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It’s a running joke around Sb that the single most popular blog entry on the whole site is one where a scibling calls Britney Spears the High Priestess of something not very flattering. In fact, as Spears’s latest hit demonstrates, she is the High Priestess of Swedish dance pop.

Look at her run of chart toppers.

  • 1998. “…Baby One More Time”. Written & produced by Swedes, recorded in Stockholm.

  • 1999. “(You Drive Me) Crazy”. Written & produced by Swedes, recorded in Stockholm.
  • 1999. “Born to Make You Happy”. Written & produced by Swedes, recorded in Stockholm.
  • 2000. “Oops!…I Did It Again”. Written & produced by Swedes, recorded in Stockholm.
  • 2000. “Lucky”. Written & produced by Swedes, recorded in Stockholm.
  • 2003. “Me Against the Music”. Written & produced by foreigners. Recorded in Georgia.
  • 2004. “Toxic”. Written & produced by Swedes, recorded in Stockholm.
  • 2004. “Everytime”. Written & produced by foreigners. Recorded in California.
  • 2007. “Gimme More”. Written & produced by foreigners. Recorded in California.
  • 2007. “Piece of Me”. Written & produced by Swedes, recorded in Stockholm.

“Piece of Me” is absolutely irresistable. Groovy, catchy and so artificial that it might be a Kraftwerk track sung by a pleasurebot. Still, it’s got Momma Spears’s trademark sex-kitten purr and surprisingly smart lyrics. This singer may not be very apt at handling herself if we believe the tabloids, but her career is handled by all the right people. And largely in my home town.

So, everybody, Britney Spears is basically Swedish. You should take that into account when you judge her behaviour.

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Comments

  1. #1 Coturnix
    March 30, 2008

    Is she ABBA on steroids? ;-)

  2. #2 Martin R
    March 30, 2008

    Let’s be fair: whatever Spears is on, it probably wasn’t available to ABBA back in the 70s. (-;

  3. #3 Alun
    March 30, 2008

    And she’s an expert on semi-conductor physics too.
    http://britneyspears.ac/lasers.htm

  4. #4 Martin R
    March 30, 2008

    Haha, that’s so great!

  5. #5 Tegumai Bopsulai, FCD
    March 30, 2008

    You blaspheme the mighty gods of ABBA.

  6. #6 Martin R
    March 31, 2008

    Ulvaeus is a prominent member of the Swedish Society for Secular Humanism. Apparentliy he didn’t fry his brain too badly.

  7. #7 kai
    March 31, 2008

    Some while back the entire company where I work visited the studio where ABBA made their recordings. An awestruck colleague was looking around the well-furnished studio with high-class instruments, microphones, recording and editing equipment and whispered with a catch in his throat:
    “Can you imagine how many babes Björn and Benny must have been making out with in the sofas back there?”

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