18 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Circus refocuses Britney Spears’ energies on what she does best: sexy, icy dance music. Every trance-inducing dancefloor beat invites its eager listeners to design their own choreography routine. She even manages to put a twist on the same old sound with the futuristic disco funk of “Lace and Leather.” Britney’s fifth album shows the reigning superstarlet getting her groove back.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Circus refocuses Britney Spears’ energies on what she does best: sexy, icy dance music. Every trance-inducing dancefloor beat invites its eager listeners to design their own choreography routine. She even manages to put a twist on the same old sound with the futuristic disco funk of “Lace and Leather.” Britney’s fifth album shows the reigning superstarlet getting her groove back.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
466 Ratings
466 Ratings

The "Blackout" is finnished; the "Circus" is in town!

Mr.Britney

1.Womanizer- An bombastic electro-pop cut taking on all of the womanizers out there. Britney's vocals sound better than ever here- she sound strong, agressive, and to the point. The song gave her her 2nd billboard hot 100 number one single- the first one in ten years! It marked the true comeback of an icon and proved that through it all, Britney is here to stay. An amazing song that never grows old. 5/5

2.Circus- Set to be the second single, Britney steals the show with this fierce R&B ditty in which she states: "I'm like the ringleader, I make it hot, I call the shots". The song is destined for greatness with its clever, catchy lyrics, great beat, and once again, strong and agressive vocals. An amazing follow up to "Womanizer" and a sure-fire hit. Her third number one perhaps? 5/5

3.Out From Under- One thing "Blackout" lacked, as amazing as it was, was a full fledged Britney ballad. Here, Britney conveys a strong message through a powerful, breathtakingly beautiful ballad. Her voice sounds lovely and you can tell she is singing from experience and with emotion. The lyrics are relatable and it genuinely sweeps you from your feet. 5/5

4.Kill The Lights- "Piece Of Me" part 2? Absouletly! On one of the only collabarations with "Gimme More" producer Danja, Britney takes another swing at the paps. With hard-hitting lyrics and an electrifying beat that is to sure to shake the clubs, Britney gives the paparazzi something to chew on. It's a great song to sing along to and is fun yet still withholding a strong message. 5/5

5.Shattered Glass- A roaring dance track with a chorus sure to send a chill up your spine. Britney tells the man who did her wrong he can have his cake and eat it. The chorus has carefully arranged strings and lyrics that compliment them fantastically. It's a great uptempo and has simmilarities to "Womanizer", lyrically. Overall, another terrific record, although a tad bit short, it still works amazingly. 5/5

6.If U Seek Amy- When Britney and Max Martin work together, hits are made. "If U Seek Amy" is absouletly no exception. This astoundingly catchy electro-pop number fuses great, mysterious lyrics, with genious hidden messages. Although we all know what Britney is saying, she says it as innocent as ever, all adding to the geniousness of the song. Overall, the lyrics are potentially the best of the album and you could say the same for the instrumental as well. I smell a future third single coming on! 5/5

7.Unusual You- A trance type number with brilliant lyrics. It has a melancholy mood and is uplifting yet sad at the same time. The lyrics are pure greatness, but the way that they are sung really brings them to life. In a gripping voice Britney describes the surprise of a lover who is more than she expected after many failed relationships. The instrumental was done perfectly as well. The synths, strings, drums, and all make for an interesting compostiton (in a great way). Another perfect number. 5/5

8.Blur- Wow. That is one way to describe this record. It's lyrics and instrumental are both beautiful in a twisted way. The lyrics- describing the horrors of realizing what you did last night- portray a sharp image. They paint a picture perfectly telling a story that allows you to reflect on your own personal memories. The instrumental is the perfect combination of drums and strings really brings that picture to life. Overall, one of the absoulte best tracks from Circus. Or from Britney ever. Period. 5/5

9.Mmm Papi- I cannot put my finger on this song. It appears to be simply a pop record but also seems to draw its influences from an outside source. Besides that, the lyrics are alright. Just average compared to others on the album. The instrumental however is still very exciting and mesmerising. The beat is addictive and fun to listen to. If I had to pick one song that I don't absouletly love on the album it would be this one. I feel that it's mystery influence and average lyrics bog the song down a bit. However, I still like it and think the instrumental is brilliant and catchy. 4/5

10.Mannequin- What a track! Britney's vocals are simply amazing, the instrumental is genious, and the lyrics are terrific! To a pulsating beat Britney vocalizes lyrics both catchy and bold. The use of sirens is done extremely well on this track. It is most definitley unique and a great track to dance to. Judging by the leaked video of Britney dancing to this track, she has an amazing dance and performance for this song ready for her upcoming tour! Overall, an outstanding song that only Britney can pull off! 5/5

11.Lace And Leather- To me this is the "fun" song on the album. The lyrics are simple yet sexy and sultry. The instrumental is very 80'sish and I cannot help but compare it to Madonna's "Dance 2nite". The chorus is very catchy and you definitley can just picture Britney having a blast recording this song in the studio! Another great track that I will enjoy performing in my room and dancing along to! The guitar breakdown is also pure greatness! :D 5/5

12.My Baby- A beautiful ballad to close the (standard) edition of the album. The lyrics appear to be talking about Britney's two adorable baby boys. ("Tiny hands') They were co-written by Britney and you can tell they mean alot to her. The instrumental of the song definitley compliments the lyrics and makes you understand what they are really saying. Overall, an amazing way to end an album. Brings a tear to your eye and the end note is astonishing. 5/5

Overall= 59/60 + 1 mak for an amazing cover, +5 for the making of Circus, +5 for an amazing booklet= 70/60=A++++!

Comments: I adore the album from start to finnish. It's another hit album for Britney that will produce many hits! Thanx for reading!

Love you Britney! <3

Yours truly,

Mr.Britney

Must-have for pop music lovers!

Jared!

Variety - 5 stars
Production quality - 5 stars
"Danceability" - 5 stars

This is obviously a very slick work of art. Britney and her producers have created a collection of smooth dance tracks and down tempo dark pop songs.

WONDERFUL!

Amazing!

alycia347

Wow...this is one of Britney's best!
Circus is my favorite...
Love love love it!

She is finally back!
We love you Britney!

About Britney Spears

More than any other single artist, Britney Spears was the driving force behind the return of teen pop in the late '90s. The blockbuster success of the Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys certainly paved the way for her own commercial breakthrough, but Spears didn't just become a star -- she was a bona fide pop phenomenon. Not only did she sell millions of records, she was a media fixture regardless of what she was (or wasn't) doing; among female singers of the era (many of whom followed in her footsteps), her celebrity star power was rivaled only by Jennifer Lopez. From the outset, Spears' sex appeal was an important part of her image. The video for her debut single, "...Baby One More Time," outfitted her in full Catholic-school regalia and sent her well on the way to becoming an international sex symbol. Yet Spears' handlers seemed to be trying to have it both ways -- there was a definite tension between the wholesome innocence Spears tried to project for her female audience and the titillating sexuality that enticed so many male fans. Those marketing tactics made Spears a somewhat controversial figure, the subject of endless debates concerning appropriate role models for teenage girls. Early on, Spears tried to defuse the controversy by preaching abstinence until marriage, and even denied that she was consciously cultivating such a sexualized image. Of course, the more provocative and revealing her on-stage wardrobe became, the less plausible that claim seemed. But apart from her ability to tiptoe the line between virginal coquette and brazen tart, Spears had a secret weapon in Swedish pop mastermind Max Martin, who had a hand in the vast majority of her hits as a writer and/or producer. With Martin crafting the sort of contemporary dance-pop and sentimental ballads that made stars of the Backstreet Boys, Spears kept on delivering the goods commercially, as her first three albums all topped the charts.

Britney Jean Spears was born December 2, 1981, in the small town of Kentwood, Louisiana, and began performing as a singer and dancer at a young age. With a nationally televised appearance on Star Search already under her belt, Spears auditioned for the Disney Channel's The New Mickey Mouse Club at age eight. The producers turned her down as too young, but one of them took an interest and introduced her to an agent in New York. Spears spent the next three years studying at the Professional Performing Arts School, and also appeared in several television commercials and off-Broadway plays. At 11, she returned to The New Mickey Mouse Club for a second audition, and this time made the cut. Although her fellow Mouseketeers included an impressive array of future stars -- *NSYNC's Justin Timberlake and JC Chasez, Christina Aguilera, and Felicity actress Keri Russell -- the show was canceled after Spears' second season. She returned to New York at age 15 and set about auditioning for pop bands and recording demo tapes, one of which eventually landed her a deal with Jive Records.

Spears entered the studio with top writer/producers like Eric Foster White (Boyzone, Whitney Houston, Backstreet Boys) and Max Martin (Ace of Base, Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC). In late 1998, Jive released her debut single, the Martin-penned "...Baby One More Time." Powered by its video, in which Spears and a troupe of dancers were dressed as Catholic-school jailbait, the single shot to the top of the Billboard charts. When Spears' debut album of the same title was released in early 1999, it entered the charts at number one and stayed there for six weeks. Once the ubiquitous lead single died down, the album kept spinning off hits: the Top Ten "(You Drive Me) Crazy," the near-Top 20 ballad "Sometimes," and the Top 20 "From the Bottom of My Broken Heart." By the end of 1999, ...Baby One More Time had sold ten million copies, and went on to sell a good three million more on top of that. Its success touched off a wave of young pop divas who included Christina Aguilera, P!nk, Jessica Simpson, and Mandy Moore. Spears was a superstar, drooled over in countless magazines, including a Rolling Stone cover that prompted immediate speculation about the still 17-year-old having received breast implants.

By the time ...Baby One More Time finally started to lose steam on the singles and album charts, Spears was ready to release her follow-up. Oops!...I Did It Again appeared in the spring of 2000, and the title track was an instant smash, racing into the Top Ten. The album itself entered the charts at number one and sold over a million copies in its first week of release, setting a new record for single-week sales by a female artist. Follow-up singles included "Lucky," the gold-selling "Stronger," and "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know," which was co-written by country diva Shania Twain and her producer Mutt Lange. A year after its release, Oops!...I Did It Again had sold over nine million copies. Rumors that Spears was dating *NSYNC heartthrob (and fellow ex-Mouseketeer) Justin Timberlake were eventually confirmed, which only added to the media attention lavished on her.

For her next album, Spears looked ahead to a not-so-distant future when both she and much of her audience would be growing up. Released in late 2001, Britney tried to present the singer as a more mature young woman, and was accompanied by mild hints that her personal life wasn't always completely puritanical. It became her third straight album to debut at number one, although this time around the singles weren't as successful; "I'm a Slave 4 U," "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," and "Overprotected" all missed the Top Ten. In early 2002, Spears' feature-film debut, Crossroads, hit theaters, but its commercial performance was somewhat disappointing; moreover, her romance with Timberlake fizzled not long after. Spears next made a cameo appearance in Mike Myers' Austin Powers: Goldmember, and contributed a remix of "Boys" to the soundtrack. Meanwhile, sales of Britney stalled at four million copies, perhaps in part because a new breed of teenage female singer/songwriters, like Michelle Branch and Avril Lavigne, was emerging as an alternative to the highly packaged teen queens. Spears took a break from recording and performing for several months, and began work on a new album in early 2003. The results, In the Zone, reflected a wish to be taken seriously as a mature (though still highly sexualized) adult. Predictably, it topped the charts and launched several singles into orbit, including the musically adventurous "Toxic," "Everytime," and "Me Against the Music."

In the Zone hit number one on the Billboard 200, and "Toxic" snagged a Grammy for Best Dance Recording, but in 2004 Britney's personal life started to hit the tabloids on a regular basis. She had a brief two-day marriage to childhood friend Jason Alexander, followed by the controversial Onyx Hotel tour, which was eventually canceled despite positive financial numbers. Soon, Britney revealed her relationship with her former backup dancer Kevin Federline. Spears and Federline married in September and were tabloid regulars in the months after the ceremony; some of this relationship was documented in Chaotic, a UPN reality show consisting mostly of their own home videos.

The year 2005 was no less eventful for Spears. She released Greatest Hits: My Prerogative that January, but it was the announcement of her pregnancy that really garnered the headlines. Sean Preston Federline was born in September, and a bidding war ensued for first rights to the baby photos. As the hubbub surrounding Sean's birth continued, Britney released a remix album just in time for the holiday season. In 2006, Spears discovered she was pregnant again; shortly after the birth of her second son, Jayden James Federline, she divorced Federline. Following another headline-grabbing incident in early 2007 (in which Spears spontaneously shaved her head at a salon in Tarzana, California, much to the delight of nearby photographers), Spears sought help at Malibu's Promises Treatment Center. After leaving the center, she began working on her comeback album and performed a few small shows at House of Blues locations in Los Angeles, San Diego, Anaheim, and Las Vegas that May. Despite ongoing turmoil in her life that summer and fall, Blackout arrived in October 2007. It proved to be her least successful album to date, charting three Top 40 hits but failing to achieve platinum certification within its first year of release.

Spears was dealt more blows in early 2008 when she lost custody of her children, made several court appearances, and was placed on involuntary psychiatric hold twice in one month. Blackout nevertheless won several MTV-sponsored awards, including Album of the Year from the Europe Music Awards in November 2008. That same fall, "Womanizer," the leadoff single from Spears' next record, became her first number one single in nearly a decade. The full-length Circus arrived in December, featuring a mix of syrupy ballads and uptempo dance numbers that were designed to fuel Spears' comeback. In 2009, the single "3" followed "Womanizer" to the top, and appeared on her career-spanning compilation The Singles Collection. In 2011, Spears returned with the studio album Femme Fatale, featuring the single "Hold It Against Me," which became her fourth single to top the Billboard Hot 100. The second single, the Ke$ha co-written "Till the World Ends," didn't top the charts but it was a bigger hit, going double platinum in the US.

Britney supported Femme Fatale with an international tour that ran until the end of 2011; at the end of the year, the home video Live: The Femme Fatale Tour was released. Spears made a splashy return to television in 2012 when she signed to be one of the celebrity judges on the second season of the U.S. version of Simon Cowell's The X Factor. The show returned in the fall of 2012. Spears did not return to the show for its third season. Also in 2012, Britney appeared on will.i.am's track "Scream and Shout." This was the beginning of a greater partnership, as will.i.am wound up as the executive producer for her eighth studio album, Britney Jean. Preceded by the single "Work Bitch" -- along with a Britney cameo on Miley Cyrus' 2013 album Bangerz and the announcement of a two-year residency in Las Vegas -- Britney Jean appeared during the first week of December 2013. Although Britney Jean debuted in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200, it would be her lowest-performing album to date. In the following years, she continued her Vegas residency and contributed to a pair of new tracks: "Pretty Girls" with Iggy Azalea and a cover of Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner" for Giorgio Moroder. Early in 2016, Spears announced that she would release her ninth album later that year. "Make Me," a midtempo track featuring rapper G-Eazy, appeared in July and August saw the release of the full-length Glory. ~ Steve Huey

HOMETOWN
McComb, MS
GENRE
Pop
BORN
December 02, 1981

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