Britney Spears is an entertainer. Whether or not you like her or her music is really not a part of the question, because no matter how much you might dislike her, no one can deny her monumental impact on pop culture. Britney Spears is just as relevant now as she was in the early 2000s, because her ninth studio album, “Glory,” showcases Britney at the top of her game.
From schoolgirl skirts, to dancing with reptiles, to one of the most public meltdowns of all time, the Princess of Pop has been a driving force in pop culture for nearly all of the 21st century.
After debuting in 1998 with the game-changing debut single “…Baby One More Time,” Britney has had a tumultuous, yet massive career, resulting in a Grammy, six MTV Video Music Awards, eight Billboard Music Awards, six (potentially soon-to-be seven) number one albums, five number one songs and two of the best-selling albums of all time. She’s easily considered one of the most iconic female artists of all time, yet people still question her relevance, legitimacy and talent.
Let’s be honest. Britney Spears is not a singer. She can’t hold up next to powerhouse vocalists like Christina Aguilera, Adele, Beyoncé or Ariana Grande. She is not a songwriter like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry or Taylor Swift. She has something else.
Britney Spears is an entertainer. She captivates an audience and entertains for a living with songs written by other people (although, she does have some co-writing credit on “Glory”) and prerecorded vocal tracks, and that is okay. No one comes to Britney Spears for vocals or songwriting skills.
Her newest album is an outstanding example of Britney being a pop powerhouse. She has a confident persona and superstar attitude that play well with the sexy, tongue-in-cheek lyrics she is reciting. She is taking creative control, doing things that make her happy, and it really does pay off, resulting in her most solid album effort since 2007’s “Blackout”.
It is safe to say that we shouldn’t expect Britney Spears to stop anytime soon, and I, for one, am thankful for that.