It’s time to re-enter the Pop Project Arena as we are set to go to battle. Grab your swords and shields because it’s about to get personal in there. Going to war is Britney Spears’ “Everytime” vs Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River.” Both songs are believed to be breakup songs gear towards each other, so why not place into the hunger games of music. Now, this will be handled differently than past battles. It’s rather hard to keep track of sales for singles, especially back in early 2000s. Singles were put onto their own CDs, like how they are now for streaming. They also came with what was called “B-sides.” They were extra songs record that may or may not be on the actually album itself. So we are just going to deal where the single charted. It’s going to be a shorter battle but still as important. Will “What Goes Around…Come Around” be the downfall of Britney Spears? Or will Justin Timberlake feel the “Toxic” flow of Britney’s reign as the princess of pop? Two songs enter. One song leaves. Let’s enter the Pop Project Arena for battle.
“Cry Me A River” was released on November 25, 2002 to radio stations across the United States. It’s the second single to Justin’s debut solo album “Justified.” Based off of his relationship with Britney, the song was written by Justin, Timbaland, and Scott Storch. The song reached number three on the Billboard Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40, and Number two on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs charts.”Cry Me A River” has reached the Top 50 of the US iTunes Charts. The video for the song was also number one on MTV’s Total Request Live, or TRL, for 18 different weeks. Shocked that I’m pulling numbers from TRL? Well, during this time, TRL was just as important as the Billboard charts. It also got him a Grammy in 2004 for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, something Britney has never gotten.
“Everytime” was released on May 11, 2004 to radio stations in the United States. The song is the third song off Britney’s fourth album “In The Zone.” The song was written by Britney and her friend,Annette Stamatelatos, as Britney’s response to “Cry Me a River.” The song reached number 15 and four on the Billboard’s Hot 100 and Mainstream Top 40, respectively. It also surprising made it to number 17 on Billboard’s Dance Club Songs. On iTunes, “Everytime” reached number 41 on the iTunes Charts. The video for “Everytime” was number one on TRL for six different weeks.
Now that we have all the information, let’s get to the winner…..
Justin Timberlake’s “Cry Me A River” is the winner of this breakup song duel. It was on TRL longer than Carson Daly’s talk show was on air. It also charted the best. There’s no comparison. While “In The Zone,” is considered to be Britney’s best work (not including Blackout), “Everytime” came after “Toxic.” “Toxic” was a super massive hit for Britney and probably hurt “Everytime” due to it not being as dancable. Also, “Cry Me a River” is so dang good and catchy. The video called her out too which got it more publicity. Literally, there’s a Britney look-a-like it in. He can say it’s not about her, but it’s clearly suppose to be.