Blackout is the fifth studio album by American pop singer Britney Spears. It was released on October 27, 2007, in Australia, October 29, 2007, in the UK, and October 30, 2007, worldwide. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), the album was number 32 in terms of units shipped worldwide by the end of 2007. The album has sold 902,000 copies in the United States up to October 2008, and is expected to go platinum in the next month.. It was ranked at number 50 by Rolling Stone magazine in its publication of the Top 50 albums of 2007. Additionally, as of June 2008, there have been 3.1 million digital downloads of the songs and remixes from the album. To date, there has been 5 million downloads. As of October 2008, Blackout has sold over 4 million copies worldwide, without promotion.
In May 2006, it was reported that Jonathan "J.R." Rotem said that Spears had "up-tempo club songs," and "relationship songs," "and everything in between."
In September 2006, Rotem said, "Our goal is to try to one-up it," referring to the hits on the radio at the time. "I can tell you there's some dance stuff; there's some slow, more introspective stuff; some club things," the producer said.
Spears later revealed in a personal message on her official website that she planned to release her new album before the end of 2007.
In August 2007, it was revealed that "Gimme More" would be going to airwaves as the album's first single.
The album was released on October 30, 2007, ahead of its planned release date, due to numerous unauthorized online leaks, and to prevent any future illegal distribution.
Spears's website ran a competition for fans to vote for the album's title; however, none of the suggestions were used. Several sources claimed "Piece of Me" to be the album's title as well as the second single. On October 5, 2007, a message was posted on Spears's official website confirming the title of the album to be Blackout. A spokesperson for Jive Records has said that the title and theme of Blackout is about "blacking out negativity and embracing life".
On November 13, 2007, U.S. store Target released a special edition of Blackout with the bonus track, "Outta This World," a bonus mobile wallpaper, and a ringtone.
Spears won "Best International Album" for Blackout at France's NRJ Awards in January 2008.
An Alternate Cover for the album has also been sold in certain areas since February.
In addition to the official "Piece of Me" music video, the "Britney Spears Wants a Piece of You" contest, in which fans could create videos for the "Piece of Me" single themselves using MTV's Video Remixer, began on November 30, 2007. The winning video aired on TRL on December 20, 2007. MTV, Jive Records, and Spears herself chose the winner.
Overall, Blackout wasn't promoted or adverised, yet it sold over 4 million copies worldwide.
|Europe||October 26, 2007|
|Australia||October 27, 2007|
|United Kingdom||October 29, 2007|
|United States||October 30, 2007|
This album was ranked at number fifty by Rolling Stone in its annual publication of Top 50 Albums of 2007.
However, there were also negative reviews. Newsday titled its review "Save your money" and called the album "terrible. Billboard stated "This is still pop, but the last bits of Spears's song-and-dance girl veneer are cracking, along with the rest of her public persona. Other reviews noted the overwhelming presence of "studio trickery" had the effect of making her sound like a "Brit Bot." "If a blow-up sex doll could sing, this is what she'd sound like," wrote critic Jim Farber. "In terms of studio trickery, Paris Hilton's album [Paris] was practically 'unplugged' compared to this. PopMatters was unimpressed with the album as well, writing, "Right down to its utterly garish cover, Blackout is utterly disposable and ultimately forgettable.
Therefore, despite selling 290,000 copies in its first week, the album became her first studio album not to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. Instead, it debuted at number two with sales far behind that of The Eagles' Long Road Out of Eden which claimed the number one spot after selling nearly 711,000 units exclusively at Walmart. This made Spears the only female artist in history whose first five studio albums have debuted in the top two slots on the chart. Blackout also set the record for the biggest-selling digital album debut by a female artist in one week. As of 2008, the album has sold 902,000 copies in the United States alone.
The album was received equally well in the United Kingdom, debuting at number two on the UK Albums Chart, her highest debut since her sophomore album Oops!… I Did It Again, which debuted at number two. The album quickly fell out of the top forty, however, it managed to remain in the top seventy-five through continued sales, and has been certified Gold. As a result of the success of the album's singles, "Gimme More," "Piece of Me," and "Break the Ice," the album climbed back into the top forty in its twenty second week of release, with a massive jump of eighteen places from number forty-three to number twenty-five in one week. The following week, the album climbed another six places and re-entered the top twenty, placing at number nineteen in the chart, and marking its ninth week back in the top forty.
In New Zealand, the album debuted at number eight on the New Zealand Albums Chart, making it Spears's highest debut since Oops!... I Did It Again in 2000. Although it quickly fell off the chart, it re-entered after the success of "Piece Of Me," and climbed back up to number eleven where it stayed for three weeks. Blackout was certified Gold for sales of over 7,500 after fifteen weeks, and remained on the chart for twenty-one weeks.
|1.||"Gimme More"||Nate Hills, James Washington, Keri Hilson, Marcella Araica||Danja||4:11|
|2.||"Piece of Me"||Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Klas Åhlund||Bloodshy & Avant||3:32|
|3.||"Radar"||Karlsson, Winnberg, Henrik Jonback, Balewa Muhammad, Candice Nelson, Ezekiel "Zeke" Lewis, Patrick Smith||Bloodshy & Avant, The Clutch||3:49|
|4.||"Break the Ice"||Araica, Hills, Hilson, Washington||Danja||3:16|
|5.||"Heaven on Earth"||Nick Huntington, Michael McGroarty, Nicole Morier||Freescha, Kara DioGuardi||4:52|
|6.||"Get Naked (I Got A Plan)"||Ellis, Araica, Hills, Nigel Talley†, Washington†||Danja||4:45|
|7.||"Freakshow"||Spears, Lewis, Smith, Karlsson, Winnberg, Asher||Bloodshy & Avant, The Clutch||2:55|
|8.||"Toy Soldier"||Sean Garrett, Karlsson, Winnberg, Magnus Wallbert||Bloodshy & Avant, Sean "The Pen" Garrett||3:22|
|9.||"Hot as Ice"||Hills, Araica, T-Pain||Danja||3:17|
|10.||"Ooh Ooh Baby"||Spears, Farid Nassar, DioGuardi, Erick Coomes||Fredwreck, Kara DioGuardi||3:28|
|11.||"Perfect Lover"||Araica, Hills, Hilson, Washington||Danja||3:02|
|12.||"Why Should I Be Sad"||Pharrell Williams||The Neptunes||3:10|
|13.||"Outta This World" (Target and Japan)||Danja, Hills, Araica, Ellis||Danja||3:44|
|14.||"Everybody" (iTunes and Japan)||Spears, Annie Lennox, Jonathan Rotem||J.R. Rotem||3:18|
|15.||"Get Back" (iTunes and Japan)||Hills, Araica, Ellis||Danja||3:51|
|"Gimme More (Paul Oakenfold Remix)" (Japan Bonus)||6:08|
|"Gimme More (Junkie XL Dub)" (Digital Bonus)||4:59|
|"Gimme More (StoneBridge Dub)" (Swiss & Italy iTunes Bonus)||7:23|
"Piece of Me" was released for radio airplay in the US, and was the second single from the album. The music video was shot on November 27, 2007, at Los Angeles restaurant and night club, Social Hollywood. It debuted at number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, mostly due to its digital download sales, finally peaking at number 18. It has also reached number one on the Irish Singles Chart, number two in Australia and on the UK Singles Chart, and number five on the Canadian Hot 100. "Piece of Me" has been certified Platinum in the U.S.
"Break the Ice" was officially released for radio airplay in the U.S. on March 3, 2008, and a promotional CD was released. The music video for the song premiered on March 12, the first ever of Spears's videos to be fully animated.
Speculations indicated that "Radar" would be the fourth single to be released from the album. Unfortunately, Spears was working on a new album, so on June 11, 2008, the releases of further singles from Blackout were cancelled by Jive Records. However, Radar made an appearance on several charts due to increased downloads and airplay. Due to strong airplay in Australia, it has charted at number fifty-seven on The ARIA Singles Chart. It has also charted at number eight in Sweden and number thirty-two in Ireland and New Zealand. In the Philippines, it became another number one hit from Spears. Radar has become the most successful promo-only single ever, charting highh in over 15 countries.
|Australian Albums Chart||Australia||ARIA||1||Platinum||100,000+|
|Austrian Albums Chart||Austria||IFPI Austria||6|
|Belgium Wallonie Albums Chart||Belgium||IFPI Belgium||6||Gold||30,000+|
|Belgium Flemish Albums Chart||17|
|Canadian Albums Chart||Canada||CRIA||1||Platinum||150,000+|
|Czech Republic Albums Chart||Czech Republic||IFPI Czech Republic||27|
|Danish Albums Chart||Denmark||IFPI Denmark||6|
|European Top 100 Albums||Europe||IFPI||1||Platinum||1,000,000+|
|Finnish Albums Chart||Finland||IFPI Finland||22|
|French Albums Chart||France||Disque En France||2||Gold||75,000+|
|German Albums Chart||Germany||IFPI Germany||10||80,000+|
|Greek International Albums Chart||Greece||IFPI Greece||3||Gold||10,000+|
|Greek Albums Chart||7|
|Irish Albums Chart||Ireland||IRMA||1||3× Platinum||45,000+|
|Italian Albums Chart||Italy||FIMI||6||Silver||35,000+|
|Japan Oricon Album Chart||Japan||RIAJ||4||2× Platinum||540,000+|
|Japan Oricon International Album Chart||1|
|Mexican Albums Chart||Mexico||AMPROFON||2|
|Mexican International Albums Chart||1|
|Netherlands Albums Chart||Netherlands||MegaCharts||14|
|New Zealand Albums Chart||New Zealand||RIANZ||8||Gold||7,500+|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||Norway||IFPI Norway||12|
|Portuguese Albums Chart||Portugal||AFP||10|
|Russian Album Chart||Russia||1||2× Platinum||40,000|
|Spanish Albums Chart||Spain||PROMUSICAE||11||Gold||40,000+|
|Swedish Albums Chart||Sweden||IFPI Sweden||11|
|Swiss Albums Charts||Switzerland||IFPI Switzerland||4|
|UK Albums Chart||United Kingdom||BPI||2||Platinum||450,000|
|Billboard 200||United States||RIAA||2||Platinum||1,000,000+|
|Billboard Readers' Choice||Album of the Year||Won|
|NRJ Music Awards||Best International Album||Won|
|Hit Music Awards||Best International Album||Won|
|Best Song (Gimme More)||Won|
|Alfa Music Awards Awards||Best International Album||Won|
|TRL Italy Awards||Best Number One (Gimme More)||Nominated|
|TRL First Lady||Nominated|
|Imperio Music Awards||Best Album||Won|
|Best Female Video (Gimme More)||Won|
|Sexiest Video (Gimme More)||Won|
|Cannes International Music Awards||Album of the Year||Won|
|2008 Teen Choice Awards||Favorite Female Artist||Nominated|
|2008 MTV Video Music Awards||Best Female Video (Piece of Me)||Won|
|Best Pop Video (Piece of Me)||Won|
|Video of the Year (Piece of Me)||Won|
|MTV Europe Music Awards 2008||Album of the Year||TBA|
|Act of 2008||TBA|