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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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Next – Too Close

I wonder if she could tell I’m hard right now, hmmm
Yeah, come on, dance for me baby, ha ha, yeah
Ut oh, you feel that? Alright
Come on, don’t stop now
You done did it, come on, uh, yeah, alright, hold on

1 – Baby when we’re grinding
I get so excited
Ooh, how I like it
I try but I can’t fight it
Oh, you’re dancing real close
Cuz it’s real, real slow
(You know what you’re doing, don’t you)
You’re making it hard for me

All the songs on you requested
You’re dancing like you’re naked
Oh, it’s almost like we’re sexing (oh yeah)
Yeah boo, I like it
No, I can’t deny it
But I know you can tell
I’m excited, oh girl

2 – Step back you’re dancing kinda close
I feel a little poke coming through
On you

Now girl I know you felt it
But boo, you know I can’t help it
You know what I wanna do

Baby us dancing so close
Ain’t a good idea
Cuz I’mma want you now and here
The way that you shake it on me
Makes me want you so bad sexually
Oh girl

Now girl I know you felt it
But boo, you know I can’t help it
You know what I wanna do

I love when you shake it like that, ah, ah, ah
I see that you like it like that, oh, oh, oh
I love when you shake it like that, ah, ah, ah
I see that you like it like that, oh, oh, oh

I like the way you move
You’re making me want you
Oh the way you move
I like those things you do
But you’re a little too close


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Keyshia Cole – Shoulda Let You Go

It could just be a disgrunted producer’s sour grapes, but producer Damon Elliot says Keyshia Cole has virtually wiped him from her musical history, even excluding him from Grammy nominations he says he deserves. Elliot, who is legendary singer Dionne Warwick’s son, says that he was instrumental to Cole’s discovery and success through his Confidential Records label, which Cole is still signed to.

In a press release, Elliot claims that he discovered the Bay area singer via actress Meagan Goode, who invited him to hear Cole sing on the Los Angeles set of “Biker Boyz,” the movie she was filming at the time. Elliot says once he heard Cole sing, he then introduced her to songwriter/producer Greg Curtis. Cole’s hit song “Love” was a result of that meeting. Elliot says he played “Love” for a recording executive, which led directly to Keyshia being signed by Interscope. Elliot even included the aspiring singer in several interviews he was doing for projects he was working on with Mya, Destiny’s Child, Pink and Jessica Simpson. A 2002 ASCAP.com profile of him talks about his work with those artists and more as well as his debut in film scoring with the Jaime Kennedy vehicle “Malibu’s Most Wanted.”

Elliot says that his contributions being virtually ignored in the midst of Cole’s recent Grammy nominations spurred him to come forward. He was succesfull in getting NARAS, who oversees the Grammys, to change Cole’s nominations to include Confidential Records, not just Geffen, Cole’s parent label. Elliott says his songwriting contributions to three songs on Cole’s first CD The Way It Is (2005) were downplayed and that he appears in the album credits as ‘D. Elliot’ while co-writers were credited with their full names.

“I still stand behind Keyshia 100%, but I’ve always wanted the opportunity to make the truth known,” Elliot says. “I knew in time people would learn the truth.  Those who were there and know what I did (for Keyshia) call me all the time to congratulate me on her successes.  They know she’s my artist and I’m proud that she was the first one signed to my label. But I’m also excited about the many new projects I’m working on in music, movies and fashion.”

Elliot is working with his mom on a new gospel project, Spice Girl Mel B. on her solo project and with Chinese actress Bai Ling on her musical debut. He’s got a new act, Hopspin, signed to Confidential Records, and is scoring a documentary on the Negro Leagues called, ironically enough,  “The Untold Truth.”


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A new Youtube video, which shows Bow Wow’s temper rant, in which he cut his finger and missed several weeks of the Exclusive tour, displays a BET spoofed interview gone bad.

Omarion and Bow Wow were constructing an interview for BET’s “The Black Carpet” when Bow got upset, cut off the interview and stormed off claiming interviewer Touré was being too disrespectful with the questions.

“Do you take moves from people like Chris Brown?” Toure had asked O. Toure also pointed out that Lil Wayne’s chain is bigger than Bow Wow’s, and praised O for being dope in the “Naked” video – which was actually Marcus Houston. Toure then began to yawn during one of O’s answers. Bow lost it when the interviewer asked him not to use his phone.

“You pay my bills, bruh? Real talk. …Don’t ask this man is he taking moves from Chris Brown, and don’t ask no other disrespectful-ass, stupid-ass questions,” Bow Wow said to Toure as he got up to leave. “You got a problem with it you can holler at me.”


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