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All pop stars have to start somewhere and, for Grammy winner Britney Spears, it began with a bouncy post-break-up song called ...Baby One More Time back in 1998.
'It's hard to put into words what today means to me… 20 years ago, the world heard my music for the very first time!' the 36-year-old mother-of-two - who boasts 113.6M followers - tweeted on Tuesday.
Then… - Fans - Day - Support - Years
'So much has happened since then… but what I really want to say is thank you to my amazing fans who have been there for me since day 1. Your support over the years has meant the absolute world to me! Love you all!'
The Mississippi-born beauty was just a Parklane Academy freshman when Jive Records flew her to Sweden to record the song, telling EW: 'It was my first time overseas. They had six songs, [and] I had a week.'
Spears - Arista - Artist - Deborah - Cox
Spears managed to upstage Arista artist Deborah Cox for the chance to sing on the track, but only after established groups TLC and the Backstreet Boys had rejected it.
Britney even contributed the signature line 'Oh bay-bay bay-bay' to the Martin Dodd demo - produced and written by Max Martin - which spent 32 weeks on the charts.
Music - Video - Nigel - Dick - Views
The subsequent music video, directed by Nigel Dick, has amassed 368M views on YouTube, and it was aired in heavy rotation by the brand new MTV show Total Request Live hosted by Carson Daly.
The former Mouseketeer came up with the idea of wearing the controversial schoolgirl outfit as well as the Grease-style concept of 'being in a school with a bunch of cute boys and doing some dancing.'
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