When Britney first burst onto the pop music scene nearly ten years ago, who would have ever imagined that she would turn into the trainwreck that she has become? There were questionable moments during the early part of her career, such as the Lolita-esque pictures she posed for back in 1999, and the controversy over whether or not she had had breast implants at 17 years of age.
If I had to try to pinpoint where her downward spiral started, I would probably have to say it began with her quickie Las Vegas wedding to Jason Alexander back in 2004. The next three years would see Britney marry Kevin Federline, star in a reality show about their courtship, have two children, give the now infamous interview with Dateline, file for divorce from Kevin, shave her head, and give an uninspired performance at the 2007 Video Music Awards.
It all culminated on the evening of January 3, 2008. That night, Britney refused to hand over her children to Kevin Federline after her visitation, as she had been instructed to by the courts. She locked herself in a room with her younger son, and it took several hours before Britney finally came out. And when she did, she was strapped onto a gurney and taken to a hospital for psychiatric evaluation. She was admitted under a “5150” order. However, instead of keeping her for the 72-hour period, she was released before even being in the hospital after 48 hours. Apparently, she threw a fit and demanded to be released.
This story is still developing as I write this, but what does the future hold for Britney Spears after all of this? In the short term, I think it’s safe to say that Jive Records, her record label, will quietly cease promotion of her current album, Blackout; they will just let her current single, “Piece of Me,” as well as the album, finish their run on the charts. In other words, the Blackout era is all but over.
But what happens to her career in the long run? Will Jive continue to stand by Britney and continue their business relationship with her, or will they decide to let her out of their contract because she’s become too much of a liability? And if Jive were to drop Britney, would any other label be in a hurry to pick her up?
I believe the answers to the questions will become clearer as time goes on, and a lot will depend on what choices Britney makes over the coming months. If she makes enough bad choices and does nothing to try to turn her life back around, I honestly believe her career will be over. However, if Britney can find a way to pull back from the brink, turn her life around, and really has the interest in reviving her career, then I believe that anything could be possible.