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Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
Image of a blond woman dressed in a black ensemble in front of a gray background. "Britney Spears Greatest Hits: My Prerogative" is written in white capital letters inside a white box.
Physical edition cover; digital edition cover features a different typeface and a light brown background
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedNovember 3, 2004 (2004-11-03)
RecordedAugust 1997–May 2004
Studio
Length60:14
LabelJive
Producer
Britney Spears chronology
In the Zone
(2003)
Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
(2004)
Britney & Kevin: Chaotic
(2005)
Singles from Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
  1. "My Prerogative"
    Released: September 21, 2004 (2004-09-21)
  2. "Do Somethin'"
    Released: February 14, 2005 (2005-02-14)

Greatest Hits: My Prerogative is the first greatest hits album by American singer Britney Spears. It was released on November 3, 2004 through Jive Records and Zomba Recording. The album was released in two different editions, standard and limited, with the latter containing a bonus disc with remixes. A video compilation of the same title, featuring twenty of Spears' music videos, was released to accompany the songs. 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 previously included on the international editions of Spears' fifth video album Britney Spears: In the Zone (2004).

Greatest Hits: My Prerogative received mixed reviews from music critics. 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 greatest hits album and also deemed it as premature. Greatest Hits: My Prerogative peaked atop the charts in France, Greece, Ireland and Japan, and within the top ten in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States. It was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and has sold over seven million copies worldwide, selling over one and a half million copies in the United States.

The title track was released as the lead single from the album. It went on to peak atop the charts in the US, Ireland, Italy, Finland and Norway, and reached the top ten in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. "Do Somethin'" was released as the second and final single from the album, and peaked at number 100 on the US Billboard Hot 100 although it wasn't released in the United States, but, however, reached the top ten in Australia, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Release and promotion[edit]

On August 13, 2004, Spears announced through Jive Records the release of her first greatest hits compilation titled Greatest Hits: My Prerogative, due on November 16, 2004; it was, however, released a week earlier in the United States. The title was chosen after the album's lead single, Spears's cover version of Bobby Brown's song "My Prerogative" (1988). The cover was produced by Swedish production team Bloodshy & Avant. A video compilation of the same title was also released the same day, containing Spears' music videos.[1] Spears had recorded a song titled "(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun" originally for her fourth studio album In the Zone (2003). It was first included as a bonus track on the European edition of the video album In the Zone. In the United States, the track was a free download on the Walmart edition of In the Zone, due to an exclusive deal with Walmart and Sony Connect. When the deal ended in mid-2004, Jive Records decided to release it on iTunes Store on August 17, 2004. "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)" peaked at number seven on the iTunes chart while it was speculated to be in the track listing of Greatest Hits: My Prerogative.[2] The track listing was officially revealed on September 13, 2004. Greatest Hits: My Prerogative included three new tracks: "My Prerogative", "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)" and "Do Somethin'", all of them produced by Bloodshy & Avant.[3] A limited edition of the album was also released, which included a bonus disc with remixes of Spears' songs by different recording artists, as well as a megamix of Spears' hits.[4]

Singles[edit]

"My Prerogative" was released as the first single from the compilation. The song was set to premiere on radio stations on September 14, 2004,[5] however, it leaked in the Real Tapemasters Inc.'s mixtape The Future of R&B on September 10, 2004.[6] The cover was musically different from Bobby Brown's original song, and was noted for aptly referring to Spears's relationship with the media at the time.[5] It received mixed to negative reviews from critics,[4][7] but went on to achieve worldwide success, topping the charts in Finland, Ireland, Italy and Norway, and reaching the top ten in another fourteen countries.[8][9] In the United States, "My Prerogative" charted on Mainstream Top 40 at number twenty-two and topped the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles, failing to enter Billboard Hot 100[10]

Although no more singles were planned, Spears wanted to shoot a music video for "Do Somethin'" and pushed for it to be released. The song was released as a single outside North America on February 14, 2005 (Valentine's Day).[11] "Do Somethin'" received positive reviews,[7][12] and reached top ten positions in Australia, Denmark, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Sweden and the United Kingdom.[13][14] Although the song wasn't released in the United States, it charted on Billboard's component charts due to digital downloads and reached number 100 on the Billboard Hot 100.[15] The accompanying music video was co-directed by Billie Woodruff and Spears, who was credited as her alter ego "Mona Lisa". She was also the stylist and choreographer of the video.[11]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Album of the Year65/100[16]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[7]
Blender3/5 stars[12]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(2-star Honorable Mention)(2-star Honorable Mention)[17]
IGN6.9/10[4]
New Straits Times3/5 stars[18]
NME6/10[19]

Greatest Hits: My Prerogative received mixed to positive reviews from music critics. Mary Awosika of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune selected "(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun" as the best of the new tracks, and added that "The rest of the album is a romp down memory lane of when Spears was the 'It' girl of popular culture, ruling the pop charts as a multi-million dollar entertainment should. [...] In all honesty, no one can deny Spears has recorded some great dance songs, and this album is the best way to get all the songs in one swoop".[20] Faridul Anwar Farinordin of the New Straits Times said, "rest assured, fans will surely grab this one" and selected "Oops!... I Did It Again" and "Overprotected" as the best tracks.[18] Annabel Leathes of BBC Online deemed it "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".[21] Christy Lemire of the Associated Press stated that it was premature for Spears to release a greatest hits album compilation after only five years, but highlighted "I'm a Slave 4 U", "Toxic" and "Everytime".[22] Andy Petch-Jex of MusicOMH highlighted the first four tracks and commented "true some of the tunes are complete pony plops, but beneath the occasional reek there beats a solid gold pop heart".[23]

Spence D. of IGN said, "If Britney Spears' Greatest Hits: My Prerogative illuminates anything it's that Spears is a fairly proficient sonic chameleon, able to mimic and adopt the stylings of those who have come before her with enough panache and verve to convince younger generations that she's a bona fide pop revelation. [...] This is the kind of kitschy album that you can get away with having because Spears is such a prevalent component of pop culture."[4] James Gashinski of The Gazette said that "As a time capsule, My Prerogative does its job well," but "Added together, the pop hits on this album are somewhat less than the sum of their parts". He explained, "Even if it isn't as great a listen as a cohesive album, My Prerogative does work as a portrait of the time when Britney Spears was the defining figure of American pop culture".[24] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic agreed with Gashinski, but added "if you compare it to The Immaculate Collection, which captured the time when Madonna was the defining figure of American pop culture and does work as an album, it's clear that a cultural artifact isn't necessarily the same thing as great music".[7]

Ann Powers of Blender said, "The hits collected on My Prerogative are as sticky as soda and almost as easy to rinse out. Spears will go down in history books, but not for anything she’s created, besides a world-class stir". She named "...Baby One More Time" "the song that defined her legacy" and also added: "In less than five minutes, it contains an emotional storm that is both widely public and deeply personal. If only she had continued to prove worthy of that heroic task."[12] Kelefa Sanneh of The New York Times said that "Listening to her hits all at once, you may be struck by the seductive severity of Ms. Spears's music: the beats are sharp as tines, the lyrics are filled with evocations of fear and control, the voice projects nothing you might mistake for warmth".[25]

Accolades[edit]

Year Nominee/work Category Award Result Ref.
2005 Greatest Hits: My Prerogative Rock & Pop Album of the Year Japan Gold Disc Award Won [26]
2005 "Do Somethin'" Best International Video MTV Video Music Brazil Nominated [27]

Commercial performance[edit]

In the United States, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, with sales exceeding 255,000 copies. It has spent a total of thirty-four weeks overall on the chart. The compilation also became her first release not to debut at number one.[28] In December 2004, the album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for shipments of a million copies.[29] As of March 2015, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative has sold over one and a half million copies in the United States.[30] The album debuted at number three on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 20,400 copies and was certified gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) for shipments of 50,000 units.[31][32] In Australia and New Zealand, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative debuted at number four and seventeen on the official charts, respectively.[33] The album was certified double platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA), indicating shipments of 140,000 units.[34]

In the United Kingdom, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative debuted at number two on the UK Albums Chart, behind Eminem's Encore, with first-week sales of 115,341 units.[35] The album debuted at number three on the European Top 100 Albums.[36] Greatest Hits: My Prerogative also debuted at number two in Belgium (Wallonia), Finland and Denmark, number four in Austria and Norway, and inside the top ten in Belgium (Flanders), Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal, Spain and The Netherlands, also charting top fifteen in Sweden.[33] In Japan, the album became her first album to top the Oricon Albums Chart, selling 173,145 copies,[37] and finished as the thirty-eighth best-selling album of 2004 and the fortieth of 2005.[38][39] It was certified three times platinum for shipments of over 750,000 copies in March 2005[40] and remains her highest-selling album there with sales of over 1 million copies to date according to multiple sources, including Sony Music Japan.[41][42] Worldwide, sales of Greatest Hits: My Prerogative stand at nearly six million copies.[43]

Track listing[edit]

Greatest Hits: My Prerogative — North American edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."My Prerogative"Bloodshy & Avant3:33
2."Toxic"Bloodshy & Avant3:19
3."I'm a Slave 4 U"The Neptunes3:25
4."Oops!... I Did It Again"
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:33
5."Me Against the Music" (featuring Madonna)
3:45
6."Stronger"
  • Martin
  • Rami
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:26
7."Everytime"Guy Sigsworth3:51
8."...Baby One More Time"Martin
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:32
9."(You Drive Me) Crazy" (The Stop Remix!)
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:18
10."Boys" (The Co-Ed Remix featuring Pharrell Williams)
  • Hugo
  • Williams
The Neptunes3:47
11."Sometimes"Elofson
  • Magnusson
  • Kreuger
  • Elofson[a]
4:07
12."Overprotected" (The Darkchild Remix)
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:07
13."Lucky"
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:26
14."Outrageous"R. Kelly
3:29
15."I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:51
16."(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun"
Bloodshy & Avant3:23
17."Do Somethin'"
  • Karlsson
  • Winnberg
  • Jonback
  • Angela Hunte
Bloodshy & Avant3:22
Total length:60:14
Greatest Hits: My Prerogative — International edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
15."Born to Make You Happy"Lundin4:04
16."I Love Rock 'n' Roll"Jerkins3:08
17."I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"
  • Martin
  • Rami
  • Dido
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:51
18."(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun"
  • Spears
  • Bell
  • Karlsson
  • Winnberg
  • Jonback
Bloodshy & Avant3:23
19."Do Somethin'"
  • Karlsson
  • Winnberg
  • Jonback
  • Hunte
Bloodshy & Avant3:22
Total length:67:37
Greatest Hits: My Prerogative — Australian, UK and Japanese edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
15."Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know"Lange3:50
16."Born to Make You Happy"
  • Lundin
  • Carlsson
Lundin4:04
17."I Love Rock 'n' Roll"
  • Hooker
  • Merrill
Jerkins3:08
18."I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"
  • Martin
  • Rami
  • Dido
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:51
19."(I've Just Begun) Having My Fun"
  • Spears
  • Bell
  • Karlsson
  • Winnberg
  • Jonback
Bloodshy & Avant3:23
20."Do Somethin'"
  • Karlsson
  • Winnberg
  • Jonback
  • Hunte
Bloodshy & Avant3:22
Total length:71:27
Greatest Hits: My Prerogative — Chinese edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
3."Oops!... I Did It Again"
  • Martin
  • Rami
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:33
4."Me Against the Music" (featuring Madonna)
  • Spears
  • Madonna
  • Stewart
  • Nikhereanye
  • Magnet
  • Nash
  • O'Brien
  • Trixster
  • Magnet[a]
3:45
5."Stronger"
  • Martin
  • Rami
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:26
6."Everytime"
  • Spears
  • Stamatelatos
Sigsworth3:51
7."...Baby One More Time"Martin
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:32
8."(You Drive Me) Crazy" (The Stop Remix!)
  • Elofsson
  • Magnusson
  • Kreuger
  • Martin
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:18
9."Sometimes"Elofson
  • Magnusson
  • Kreuger
  • Elofson[a]
4:07
10."Overprotected" (The Darkchild Remix)
  • Martin
  • Rami
  • Martin
  • Rami
  • Jerkins[b]
3:07
11."Lucky"
  • Martin
  • Rami
  • Kronlund
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:26
12."Outrageous"Kelly
3:29
13."I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman"
  • Martin
  • Rami
  • Dido
  • Martin
  • Rami
3:51
14."I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)"
  • Spears
  • Bell
  • Karlsson
  • Winnberg
  • Jonback
Bloodshy & Avant3:23
15."Do Somethin'"
  • Karlsson
  • Winnberg
  • Jonback
  • Hunte
Bloodshy & Avant3:22
Total length:53:02
Greatest Hits: My Prerogative — North American limited edition (bonus disc)[44]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Toxic" (Armand Van Helden remix edit)
  • Dennis
  • Karlsson
  • Winnberg
  • Jonback
6:24
2."Everytime" (Hi-Bias radio remix)
  • Spears
  • Stamatelatos
  • Sigsworth
  • Nick "Fierce" Fiorucci[b]
  • Taras[b]
3:26
3."Breathe on Me" (Jacques Lu Cont mix)
8:08
4."Outrageous" (Junkie XL's Dancehall mix)KellyJunkie XL2:56
5."Chris Cox Megamix" Chris Cox4:57
Total length:25:51
Greatest Hits: My Prerogative — International limited edition (bonus disc)
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Toxic" (Armand Van Helden remix)
  • Dennis
  • Karlsson
  • Winnberg
  • Jonback
  • Bloodshy & Avant
  • Van Helden[b]
9:34
2."Everytime" (Hi-Bias radio remix)
  • Spears
  • Stamatelatos
  • Sigsworth
  • Fiorucci[b]
  • Taras[b]
3:26
3."Breathe on Me" (Jacques Lu Cont mix)
  • Lee
  • Anderson
  • Greene
  • Taylor
  • Lu Cont[b]
8:08
4."Outrageous" (Junkie XL's Dancehall mix)KellyJunkie XL2:56
5."Stronger" (Miguel 'Migs' vocal mix)
  • Martin
  • Rami
  • Martin
  • Rami
  • Miguel 'Migs'[b]
6:31
6."I'm a Slave 4 U" (Thunderpuss club mix)
  • Hugo
  • Williams
8:46
7."Chris Cox Megamix" Cox4:57
Total length:44:18
Greatest Hits: My Prerogative — Hong Kong edition (bonus disc)
No.TitleLength
1."Chris Cox Megamix"3:47
2."Chris Cox Megamix" (Extended version)5:16
Total length:9:08
Notes

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[93] Platinum 40,000^
Australia (ARIA)[94] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[95] Gold 15,000*
Belgium (BEA)[96] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[93] 2× Platinum 160,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[97] 3× Platinum 60,000double-dagger
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[98] Platinum 30,623[98]
France (SNEP)[99] Platinum 500,000*
Germany (BVMI)[100] Gold 100,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[57] Gold 10,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[93] 2× Platinum 30,000*
Ireland (IRMA)[93] 6× Platinum 90,000^
Italy (FIMI)[101] 2× Platinum 200,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[102] 3× Platinum 1,000,000[41][42]
Mexico (AMPROFON)[93] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[103] Gold 7,500^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[104] Gold 20,000*
Philippines (PARI)[105] Platinum 30,000*
Portugal (AFP)[105] Platinum 40,000^
Russia (NFPF)[105] 2× Platinum 40,000*
South Africa (RiSA)[105] Platinum 50,000*
South Korea (KMCA)[106] 6× Platinum 79,136[a]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[107] Gold 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[109] 3× Platinum 1,000,000[108]
United States (RIAA)[111] Platinum 1,800,000[110]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[112] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing region, edition(s), format(s), record label(s) and reference(s).
Region Date Format(s) Edition(s) Label(s) Ref.
Denmark November 3, 2004 Standard Sony BMG [113]
Finland [114]
Norway [115]
Sweden [116]
Japan November 4, 2004 Limited [117]
Portugal Standard [118]
France November 8, 2004
  • Standard
  • limited
[119]
Germany Limited [120]
United Kingdom
  • Standard
  • limited
RCA [121]
Canada November 9, 2004 Sony BMG [122]
Hong Kong
[123]
Italy
  • CD
  • digital download
Standard [124]
United States
  • Standard
  • limited
Jive [125]
Japan November 10, 2004 Standard Sony BMG [126]
Spain November 11, 2004 [127]
Germany November 15, 2004 [128]
Japan July 22, 2009 Blu-spec CD Sony Music [129]
December 23, 2015 CD (reissue) [130]
Various November 6, 2020 LP (Urban Outfitters exclusive) [131]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In South Korea, "Greatest Hits: My Prerogative" sold 39,175 copies in the last two months of 2004[84] and sold an additional 39,961 copies throughout 2005,[90] according to the Korea Music Content Industry Association, formerly known as the "Recording Industry Association of Korea" (MIAK). The album sold a total of 79,136 copies based on the data available for these two years alone.

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