Greatest Hits: My Prerogative is the first greatest hits album from American singer Britney Spears, released on November 1, 2004 by Jive Records. The compilation was released in two different formats, a standard edition and a limited edition containing a bonus disc with remixes. A compilation DVD of the same name was released to accompany the audio versions. The album includes three new tracks, a cover of Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative", "Do Somethin'" and "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)", which was released digitally in August 2004. Critics gave Greatest Hits: My Prerogative mixed reviews. Some felt that it was an accurate portrayal of Spears as the defining figure of American pop culture, while others stated that she did not have enough material for a compilation and also deemed it as premature.
Greatest Hits: My Prerogative debuted at the top of the charts in Ireland and Japan, and the top ten in other fourteen countries, including Australia, Canada, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States. Greatest Hits: My Prerogative has sold 6 million copies worldwide. The title track was released as the first single from the album. It went on to peak at number one in Ireland, Italy, Finland and Norway, and reached the top ten in another fourteen countries. "Do Somethin'" was released as the second single from the album.
It's hard to imagine that five years have passed since a pert and pouty 16 year old Britney skipped onto the scene. Now, with four albums, a film, a divorce, another husband and a faux-Sapphic snog stashed under her belt-cum-miniskirt, she's established herself as quite the grande-dame of pop.
Not surprising then that a Greatest Hits album has found its way onto the pre-Christmas shelves, waiting to be snapped up by a fan base ranging from tweenies to gay men still quivering to "Toxic".
They will not feel short-changed. The album is as calorific as the KFC burgers dished up at her chav-style wedding; twenty finger lickin' tracks that mirror her trajectory from pretty pop puff to lusty strumpet.
"...Baby One More Time", "Stronger", "Oops! I Did It Again" and "Sometimes" are all there to represent the innocent years when Britney annoyed and titillated in equal measure.
As the declarations of innocence began to wear a little thin -she was dating the highly shaggable Justin Timberlake after all -"Overprotected" and "I'm Not A Girl", Not Yet A Woman" served to alloy her critics' barbs. "I'm A Slave 4 U" was the turning point. Complete with sweaty python and the song-writing skills of Pharrell Williams, Britney dropped the veil of probity and writhed into wanton self-publicity.
The services of other song-writers make a significant appearance on the album, with Pharrell Williams delivering again for "Boys", R. Kelly transforming Britney into a grubby Beyonce on "Outrageous" and pop alchemist, Cathy Dennis, waving her magic wand for "Toxic".
As with most Greatest Hits albums, you'll find a couple of covers lurking amongst the goodies. The gloopy re-working of Bobby Brown's "My Prerogative" and a lame stab at Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll" make up Britney's quota.
Despite the shiny, taut Britney on the cover, in real life the singer seems to be plumping up nicely into her wifely duties, declaring motherhood as the next thing on the agenda. Two robust, unreleased tracks, "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)" and "Do Somethin'" suggest, however, that she may still be churning out a few more No.1s before taking time out to sing lullabies to her brood. User Comments