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Britney Spears is one of the most successful pop stars of all time, with a career that has spanned over two decades. Her debut single, “Baby One More Time,” is one of her most iconic hits and helped launch her into superstardom. But how old was Britney Spears when she released “Hit Me Baby One More Time”?
Britney Spears’ Age at the Time of Release
“Baby One More Time” was released by Jive Records as Britney Spears’ debut single on October 23, 1998. At the time of the release, Britney Spears was only 16 years old. The song was an instant hit, topping the charts in several countries and catapulting Britney Spears to fame.
The accompanying music video, which featured Britney Spears in a schoolgirl outfit, became an iconic pop culture moment and helped to solidify her status as a sex symbol and pop icon. The song and video were controversial at the time, with some critics accusing Britney Spears of promoting sexualization and objectification of young women.
Britney Spears’ Early Career
Before the release of “Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears had already been working in the entertainment industry for several years. She began performing in talent shows as a young child and auditioned for Disney’s The Mickey Mouse Club at the age of eight. Although she was deemed too young to join the cast at the time, she continued to pursue her passion for singing and dancing.
In 1997, Britney Spears was signed to Jive Records and began working on her debut album. “Baby One More Time” was chosen as the lead single and instantly successful. The album of the same name went on to sell over 10 million copies in its first year and earned Britney Spears several awards and nominations.
Britney Spears’ Continued Success
Following the success of “Baby One More Time,” Britney Spears continued to release hit after hit throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s. Her second album, “Oops!… I Did It Again,” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart and went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide. Her third album, “Britney,” showcased a more mature and provocative image for Spears and featured the hit single “I’m a Slave 4 U.”