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TRIUMPH OF BRITNEY SPEARS

 

Who is Britney Spears? A year ago, long before her promo interviews

became considered worthy of national TV coverage, that would have been

an entirely reasonable question. Back then, Spears was just another

conveyor-belt pop kid, a Jive Records recording artist singing and

dancing in front of sugar-crazed kids in American malls. Yet, in

February 1998 Britney Spears had become the youngest solo performer even

to have a simultaneous No 1 US album and single. Over here first UK

single "One More Time" sold half a million copies within the first week

of release making it the biggest chart debut in British history.

 

The starting point for all this is the Britney sound. Teen-pop is

driving the entire American music business at the moment. In the wake of

the Spice Girls phenomenon, American record companies realised that they

had no bands that teenagers wanted, and, more significantly, that

teenagers' parents would allow them to listen to. Unlike rap, swingbeat

or Marilyn Manson's goth metal, the Britney sound is the perfect anodyne

panacea for all — innocent, non-judgemental teen pop with boundless

energy, neat dance move and just a little bit of sex.

 

The Baptist daughter of a building contractor and a second grade teacher

from Kentwood, Llouisiana, Spears spent her pre-teen years mimicking

Mariah Carey on route to gymnastic lesson, and singing in local talent

show and national commercials. After auditioning for the Mickey Mouse

Club in Orlando, she became a mouseketeer at the age of 11. She has the

fresh, clean, corn-fed good looks of Middle America and, importantly,

she's a believer. This portrait of a naive religious innocent sits

awkwardly with the image that Britney's lawyer Larry Rudolph is

marketing. Rudolph sees Brithey as a solo Spice, a Backstreet Girl. Her

look, described in America magazines as "adult teen" and "baby babe" is

best evidenced in the video for One More Time, where a pony-tailed

school-uniformed Britney dances like Paula Abdul down high school

corridors. "She's the girl next door", says head of Jive Records Barry

Weiss, "Every girl wants to be like her and every guy wants to be with

her and get to know her. There's kid appeal".

 

This "kid appeal" already appears to be getting out of hand. For her

Rolling Stone cover feature, notorious photographer David La Chappelle

discovered Brithey's glamorous inner cliche by dressing her in bra and

pants and sticking her in a bedroom full of fluffy kids' toys. This

flirting with grown-up sexuality pushes the Britney appeal into darker

territory. An uninvited young male fan recently showed up at the Spears

family house demanding to meet with Brithey, and her concerts are

attracting a high proportion of single middle-aged men. However, the

school look is all part of expanding her appeal and, with it, the

Britney industry. Recently a Philadelphia producer named William Kahn

filed a complaint against Spears, her parents and Jive Records, claiming

it was he who'd launched Britney's career. The case was settled out of

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