Hunter Schwarz of Buzzfeed has been investigating “Original Doll,” Britney’s ‘secret album’ which she mentioned in December 2004 when she premiered a demo of “Mona Lisa” on KIIS FM. Following the premiere, Jive Records denied the album existed and weeks later on “TRL,” Britney herself changed her mind about the album referring to “Chaotic,” her UPN TV show.
In 2003, Britney released “In The Zone,” making it clear she wanted to have more input into her records, particularly songwriting. Michelle Bell first met Britney in 2002 when she was recording with Darkchild, and Britney played “Everytime” to her on the piano, hesitant of playing it to her A&R, Steve Lunt. “She definitely can play the piano, no one really knows that. She said nobody really listens to her. She just wanted somebody to say I believe in you beyond this pop machine. After a while, she sort of trusted me. ‘Look Who’s Talking’ (written in 2002, but later recorded by Korean singer, BoA, and released in 2008) was totally about Justin Timberlake. It was all, ‘let’s not put it all out there’. Britney was like, ‘He’ll know what we mean, but the rest of the world won’t’,” Michelle said. In one line, she remembered, Britney used the word “justify” for its double meaning; “I was true to you, justify my point of view.”
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