On January 12, 1999, 15 years ago, Britney Spears’ debut studio album “…Baby One More Time” was released. Five singles came from the album: …Baby One More Time, Sometimes, (You Drive Me) Crazy, Born to Make You Happy and From the Bottom of My Broken Heart. The album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time and the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist.
Britney Spears has been tapped to receive the Radio Disney Music Awards’ inaugural Icon Award at this year’s ceremony, set for April 29.
The Icon Award was created to recognize artists who have not only cultivated massive success in pop culture, but one who also has a strong following of Radio Disney fans.
On selecting Spears to receive the award, Phil Guerini, vp music strategy at Disney Channels Worldwide and general manager at Radio Disney Network, said in a statement: “Having just celebrated 20 years of Radio Disney in 2016, we are excited to introduce the DMA Icon Award as special recognition of an artist whose music has been loved and adored by generations of Radio Disney fans. We are proud to celebrate Britney as the first recipient for this award acknowledging her chart-topping career on Radio Disney since 1998.”
At just 16 years old, Spears made her splash on the music scene with her 1998 hit single, “…Baby One More Time.” Following her debut album, Spears has gone on to sell more than 150 million records worldwide, earned eight Grammy nominations and has six albums that have debuted No. 1 on the music charts. The pop singer and mom has had 15 chart-topping singles on Radio Disney, with two recent tunes making Radio Disney’s Top 30.
Apart from her albums, Spears’ Las Vegas residency show Britney: Piece of Me has broken records with ticket sales of more than $100 million. In 2015, the production was voted “Best Overall Show” and “Best Bachelorette Party” by readers of the Las Vegas Review Journal. The following year, Spears was voted “Best Resident Performer.”
The Radio Disney Music Awards will take place on Saturday, April 29, at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. The ceremony will be telecast the following night from 7-9 p.m. ET/PT across multiple Disney-branded platforms.
TUESDAY, MAY 16th, 2000-‘Oops!…I Did It Again’ Studio Album Released.
Britney started to record the follow-up to her debut album …Baby One More Time in September 1999 and finished in February 2000, recording and working with many of the same producers in both the U.S. and Sweden, including hit-maker Max Martin. A month before its debut, Britney told MTV News, “It’s kind of hard following ten million, I have to say. But after listening to the new material and recording it, I’m really confident with it.”
May 16, 2000 marked the release of Oops!…I Did It Again and proved that the pop princess was here to stay, garnering favorable reviews from Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly and Allmusic. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold over 1.3 million albums in its first week, which marks the highest sales in one week ever for a female artist.
To date, Oops! has sold over 17 million copies and remains her second top-selling album, after BOMT. It also spawned three hit singles — “Oops!…I Did It Again,” “Stronger” and “Lucky” — as well as Britney’s Oops!…I Did It Again World Tour where she toured throughout North America, Europe and Brazil.