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Britney Spears' critically acclaimed album that was overshadowed by her personal struggles, Blackout, was added to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's music library and archives this month. The ahead of its time electro-pop record was originally released in October 2007.
Blackout can now be accessed in The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's music library and archives by music fans and even cited by scholars for academic work. The archives were created to be the “most comprehensive repository of materials relating to the history of rock and roll,” which is a big honor for Spears to be added to this extraordinary collection.
This is just the latest accolade for Spears' Blackout, which was revealed last month to have sold over a million copies in July 2011. While the album is the only one of Spears' studio albums to have missed the number one spot on the Billboard 200, it has gone on to accomplish other achievements for Spears.
The album is Spears' only to be added to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's music library and archives. All Blackout's singles, “Gimme More,” “Piece of Me,” and “Break the Ice,” topped Billboard's Dance/Club Play Songs chart, making it her only album to accomplish this feat so far.
“Gimme More” peaked at number 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart in October 2007, which was then Spears' highest charting single since her 1999 number one, “...Baby One More Time.” Spears' would later best this chart feat by reaching number one on the chart again with 2008's comeback single, “Womanizer.” The song would go on to popularize Spears' “It's Britney, bitch!” catchphrase.
“Piece of Me,” would become another top 20 hit for Spears in February 2008. It became a critically lauded single in her catalog for its biographical theme of Spears' relationship with the paparazzi as well as for its unique electronic production. The music video would go on to break Spears' Susan Lucci-like streak of losing at MTV Video Music Awards when it swept the 2008 ceremony in the Best Pop, Best Female, and Video of the Year categories.
“Break the Ice” became Blackout's third single after beating out “Radar” in a fan-voted poll. The song just missed the top 40 of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, peaking at number 43 in May 2008. The Robert Hales-directed music video would become Spears' first mainstream clip to be fully animated. Spears continues the superhero character from “Toxic” in the music video as her anime persona takes down an evil corporation. This would serve as the album's final single.
Despite its ill-timed release, Blackout blazed a musical and cultural influence on the industry and is now being recognized by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for its achievements as one of Spears' finest records.