Britney Spears thanks fans on 20th anniversary of 'Baby One More Time'
The 36-year-old pop star also shared a 30-second clip that included some behind-the-scenes footage from the iconic 'Baby One More Time' music video
It was 20 years ago that a young teen pop star took the world by storm with a lead single from her debut album. On October 23, 1998, a 16-year-old dancer and singer from Louisiana named Britney Spears released '...Baby One More Time' as a debut single by Jive Records.
The pop song, that refers to a girl's feelings after a break-up with her boyfriend, would go on to sell 500,000 copies on its first day, peak at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and top the chart for two consecutive weeks. Earlier known as 'Hit Me Baby One More Time', the hit track would go on to become one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Along with a music video that won the teen star a place in the hearts of fans all over the world, the single joined an eponymous album that topped charts in 15 countries and sold over 10 million copies in a year, becoming the biggest selling album ever by a teenage artiste and setting the groundwork for many pop acts to follow.
Labeled one of her favorite songs from her entire career, with 'Toxic' and 'He About to Lose Me' as the other two, Spears took to social media Tuesday to thank fans and celebrate the 20th anniversary of the hit single. "It’s hard to put into words what today means to me... 20 years ago, the world heard my music for the very first time," Spears posted on Instagram and Twitter. "So much has happened since then... but what I really want to say is thank you to my amazing fans who have been there for me since day 1. Your support over the years has meant the absolute world to me!! Love you all!"
The 36-year-old pop star also shared a 30-second clip that included some behind-the-scenes footage from the iconic '...Baby One More Time' music video and snippets of an interview from the time in which the young singer said hearing her song on the radio would "be really cool and a great experience".
According to an earlier report, the pop star's net worth is estimated to be $215 million and her Vegas residence show has made about $100 million in the last few years. According to Billboard, her 'Piece Of Me' show grossed that massive amount even before she finished her designated 250 shows, split over three years. She also chaired as a judge on the talent show 'The X-Factor,' and not to mention has sold more than 150 million records worldwide in a career that has spanned more than two decades.
Spears' breakthrough into commercial pop was in 1998 when she sang 'Baby One More Time' in a sexy schoolgirl skirt and an itty-bitty white front open shirt. Her pigtails were in place and her heels screamed rebel - her look was that of a sophisticated 'it' girl, wild, but still very relatable. The album went double platinum in a month, topped charts worldwide and sold over 10 million copies that year! It was nominated for Best Pop Vocals in the Grammys that year.