Jean/Glory. Her last two albums just haven’t been that impressive in terms of what Britney can really put out there. Sure, “Work B**ch” is fun and all, but its been several years since she put out anything that was stellar and these two albums were a departure from how fantastic Femme Fatale was many moons ago.

Standout songs: “Perfume”, “Private Show”, “Make Me”.

7. Oops! I Did it Again. Her sophomore effort is only this low because there wasn’t too much of a change from her debut to this. I can understand why, as it was released only a year after …Baby, but I was hoping for somewhat of a shift in her sound and that just didn’t happen with this.

Standout songs: “Don’t Go Knocking on My Door”, “Stronger”.

6. In the Zone. My problem with In the Zone was that the first track released from it wasn’t its smartest. “Me Against the Music” isn’t a good song (at all), but Madonna was featured so I’m sure the label wanted that out at first. Outside of that, this is a super fun album to listen to and helped solidify her mature sound further than it did with Britney.

Standout songs: “Showdown”, “Outrageous”, “Toxic”.

5. Femme Fatale. The dance version of Britney that catapulted her career in the early 2010’s was evident on Femme Fatale, as it evoked some of the same beats and styles as Blackout and Circus. This wasn’t as good as the other two (read on for that), however it did produce some stellar tracks and gave her another number one debut with “Hold It Against Me”.

Standout songs: “Til The World Ends”, “Criminal”, “I Wanna Go”.

4. …Baby One More Time. The one that started it out for her. This album was squeaky pop princess realness, and as much as you want to hate on it for that, you can’t. Max Martin and all her producers utilized that to its fullest and made for an irresistible debut album that became one of the biggest selling albums of all time. Oh baby, baby.

Standout songs: “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart”, “Born to Make You Happy”, “…Baby One More Time”

3. Britney. Oops hinted at this, however Britney hit it out of the park when it came to Britney’s maturity coming through ten-fold from what she did on her first two albums. “Slave” was a smart choice in order to engage multiple audiences and veer her somewhat from the teen queen that she became in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Just a stellar album with many yummy tracks to digest.

Standout songs: “I’m a Slave 4 U”, “Bombastic Love”, “Boys”

2. Circus. I had a hard time going between number two and one on this, as both efforts were during her creative peak that really showed her maturing into the artist that she is today. When all the 2007 pandemonium started to calm down in Britney’s career, she released Circus, which blended a ton of what she did on her previous albums but in a much better and focused sort of way. There was no weak track from it, not a single one, and it’s one that is still so much fun to listen to today.

Standout songs: “Shattered Glass”, “Unusual You”, “Kill the Lights”.

1. Blackout. It’s so frustrating that her best effort to date only went platinum, as Britney was going through such a public catastrophe during this time. Her 2007 VMA opening only intensified the media scrutiny that was going on, which made it harder for her casual fans to actually want to purchase and listen to Blackout. Regardless of what she was going through, Blackout was a true masterpiece that showed off an upbeat, dance driven side of Brit with songs like “Gimme More” and “Hot as Ice”. It is still regarded by her fan base as one of her best if not best album to date, to which I say… Yes.

Standout songs: “Gimme More”, “Break the Ice”, “Freakshow”.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

Werk: Britney Spears Will Join Spirit Day Rally This Thursday in Las Vegas

If you happen to live in Las Vegas, or are visiting the area this Thursday, and are a Britney Spears fan, chances are you will be in a great mood as the pop superstar will be doing something super special for our community that day. 

GLAAD announced this afternoon that the "Gimme More" singer will be making an appearance at a Spirit Day rally in Sin City. It's a place she's quite familiar with, given her Piece of Me tour existed there for several years.

It will take place at Toshiba Plaza starting at 6PM. Britney and GLAAD have a great relationship with one another, as she won their coveted Vanguard Award this year. Other celebs who will be attending include Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards, Michelle Visage and Ross Matthews.

Britney and many other celebrities will be going purple on Thursday for LGBTQ youth in a united stand against bullying and show of support for LGBTQ young people. Each year, GLAAD organizes hundreds of celebrities, media outlets, brands, landmarks, sports leagues, tech leaders, influencers, faith groups, school districts, organizations, colleges and universities in what has become the most visible anti-LGBTQ bullying campaign and united show of support for LGBTQ youth. Purple symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag.

Some other celebs participating include Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Kimmel, Laverne Cox, Sterling K. Brown, Bebe Rexha and Troye Sivan. You can learn more about Spirit Day here.

She also revealed during her most recent appearance on Ellen that she has a big announcement she'll be making the same day. New album? New tour? What is it!

Britney Spears’ 5 Greatest Hits of All Time

It’s hard to believe that we were introduced to Britney Spears 20 years ago. Her debut single, “…Baby One More Time” was released on October 23rd, 1998 and helped propel her into the global superstar that she is today.

Britney was my generation’s Madonna. She was my generation’s Barbra. She was my generation’s Cher. She was everything to me as a gay kid growing up in Long Island and I still have a ton of love for her all this time later.

She had that something that millions of people gravitated towards. When the pop boom was happening in the late 90’s, she was the first female to emerge from it. There were plenty of other women who came after her (Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, Mandy Moore), but Britney stood out from the rest not because she was a stellar vocalist but because she was the total package of being a phenomenal entertainer.

It’s like what RuPaul says on RuPaul’s Drag Race: charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. She had all of that and then some and continues to delight audiences to this day with her irresistible hits, fashions, dance moves and the fact that she’s lasted longer than many predicted she would (see: 2007).

Given that the 20th anniversary of “…Baby” is coming up, I thought it would be good to take a trip down memory lane and make a list of what I believe to be her five best singles of all time. I am only including songs of hers that ended up on the Billboard charts, so masterpieces like “Showdown” and “Don’t Go Knocking on My Door” sadly won’t make this list.

Take a look at what I believe are her five greatest singles. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments section.

5. “You Drive Me Crazy (Stop Remix)”

The third single off her diamond selling debut album, “Crazy” was given a fantastic remix that became part of the Melissa Joan Hart movie and soundtrack of the same name. Not only is the beat fantastic, but the video is stellar with some great choreography and Britney looking simply superb throughout it all. It became her second song to hit the top 10 and helped solidify her into a pop princess at the time.

4. “…Baby One More Time”

The one that started it all. It’s widely considered to be one of the best pop songs ever and in many top ten lists of the best tracks from the 90’s. Everything worked with it. The “Oh baby, baby” part, the Catholic schoolgirl theme that everyone was rocking on Halloween in 1999 and so much more.

3. “I’m a Slave 4 U”

Let’s keep it real here: we all wanted Britney’s abs circa 2001 after this dance-filled, sweaty video came out. “Slave” was a big shift from her first two efforts and saw the then 20-year-old become a lot more mature in her sound and appearance. It paid off and then some, as we all still remember the sick choreography and that snake she danced with at the VMA’s later that year.

2. “Toxic”

How in the freaking hell did this song not hit number one here? “Toxic” is Britney’s second signature track, outside of “Baby”, IMHO. It’s her only song to win a Grammy (Best Dance Recording) and is one that this writer will never get tired of listening to. Plus, she gets to ride on a motorcycle with Tyson Beckford in the video. Woof.

1. “Gimme More”

It’s hard to believe that Britney’s best effort was when she was at her lowest point. Blackout is an amazing album, and “Gimme More” was a fantastic lead single that remains her best to this day. It was unapologetically and overtly sexy, something that Britney teased beforehand but never really sank her teeth into. This to me was her version of what Madonna did with “Justify My Love”, and this single and album would’ve been so much bigger had the media not destroyed her all that time ago.

This post was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.

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