Label: EMI Music Canada - none • Series: Black Urban Dance • Format: CD Compilation, Promo • Country: Canada • Genre: Electronic, Hip Hop, Rock, Funk / Soul, Pop • Style: Brit Pop, Rhythm & Blues, Pop Rock, Synth-pop, Gangsta
In the Zone is the fourth studio album by American singer Britney Spears. It was released on November 12, through Jive Records. Its eclectic music incorporates dancehousereggaetrip hopand hip hop styles with instrumentation from guitars, drums, synthesizers, strings, and Middle Eastern musical instruments. Its themes range from love, dancing, and in Move Me - Various - B.U.D.
Compilation March case of songs such as "Touch of My Hand", sex and masturbation. With the conclusion of the Dream Within a Dream Tour in July and the end of her relationship with Justin TimberlakeSpears planned to take a six-month break from her career; however, work for In the Zone began later that November.
She began writing songs for the album while touring internationally, despite not knowing the direction Move Me - Various - B.U.D. Compilation March the album. She experimented with different producers, trying to find those with whom she had chemistry. The first song recorded was "Touch of My Hand", which Spears claims set the mood for the album. She co-wrote all but four tracks, and often changed the lyrics to suit herself.
Spears stated she was an autobiographical songwriter, although not to the point where she felt self-exploited. She also explained that the sexual nature of In the Zone was subconscious and happened while she was in the process of developing the album. Sister Was・・・・・. - Spiky Joe - Spiky Joe the Zone received positive reviews from music criticswho complimented its mix of different styles and Spears's songwriting though her vocals were criticized for being distant and processed.
Commercially, In the Zone became an international success, debuting atop the charts in France, Mexico, Argentina, South Korea and the United States, and peaking inside the top ten in fifteen other countries. In the United States, she became the first female artist to have four consecutive number-one albums.
Four singles were released from the album: " Me Against the Music ", " Toxic " and " Everytime " met international chart success, all peaking at number one in Australia and Ireland and reaching top five positions elsewhere. The album and its music videos are largely seen by critics as the end of her transition from teen pop star to a more adult female artist. In NovemberSpears released her third album, Britneywhich portrayed more adult and provocative themes and featured the lead single " I'm a Slave 4 U ".
The album has sold over four million Move Me - Various - B.U.D. Compilation March in the United States; nevertheless, it was viewed as "poor-selling" in comparison to her previous efforts. In Novembershe revealed that she had started working on her next studio album. She explained, "Well, actually, I Move Me - Various - B.U.D. Compilation March said that I wanted two or three weeks off. When asked by The Hollywood Reporter about the direction of Mi Son Con Songo - Grupo Raices Nuevas* - El Bombin de Barreto record, Spears responded it was an organic evolution, adding, "It should just happen naturally from the way you feel.
Murphy stated, "We were both lying on the floor, head-to head, working on lyrics in a notepad. She seemed eager to please, but it went nowhere. She went to dinner and just never came back. However, after news of an affair between them broke, Durst told Jive Records he was not going to let them use the songs for the album.
Scott Spock, also from The Matrix, continued comparing her to Madonna, saying, . Madonna constantly takes what's in the club and puts what she does on top of it and makes it mainstream. I think Britney is starting to embrace that concept where she's looking to work on different stuff, instead of using the same familiar, and applying it to her.
I think they'll be really into what's going to happen. Spears Move Me - Various - B.U.D. Compilation March , "I've really been able to take my time and have creative control and make [the new album] special, special, special. The performance was listed by Blender magazine as one of the twenty-five sexiest music moments on television history.
Spears commented about writing while touring, "The only thing that was scary to me is that I didn't know if they were good. You have to go with your feelings. They started writing songs at the piano, and shortly after, they traveled to Lake Como in Lombardy, Italy. Among the tracks they worked on was "Everytime", which Artani confirmed to be written as a response to Justin Timberlake's " Cry Me a River ", as well as "Shine", written by Spears about her sister Jamie Lynnwhich was left unfinished.
The first song recorded for In the Zone was "Touch of My Hand", and Spears said it "really did provide a balance for the rest of the record. We just went from there. And he Cause Weve Ended - Jeff Beck - Official Bootleg USA 06 so amazing because there's a lot of producers you tell them things and they don't get it.
And you're like oh, that's not the right way. He got it just right. He was amazing. While her management liked the track, she Move Me - Various - B.U.D. Compilation March it, telling them the song "sucked". After bonding with Spears during a night in New York City to "get in her world", as Magnet explained, it was easier to "actually write and know what she would and wouldn't say, to know where her real vibe is". Stewart and Magnet began working on the first version of "Me Against the Music"; Stewart came up with the track, while Magnet developed the melody on a piano and some of the lyrics.
After Madonna commented that she liked the track, Spears asked her to do the song with her. She said "I just asked her to do a little thing, but she really went there. She did a lot of stuff to it. The Matrix commented that after they presented songs to Spears, she tailored them to suit herself, especially the lyrics. Christy said, " She knows if she's trying something on that doesn't fit right for her. She's like, 'No, that's not me. Before meeting with the other writers, Anderson thought of two concepts for songs specifically for Spears: one he had worked on "for ages", and "Breathe on Me", which he drafted on the morning of the sessions.
Greene and Lee did not like Move Me - Various - B.U.D. Compilation March first concept, and they wrote "Breathe on Me" with Anderson. The song was produced by Mark Taylor, who kept most of the programming done by Anderson. Barry Weissthen-president of Jive Label Groupadded, "She has achieved what she set out to achieve, which was to make a mature album that didn't sound like something she would have done three years while still making a commercial album that has hit singles.
According to BillboardIn the Zone marks a musical departure for Spears. Instead of traditional pop, the album is darker and more dance-oriented. Baby One More Time ' and those massive hits anymore.
I think this record is where I am at right now in my life. It's sensual, it's sexual. I'm probably writing about that subconsciously because I don't have that right now.
The instrumentation in the song includes influences of hip hop and funk guitars. The song has a percolating beat and featured subdued vocals from Spears, who purrs and yawns through the track. That's something all people can relate to, because you all have that first love that you think you're going to be with the rest of your life. In "Don't Hang Up", she pleads on the phone for her lover to keep her satisfied long-distance.
In NovemberBarry Weiss spoke to Billboard and said that In the Zone was being promoted in a worldwide level, exhausting areas such as print and electronic media, television, radio and video Die Unteren - Cradem Aventure - Dunkeldeutsch raise awareness of the album's release.
In addition, Jive worked with lifestyle marketer the Karpel Group to market the album to the gay community. Other broader-based marketing efforts included a tie-in with marketing company LidRock, where after ordering a soda at Sbarrocustomers received a cup featuring the artwork and a three-inch disc in the lid featuring "Brave New Girl" and songs by two other artists.
Regal Theaters also showed a short film that included footage of the making of Spears's music videos. No sponsored cross-marketing campaigns were planned, as Larry Rudolph explained, "[This time] it's going to be more about the music than about corporate tie-ins. A tour to promote the album was announced in December The stage, inspired by Broadway musicalswas less elaborate than her previous tours. Tour promoter Clear Channel Entertainment marketed the tour to a more adult audience than her previous shows while sponsor MTV highly promoted the tour on television shows and the network's website.
Check-In displayed performances with dance and advanced in the hotel theme. Mystic Lounge featured an homage to Cabaret and other Abayomi (Animal Trainer Remix) - Jean DArm - Im Techno, You Are Not, while remixing some of Spears's early hits.
Mystic Garden displayed a jungle-inspired stage. The Onyx Zone displayed a ballad performance with acrobats. Security Cameras was the raciest part of the show, with Spears and her dancers emulating different sexual practices. Club displayed a performance with urban influences. The encore consisted of a system malfunction interlude and Spears performed wearing a red ensemble. The tour received mixed reviews from contemporary critics, who praised it for being an entertaining show while criticizing it for looking "more [like] a spectacle than an actual concert".
She underwent surgery and the remainder of the tour was cancelled. The label's choice for the first single was originally "Outrageous", but Spears convinced them to release "Me Against the Music". Some felt it was a strong dance track of the album, while others referred to it as lackluster and disappointing. It also peaked at number two in Canada, Italy, Norway and the United Kingdom, and inside the top five in many other countries; however, it only peaked at number thirty-five on the US Billboard Hotbeing Spears' lowest-charting lead single.
After she steals it, she enters an apartment and poisons her unfaithful boyfriend. The video also includes interspersed scenes of Spears naked with diamonds over her body. It received positive appreciation from contemporary critics. Pearl - Various - Dream & Relax the hospital, doctors fail to resuscitate her while a child is born in the next room, implying she reincarnated.
The song was finally chosen as a single after it was selected as the theme song for the film Catwoman Some praised its funky sound, noting its influence from Michael and Janet Jacksonwhile others deemed it as "forgettable". In the Zone received positive reviews from music critics. At Metacriticwhich assigns a normalized rating out of to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 66, which indicates "generally positive reviews", based on 13 reviews.
He also added, "T[here]'s another thing about Spears' new record, as none of her previous albums ever managed to produce any kind of sustained emotional response than the pleasure that comes from a good pop record. I miss Max Martinfor sure, but it feels like Ms. To put it another way, this is Britney's True Blue.
Production-wise, Skylark - The Three Suns - Velvet Moon tracks are not only accomplished but much more varied than any of her previous albums. For all her freedom, she's still finding her way. Jon Pareles of Rolling Stone said, "[Spears's] voice is so processed, its physicality almost disappears.
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