Britney Spears is one of the best-selling and most beloved pop stars of the past 20 years. However, like other pop stars, she is having a very difficult time trying to sell her current music. The album Glory was released with all the comeback hype one could imagine. Rolling Stone called the album another “fantastic comeback.”
“Glory is a welcome comeback for a true pop visionary nobody expected to stick around long enough for a third album, much less a ninth…Britney’s closing in on 35 now – the age when Elvis sang ‘Suspicious Minds’ and Madonna sang ‘This Used To Be My Playground,’ an age when pop visionaries often look back and take stock and wonder how the hell they got here. She does that on Glory, but naturally in her own distinctive way.”
Unfortunately, the record-buying public doesn’t seem to agree. According to USA Today, Glory debuted with 111,000 in album equivalent units — that’s slightly more than she debuted with 2013’s flop Britney Jean. However, according to Headline Planet, Spears dropped 87 percent the second week. This week, Britney drops from No. 12 to No. 37 on the Billboard 200 album charts. Despite its overall good reviews, Glory has become the biggest sales flop of Spears’ career.
Twitter has taken note of Spears’ latest disappointment.
You made Glory flop! @LarryRudolph
— Queen Neyde Spears (@QueenNeyde) September 13, 2016
Britney Spears suffering 87% decrease in sales. Ain't nothing Glory about GLORY. pic.twitter.com/6tzEEbwMtR
— Ucef (@ucef_knowles) September 18, 2016
Perhaps Britney’s performance at the VMAs didn’t help much as it was ridiculed by critics. Yahoo Music certainly was disappointed, but not as much as others.
“However, Spears’s performance, although competent enough, nevertheless felt a bit anticlimactic. Was this it after nine years away? In all, the ‘comeback’ was on par with the response to Spears’s new album, Glory: OK, but just that. Perhaps there was too much anticipation for any star, even one with her own Las Vegas residency, to possibly live up to.”
The commenters after the article were less impressed.
“Half-hearted attempt to lip sync. Did she actually sing a single word of it?” asks Sowhat.
“The most flat, uninteresting routine that has NOTHING musical or entertaining about it. Not dancing at all. More a plastic exercise video with ludicrous moves by Britney,” says Alvin A.
Twitter was downright cruel to Britney after her “comeback” performance.
If Britney sang any of that vmas performance live…..you can stone me down dead in the street
— Louise (@LouTheLoud) September 1, 2016
Don't ask me why but I'm watching the VMAs again and Britney Spears makes me so uncomfortable with how terrible of a performer she is
— Kel (@keljeanneee) September 1, 2016
Apparently, Britney Spears was so stung by the criticism that she threatened to sue In Touch after they proposed a horrible article about the performance, including sources who claimed Spears was so upset after her performance that she was acting very erratic. TMZ reported on the alleged letter first.
“TMZ has obtained a scathing letter Britney’s lawyer wrote to the honchos at In Touch, warning them not to publish a story they’re pushing about Britney allegedly acting erratic at last month’s MTV Video Music Awards and talking and laughing to herself and using a British accent.”
The article adds that according to the letter, the magazine notified Britney’s rep about the story, and Brit’s lawyer claimed that the story was “utterly false,” “highly defamatory,” and “completely offensive” to Ms. Spears. A source with Britney also allegedly told TMZ that the singer and her team are sick of made-up stories, especially due to how hard Spears has worked to turn her life around.
A source connected with Britney tells TMZ that the singer and her team are sick of “made-up” stories, especially in the face of how hard she’s worked to turn her life around. They said if the story runs they will absolutely sue the magazine, adding this will be the first of many lawsuits to stop the lies.
Britney may be upset at the stories written about her these days, but many note that the stories written about her 10 years ago were far worse and far more inflammatory. One could argue the case that Britney has experienced a successful comeback — at least considering the fact that her image in the media has turned around in an overall positive manner.
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