Britney is the third studio album by American singer Britney Spears. It was released on November 6, 2001 in the United States through Jive Records. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 745,000 copies.
Six singles were released from the album. “I’m a Slave 4 U” reached the top ten in several countries but reached only number twenty-seven on the US Billboard Hot 100, becoming Spears’ first lead single not to peak within the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100. “Overprotected” and “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” had alternated as the second and third single of the album, respectively, both of which performed similarly internationally by reaching top ten in several countries, while the Darkchild remix of the former peaked at number eighty-six on the US Billboard Hot 100. “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”, as well as the following singles “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”, “Anticipating” (which was released exclusively in France) and “Boys” didn’t chart on the US Billboard Hot 100; however all of them except for “Anticipating” reached the top ten in several countries albeit in less than its preceding singles.
“This is the first album I have every really written and taken my time on, so when I actually listen to the whole album, it’s just that much more special. I don’t know if I’m the best songwriter in the world, but I had a lot of fun doing it and hopefully I will get better and grow.” - Spears talks about her songwriting experience for Britney