Britney Spears - The Original Doll (Unreleased album, Existence unconfirmed; 2005)


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The Original Doll
A fan made album cover, author unknown.
A fan made album cover, author unknown.
Status Existence Unconfirmed

The Original Doll (also known as Original Doll), is an unreleased album of unconfirmed existence by Britney Spears. The album was alleged to have been slated for release in 2005.

On 31st December 2004, Britney Spears called staff at KIIS-FM (Burbank, CA) and told staff that she had new music she wanted them to play live on the air [1]. Lozano's staff assumed it was a prank call. An hour later, Britney Spears arrived at the studio with her bodyguard, carrying a chihuahua and barefoot. She asked the staff to play the CD, which contained a song called "Mona Lisa". There was a very short, impromptu interview with Britney which is as follows:-

Well thanks for hanging tonight. Good luck with your album. It’s untitled.

It’s probably going to be called Original Doll, so…

And it’s half done?

Yeah. It’s halfway done right now.

Alright, so maybe by the summer? Maybe by the fall?

Yeah, yeah maybe a little bit earlier.

After the song and interview were aired, Britney's label Jive Records issued a statement to Billboard stating that “No album is scheduled at the moment, but Britney is in the studio working on some material. There are no plans to service “Mona Lisa” to radio."[2].

While The Original Doll was never released, “Mona Lisa” was eventually remastered and released as a B-side on the Britney & Kevin: Chaotic DVD in September 2005. “Toxic” producers Bloodshy & Avant polished the track with a dark electronic edge. The lyrics of the song were seen as an attempt for Britney to "cut the strings on the pop puppet" she was criticized as being.

Presumed tracklisting for The Original Doll [3]

(The following songs were all registered on ASCAP.com during early 2005 with Britney as either a writer, performer, or both and are widely accepted to have been for inclusion on the album.)

- Mona Lisa

- Welcome to Me

- Someday (I Will Understand)

- Chaotic

- Money, Love, and Happiness

- Look Who’s Talking Now

- Peep Show (this is not the same song as Blackout's Freakshow)

- Ouch

- Take Off

- Like I’m Fallin’

- Conscience

Most of the above demos have been leaked and are easily searchable on YouTube, Soundcloud etc.

Living Sources

Buzzfeed - The Secret History of Britney Spears' Lost Album

AXS - The Curious Case of Mona Lisa, Britney Spears' Telling B Side Turns 10

Michelle Bell & Angela Hunte (Britney's song writers) Talk Original Doll

References

  1. Britney Spears on KIIS-FM 2004, with Mona Lisa
  2. "Spears gives L.A. radio station ‘Mona Lisa’", NBCNews.com
  3. The Unreleased Britney Spears

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