It's Britney, bitch.
They were just three simple words, but they came to define an era of Britney Spears' career. The last decade in the pop princess' life has been something of a rebirth, both personal and professional, as she bounced back from a painful divorce and a very public meltdown to reclaim her crown and become the undisputed Queen of Las Vegas in the process. And it all began with Blackout.
Released ten years ago today, Blackout was almost overshadowed by a period in the pop star's life that most fans can still only talk about in hushed tones. While her doomed marriage was finally ending and she was shaving off all her hair in public, she would also drop her first album in three years. With its explicit commentary on her fame (a first in her career) and a grimier sound than she'd ever embraced before, Blackout delivered some of the singer's most iconic songs in her discography. It may have been her first studio album not to debut at No. 1, but it would go on to shape the sound of pop music in ways you're still hearing on the radio, whether you realize it or not.