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The Collection: Britney Spears

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Album Review

Anybody seeking an exhaustive Britney Spears compilation has been waiting for a collection like 2013's The Essential Britney Spears. Where other Britney compilations ran no longer than a single CD, this is a double-disc set with over 30 tracks — more than enough space for all of her hit American singles, although that does mean that there are some singles from non-U.S. territories that are missing in action. Usually, the earliest of these are the ones most notable — the sugary "Born to Make You Happy" is the greatest omission, but "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know," "I Love Rock N Roll," and "Anticipating" are all absent, along with latter-day dance and European singles "MMM Papi" and "Lace and Leather," European singles like "Someday (I Will Understand)" — but only hardcore fans will notice what's absent, as all the hits are here, from "…Baby One More Time" to "Till the World Ends" (plus "Scream & Shout," the hit featuring Spears). Skeptics might suspect shorter is better for Britney — and those looking for a quick blast of hits will be well-served by Playlist — but this double-disc set reveals that she had two strong, distinct phases to her career: the bubblegum pop ingénue of the new millennium, followed by the blackout club diva of ten years later. There are slow patches in both phases, but there's tremendous pop in both, and they both shine on this Essential disc.

Customer Reviews

Britney didn't release this...

All of those fans complaining about Britney releasing another collection are confused. Britney, herself, does not release ANYTHING.
It's up to record labels to release something. And in this case, it was neither. This collection is something iTunes created exclusively for Britney, Christina Aguilera, and other artists.

Stop complaining. Don't buy it if you don't want it.


Yeah ok, release your whole catalogue in one giant release. This is the strategic marketing ploy to get fans to spend more money on iTunes? Britney, why don't you hurry up and release Up 'N' Down as a single along with remixes, and a cool video?! That's what us fans REALLY WANT!

It's More Than Great

All of Britneys' albums in one collection, it's more than great.


Born: December 2, 1981 in McComb, MS

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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),...
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The Collection: Britney Spears, Britney Spears
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  • $39.99
  • Genres: Pop, Music, Teen Pop, Dance, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Rock
  • Released: Dec 13, 2011

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