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#FreeBritney

They said #FreeBritney and the courts heard.

19 female-identifying and non-binary artists. One independent creative label, and the might of the Southern California chapter of the ACLU. all came together with one proclamation and they said it loud: #FreeBritney is a collaborative effort put together by Head Bitch Music in which a whole slew of singers and producers gave us their best and their all through 17 cover songs of the living Pop Icon Britney Spears, in solidarity to her battle against what many perceived to have been an unjust and abusive Conservatorship at the center of a huge public controversy.

Hoping to honor the highly influential Pop Legend, and shed some light on many legal manipulations and the power imbalances at play in the music industry, Jessica Vaughn (JPOLND, LACES, Charlotte Sometimes) masterminded this huge crossover featuring the likes of L’FREAQ, Boh Doran, Maddie Ross, TANGELA and many more. Together with the SoCal Chapter of the ACLU, the covers feature many of the most culturally-impactful singles of Britney’s career, all arranged in the personal sound of each artist. 25% of all proceeds from the album will go to the ACLU’s SoCal chapter in order to keep aiding victims and survivors of abusive conservatorships and others.

Musically speaking, the contributors are as diverse as the sounds they brought to the table, there’s just way too much meat on these bones to go over in one single article. Just you listen to what Kids At Midnight did for “… Baby One More Time” to really get a sense of the scope of passion, love, respect and creativity these folks put into each of their songs, and see what Britney means to them individually. The end result is brilliantly polished and impassioned piece of work that takes something timeless and pays the most heart-felt homage possible.

I case you haven’t been following the #FreeBritney movement at all, here’s a quick summary. After a very public “mental breakdown” in 2008, Britney Spears was put in a Conservatorship headed by her father, Jaimie Spears. The exact details of what is being “conserved” remain unrevealed to the public, though it stands to reason that Britney does not have autonomy over her own finances. Among the most controversial aspects of this topic is the fact that Britney was allegedly admitted into a psychiatric facility without her consent.

Under the #FreeBritney hashtag, a movement was launched circa 2019 in which fans and advocated for an end to Spears’ conservatorship in what they saw as an on-going abuse enabled by an unethical usage of the law. Many artists such as Katy Perry Miley Cyrus, Mariah Carey and Justin Timberlake expressed their concern over Britney’s situation if not outright support for the movement. Christina Aguilera even tweeted on the matter that “It is unacceptable that any woman or human, wanting to be in control of their own destiny might not be allowed to live life as they wish.”

Fortunately, the story has a happy ending, and so the #FreeBritney album can be listened to in celebration rather than with bated breath. On November 12, Britney regained control of her finances and whatever other aspects of her personal life were being administered by her father. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny officially broke the nearly 14-year-old yoke around the Star’s neck, and just outside the courtroom, a congregation of fans broke into tears and cheers (and pink confetti) in celebration.

 

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