(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun

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"(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun"
Single by Britney Spears
from the album Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
A-side "My Prerogative"
Released August 17, 2004 (2004-08-17)
Format Digital download
Recorded 2003
Length 3:22
Label
Writer(s)
Producer(s) Bloodshy & Avant
Britney Spears singles chronology
"Outrageous"
(2004)
"(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun"
(2004)
"My Prerogative"
(2004)

"(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun" is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears, taken from her first greatest hits album Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (2004). The song was produced by Bloodshy & Avant and originally recorded for In the Zone. It was released as a digital download on August 17, 2004, prior to the album's release. The track has drawn comparisons to No Doubt's single "Hella Good" as well as 1970s American funk bands. Lyrically, the songs refers to having a good time at a party. "(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun" received mixed reviews from critics, some naming it one of the best songs in the compilation, while others dismissed its lyrical content. The song was featured on the soundtrack of the 2011 film Bridesmaids.

Background[edit]

"(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun" was originally recorded for Spears's fourth studio album, In the Zone (2003).[1] The song was written by Spears, Michelle Bell, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Henrik Jonback, and was produced by Bloodshy & Avant.[2] The song was first included as a bonus track in the European version of the In the Zone DVD. In the United States, the track was a free download in the Wal-Mart edition of In the Zone, due to an exclusive deal with Wal-Mart and Sony Connect.[1] When the deal ended in mid-2004, Jive Records released the song on the iTunes Store and Rhapsody on August 17, 2004.[3] "(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun" peaked at number seven on the iTunes chart while it was speculated to be in the tracklist of Greatest Hits: My Prerogative.[1] The song was featured on the soundtrack of the 2011 film Bridesmaids.[4]

Composition[edit]

A 20-second sample of the song's chorus features Spears singing over an electro-funk sound.[citation needed]

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"(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun" is composed in the key of G minor with 108 beats per minute.[1][5] It has a dance-oriented beat that has been compared by Jennifer Vineyard of MTV and Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic to No Doubt's 2002 single "Hella Good".[1][6] Spears's vocal range spans from the high-tone of G3 to the low-tone of Eb5.[5] The track features mainly guitar and bass, along with string arrangements and 1970s synthesizers reminiscent of Zapp and The Gap Band.[7] Its lyrics refer to a make-believe situation in which Spears describes an encounter with a man at a party. During the song, she declares to prefer having a good time rather than settling down.[1]

Reception and chart performance[edit]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic said "the In the Zone outtake [...] betters most of the songs that were featured on the album".[6] Annabel Leathes of BBC Online commented that along with "Do Somethin'", they are "[two] robust, unreleased tracks [that] suggest, however, that she may still be churning out a few more No.1s before taking time out to sing lullabies to her brood".[8] Ann Powers of Blender magazine called the song "instantly forgettable and biographically inaccurate,"[9] while Mike McGuirk of Rhapsody said the song "is on a level with her best work, namely "I'm a Slave 4 U"."[3] Louis Pattison of the New Musical Express stated that the lyrics "chime rather oddly with Britney’s much-vaunted desire to start a family".[10] On the week of September 4, 2004, "(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun" debuted at number 23 on Billboard Hot Digital Tracks,[11] and fell to number 41 in the following.[12]

Track listings[edit]

  • Digital download[13]
  1. "(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun" – 3:23

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits for "(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun" are taken from Greatest Hits: My Prerogative '​s liner notes.[2]

  • Songwriting – Britney Spears, Michelle Bell, Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Henrik Jonback
  • Production – Bloodshy & Avant, Steven Lunt
  • Vocals – Britney Spears

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
US Hot Digital Tracks (Billboard)[11] 23

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Vineyard, Jennifer (August 20, 2004). "Track That Britney Left Out Of The Zone Is A Hit Online". MTV News. Retrieved March 9, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (Liner notes). Britney Spears. Jive Records. 2004. 
  3. ^ a b McGuirk, Mike (August 17, 2004). "(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun (Non-Album Track) by Britney Spears". Rhapsody. Britney's back on top. After the relative OK-ness of "In the Zone," the impressively evolving pop phenomenon busts out a hard-funk, Prince-heavy club cut with a fat, fat, fat synthline, strings (!) and a chorus that just doesn't quit. 'I've Just Begun' is on a level with her best work, namely 'I'm A Slave 4 U.' 
  4. ^ Davis, Edward (April 15, 2011). "'Bridesmaids' Soundtrack Features Fiona Apple, Inara George, Hole, Blondie & Wilson Phillips". IndieWire. Retrieved July 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b "Digital Sheet Music Britney Spears – I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)". Musicnotes.com. 
  6. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2004). "((( Greatest Hits: My Prerogative > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  7. ^ D., Spence (November 16, 2004). "Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative". IGN. Retrieved March 6, 2010. 
  8. ^ Leathes, Annabel (September 5, 2003). "Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative Review". BBC Online. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  9. ^ Powers, Ann (2004). "Greatest Hits: My Prerogative". Blender. ISSN 1534-0554. 
  10. ^ Pattison, Louis (December 8, 2004). "Spears, Britney : Greatest Hits: My Prerogative". New Musical Express. Retrieved March 8, 2010. 
  11. ^ a b "Singles Minded". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 116 (36): 56. 2004. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Hot Digital Tracks – September 11, 2004". Billboard 116 (37): 60. 2004. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved March 11, 2011. 
  13. ^ "ミュージック - ブリトニー・スピアーズ「(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun - Single". iTunes Store (in Japanese). Retrieved December 5, 2013. 

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