Single Review | ‘Mood Ring (By Demand)’

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It’s been four years since the one and only Britney Spears graced us with a single. The last single we got was “Slumber Party,” a collaboration with Tinashe from Britney’s ninth album “Glory.” It is only fitting that her first single in 2020 would be the Japanese bonus track from “Glory.” Yep, you read that right. A track that was recorded five years ago is now released as a single.

Click here to read the review for Britney’s “Glory”

I’ve turned some hearts into stone
And I can’t hide it no more

“Mood Ring” was released as a gift to Britney’s fan after the campaign #JusticeForGlory successfully got Britney’s ninth to the number one spot on the iTunes pop album charts. Britney also gave the standard edition of “Glory” a new album cover, which was frankly much need. The release of the song as a shock to all as Britney posted about to her Instagram less than 12 hours prior to its midnight release.

New cover for “Glory”

The song was produced by DJ Mustard. “Mood Ring” was also now dubbed “Mood Ring (By Demand).” The song is a sultry and sex dance-pop number with a touch of EDM. Melanie Fontana and Jon Asher wrote the song with Britney in mind. Melanie and Jon channeled the energy that Britney’s 2001 classic and iconic song “I’m A Slave 4 U.”

“We consistently asked ourselves, “What would ‘I’m a Slave 4 U’ Britney do in 2016?” Melanie said to Billboard.com, “That’s where our heads were at. And that shines through on the track.”  During an Instagram Live, Melanie showed off the demo that originally pitched to The Chainsmokers. The Chainsmokers sinned and turned it down due to it being “too girly.”

The vocals on the song are some of the best vocals that we have gotten from Britney in years. They were reminiscent of her early work. “Baby One more More time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again” was more vocal-heavy in comparison to what she released after.

“Producing her vocals, I went for the natural, nostalgic sound of Britney with a modern edge to it,” Jon said, “I was referencing “Oops!… I Did It Again” with the phone-like filter I put on her adlibs, some of her runs and the bridge.” “Mood Ring” is actually Britney’s favorite song off of “Glory.

“This is incredible! ‘Mood Ring’ is one of my favorite songs on Glory, it’s so vibey and sexy,” Britney told Billboard.com exclusively.

Thoughts on the song

I was hoping for a new song that we haven’t heard before and kicked off a new album, but I’ve come to expect things like this as a Britney stan. I’ve had this song part of my Britney catalog for years and it’s always one of those songs where I’ll listen to it but it’s not one I will seek out. I’m not big on this track. I do think it’s a perfect track vocally. I’m not a fan of the production. It feels like it should drop that beat and pick up but it doesn’t. It’s just a slow burn and it works for the feel. The lyrics are extremely catchy. Especially the chorus.

I do hope that Britney and her team actually give Mood Ring the full single treatment as “Glory” is one of the most underrated album in her discography. People slept on the singles and while “Glory” made it number three on the Billboard Hot 200, it’s often overlooked. “Mood Ring (By Demand)” made it to the number one spot on the iTunes chart on release date.

Verdict

“Mood Ring (By Demand)” is a decent song. I love the vocals and the catchy lyrics from it. The production on it isn’t bad. I get it’s a slow burn sex bop but I just wish it would have a little more bark to its bite. The song does perfectly sum up the overall feel of “Glory” and I’m glad that it’s getting the light of day. I just hope that RCA Records, Britney’s label, actually gives the full single treatment to it and it’s just not something to keep Britney’s fans happy. I do recommend the song just for how catchy it is.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Ready to feel old? Album ‘Oops!… I Did it Again’ turns 20 years old

On this day, May 16th, in the year 2000, Britney Spears gave the world the most iconic and probably influential albums in the decade in pop music – “Oops!… I Did It Again.” I talked about the first single of the same name back when it turned 20th in March. Like with that article, this isn’t going to be a review because I’d rate this album five stars, no questions asked. But slightly more a nostalgia trip because this album is a representation of my childhood.

“Oops!… I Did it Again” is a pop masterpiece like most of the second albums released by the big three, Britney Spears, Backstreet Boys, and *NSYNC, at this time. You can fight me on the big three because we all know that Britney trumps Christina. The album after Backstreet Boys “Millennium” and *NSYNC’s “No String Attached” but that’s beside the point. The Swedish pop god Max Martin worked on the album as well as other well known Britney collaborators like Darkchild. He gave us “Overprotected (Darkchild Remix) and Britney’s slightly underrated cover of “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll.”

Released at the peak of what would be my life long love for the queen, the legendary Ms. Britney Spears, this album was also the start of her peak years. This album was just a fun album. While there are some songs to pass over *cough*Dear Diary*cough*, a lot of the songs catchy pop songs, it’s just the perfect pop album, for that time. Top songs were obviously the singles (“Oops!,” “Stronger,” “Lucky, and “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know.”) as well as “Don’t Go Knockin’ On My Door, “What U See (Is What U Get),” and “Can’t Make You Love Me.” There’s also a cover of the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction) that isn’t bad but it’s kind there.

When most people think of Britney Spears’ early career, this is the album and the singles that they think of. Britney’s first album “Baby One More Time” brought her to the party and “Oops!… I Did It Again” was what made her a household name. I remember listening to this album on repeat to the point where my parents wanted to kill me figuratively. As I said, this album is representation of my childhood. I’m glad that this album is still considered a classic and fondly remembered. If you haven’t listened to this album, then I highly recommended taking a look. You won’t be disappointed until the end, “When Your Eyes Say It” and “Dear Diary” isn’t good. Just skip them like the rest of us.

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‘Oops!… I Did It Again’ turns 20. Feel old yet?

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On this day, 20 years ago, Britney Spears released the singles that were frankly ahead of its time. Literally and musically. The first single off of her second album, “Oop!… I Did It Again” would literally take her to new heights and just be iconic af. So, on this day of its anniversary, I thought it would be fitting to revisit this iconic bop as I feel old.

I’m not that innocent

“Oops!… I Did It Again” was released on March 27, 2000. Written by the pop god Max Martin (look him up, he’s a literally pop god), the single got Britney her third Grammy nomination. It was a top 10 hit in the US as well as took the album to the same name to be number one and was the highest debut-week album sales by a female artist until Adele broke that record in 2015.

Iconic outfit

The song is an upbeat pop song that speaks about someone that is a player and is just playing with her boyfriend/girlfriend’s heart. From the start of the song until the final note, it just the most 2000s pop song. The late 90s until the mid-2000s just had this sound with it. The music has this robotic/Europop feel to it. It’s honestly hard to explain it, but it’s just simply the best.

The vocals on the song were everything. The little things that she added to tune to make it just pop out. It wasn’t until the live raw vocals leaked. Sidenote: if you haven’t heard the live raw vocal from Britney Jean, then what are you doing with your life? Honestly, I would check them out because a lot of them are just so good.

What most people remember is the music video. The video takes place on Mars. Her astronaut lover uncovers the album cover, and then Britney and her massive stage rise through the ground. She then performs a show for the astronaut and mission control in a red latex jumpsuit. The most iconic part comes when the astronaut gives her the heart of the ocean, the same one from the 1997 movie “Titanic.” Random af but just everything. Realistically, it makes no sense, but it was 2000. The video creation was featured on MTV’s “Making the Video,” a show that showcased how a music video was made and then premiered it.

“Oops!… I Did It Again” is just merely iconic and is everything that pop music should be. From the actual song to the video itself, it’s what most people think about when it comes to the early 2000s music. It’s a song that everyone needs to listen to, especially if you are a fan of pop music.

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‘Someday (I Will Understand)’ is an underrated Britney Spears song

On Thursday, March 5th, Katy Perry released “Never Worn White,” which was here announcing to the world that she was expecting a child with her fiancè Orlando Bloom. While this is all well and good, and I’m happy for Katy. This brought back some memories. Memories of a certain Queen of Pop’s extremely underrated pregnancy song. It was overlooked as Rolling Stones, the magazine and not the band, called the song a “freakishly sappy flop single.” It brought on the dark times in the life of Britney Jean Spears’ career. “Someday (I Will Understand)” is her ode to her unborn children.

You’ll see it all in your baby

“Someday (I Will Understand)” was released by Britney Spears in August of 2005. It was apart of an EP that Britney released as bonus content for the DVD of her reality show “Britney & Kevin: Chaotic,” which followed the start of her relationship with her former backup dancer, Kevin Federline, aka K-Fed. It officially premiered after the final episode of the show. The song was entirely written by Britney on her own. It was produced by Guy Sigworth, the same producer who worked with Britney on “Everytime.” 

The song is an empowering song about being pregnant. “Someday” was written two weeks before Britney knew that she was pregnant. It’s a simple ballad that isn’t overproduced and kept it simple. Lyrically, it’s deep without you need to sleep on it and think about it. That’s honestly the best kind of pop song. It’s like candy. While the fancy candy is always something good, but the candy-like Skittles will still be delicious.

The music video is just stunning. It’s all in black and white and only features Britney walking around and singing to her unborn child. Slightly strange at the time, but now the video is exceptionally artistic and just beautiful. Before her revealing her baby bump, no one was aware that she was pregnant. This video was her coming out for her baby. The video was somewhat iconic for its simplistic nature. It showcases her transformation into a mother.

Personally, I feel like the song is overshadowed due to what was happening in Britney’s personal life. Her relationship with K-Fed started off scandalously. Eventually, it led up to her, shaving her head, among other things. The song is also get overshadowed by her iconic album “Blackout.” While “Blackout” is her most celebrated work next to “In the Zone,” the songs on that little “throwaway” EP that came with the DVD is actually rather good. That album and her personal troubles go hand in hand. 

Verdict

Overall, “Someday (I Will Understand)” is slow-burn bop. It’s a song that didn’t really get the recognition it deserves until years later. Even still, that recognition isn’t what a song like this deserves. I highly recommend checking out this song and video, especially if you are a fan of high-quality pop ballads.

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