Britney Live In Manila: The Experience

JUNE 15, 2017, THURSDAY, AT THE MOA ARENA, MARKED A HISTORICAL EVENT IN THE PHILIPPINES, ESPECIALLY FOR THE BRITNEY FANS, AS ONE OF THE MOST ICONIC AND LEGENDARY POP ARTISTS IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY HAS PERFORMED LIVE IN FRONT OF THE FILIPINO CROWD!

ONE WORD: UNFORGETTABLE!

IMG_6306It was one of the best days in my life, the most magical for 2017! It was unbelievable, I have never thought in my entire life, that one day, it will be possible for me to see Britney live in Manila! Being a fan since 1998, I knew she has never been in the Philippines, maybe because, first, the Filipinos can’t afford her nor the organizers, and second, the concert venues in our country were relatively small compared to her large production in all of her concerts. She has rain, bungee jumping, moving platforms, raising bars and cages, huge wings and trees, large props in her concert that I imagine would never fit even in Araneta Colisuem, which was the biggest here back in the day.

But this year, everything has changed! Stars have lined up for us, the Filipino army, to see our one and only Pop Princess, Britney Spears!

My day started when I woke up early in the morning for class, I was excited, really, and never thought of anything but to just finish the day so I can go and start preparing for the concert. At school, I can’t focus, I was just too excited and I can’t even share it to anybody (I am an irregular student, so sadly no friends! Haha).

IMG_6257When my classes ended, I hurriedly went back home to change and prepare. I plugged my phone to our surround system to give me more hype! “My Prerogative” started playing and I’m super energized! I even took a video of me taking my “Britney Concert Ticket” out from a vault! Haha! I Wore a “somehow” Britney-inspired outfit, it was her dancer’s look from her music video “Till The World Ends”. I was wearing a leather jacket, sadly we are in a tropical country so I had to face the struggles of climate change in my country.

I arrived early for the concert, and of course, I’ve met my Britney Army friends, we took pictures and some of them were given a chance to be interviewed for the news. I was justIMG_6231 ecstatic and can’t belive in just a few hours the concert will start. The lobby of MOA Arena played “Slumber Party” over and over and added over my excitement! There were also a lot of fun activities before the concert. Bench had photobooths, where you have to stand in-line and wait for your turn to be shot at some Britney-inspired backdrops like “…Baby One More Time”‘s school hallway and “Oops!… I Did It Again”‘s Mars landing. Smart Communications also gave away some Britney posters to some concert-goers who were Smart subscribers. Luckily I got one ;).

wowIMG_6276Around 8am, people were already allowed to go inside the stadium. AND I WAS FREAKING OUT AS I SAW HER STAGE! IT WAS SO BEAUTIFUL AND HUGE! There were also a lot of people. I saw a lot of celebrities and had the opportunity to take pictures with Bailey May. I also saw Sarah Lahabti, Richard and Raymond Gutierrez, Tim Yap, Phil Younghusband and Lovi Poe. Some of my friends saw Vice Ganda, KC Concepcion, Kisses Delavin and Dominic Roque. The house wasn’t full by 8am, but coming close to 8:30pm, as the concert started, we were jam-packed!

newIMG_6368Lights went out all of a sudden, and music started, it was a remixed intro of “Work B**ch”. Of course I know! AND EVERYONE, INCLUDING ME, STARTED FREAKING OUT! THE DANCERS CAME OUT AND STARTED THEIR ROUTINE, IT WAS INTENSE! THEN THEY STOPPED AND LOOKED TO THEIR LEFT, LIGHTS WENT OUT AGAIN, AND HOLY SGRAFSJAS!!!! BRITNEY SPEARS SHOWED UP IN THE SPOTLIGHT! I WAS CRYING! TEARS WERE ROLLING DOWN MY FACE! I CAN’T BELIEVE I WAS SEEING THIS LEGENDARY PERFORMER IN FRONT OF ME! I CAN’T BELIEVE I WAS SINGING ALONG WITH HER! IT WAS OVERWHELMING! I’m still having tears in my eyes now, as I am typing, still having the same emotions as I saw her the first time. Truly magical, how I wished it never ended.

She then next performed some of her songs, “Womanizer”, “Me Against The Music” and “Gimme More”. I’m just amazed at how she can quickly change costumes, like, “Girl, do you just take off your bra and quickly wear a new one in front of your staff?” Like howIMG_6405 does she do it! I’m so amazed! People went insane when she performed a medley of “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again”, of course, these songs have a cult following and they stapled her to her legendary status today. She also performed her new songs from her recent album, “Glory”, such as “Do You Wanna Come Over”, “Make Me…” and “Slumber Party”. She also did amazing performances of some fan favorites like “I’m A Slave 4 U”, “If U Seek Amy”, and “Piece of Me” where everyone, with all their energy, screamed the line “SNEAK AWAY INTO THE PHILIPPINES”!

whewOne lucky fan was also invited to get up the stage to play with Britney during her “Freakshow” performance. She does this to her every tour, as well in her Vegas residency. She always gives a signed shirt to her fans who joined her, including this one who joined her in her Manila Tour. Sadly, there were rumors that the freakshow guy lost the shirt Britney gave her, I would kill just to have that shirt and he unbelievably lost it.

IMG_6424It also gives me chills and warm sensation when I remember Britney saying “what’s up Manila?” most of the tour! I love it when she says my City! Makes it feel more real! My friends say she gets more energized and hyped when we cheer for her! “Toxic” and her medley of “Crazy” and “Stronger” had the loudest cheers. It also means the concert was coming to an end, I can’t believe how fast it was! She said her thanks and her goodbyes to us and all the lights went off. We thought it already ended. But then the crowd cheered “Britney! Britney!”, and it was once of the best moments of the concert. The Philippines wanted more! And, of course, I knew she was still coming out with one final song, but it was just a great feeling to play along with crowd. And when she went out saying “Do you want more, Manila?” and started performing a medley of “Till The World Ends” and “Work B**ch”, I knew it was ending, so I enjoyed the final song with all my energy and all my heart. My friends said she was teary eyed as it was ending. Her dancers even mentioned that the Philippines was their best audience ever since their shows begun! I’M SO AMAZED! IT WAS THE BEST NIGHT OF MY LIFE! I WILL NEVER FORGET THIS!

IMG_6437I’m not ashamed that I am getting emotional while typing this, because it is true, she’s a big part of my life and I just wished her show never ended. She’s not just a performer, but an inspiration to me and to many people. We grew up with her. When everybody went out of the stadium, everyone was singing along with some of her songs like “Lucky”, “Sometimes” and “…Baby One More Time”, truly an ICON! People will say, Britney is over and a has-been, but I say to them, no other artist has ever been appreciated by the Filipino crowd like this! A has-been will never have a sold out concert and will never have fans wanting for more!

The concert has ended but my love for her will remain, forever. I may never see her again. Who knows, she might retire, or might just focus on her American audience, IIMG_6498 don’t know. But one thing’s for sure, one item has been checked off my bucket list, and I am very much happy and contented. Everytime I watch the videos I captured during the concert, I still cry and get emotional. You can’t blame me, I’m a fan. And she’s not just some random singer, she’s been through a lot and showed the people she can rise despite all the struggles, a true example to her peers and to her fans. She’s a survivor, a phoenix who rose from the ashes. A waste of money? No I don’t think so. It was all worth it. Seeing her breakdown in public and now making it back in her best form, was totally worth the wait and the price. Oops! I guess she did it again, making an impact to a lot of people and leaving behind an inspiration to never stop dreaming and that dreams do come true. ūüôā

My short vlog about the concert:

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Britney: Live In Concert (TODAY!)

THIS IS IT! TODAY IS THE DAY!

18921856_10154755959321376_8506128519610422165_nTODAY MARKS ANOTHER HISTORICAL EVENT, NOT JUST FOR THE PHILIPPINES BUT FOR THE WHOLE BRITNEY ARMY!
Today, June 15, 2017, at the MOA Arena, marks Britney Spears’ first concert in the Philippines. Not just her first concert, by the way, but her first time walking on the lands of our majestic country! She has mentioned our country, the Philippines, in her 2007 hit “Piece Of Me”, where she said she will “sneak away into the Philippines”, and indeed, it has happened. And may I just say, THE QUEEN HAS ARRIVED!

I have been a fan since 1998, I was 8 years old. But I wasn’t a hardcore fan then, I was just a casual one. I just know her song, “…Baby One More Time”, but I don’t know her, nor her name. Kids will normally sing catchy tunes, you know, it’s innate to children. 1And kids will normally sing this song of hers or (You Drive Me) Crazy, teen girls will then sing Sometimes or Born To Make You Happy. She became an institution, an emerging pop culture to teenagers by the end of the 90s. I grew up knowing her and following her acts. We weren’t rich so MTV wasn’t always my option. The channel Vid-ok (Araw Gabi, Sing-along Party), the predecessor of Myx, was my go-to channel to watch Britney videos as they always have her in their countdown. All her videos are always number one, the music was boring when she isn’t featured.

Untitled2000 was a turning point for her and for me as a fan. Her fame was bigger than ever, hits after hits. Then 2001 VMAs came, she was draped with a snake. I fell more in love with her. She was beautiful, talented and fierce. No one understood me. When you are a Britney fan, people tagged you as gay, corny, baduy or no taste. People started to dislike her because she turned to have a sexy image at a young age. But I didn’t stop, because she is very very interesting. The first CD that I had was her “Oops!… I Did It Again” album, but when we moved it got lost. So my mom bought me another, her 3rd album “Britney”, but a pirated version, since this era had a rampant issue on piracy. I would play this CD all day and never got tired of it.

10734194_952736874755659_4948894766860639126_nYears passed, then Toxic came out. People loved her again as it had a very out of this world video, the music was ahead of its time and it was Britney Spears like no one has seen her before. She was edgy, she was on point, she was on fire! Her music and her face was all over the world again and she was stapled to be a household name. Around 2004-2005, I remember my mom wanted me to work for her, for a summer job, at her Travel Agency office and she will pay me. And guess what, I bought original Britney CDs when I got the money! A DVD, VCD and cassettes, and that’s not all, I wanted to complete all her albums so I bought “…Baby One More Time”, “Oops!… I Did it Again”, “B in the Mix: The Remixes” and “In The Zone”. I was a happy kid. It was a perfect moment for me.

2007 was a different story, though. It was the toughest. People started judging her, hating her, again. They called her names. But I was defending her. I felt her pain, that she wanted to break free. Everyday was scary because I thought we were gonna lose her. But 5she was tough. Despite all the challenges, she chose to release an album and the singles “Gimme More”, “Piece of me” and “Break the Ice”. That’s when she sang “sneak away into the Philippines”, and that’s when I had hope for her. I saw that she wanted to make more music, and in 2008, she made a proper comeback with her album “Circus”. She promoted first in Europe and I saw that fire again in her eyes. I cried while she was performing “Womanizer” in X Factor UK. THE BRITNEY I GREW UP WITH IS BACK. I saw again a future of her staying relevant across many generations, as an inspiration and as a performer.

Untitled1As a Britney fan, I felt I was the only one loving her, the only one who followed her. Then I stumbled upon a group of people in PinoyExchange.com who have similar interests with me, Britney Spears! The camaraderie grew and we formed “Pinoys Heart Britney”, a group of Filipino Britney fans who devoted themselves to Britney, and wished she would sneak away into the Philippines! It was fun! Every year. we would gather and 7bcelebrate the icon that is Britney. We would share to everyone our collection, our frustrations about her and our wishes of seeing her performing live. When I was in hard times and had to sell my Collection due to financial problems, PHB helped me and some members bought my CDs, I know they went to good hands. We were not just friends, we’re a family. And from PHB came two more Britney groups, Team Britney Philippines and Britney Philippines.

Untitled3Britney also taught me to watch shows and movies that are unfamiliar, but because of her name, I can somehow say, they became relevant. Ranging from the movies like Austin Powers: Goldmemeber to tv shows like Will & Grace, How I Met Your Mother, Jane9c The Virgin and Glee, I never knew any of these, and I only watched Britney’s parts. But hey, thanks to Britney, she gave them their highest ratings. She also managed to be a judge at X Factor US, a reality talent show, and she became the highest paid judge of all time, for a reality talent search! She was also featured countless times here in the TV shows of my country, such as ASAP, Party Pilipinas, and most recently, Your Face Sounds Familiar where celebrities will become a certain artist and perform like them. She was featured 3 times in this show and was really exciting! Truly a legend!

9In 2011, our first grand event for Britney happened here in the Philippines, the release of her 7th album, “Femme Fatale”! It happened in SM Megamall, and I was one of the ushers. I was so excited. It was a gathering of Britney fans around the country! We felt like it was a mini Britney concert, less Britney. We had fun and we were hopeful that in our next events, Britney would come or rather, will be performing live. And it didn’t stop there. in 2013, when she released her 8th album, “Britney Jean”, we didn’t want to miss this and had another gathering, this time in TriNoma, and we were featured in a TV show in TV5. Another milestone for the Pinoy Britney fans! In October 2016, we also had a gathering for the relese of her most recent album “Glory”.

10639692_920023378027009_3072851205729193784_nI’ve come a long way, and we Britney fans, at last, are seeing her perform live. We never thought that this day will come, we thought that we will remain just part of her song, but now she is here, she has sneaked away to the Philippines and will perform for us. People will say it is a waste of money, that she will just lip, that she is a has-been. People will always call her names, We’ve been through that for years and we don’t care. We love her not just as a performer but, also, as a person. The fact that she is here, still performing, is already a dream come true. Tonight, at the MOA arena, there will be a lot of shouting and dancing to her songs, definitely there will be crying, too, we will be seizing the moment, it may not happen again, we never know, but we will make sure we will make the most out of this once in a lifetime event.

I’ve heard she arrived today by noon, and I am stoked! I am very very excited. Seeing her Untitled4here in my country just brings tears in my eyes. I’m very happy and I can not contain the excitement and the emotions I have now. I’ve waited for years and now it is happening. I may say it over and over, but I will never get tired of it. I am excited, and can’t wait to see her. This is a historical day, totally should be marked the BRITNEY DAY of the Philippines! As she always say, “never ever lose your passion to dream”, because who knows, it might come true one day!

 

Britney: Live In Concert (2 Days To Go!)

britney-spears-reuters-640x480On June 15, 2017, at the MOA Arena, Britney Spears will, at last, perform in front¬†of the Filipino crowd, for the first time ever! And I’m very much excited I keep on talking about her for the past few days! I still can’t believe it, the announcement was just made months ago and now, I’m just two days away from her concert! Forgive me, but I am just so much thrilled and overwhelmed!

To celebrate her upcoming concert, I have listed some Britney-related stuff below that I personally picked. Ranging from my most favorite Britney Album, videos and collaborations, to the worst ones. These are just my personal choices and doesn’t mean it has to be yours, too. :p

Top 5 least favorite Albums:

  1. Blackout
  2. Britney Jean
  3. Oops!… I Did It Again
  4. Britney
  5. Glory

Top 5 Favorite Albums

  1. In The Zone
  2. Femme Fatale
  3. Circus
  4. …Baby One More Time
  5. Glory

Britney has only had 9 studio albums so far, so her recent album, Glory, is the midpoint of all her albums, for me. Blackout is really a good album, I just don’t get why a lot of people love it. Yes, it is a game-changer but it doesn’t necessarily mean it is the greatest. In The Zone is the best for me since it has one of her best collaborations with Madonna and the Ying Yang Twins. The music is also perfection, for me In The Zone showed Britney’s identity and edge above all the other artists, and the songs are very ahead of its time, very innovative! With the top 5 albums that I chose, I don’t have any song that I can skip to, but the least 5 ones, I always have some songs to skip.

Top 5 least favorite Videos

  1. Make Me
  2. Gimme More
  3. Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know
  4. Sometimes
  5. I Wanna Go

Top 5 favorite Videos

  1. Me Against The Music
  2. Circus
  3. Till The World Ends
  4. I’m A Slave 4 U
  5. Work B*tch

The Britney Army knows Make Me is one of the worst videos, since we were expecting an iconic one from David LaChapelle but we were given an audition video instead. Same with Gimme More, I was expecting “more” from it. Britney Spears is known for her huge dance moves and group choreography, it made me her fan and the top 5 videos I chose perfectly symbolize what a perfect “Britney” video is; lots of dancers, jaw-dropping dance breaks, chilling dance beats, amazing production. It’s not about just moving your hips or banging your head or whatever, these videos show REAL CHOREOGRAPHY that no other artist could! On the other hand, I Wanna Go is a mess, very much overrated, and the other two doesn’t fit her image very very well, very forgettable.

Top 5 Collaborations

  1. Me Against The Music feat. Madonna
  2. S&M Rhimix with Rihanna
  3. Slumber Party feat. Tinashe
  4. Boys (Co-ed Remix) feat. Pharrell Williams
  5. Scream & Shout with will.i.am

Since she only has few collaborations, I listed the top 5 I like the most. I’m not really a huge fan of Scream & Shout but thanks to this song, and will.i.am, it helped Britney maintain her relevance among her target audience. Boys is a classic bop! It isn’t a fan favorite but for me, the longer I listen to it, the more I’m liking it; it’s a grower! Slumber Party and S&M is classic Britney! Girl power at its finest with sexy vocals and dancing, REAL DANCING. However, Me Against The Music is the ultimate collaboration with the queen herself, Madonna! How can you turn down such song, amazing beat, awesome melody, it is definitely a perfect song!

Well, I am not asking you all to agree with me, as mentioned, these are personal choices, but maybe this list may help you change your preferences hehe :p. It is definitely advisable to listen to these amazing music as her concert is nearing to feel more excited and ecstatic! Personally, I haven’t listened to any other artist since I bought her concert ticket. I have this playlist in my phone called “THE ULTIMATE BRITNEY PLAYLIST” including all her songs from her catalog, remixes that I have and unreleased stuff that I have, as well. Nostalgic and overwhelming at the same time, this is really recommended to all the fans seeing her this Thursday! Try it and fill yourself with “Britney-energy” before the concert starts!

For more information about the concert:

https://smtickets.com/events/view/5586

Filipino Britney Pages to follow:

https://www.facebook.com/pinoysheartbritney/

https://www.facebook.com/TeamBritneyPhilippines/

https://www.facebook.com/BritneySpearsPHL/

 

Britney Spears: The Glory of Music

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¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†It’s been almost three years since we last had a compilation of amazing songs from the Legendary Miss Britney Spears. And alas, August 26, 2016 marked the release of her 9th studio album “Glory” worldwide. As glorious as it sounds, fans and critics alike claim this to be her most mature album to date. Fans all over the world has declared it as the third album completing the holy trinity of the Britney Army, together with Blackout and In The Zone. Eagerness to hear this new record resulted to some songs, and afterwards, the whole album leaking ahead of its release. But me, as a loyal and patient fan, I only listened to this amazing album recently to coincide with its release digitally here in the Philippines.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†I admire that her team did their best to prevent the trend of albums “leaking” as it is very damaging especially to their sales. I remember Femme Fatale and Britney Jean leaking, for like a month or two before the release. But this time, Britney’s team teased us by releasing one song per week before the release to avoid illegal downloads. But then as eager as they are, some “fans” really just want to see artists suffer and leaked the album 1 week ahead of the release. Still a good job for team Britney but I hope the next time this will be totally eradicated. I mean totally! I read somewhere that this illegal download totaled to 200,000, which would have been added to the actual first week sales of “Glory”.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Personally, even though the release was ahead in some countries, I wanted to be patient and just listen to the whole album once I have the physical copy. But some mix-ups are happening with our local distributor, hence, I still don’t have the album. My co-armies advised me to listen in Spotify, but I chose not to. Because, for me, listening to it digitally destroys the essence, the hype and the excitement of listening to songs played from a CD. But since I’m still hopeless as to when we’ll get the physical copy, I decided to actually hear the album from Spotify. And indeed, the long wait was worth it, and it was a “glorious” moment, an unforgettable experience marked in my own history.

1. Invitation
This is definitely a good choice to start the album. Her voice sounds heavenly and sexy. I can say this is a perfect slowjam to start the album. Coincidentally, she is inviting me, the listener, to a glorious spectacle, which is her new record.
2. Make Me
The perfect song next to Invitation. It continues to deliver the sexy vibe from the previous track. From my first listen when it was released, up until now, I NEVER GOT TIRED OF IT. This song has perfect production, melody and lyrics. JUST PERFECTION. I think Britney hasn’t had a perfect feel-good song in years, and this just proves that she is not just all about dancing but she can be chill, too. G-eazy is also a perfect choice for a collaboration, she complements Britney very much.
3. Private Show
When I first heard it from her fragrance commercial, I can’t stop thinking about it! I can say this is definitely classic-sexy Britney, and at the same time experimental. In this song, Britney still proves she puts on a show, that she is still the ringleader, center of the spotlight, the entertainer not the observer, and we are here as¬†spectators¬†of her suprises.
4. Man on the Moon
The melody of this song is very addicting! The first line itself gave me shivers! It has a beautiful melody and I can’t remember the last time she had something like this. With the lyrics, I find Britney’s fascination with the heavenly bodies very fascinating. I can’t help but say that this is Alien 2.0, continuing the story as wanting not be alone anymore and waiting for that Man on The Moon to come pick her up. I can also say she is lamenting to a long-distance relationship, I like how it is open to interpretation.
5. Just Love Me
So the album already had a lot of R&B and slow-jam songs, and we get another one. Not hating, but, I’m just not really a fan. I’m more of an upbeat person. But on the first listen, the song sounded like a Fifth Harmony song, but also kinda similar to her earlier work “Early Mornin'”. The line “Oh No, I won’t, I promise I promise” is very 2001ney, gave me chills, very CLASSICney, definitely the highlight of the song.
6. Clumsy
This song is very fun and playful, but unfortunately it didn’t give me the eargasm that I was looking for. Still the same feeling when I first heard it when team Britney released it weeks before the release. It felt like a filler for the album. Though I think it’s an anthemic EDM, it’s perfect for partying. I also like the facts that it gives ode to OIDIA. Definitely how a “will.i.am-produced-song-done-right” sounds like.
7. Do You Wanna Come Over?
ONE OF THE PERFECT SONGS OF THE ALBUM. This is “2003 Britney meets 2016 Britney”. The guitar strumming is perfect, THIS SONG IS JUST PURE PERFECTION. The song is just SEXY all over. I also feel it gives an 80s vibe, with a modern twist. Along the way, the song sounded a bit like “Fashionista” by Jimmy James, also sounds a bit Selena Gomez, but it’s not that of a big deal, the song has its own identity either way. This is another experimental Britney, and she did it right this time, I’ll definitely come over!
8. Slumber Party
This song shows “Britney being poetic”. At first I thought this is just another random filler, but SEXY REGGAEney is back y’all, giving us some STUTTERney a la “I Wanna Go”. The “oohs” also reminded me of Canadian Band Hedley’s “Dreaming’s For Sleeping”. What’s surprising to me is the lyrics which would sound like about making porn, very surprising! I also think this is an ode to Miley’s “We Can’t Stop”. This is would how 2001 Britney would sound like in 2016, having slumber parties and having fun all night!
9. Just Like Me
I’d say one of the weakest songs of the album. It’s also a bit awkward with it’s title similarity to Just Luv Me. The message of the song seems like She’ll Never Be Me 2.0, less fierce but more playful. ALTERNATIVEney strikes here, and it seems she’s loving some more guitar strumming. I believe this is Britney’s best attempt to go country pop after the disaster that was “Chillin’ With You”. Somehow this song feels rushed, but maybe it just has a stripped concept. I’m also getting a bit tired of her breathy vocals since we’ve got a lot from previous tracks.
10. Love Me Down
The fun part of the album starts here! I like that this song starts bringing life to the album. This is RAPney at her best, y’all, bringing us Britney-meets-Fergie vibes. I’M SO IN LOVE WITH THIS SONG, something I’ve been longing for from Britney for a long time. This is something very new to Britney, and in some parts she’s giving us GWEN STEFANIney, definitely experimental but still Britney. This is the perfect song from the album that utilized “baby” properly. URBANney at it’s finest!
11. Hard To Forget Ya
Another fun track! She has some shocking lines here such as “since I tasted you”, should I be worried? Well the song itself describes how a “perfect sex” left her wanting for more. Haha. I can also say this song has perfect melody. This is also the return of EDM-DUBSTEPney and gives us another dance anthem.
12. What You Need
“I love Rock And Roll” who? “Do Somethin'” who? “Rock¬†Me in” who? “Don’t Keep Me Waiting” who? This song is the most rock and roll she can be! I’m really surprised! Britney gives us ELVISney and TINA TURERney, she even seems to sample “Proud Mary”. I love how the song sounds very 70s, it’s very fun, fierce and her best effort to have her some “Back To Basics” vibes. I can feel Britney’s drive in making this song, she seems having so much fun. This song also has some James Bond vibes to it. I would get up and dance to this song, definitely. Definitely another perfect track from this album!!! #Obsessed
13. Better
Better sounded like it would fit in Britney Jean. It also sounded like the love child of Hard To forget Ya and Just Love Me combined. The song seems like Fifth Harmony meets Justin Bieber meets Britney. It’s a good song, but I’ll say it’s a grower, you have to listen to it a lot to appreciate it.
14. Change Your Mind
Guitar Strummingney strikes again! It sounded like a soundtrack for a remake of Zorro. I don’t get the essence though of having a song with Spanish parts, maybe an ode to her Latin, Spanish or South American fanbase? The song also has an awkward title but it fits the song. This song is also a grower, nothing special at first but it takes a few listens to appreciate it.
15. Liar
This song sounds like Chains by Nick Jonas meets E.T. of Katy Perry. In some parts, it sounded a bit KPOP. This song is something Rita Ora or Iggy Azalea will record, but it fits Britney. It’s very experimental. It also sounds very early 2000s R&B POP, delivering us some CLASSICney. The chorus also sounds similar to some Meghan Trainor production. ONe of the best bonus tracks, I must say, and I wanted it to be a regular track in the album (replacing Just Like Me :p).
16. If I’m Dancing
It’s an amazing dance song. It sounded like Britney meets Missy Elliot, production wise. It’s a mid 2000s R&B POP, another Classicney y’all! Britney delivering us some In The Zone meets Femme Fatale vibes. She also mentioned “chakra”, like really? She’s watching Naruto? Overall, the song had good production, good potential, but has weak lyrics and vocals. Again, I’ve had so much Breathy Britney in the album.
17. Coupure Electrique
This song is very random. Not hating on it but also not a fan. It feels like it’s trying to be Blackout meets Britney Jean but it failed. It seems like a slow-jam Break The Ice. I’m not sure though if im playing this song again because it is in full French. I appreciate FRENCHney, but not in a full song, it was too much to handle and the song didn’t give anything special.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Though there were some “just okay” parts, the amazing ones were prevalent. I love how the song is like In The Zone, very diverse genre-wise and very experimental. A lot of new materials for Britney that complements her voice. The down side is, she felt too comfortable with the producers she worked with, and some songs lost their glitter. But who am I to judge right? I’m just a listener and this is what my experience with Glory is.

Some noticable points:
It seems some of the obvious most used words in the album were “patience”, “just”, “apologies”, “fools”, “drippin'”, “ocean” and “lotion”, which is cool. It means the album is a story altogether. She also used surprising words like “kamikaze” and “chakra”, something really new for her, and mentioned “creature” and “specimen”, SCIENCEney y’all! I like that “guitar strumming” is prevalent, which made me feel that she wants the album a little stripped and makes us want to feel that her songs are not overproduced.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†I also like the fact that “Glory” is a story, an “Invitation” where Britney asks a guy to¬†“Make Me” ooh in her own “Private Show”. Then waits for her¬†“Man On The Moon” to come back and “Just Luv Me” even if she’s “Clumsy”. She asks him “Do You Wanna Come Over?” to her “Slumber Party”, even if there’s someone “Just Like Me” with him. She will still ask to “Love Me Down” because she knows it’s “Hard To Forget Ya” and that she has “What You Need”. I’m blown, but that’s just me, my own perspective.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†I can say this is her most experimental album and an album where she is more hands on since Blackout. I like the fact that she sounds happy and enjoying every song, that makes me happy. Somehow it feels that this is “Britney jean done right”, but of course it has its own identity. Glory is Britney’s light, proving that she still has that shine, that X Factor, that can still deliver and be at par with recent trends in the music industry. Glory is also the light that will remind other artists who Britney is and where she is currently in the industry. She is a legend, and this album cements her name as an icon, an influencer¬†and an idol among her peers and the next generation to come.

¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† This is definitely a new era, the growth of Blackout has been surpassed, the comeback of Circus is long gone, the fierceness of Femme Fatale has been eclipsed and the emotions of Britney Jean has been edged. This is a new Britney, a more mature, a more confident, a more vicious and a more magnetic entertainer. Other artists will shine, but mark my words, Britney’s Glory will always outshine whoever comes her way, because it’s Britney B**ch!

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