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Mixtape Music Vault/Britney Spears’ ‘Oops…I Did It Again” Turns 15

There’s a certain kind of feeling one gets once those Max Martin enhanced keyboards tramp on in the opening of “Oops…I Did It Again,’ Britney Spears’ blockbuster single from her album of the same name, which is now..15. Yes, that feeling is musically quite orgasmic, especially once Britney’s purrs, “I think I did it again,” you prepare yourself for not only the “Awwe, you shouldn’t have” dialogue middle breakdown, but you get ready to relive that sweet early-’00s pop music lovin.’ Oh, that TRL life–we lived it, breathed it, worshipped it–and when it came to Britney’s monumental second album….we most certainly did it again. On that ‘Oops’ moment, it’s time to squeeze into our red leather catsuits (mine still fits, does yours?)open the Mixtape Music Vault, and relive the pop treasure that is Britney Spears’ sophomore set, ‘Oops…I Did It Again.’ 

Given the phenomenal success her ’99 debut,’…Baby One More Time,’ it really came as no surprise to anyone that its “sequel” would deliver blockbuster music proportions. After all, Brit Brit gave it away with the ingenious title of her second album, essentially admitting that the record was more of the same of her debut. With its mixture of sweetly sentimental ballads (Hey, ‘Dear Diary”) and endearingly gaudy dance-pop that made ‘One More Time,’ in the ‘Oops’ go-around, she and her production team delivered a batch of tunes that contained a, um, stronger sense of Britney domination…

The one thing that made the ‘Oops’ era so iconic wasn’t only its cheeky music, but for all of those delicious pop culture moments that were seemingly delivered with her second set. For starters, how can we ever forget that 2000 VMA “Satisfaction”/”Oops” striptease, which had our girl stripping away from a sexy tux and into an even sexier nude body suit. Oh yes, that’s right, we can’t. Of course, THAT catsuit and ‘Oops’ choreography is all things legendary Ms. Britney Spears. There was also her infamous chair dance in the clip for “Stronger,” which was dripping with all things Janet Jackson influence. And we just can’t forget the video for second single, “Lucky,” which truly foreshadowed all those troubled times Britney faced in the later years of her career. And anyone remember THAT whole Fred Durst/Britney thing? Sadly, that’s the one thing we’d like to forget about the ‘Oops’ era…and also THAT Britney/Justin denim contraption, too…

Like all of Britney’s albums, she enlisted a top-notch roster of collaborators which included Max Martin (who executive produced the record, naturally.), as well as Diane Warren (“When Your Eyes Say It”), and former country music power couple Shania Twain and Mutt Lange, who produced and recorded vocals for Britney’s I’m-almost-a-slave-4-u twangy groove, “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know.” Even Britney herself (yay!)contributed on album closer, “Dear Diary,” which is certainly 10 times the track that “Soda Pop” will ever be…

There’s a reason that ‘Oops’ sold a whopping 1.3 million copies it first week out-its pure pop brilliance. The record isn’t too sexual, not too, err, crazy, and it was certainly enough to keep Britney on the pop radar for not only the early-’00s and beyond, but it was ‘Oops’ that transformed Britney into the icon she is today. No matter what you think about the pop diva these days, looking at what a phenomenon this album was –and still is–we all worshipped the ‘Oops’ music ground that Britney walked on…and loved every pop sugar-coated second of it. 

 

 

 

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Mixtape Music Vault/Headlines Edition

When it comes to the Philly Mixtape Music Vault, the possibilities are absolutely endless-and that’s the best part of it all. Last week, we got lost in some killer Billboard #1 singles along with the stories behind them, and this week, we’re going to dive a bit deeper and take a look at some headlines that rocked our music worlds 15, 25…45 years ago. Read on to find out which diva received her well deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1990, and also which diva released an album that would take her to “Marmalade” pastures. There’s also one a one-time rock force acting like spoiled brats…and just what was Tupac Shakur up to in prison? It’s all here in your headlines edition of ‘Mixtape Music Vault.’ Also, be sure to stay locked into the vault all summer long where we’ve got some delicious music treasures ready to surface, which kicks off next week in a most ‘Oops’ kind of way….

25 years ago this week, Ms. Janet Jackson received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame…

As all late-’80s/’90s kids know, Ms. Janet was at the top of her game in 1990, fresh off of her mega-successful “Rhythm Nation” tour, with a matching blockbuster album that delivered all…those…hits like, “Escapade,” “Miss You Much,” “Black Cat” and “Alright.” When Janet accepted her coveted Hollywoood star, she came armed and ready, dressed in her signature “Rhythm Nation” army get up, complete with trademark black cap and that big ol’ hoop with the key laced in it. While Janet’s preceding album, ‘Control,’ (finally) put the diva on the music map, it was “Rhythm” that not only cemented Janet’s lengthy stay in the spotlight, but it was this album and moment that catapulted her to the ranks of the iconic diva she is today. Imagine a world without Janet’s ‘Rhythm Nation 1814’ album? We shudder to think….

20 years ago this week, Tupac Shakur married Keisha Morris…..while in prison….

Oh, Mr. Pac. If you’ll remember, Mr. Shakur was riding high in 1995, raking in dough from the success of trademark single, ‘Dear Mama,’ and chart busting album, “Me Against the World.” Only thing was….Tupac reaped all of this success while serving time in prison for sexual assault and attempted murder. Always one to party it up, Mr. Shakur decided to marry his boo, Keisha Morris, while serving his infamous prison sentence. Needless to say, the marriage of Pac and Keisha was short-lived, but there will be certainly be no other music artist in our lifetime who ties the knot and tops the charts while serving time behind bars. “Dear Mama” for life….

15 years ago this week, Mya released her second album, ‘Fear of Flying’….

Long before she was a “Forgot About Friday” temptress, Ms. Mya Harrison ruled the charts, with hits “It’s All About Me,” “Movin’ On” and “Ghetto Superstar” all taking us upstairs to the music bedroom back in the day. When she released her second set, ‘Fear of Flying,’ 15 years ago this week, the pressure was on for girlfriend not to fall into a dreaded sophomore album slump like so many others before her. Did she do it? At first, not exactly as lead single, “Best of Me,” failed to gain steam, which kickstarted the album to low first week sales. But, then, out of the music heavens, a little song came along called, “Case of the Ex,” which would not only land Mya her biggest solo hit, but would lead her to collaborate with the gals on the chart destroying rewire of Labelle’s “Lady Marmalade.” You may have forgotten about this album, but if it wasn’t for ‘Flying,’ “Lady” just might have never happened….

10 years ago, Linkin Park threw all kinds of shade at Warner Bros Music….in a press release…..

10 years ago this week, rock act Linkin park made all kinds of headlines when they threw major shade at their at-the-time label, Warner Bros, in the form of a thrashing press release. At the time, Linkin Park put the brakes on plans to start work on their next album, releasing a statement concerned that WMG would be unable to live up to its  “fiduciary responsibility” to market and promote the band. The statement went on to say,  “The new owners of the Warner Music Group will be reaping a windfall of $1.4 billion from their $2.6 billion purchase a mere 18 months ago if their planned IPO moves forward. Linkin Park, their biggest act, will get nothing,” the statement reads, “Of the planned $750 million raised by an IPO, only about $7 million will be put toward the company’s own operations, with no money going to WMG artists.” During this time, Linkin Park’s camp was said to be seeking a new contract worth $60 million; where WMG offered a five-album deal at $3 million per album, sources said.  It’s no secret that 10 years ago, Linkin Park was one of the biggest new successes in rock in recent years, having sold over 35 million records worldwide since the 5 years they hit the scene. What it all comes down to is this….see you soon on “Forgot About Friday” soon, boys! 

45(!) years ago today, the Allman Brothers manager was arrested for murder…

In your “WTF?” music headlines moment, it was this day in 1970 that Twiggs Lyndon, the road manager for the Allman Brothers Band, was arrested for murder after he stabbed a club manager during an argument over….a contract. At the ensuing trial, Lyndon’s lawyers argued that he had been temporarily insane at the time of the incident and that touring with the Allman Brothers would drive anyone insane. And guess what? Lyndon was acquitted…

In more “WTF?” music news….7 years ago today, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon did THIS……

Did you really think the contract, err, marriage would last?

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Mixtape Music Vault/#1’s Edition

Since Philly Mixtape opened the ‘Mixtape Music Vault’ last month, we’ve revisited a buffet of memorable music moments-remembering Selena 20 years after her death, THAT Metallica/Napster lawsuit, 30 years of Madonna concert tours, and we also reveled in Mariah’s last good record, “The Emancipation of Mimi,” which just turned a decade old. One thing we haven’t gotten lost in yet are all those #1 singles that burned down the charts many music moons ago. As much as albums and events make up the coveted Mixtape vault, it’s those #1 singles that took over our very existences-and Walkmans-that we can’t ever forget because they certainly shaped up what you hear blasting on the airwaves today…

Kicking off your Mixtape Music Vault #1’s edition (there will absolutely be others), is a list of top-charting singles so unique, so classic, yet each so historic in their own special way. Read on to see how Blondie’s Debbie Harry remembers working with legendary music wizard Giorgio Moroder on their 1980 smash #1, “Call Me.” There’s also USA for Africa’s “We Are The World,” which still holds its historic music value today. And do you remember how you did it on the floor to Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It?” Philly Mixtape thinks you do. Are you guys ready to step inside the Mixtape Music Vault? The vault is now. 

35 years ago…..Blondie’s “Call Me” was ringin’ all over #1 spot….

If there was a song in the spring of 1980 that simply rocked our music worlds, it was Blondie’s bulldozing #1 hit, “Call Me.” The Giorgio Moroder penned tune from ‘American Gigolo’ was originally written with Stevie Nicks in mind, but when she turned Mr. Moroder down, he went straight to Ms. Harry. In a chat with Billboard, Harry recalls working with the iconic Giorgio, stating, “He’s very nice to work with, very easy, (but) I don’t think he has a lot of patience with people who fool around or don’t take what they do seriously.” The music pairing of Moroder and Harry certainly payed off, as “Call Me” would dial up on top of the charts for 6 weeks,  also going on to become the top song of 1980. 

30 years ago….USA for Africa’s “We Are The World” was in the middle of its historic run on top…

Dionne Warwick, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Steve Perry, Stevie Wonder. Those are just a few of the many, many, many big-named music artists who came together under Quincy Jones’ direction as USA for Africa, producing the massive hit, “We Are The World.” The creation of this blockbuster tune came when the idea of an American benefit single was brought forth by activist Harry Belafonte, after the success of Band Aid’s charity hit, “Do They Know it’s Christmas.” Released in mid-march 1985, the song was a global success, selling 30 million copies worldwide and it is still one of the all time singles to have sold at least 10 million copies worldwide. The explosive ’80s track also went on to win numerous awards including a Grammy and American Music Award, and who can forget the epic “We Are The World” video that, as well as the song, still holds its music power even three decades later…

Nothing compares to Sinead’s #1 single from 1990….

If there’s a song from the ’90s that still has the power to rip your heart out with every listen, it’s certainly Sinead O’Connor’s remake of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.” Recorded for her second album, ‘I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got,’ the song spent 4 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100, launching Ms. Sinead to superstardom, and also to THAT whole ripping-up-a-picture-of-the Pope on ‘SNL’ ordeal that caused a teensy bit of controversy. Although Sinead wasn’t able to further capture the chart success of “Nothing” stateside, girlfriend certainly made her mark. Oh, and about her trademark shaved head? In a music tea with Billboard, Sinead said record label execs wanted her “..to wear high-heel boots and tight jeans and grow my hair. And I decided they were pathetic that I shaved my head so there could be no further discussion.” Enough said. 

This is how Montell Jordan did it…..all over the #1 spot 20 years ago….

If we’ve said it before, we’ll say it again….oh, the ’90s. Remember when R&B and Hip-Hop absolutely ruled the airwaves back in the day? Montell’s ’95 hit was one of the biggest monster radio singles of them all, spending seven weeks on top and becoming THAT mid-’90s party anthem for all ages. A little fun fact about Montell’s jam is that you know those crowd noises you hear on the track? Mr. Jordan actually invited 30 people into the studio, “I told everybody, ‘Have a good time. Talk and do whatever you’d normally do at a party.’ And they most certainly did….as well as all of us. 

Santana was calling Maria’s name at #1….for 10 weeks!!

Exactly 3 months after Santana’s late-’90s hit with Rob Thomas, “Smooth,” ended its perch in the top spot, its follow up, “Maria, Maria,” began its monstrous 10 week run in the pole position 15 years ago. The sex-laced track, off of Santana’s blockbuster ‘Supernatural’ album, featured The Product G&B and took over all things radio in the spring of 2000. Also, Santana’s blockbuster hit was a breath of fresh air amongst a radio playlist that catered to all those the tween hits that ruled the earlier part of the decade. Santana’s “Maria, Maria” got us all moving back then, and it most certainly still does today…

Then there’s ‘Candy Shop’ by 50 Cent which was the #1 single 10 (!) years ago this week….

It’s nice to see you again, Mr. Jackson….