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It has sold more than 10 million copies, making it one of the best-selling singles of all time. It became a top-ten hit worldwide and further propelled the success of the Baby One More Time album. The album has sold 32 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time. It is also the best-selling debut album by any artist ever. The American Family Association AFA referred to the shoot as "a disturbing mix of childhood innocence and adult sexuality" and called on "God-loving Americans to boycott stores selling Britney's albums.
I have strong morals. I thought the pictures were fine. And I was tired of being compared to Debbie Gibson and all of this bubblegum pop all the time. Baby One More Time Tour in North America, which was positively received by critics,  but generated some controversy due to her racy outfits.
Spears premiered songs from her upcoming second album during the show. I Did It Againher second studio album, was released in May It debuted at number one in the US, selling 1. Halfway through the performance, she ripped off her black suit to reveal a sequined flesh-colored bodysuit, followed by heavy dance routine.
It is noted by critics as the moment that Spears showed signs of becoming a more provocative performer. While on tour, she felt inspired by hip hop artists such as Jay-Z and The Neptunes and wanted to create a record with a funkier sound.
It was harshly received by animal rights organization PETAwho claimed the animals were mistreated and scrapped plans for an anti-fur billboard that was to feature Spears. Although the film was largely panned, critics praised Spears's acting and the film was a box office success. In DecemberTimberlake released the song " Cry Me a River " as the second single from his solo debut album. The music video featured a Spears look-alike and fueled the rumors that she had been unfaithful to him.
However, Spears denied Durst's claims. In a interview, he explained that "I just guess at the time it was taboo for a guy like me to be associated with a gal like her. Halfway through they were joined by Madonna, with whom they both kissed. The incident was highly publicized. She assumed more creative control by writing and co-producing most of the material. The marriage was annulled 55 hours later, following a petition to the court that stated that Spears "lacked understanding of her actions".
Spears underwent arthroscopic surgery.
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She was forced to remain six weeks with a thigh brace, followed by eight to twelve weeks of rehabilitation, which caused The Onyx Hotel Tour to be canceled. The romance received intense attention from the media, since Federline had recently broken up with actress Shar Jacksonwho was still pregnant with their second child at the time. They held a wedding ceremony on September 18,but were not legally married until three weeks later on October 6 due to a delay finalizing the couple's prenuptial agreement.
My Prerogativeher first greatest hits compilation albumwas released in November The Remixeswhich consists of eleven remixes.
Personal struggles and Blackout Spears leaving court surrounded by press in October In Februarypictures surfaced of Spears driving with her son, Sean, on her lap instead of in a car seat. Child advocates were horrified by the photos of her holding the wheel with one hand and Sean with the other. Spears claimed that the situation happened because of a frightening encounter with paparazzi, and that it was a mistake on her part.
The following night, she shaved her head with electric clippers at a hair salon in Tarzana, Los Angeles. She admitted herself to other treatment facilities during the following weeks. The reasons of the court ruling were not revealed to the public. The album debuted at the top of charts in Canada and Ireland, number two in the U. In the United States, Spears became the only female artist to have her first five studio albums debut at the two top slots of the chart.
The performance was panned by many critics. The third single " Break the Ice " was released the following year and had moderate success due to Spears not being able to promote it properly.
Conservatorship and Circus In JanuarySpears refused to relinquish custody of her sons to Federline's representatives. She was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after police that arrived at her house noted she appeared to be under the influence of an unidentified substance. The following day, Spears's visitation rights were suspended at an emergency court hearing, and Federline was given sole physical and legal custody of the children.
The court placed her under temporary, and later, permanent  conservatorship of her father James Spears and attorney Andrew Wallet, giving them complete control of her assets. She received positive reviews for her performance, as well as bringing the series its highest ratings ever. For the Recordwas produced to chronicle Spears's return to the recording industry. It was the highest rating in its Sunday night timeslot and in the network's history. It received positive reviews from critics  and debuted at number one in Canada, Czech Republic and the United States, and inside the top ten in many European nations.
Baby One More Time". The restraining order forbids Lutfi and Ghalib from contacting Spears or coming within yards of her, her property or family members. With a gross of U. But Kasem and his producers never lost sight of the stations carrying their show, and that the stories behind the songs were the chief reason that listeners tuned to AT Shadoe Stevens era[ edit ] InKasem left the show over contract concerns with ABC and signed with Westwood One to host a competing weekly countdown.
Casey's final AT40 show, the th in the series, aired on August 6, At no point during that final show did Kasem ever let on that any changes were afoot. However, he closed the show by telling the audience to catch him on the television show America's Top 10 and did not plug the following week's AT40 since December 19,he had always plugged both during his signoff. The change did not do much to stem the decline as loyal listeners did not take to Stevens as they had to Kasem.
Further complications arose when some stations that stayed with Stevens also added Kasem's new show. In an attempt to win back an audience, AT40 tried new features, including interview clips, music news, top 5 flashbacks, and previews of upcoming chart hits called the "AT40 Sneek Peek" .
It also stopped using the Hot chart, switching first to the Hot Airplay chart and finally to the Mainstream Top 40 chart. Later still, the countdown would use what was called a "No Nuttin'" gimmick that drew criticism; at various points of the show, a song would start immediately after the jingle for its position on the chart was played and Stevens would not offer any commentary until it concluded.
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Radio Expressfounded by original show creator Tom Rounds, kept AT40 in production following the move by ABC as the program was still carried in foreign markets. The very last original AT40 aired on January 28,and it ended with an extended last segment. As usual, the 2 song on the chart led it off; that song was " Another Night " by Real McCoywhich had been the 1 song one week earlier.
Stevens then took a moment to thank the listeners for their support over the previous twenty-four plus years and played one last Long Distance Dedication, sent by him to the fans. Stevens then gave a rundown of how many songs had been played over the series' entire run to that point, with a final total of different chart toppers, including the one he was about to play as it returned to the top of the chart that week: As Stevens then read the credits and signed off for the final time, he played one final song.
Perhaps appropriately, considering the circumstances, the song was " Happy Trails ". American Top 40 returns; second Casey Kasem era[ edit ] Nearly three years after the cancellation of AT40, a series of events began that would result in the return of the long-running countdown to radio. Original host Casey Kasem had acquired the rights to the name and branding of his creation, but found Westwood One unwilling to exploit them.
In addition, Kasem and his syndicator's parent company were in a salary dispute as Kasem felt he was not getting fair treatment while the syndicator believed the amount of advertising revenue Casey's Top 40 was generating did not justify Kasem's demands.
Since there was interest in Kasem, who was now 65 years old and hosting two adult contemporary countdown shows in addition to his pop show, Westwood One decided it was best for them to retain Kasem and in December he reupped for one additional year. However, he left Westwood One toward the end of February and gave no notice that he would not be back. Although Kasem would eventually be taken to court by his former syndicator, the signing enabled him to reintroduce the American Top 40 name and brand to a modern audience.
It also gave Chancellor the rights to the historic name as Kasem signed over his rights to the branding. On the weekend of March 28,one week after Westwood One finally cancelled the three countdowns Kasem was hosting for them after four weeks without him. Chancellor also brought Kasem's AC countdowns to their network, with both now being branded as American Top 20 see Spin-off programming below. The only exception was a brief period from October to August when an obscure Mediabase chart was used.
This chart had a rather ambiguous recurrent rulewhich would see songs removed weekly from the chart from as high as By the time Kasem's last show aired, the show had gone back to using Mediabase's charts. His final 1 was Outkast 's " Hey Ya! These extras included interviews with celebrities which were not restricted to musical or countdown artistsa gossip section, and an update on movies screening in cinemas. Other extras inducted on a regular basis include "AT40 Breakout", a song predicted to crack the chart within the next few weeks formerly known as the "Out of The Box" hit ; "Request Line", a segment in which Ryan Seacrest will play a song requested by a listener; "Double Play", a former hit from the artist just played; "AT40 Sleaze" inspired by the "Dees Sleaze" segment of the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 radio show ; and "AT40 Rewind", a hit song from the past decade or so.
In between songs, Seacrest and his guest hosts often make deadpan one-liners while writers and producers can be heard laughing frequently, including the security guard "Roger". Additionally, Seacrest initially opened most shows by playing the previous week's 1 song, as Kasem often did in the s; this was discontinued afterbut in mid Seacrest began including a shorter recap segment in the show's introduction, in which he would play brief segments of the previous week's top three hits.
In Decemberthe Hot AC version of the show debuted, giving both Seacrest and Kasem competing countdowns in the same format until The show also began using a new chart that used no recurrent rule. On the first show with Ryan Seacrest, this led to several older songs reappearing after having dropped off many weeks earlier.
Over the long term, it meant songs could spend long runs for about a year on the chart even after they went to recurrent status on other published charts. In" Scars " by Papa Roach would go on to tie the record.
This hit remained on the chart for 72 weeks, from July to November American Top 40 also became more interactive, involving online song voting and e-mail. In Decemberthe series' website was revamped, and the online song voting was discontinued in favor of publishing the Hot AC chart.
The website also includes a toll-free number where fans can make requests and " shoutouts ", as they would to a local radio station, and by replayed clips of shoutouts became part of the show.
Online song voting was later reinstated, with results of votes on American Top 40's website factored into the chart rankings. AT40 was also expanded to social media through Twitter and Facebook where listeners from around the world will request a song to be included in the AT40 Extra segment, as well as their own mobile application which is available for free download on the Apple AppStore for iOS devices and on Google Play for Android devices.
In MarchPremiere Radio Networks announced that "American Top 5," a condensed daily top-5 countdown, would begin airing as part of the daily radio program On Airalso hosted by Seacrest. Additionally, any "extra" songs that aired during the show are announced by Seacrest before playing. The following month, the show resumed mentioning some of its affiliates around the world during the show. Various guest hosts, however, will continue to do hosting duties from its original Hollywood studios when Seacrest is not around.
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In Februarythe show introduced new jingles with new voiceover artists replacing Dave Foxx and Kelly Doherty, who departed iHeartMedia Premiere's parent company in January. Competition[ edit ] American Top 40 has faced numerous competitors since its debut in Numerous other shows following the same format, both in the general top category and in various specific radio formatshave aired over the course of AT40's history.
Reairing of older shows[ edit ] AT40 flashback[ edit ] From January to Decembermany radio stations aired reruns of —88 episodes under the title American Top 40 Flashback. The show was syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks. In its early weeks the shows were the original four-hour format of an American Top 40 episode, but after the first month and a half the show was reduced to three hours.
The event began with a weekend long marathon of original shows, with AT40 then being added as a regular show on two of XM's Decades channels, " The 70s on 7 " and " The 80s on 8 ". On the 70s on 7, it replaced the 'Satellite Survey', a Top 30 countdown of s hits, produced by Sirius and hosted by Dave Hoeffel.
Most show dates roughly correspond to the current week in real time. The mix of AT40 episodes being run on XM include the year-end countdowns, which are typically run in two parts: Paulwhich is owned by Clear Channel Communicationsran a series of American Top 40 episodes from the s. Aside from one week, when the station attempted to air a four-hour episode from in the three-hour timeslot resulting in the show getting cut off at 11 and the top 10 not being heardthis test run was largely successful.
The s " into national syndication featuring the three-hour shows from toand the last three hours of shows originally aired from October through December One original four-hour program, first aired in Octoberwas edited into a three-hour program for reairing inand the four-hour "Disco Hits" special from July with the first hour optional was aired inbut until the fall ofno other program from the last 15 months of the s was included in the "AT Starting in latePremiere began airing three-hour versions of four-hour AT40s from tobeginning the broadcasts at the start of the countdown's second hour; during the spring ofPremiere began making the first hour of these programs "optional," meaning that stations can choose to air all four hours of the four-hour programs, or just the last three.
Starting inwhenever programs from to were scheduled to air, Premiere began offering affiliates the option of airing a later s program instead typically, a corresponding year from seven years later, or — The s version premiered on April 8,replacing the American Top 40 Flashback reruns.
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The shows are available in either their full original four-hour format, or an abbreviated three-hour version that omits the first hour of the show. To date, the latest program to air as part of the "AT The 80s" package has been August 6, — Kasem's last show with the original program. Due to the rights to Shadoe Stevens-era episodes being held by Cumulus Media, no programs from August 13, to have been re-aired as part of this or any similar block. To date, the only re-aired classic AT40 programs that featured a host other than Kasem are the shows of March 25, with Dick Clark as host, and September 12, with Gary Owens as host.
Both have been aired as tributes after Clark's and Owens' deaths. Newly produced extra segments hosted by voiceover talent Larry Morgan are available for use at stations' discretion. Prior to Casey leaving Premiere Radio, these segments were hosted by his son Mike; when the series first began, these segments were hosted by one of Casey's former guest hosts, Ed McMann.
These extra segments are also heard on the 80s show. KQQL was the first to sign on, airing programs beginning on December 30, Typically, the "optional extras" were songs that had yet to enter the top 40 of the Hot For early s programs, some of the "optional extras" were actually extras i.
In MarchXM Satellite Radio rebranded the XM broadcasts with the "Casey Kasem's American Top 40" name and logo used for terrestrial broadcasts, although XM still aired the commercial-free broadcasts, while Premiere Radio carries edited and recut broadcasts with commercials.
Following the merger of Sirius and XM, the AT40 shows airing on those platforms have occasionally been edited. In some cases, extras and LDDs have been cut from the original broadcasts.
Sirius XM 70s on 7 aired the inaugural AT 40 which originally aired July 4, on July 4, as part of a special July 4 broadcast.
As ofAmerican Top The 70's shows that were originally produced in mono are being converted to true stereo by Ken Martin. Chart data used by American Top 40[ edit ] Billboard magazine[ edit ] AT40 used the top 40 songs from the Billboard Hot singles chart from the show's inception in to November 23, The chart was widely regarded as the industry standard for tracking the popularity of singles, and was thus a natural choice to be used.
Kasem would frequently announce during the show that Billboard was the only source for the countdown. While using these charts worked well for the first half of the s, as music changed during the decade and disco became popular on the charts, some rock stations began to drop the show because of complaints from program directors that AT40 was playing too many songs not normally heard on their stations. This gradually became a wide schism as rock splintered into several formats in the early s.
As a result, AT40's weekly playlist could be very diverse in the styles and formats of the songs played. Stations tended to specialize in only one or two of these formats and completely ignore the others. One solution for the AT40 producers was to air frequent specials at least three or four times a year that concentrated on the classic music of the past, such as Rock in the Movies and Top Hits of the Seventies. But as Top 40 stations evolved into CHRthey began to avoid syndicated shows like AT40, preferring to stick with their own special niche formats.
These songs would generally only be aired in brief snippets during the show. These songs generally scored much higher radio airplay, and some were not even released as singles such as "Steel Bars" by Michael Bolton.