“Britney” is the eponymous third studio album by Britney Spears. It was released on November 6, 2001 in the United States through Jive Records. Looking to transition from the teen pop styles of her earlier albums “…Baby One More Time” (1999) and “Oops!… I Did It Again” (2000), Britney began to embrace a more mature sound with “Britney.” Its music incorporates genres of pop and dance-pop with influences of R&B and occasionally dips into elements of disco, hip hop, rock and electronica; its lyrics address the subjects of reaching adulthood and sexuality. Contributions to its production came from a variety of collaborators, including Max Martin and Rami Yacoub. Britney herself assumed a more prominent role in the album’s development, co-writing six of its tracks.
Upon its release, “Britney” received generally mixed reviews from music critics, who complimented the progression from Britney’s earlier works, but criticized her increasingly provocative image. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 745,750 copies. Its success made Britney the first female artist to have her first three studio albums debut atop the chart, a record she would later break again with her fourth studio album In the Zone (2003). To promote the album, Britney embarked on the Dream Within a Dream Tour, which began in November 2001 and continued until July 2002. The album received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 45th Annual Grammy Awards (2003).
Six singles were released from the album. “I’m a Slave 4 U” reached the top ten in several countries but reached only number twenty-seven on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Britney’s first lead single not to peak within the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. “Overprotected” and “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” had alternated as the second and third single of the album, respectively, both of which performed similarly internationally by reaching top ten in several countries, while the Darkchild remix of the former peaked at number eighty-six on the US Billboard Hot 100. “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”, as well as the following singles “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, “Anticipating” (which was released exclusively in France) and “Boys” didn’t chart on the US Billboard Hot 100; however all of them except for “Anticipating” reached the top ten in several countries albeit in less than its preceding singles.