New Britneyology

Britney stops being “Britney Spears” again

Posted by: Karenannanina on: January 8, 2019

Doesn’t it feel like old times? Old, OLD times? Britney could’ve just busted her knee while filming the video for “Outrageous” and immediately – some say TOO immediately – cancelled the rest of her Onyx Hotel Tour. We, the believers, wouldn’t believe those who claimed that she’d been looking for an excuse to stop being “Britney Spears” and become the normal Louisiana hometown girl which she dreamt of being and had never really been. An excuse to escape from work and hang out with Kevin Federline. And back in those old, old days the talk was that the lost dates would be rearranged. But those dates were never rearranged and there are plenty of cities where fans are still waiting for a visit from Britney Spears.

She didn’t do much to encourage us during this long break. As the days went by and the paparazzi with their long lenses continued to photograph her on her famous hotel balcony, she demonstrated to us that the beautiful, glamorous girl we loved was “Britney Spears” – the pop princess – and the girl she was now was not necessarily beautiful nor glamorous. It was like deliberate self-destruction. Her hair looked dirty and tangled. Her skin was bad. She put on weight. She dressed like a tramp. The press started calling her “trailer trash” because that was what she looked like, even though she had never lived in a trailer.

Eventually she took a look at herself and literally cleaned up her act, but, aside from that, for fans the news wasn’t any better. Her “Letter of Truth”, in which she explained how tired she was of constantly running, and was now passing the baton to other girls, sounded like her retirement from showbiz. She fired everyone associated with her career, including long-term manager Larry Rudolph. And then she got pregnant. Twice. It looked like she was burning all of her bridges, and had no intention of ever coming back.

Fast forward to 2019. The parallels are obvious. Does anyone believe it was genuinely essential that Britney screw over the management of one of Vegas’ top venues and put a multi-million dollar career on hold to become an amateur nurse? Her father’s operation was two months ago! Shouldn’t she have made the move then, if she seriously thought it was necessary? How many hours a week does she need, to assist with his recuperation? And what practical yet exclusive assistance can she provide anyway? I know these questions all sound very cynical, but doesn’t it look like she wants to step out of being “Britney Spears” and into normal life again, just like she did all those years ago? Is it mean of me to wonder what she’s planning to do with Sam Asghari in the next year or so?

There are other theories. The unavoidable, malevolent one is that ticket sales for her new residency had been poor, and she (and/or her people) wanted to avoid humiliation and much speculation on her being “over”. The more benevolent one is that she feels lost and anxious without her father’s guiding hand, and he’s in no position to provide it at the moment, nor will he be in the near future. And we don’t know just how sick he is.

In what has been said so far, the word “indefinite” has been used, and it’s unclear if what’s happening to the “Domination” show is a cancellation or a postponement. I’m sure her management want to present it as the latter, but I seriously doubt that Britney has any plans in her mind for the foreseeable future. This show will probably never happen. 

As fans, though, we have learnt never to give up hope. We know there’s a fire inside Britney that burns low from time to time, but has always flared up again when she hasn’t been on stage for a while. She needs to perform. It was during her last major career pause that she did most of the work on her great album Blackout. We’ve been told that nothing like that is going to happen this time, but we’ve learnt to be careful about writing her off during her quiet spells.

One good thing about any future activity by Ms Spears – after her current hiatus and disappearance from the scene, a new album, Vegas show OR tour will be a comeback, in the truest sense of the word. And comebacks can be magical. The loyalty of Britney’s fans is being tested to breaking point, but if enough of them stick around, this next comeback may be just what she needs to revitalize her career.

2 Responses to "Britney stops being “Britney Spears” again"

Spot on thoughts on the issue. Honestly, I don’t… really care whether she does the residency or not? As long as there is new music, I’m fine. P.S: Great to have you back.

I agree with you about the residency. It’s the road to irrelevance for an artist. But a new album would be a golden blessing for her fans. Her albums have a different sound, feel and mood from anyone else’s. There is no substitute.

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  • Karenannanina: I agree with you about the residency. It's the road to irrelevance for an artist. But a new album would be a golden blessing for her fans. Her albums
  • George: Spot on thoughts on the issue. Honestly, I don't... really care whether she does the residency or not? As long as there is new music, I'm fine. P.S: G
  • Sarah G: You should write an In-Depth of Glory or even Mood Ring (that's a groovy tune)