Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time” is now nearly two decades old. In a new interview with The Guardian, the iconic pop star reminisced about her success which – while it has fluctuated – lasted for twenty years.
During a chat with reporters from the British newspaper, Britney said her song, released in October 1998, was all about the stress that teenage girls go through as young women.
Britney said that, while she knew it was a great track, “it was different,” and she wasn’t entirely sure how the public would receive it. At the time of its release, her song reached number 1 on the charts in the United States as well as ten other countries and sold over 1 million copies in the USA.
Before Max Martin and Rami Yacoub, the writers of the iconic song, gave her a chance to sing it, it had been given to the R&B trio, TLC, as well as the Swedish singer, Robyn.
During a conversation with MTV News in 2013, TLC explained that the song didn’t match her band’s vibe. “No disrespect to Britney,” the singer remarked, but “h*ll no!”
T-Boz said, “I’m happy for her, I like Britney.” In her view, every artist has their own style of self-expression, and that song just wasn’t the right match for TLC, but as it turns out, it was for Britney, who went on to become the world’s biggest pop star.
The co-writer, Yacoub, said to The Guardian that they had no idea a “beast of an artist” lurked under her veneer as a “very shy and super sweet” girl.
After Britney finished recording it, she went on a shopping mall tour throughout the United States, and months later, “Baby One More Time” went gold after a month. According to the singer, “It was a bit of a blur,” but also a “fun and crazy time.”