Interestingly enough the start of her coming back was her break down and her intent on getting music out even if inside she was feeling nasty and bad and having a Creator Breakdown.
Cash Cow Franchise: One of the richest musicians from 1999-2013. One of the top 3 most influential musicians of 2010. One of the richest musicians of 2009, 2010 and 2011. Forbes reported that Spears was the highest paid female musician of 2012, with earnings of $58 million, having last topped the list in 2002. Has expanded her franchise to involve movies, dolls, computer games, traditional games, and other things.
Creator Breakdown: From late 2006 to early 2008, until she started focusing on her job again seriously. Since then she's been happy doing what she loves without the drama and chaos of her former life.
Narrowly averted with the cancelling of both projects "Shock Your Mind" (Which later turned into her Self-Titled Album in 2001) and "The Original Doll" (Which became Blackout in 2007).
Doing It for the Art: Has passed into this working so hard on her career after being such an Iron Woobie all the time. She does it for her fans, and for the show and for the music. She can't quit.
Executive Meddling: Britney was forced to change her video "Everytime" when record label executives found out that she wanted to do a video where she kills herself. So, instead of killing herself, she passes out and drowns due to a bump on the head, only to wake up at the end of the video.
The Britney album was originally supposed to be titled Shock Your Mind and was supposed to have much edgier, darker songs...she actually had co-written all but one of the tracks for the album. The label was displeased, though, and long-time producer Max Martin was called in to sweeten the sound. Britney was displeased with the meddling, though, and the two clashed in the studio, which ultimately ended in the two not working together for several years.
They meddled yet AGAIN by completely shelving the unreleased album The Original Doll (now Blackout). Britney angered her label by going on radio station KIIS-FM and playing a rough draft of the lead single for the album, "Mona Lisa," and as a result the plug was pulled completely on the project. Many believe that the label simply didn't think the album was commercial enough to sell well, which was the true reason for the album being shelved.
Not only that, but Blackout had major executive meddling too! It originally was going to have an even darker tone than it did AND would have featured far more ballads (such as Baby Boy, State of Grace, and Dramatic) Her label stepped in and made her change it to something more danceable and mainstream.
Fan Nickname: Godney, Fierceney, Walkney, Empowerney, Tourney, Oopsney, Blackoutney, Momney, Safeney, Socialney, Breakdownney and so so SOOO many more it can not be understated!
Detractors like to call Britney fans "Britards;" "Britney's Bitches" is a popular choice amongst fans but it seems like Britney's team is pushing for "The Britney Army" as the definitive name for the fandom. Spearleaders is also super popular
Keep Circulating the Tapes: She has 2 or 3 albums of rejected materials/demo tracks on the internet on youtube and various other websites. She also has a lot of limited edition bonus tracks from her earlier albums which are somewhat hard to find.
Missing Episode: The Original Doll sessions were cancelled and Shock Your Mind is also missing. Never mind all the other not released Britney material her recording company has.
Old Shame: Sort of. She has said outright she thinks all her past music fucking rocks...but she has said that of all the fashions she's worn, the red Latex Space Suit from "Oops!...I Did It Again" is the one thing she'd never wear again, saying it was hot, uncomfortable, and it felt like wearing a balloon.
Promoted Fangirl: Was a huge Madonna fan growing up, went onto work with Madonna on Me Against The Music. After performing with her at the VMA's, kissing her for fun live, featuring on her tour, performing live with her a lot relatively. Madonna has also said some rather positive statements about Britney and how she see's herself in Britney.
Playing Against Type: I Wanna Go music video she plays an ass grabbing rock diva who sleeps with cops to get out of trouble and kicks paparazzi's butts multiple times. This is the exact opposite of her Nice Girl image and all her other videos where she either dances a lot or places a Good Bad Girl.
Also her role as a judge on The X Factor has forced her to be more verbal about what she expects out of fellow artists and be rude sometimes.
"The Original Doll", a jazz rock acoustic singer/songwriter record was cancelled by the recording company. Had it come to be she might've become more respected in the general public and it could have averted her break down at least somewhat.
Doing "Telephone: with Lady Gaga and releasing it either as a duet or on her own.
The original idea for "Britney" was to be an album called "Shock Your Mind" with more grown up and personal lyrics. This was halted by her recording company who felt Max Martin was needed for at least one more album.
"Everytime" original video
"Dramatic" and "Guilty" getting released would've told her side of the story instead of letting Justin Timberlake hold a pity party for himself. Also the rampant lie that "Everytime" is about him despite the fact she said it was a general heart break song written by friends.
Original "Gimme More" video.
"Circus" the album getting a song from "Circus": the album as the last single instead of "Radar". Maybe even "Unusual You" a fan favorite.
Was supposed to play an heiress who shoots her philandering boyfriend in Chicago."
Many suspect that Femme Fatale was originally meant to be a much, much different album than the final product we all know and love today; a leaked track titled "Everyday" is rumored to have been a cut track from the album and is as different as night and day from anything included on that album, as it is a sweet, introspective ballad that was more than likely written as a love letter to her fiance and references her past hardships as well. Many have commented that Femme Fatale was supposed to be a much slower-paced, vocal-centric record that was light on dance tracks, hence why Britney looked like she was gearing up to promote the album as early as late 2010 (her high-profile appearance on Glee; anybody who knows the girl knows that she more or less goes into hiding when she's not promoting material). The Powers That Be at Jive, however, had different plans; upon hearing the album they might have decided that the album just wasn't commercial enough and decided to bring in Dr. Luke, Max Martin, and will.i.am at the last minute to make an album that would do well chart-wise. It definitely explains a lot of the kinks that Britney's team ran into during the era, including her indifference and lack of preparedness when it came to promoting the record, the last-minute recording sessions with will.i.am, the unpolished look of the album's artwork, etc. Of course, it's all just a rumor, but a compelling one nonetheless.
Working Title: "Oops I Did It Again" was supposed to be called "Sunflower" (Hence the art work), "Blackout" is an evolution on "The Original Doll", "Britney" was supposed to be called "Shock Your Mind" and "In The Zone" was originally called "Getting Into The Zone".
Crossroads was also going to be called: What Are Friends For and Not A Girl (Based upon the "Feature Song" of the movie)
Also a lot of tracks on "Blackout" got retitled in it's eventual release.