The surprise release marks the 1999 classic LP’s third vinyl pressing in 12 months’ time. You heard it first on @DerekPlease social media.
Britney Spears will be releasing her debut album ...Baby One More Time on picture disc vinyl this week. This comes after two sought-after Urban Outfitters-exclusive pressings; the 2017 original pressing on 1,500 pink-and-white-swirl LPs, and this month’s clear pressing of over 10,000 copies.
The new Amazon picture disc vinyl listing is secretive, without her name, and only a fragment of the title. It seems as though it is intentionally hidden from relevant search results, as I only found it by chance about 40 pages deep in a “coming soon” vinyl search.
The record label is listed as Sony Legacy, the branch of Sony Music Entertainment that re-releases catalog content from Sony labels like Jive Records, RCA Records, and Epic Records. Legacy pressed the previous two …Baby One More Time vinyl releases, too.
Could this be related to her “big announcement” coming this Thursday, October 18? Britney fans on my Twitter are speculating this, since the Amazon-listed date of October 16 is suspiciously close. Spears recently dropped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to announce the upcoming announcement, which has a bit of an Inception-style logic to it.
Later this month will mark the “…Baby One More Time” single’s 20th anniversary. Who knows — perhaps this is just the tip of the iceberg, with a full celebration collection about to be announced!
Note that this picture disc LP is not available for pre-order at this time, but may pop up on Amazon and physical retail stores this week if the October 16 release date is to be believed. New vinyl releases usually drop on Fridays, though, so the 19th is another possible real world date. Of course there is the possibility of a delay as well, considering many vinyl pressings experience months of manufacturing slowdowns and changed release dates.
The release date has been confirmed as November 23, and the pre-order is now live on Amazon with free Prime shipping enabled. Local record stores are reporting they are getting more information this Friday, so this is a true wide release, unlike the previous exclusive pressings.