Britney Spears Reveals The Origin Of One Of Her Biggest Hits

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UNSPECIFIED LOCATION - UNSPECIFIED DATE: In this handout photo provided by NBCUniversal, Britney Spears is pictured. Spears is the subject of the documentary "I Am Britney Jean" which details her personal and professional life. (Photo by Michelangelo Di Battista/Sony/RCA via Getty Images)
Britney's breakout hit was almost someone else's song.

With Britney Spears' new memoir The Woman In Me coming out later this week there's all kinds of new information emerging about her career and past. The biggest revelations have involved Justin Timberlake. The singer reportedly got Britney pregnant while they were dating which resulted in what she described as an "excruciating" abortion. She also revealed that Timberlake broke up with her via text while she was on the set of a film. She also elaborated on the long-running paparazzi rumors of her drug addiction which she claims were exaggerated.

Now, TMZ is reporting on the origins of one of Britney's most famous tracks. Britney Spears' 1998 debut single "Baby One More Time" was a massive success hitting number one on the Hot 100 and landing among the highest-selling songs of the year. But the song almost never ended up with Spears in the first place. The track's writer and producer Max Martin offered it to some other major artists who turned it down. Both Backstreet Boys and TLC had a chance to take the song but turned it down, leaving it to ultimately end up with Britney. Many fans are thankful it did because her girlish charm turned the song into an instant classic. Relive the pop legend's breakout hit below.

Britney Spears' Debut Single Almost Wasn't Hers

Some people who are surprisingly not worried about her new memoir are her father and ex-husband. In her ex Sam Asghari's case he has a pretty good reason, claiming that he's already read the book. Given his continued public defense of Britney from haters it's no surprise that she doesn't take aim at him in her memoir.

The case of Britney's father not being worried is more surprising. He was often targeted as the villain of the #FreeBritney movement. His role in her controversial conservatorship had fans anticipating damning details within the memoir. But Spears' father claims that he doesn't even plan on reading the book when it comes out. What do you think of "Baby One More Time" being turned down by TLC and Backstreet Boys? Let us know in the comment section below.


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Lavender Alexandria is a music and culture journalist based in Los Angeles, California. She’s covered dozens of musical genres and styles from the most mainstream to the most experimental and underground on her blog and accompanying YouTube channel that looks at music, pop culture, and Billboard charts since 2017: Lav’s Music Corner. Lavender has produced editorial and listicle content both in written and video form over the past far years and has also interviewed up-and-coming artists like Censored Dialogue. Her experiences covering culture have taken her from Hyperpop parties in LA to underground rap shows in Atlanta, to DIY punk shows in Charlotte. Lavender has also written for iHeartRadio, covering some of the biggest artists in Hip Hop such as Ice Spice, Drake, Doja Cat and Cardi B. She also has bylines with ScreenRant and continues to write for Ringtone magazine. Lavender is a lifelong Charlotte Hornets fan and her favorite rap artists include Clipping, Little Simz, Earl Sweatshirt, and Kendrick Lamar.