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The album’s predecessor, …Baby One More Time, set high commercial standards, yet Oops! sold extremely well worldwide.

The album’s mixture of ballads and Eurodance beats was panned by many critics and purists, who dismissed Britney Spearsas a teen idol with little or no musical talent. Most reviewers, however, saw Spears as a pop star who never claimed to be anything but, and who succeeded at making pop music. For example, Rolling Stone magazine gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, saying “Britney’s demand for satisfaction is complex, fierce and downright scary, making her a true child of rock & roll tradition,” and also refers to her “song-factory” and “fantastic pop cheese,” while NME reported (with a score of 8 out of 10) that “She’s modern-day pop perfection realised in a nearly, human form,”  though it also refers to her as an “evil genius” and rather cynically compares her music to the addictive drug ketamine, based on the drug’s tendency to blank the user’s mind and thought processes.

According to Jive Records, Britney Spears’ second album, Oops!… I Did It Again album, sold more than 500,000 copies on its first day of release. The album topped the U.S. Billboard 200, selling over 1.3 million units in its first week. She easily broke the SoundScan record for highest sales in a week by a solo female artist. The previous record was held by Alanis Morissette’s 1998 album, Supposed Former Infatuation Junkie, which sold 469,000 copies its first week. During its second week the album sold 612,500 units and slipped to number-two, and it remained seventeen weeks in the top 3 in the Billboard 200.

The record also topped the Canadian and U.S. Internet album charts, and reached a peak of number-two in the United Kingdom.

Singles off the album consist of the title track “Oops!… I Did It Again“, “Lucky hit“, “Stronger“, and “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know“. The album was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album, while the title track was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.

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