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Vinyl: Britney Spears "...Baby One More Time" Inside Urban Outfitters Stores

"They want more? Well I'll give them more" - Britney Spears

Friend of the blog  @KevinMichaelT  submitted this photo.

Friend of the blog @KevinMichaelT submitted this photo.

Being the generous Princess of Pop that she is, Britney Spears is bringing "...Baby" back! Late last summer, pre-orders for the prized Limited Edition vinyl release of her iconic debut album "...Baby One More Time" sold out twice. 

The demand was unprecedented and Urban Outfitters mostly remained silent despite thousands of fans begging for more. Traditional media outlets even covered the frenzy. 

November 1, 2017, I was one of the first customers to receive the LP, having ordered with rush shipping. Fans such as myself experienced a lot of heat for being one of the lucky few to secure a copy at face value.

That was understandable, as it came to light that literally hundreds - if not thousands - of the 2500 were purchased by eBay scalpers. A single listing on eBay currently states over 100 copies have been sold for $99+. Crazy!

A "Sold Out" placeholder page for the album sat on Urban Outfitters website for months until just recently disappearing. 

Today, friend of the blog @KevinMichaelT found three copies under the "S" tab in a Toronto location. The photo above depicts the "Glory"-ous scene. When he said "you should have seen me run for it," I could literally see it in my head, because... same. He bought all three, and is shipping one to another fan - what a sweetheart!

Personally, I see this as Urban Outfitters leveling tilting the odds of getting a copy in favor of the fans. Another online listing (though possible) would definitely attract scalpers, but an in-store sale is lower profile and more likely to get into real collectors' hands. 

Our local Urban Outfitters does not have the coveted LP in stock yet, so this expanded release is likely still in its rollout stage. Stay tuned on Twitter for updates! 

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UPDATE #1 - 3/7/2018 7pm CT - @LuisKrayenhagen confirms to DerekPlease that Urban Outfitters in Seattle, WA has also had the vinyl in stock recently. 

First Look: Britney Spears Fragrances Holiday 2017 Gift Sets

Counting 1...2...3 Britney Spears item reveals on DerekPlease.com this weekend.

1. A Hot Topic exclusive "...Baby One More Time" album cover t-shirt.

2. A new vinyl compilation featuring the song "...Baby One More Time."

3. Holidayney is here.

My husband and I were at Walgreens late last night and noticed all the Christmas stuff being put up by employees. My first thought was, "I wonder if the Britney gift sets are out." They were:

A "Fantasy by Britney Spears" bath time box set including scented hair mist, bath bomb, body wash, and bath salts. Photo: @DerekPlease

A "Fantasy by Britney Spears" bath time box set including scented hair mist, bath bomb, body wash, and bath salts. Photo: @DerekPlease

A more standard Fantasy by Britney Spears lotion, perfume, and travel perfume set. Photo: @DerekPlease

A more standard Fantasy by Britney Spears lotion, perfume, and travel perfume set. Photo: @DerekPlease

It's da bomb dot com! Photo: @DerekPlease

It's da bomb dot com! Photo: @DerekPlease

As a beauty and entertainment blogger, one of my favorite parts of the holiday shopping season is scoring discounted celebrity perfume. Especially when it comes to Britney, bitch. There are always new cosmetic items bundled in, but this year takes the cake.

Three words: Britney bath bomb! Yes, it smells just like the perfume. It is a tad bit disappointing that the "Fantasy" bath bomb is basic white powder. In a world where our friends at Beauty Kitchen make bacon and egg-shaped bath bombs, "Fantasy" manufacturer Elizabeth Arden missed an opportunity to color or shape the bath bomb like the iconic "Fantasy" bottle. 

Britney bath salts are also a thing now. I've never soaked in a tub with bath salts before, but I'm excited to feel what all the fuss is about. The gel body wash formula is actually very good, I've used it before. I'll probably just use the hair mist as body spray. 

Note: These Walgreens sets are not available online at the moment.

"Want more? Well, I'll give you more..."

Each drugstore and department store tends to get its own exclusive Britney Spears Fragrance holiday sets. Expect places like CVS, Walmart, and Target to have more varieties. "Overseas places like Canada"... err, I mean the UK, might have exclusives at stores like HMV. 

Personally, I'm pumped to see the Target sets this year. After the sell out success of that iconic $12 Britney tee, we know they want more... of our fan dollars! 

The two sets I detailed above are all Walgreens has for now, but that could change. Classics never go out of style, but the "Fantasy" Perfume Set is comprised of stuff I already have. Check out a full unboxing of the Bath Set in the gallery below.

Photography in this post was taken by @DerekPlease, please credit us if reused.

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Vinyl: Britney Spears Kicks Off Urban Outfitters' "My 90s Mixtape"

Missed out on the limited edition "...Baby One More Time" LP? You can still listen to Britney Spears' iconic debut single on clear vinyl. Backstreet Boys, Big Pun & Joe, Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé & Destiny's Child, Ginuwine, Jennifer Lopez, *NSYNC, OutKast, Ricky Martin, SWV, and TLC join the rave, too. 

DerekPlease.com is once again the first to report on a Brit-Brit exclusive sure to "drive you crazy." Only 3,000 copies are being released of this Urban Outfitters nineties mixtape. The vinyl album cover features a faux CD mixtape design, with authentic details like handwritten Sharpie notes. It's sort of trippy and backwards, really; a vinyl release that's themed after the CD era. I dig it.

Christina Aguilera is on it, too.

Christina Aguilera is on it, too.

Interactive Track Listing

Click each song to watch its music video. So rad!

1. ...Baby One More Time - Britney Spears
It's Britney, bitch. An iconic #1 hit that reinvigorated youthful pop music years after Madonna began treading more mature ground. Starting this 90s album off with those three notes is high key genius.
2. Livin' la Vida Loca - Ricky Martin
This one was the go to jam in the car with my mom. I think I always sensed Ricky was gay like me.
3. I Want It That Way - Backstreet Boys
Honestly reminds me of the Burger King commercials. Iconic!
4. Pony (Radio Edit) - Ginuwine
I prefer the Rihanna version, "Jump," but the sexy original looked (err, sounded) great in "Magic Mike."
5. Bug a Boo (H-Town Screwed Mix) [#1s Edit] - Destiny's Child
A lot of basics forget Destiny's Child once had four members.
6. Still Not a Player - Big Pun feat. Joe
7. No Scrubs - TLC
Such an emotional and delicious R&B-pop song. Thank God they declined "...Baby One More Time"; Max Martin offered it to TLC before Britney Spears.
8. Tearin' Up My Heart (Radio Edit) - *NSYNC
I've always been more into *NSYNC than Backstreet Boys, sadly... it's my lot in life. They don't even tour or record music anymore!
9. If You Had My Love (Radio Edit) - Jennifer Lopez
Is this one of those ones people think Ashanti sings for her? All jokes aside, this song is such a bop. I do know her.
10. Right Here (Human Nature Radio Mix) - SWV
I didn't know this one as a kid, but fell in love with it a few months ago.
11. Genie in a Bottle - Christina Aguilera
Another #1 hit that launched a "Beautiful" pop career.
12. Ms. Jackson (Radio Mix) - OutKast

It's worth noting not all of these songs were released in the 1990s; "Ms. Jackson" dropped in October 2000. Maybe it was included by error, but as most of these tracks are from the end of the 90s, it fits.

The songs I annotated in the track list meant a lot to me growing up, and the others I'm coming to love as an adult looking back on the golden era of R&B. Urban Outfitters and Sony Music Entertainment compiled a solid 1990s Top 40 track list here.

You can pre-order "My 90s Mix" on UrbanOutfitters.com for $25.98. Its planned release date is November 17, 2017. 

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Britney Spears & Mariah Carey: Friendship History

Excuse my tears, I'm having "Trouble" handling my "Emotions." 

Britney Spears is of course my ultimate pop queen, but Mariah Carey is the #1 vocal powerhouse of all-time. They share many fans, and their mutual appreciation of one another's work is a pop culture dream come true.

It's been a while, but the two iconic divas met again at mutual friend Cade Hudson's dinner party.Who is Cade Hudson? Have Brit-Brit and Mimi met before? Does Mariah "know her"? Relax, dahhhlings, I have all the tea...

Britney Spears & Mariah Carey:

A Brief History of Their Iconic Friendship

Chapter I: Not-So-Humble Beginnings 

Teenage Britney covered Mariah's iconic hit "Open Arms" on her ...Baby One More Time Tour:

Britney & Mariah have met before, but that was so long ago, VHS tapes were still sold:

Ahh, to be a fly on the wall, dahhhhling! 

Ahh, to be a fly on the wall, dahhhhling! 

Early 2000s Britney also introduced Mariah for a Z100 live performance:

Chapter II: Topless Painting 

“I love Mariah Carey. Still to this day,” the 33-year-old “Slave 4 U” singer said. “I was painting in my room. I have an art room, and I just paint on the walls and do all this kind of crazy stuff. I bought her new greatest hits, and her new Infinity record yesterday, and I was just in there with my top off, just like painting and doing all this artsy fartsy stuff.”

Continuing to gush over the 45-year-old singer, Spears added, “I love her. I just love her voice.”

Dan had to ask about Spears’ topless painting sessions, of which she explained, “In my art room, that’s my place. It’s the best.”

The radio hosts confessed that Spears was painting quite the picture. “That’s a good way to leave you guys, too,” she quipped. “You know, it’s too much information — I apologize!”
— Jackie Willis, ET Online

Chapter III: Mariah Loves Britney

Even though everyone in the world should be one, it's cool to know Mariah Carey is a Britney Spears fan. 

Mariah Carey: ‘I love Britney Spears. Yeah. Yeah.’

Andy Cohen: ‘[Britney] said recently she likes to paint in the nude listening to Mariah. Did you see that?’

Mariah Carey: ‘(Laughs) I did not see that.’
— Mariah Carey on "Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen"

Chapter IV: Just Yesterday

Britney, Mariah, and Mariah's twins 

Britney, Mariah, and Mariah's twins 

"You never know who you’re going to meet at dinner parties!!" Britney declared in her Instagram caption. "Great night! So much fun, thank you Cade!"

Britney also shared a pic of the fancy main course. BRB - drooling! 

Vegans = over

Vegans = over

It's Cade, bitch.

Who is the "Cade" Britney thanks in her caption? I did a little Google searching and found out Ms. Spears has been friends with a guy named Cade Hudson since at least the early 2010s. My friends at Absolute-Britney have a forum called Universe, where fans have discussed the friendship. 

Left to Right: Nicole Richie, Britney Spears, Cade Hudson

Left to Right: Nicole Richie, Britney Spears, Cade Hudson

Cade is an agent at CAA, the top Hollywood talent agency. TMZ called Mr. Hudson "Hollywood's Most Popular Agent." It's reported his famous clients include Sean Penn, Gwenyth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Nicole Richie, Joe Jonas, Paris Hilton, Bella Thorne, and Emma Roberts

Britney Spears & Cade Hudson friendship gallery

Cade must be pretty good at that, because,  I mean, you have to be successful to have close friends like Britney Spears and Mariah Carey... the two top selling female solo artists since the 90s. Britney even referred to him as her "best friend" onstage in Vegas! #goals 

Britney has brought Cade on stage at both the "Femme Fatale Tour" and "Britney: Piece of Me."

Britney has brought Cade on stage at both the "Femme Fatale Tour" and "Britney: Piece of Me."

In any event, I'm so happy Spears and Carey reunited, and I hope they meet again one sweet day. Maybe a double date with Sam & Tanaka?

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Throwback Beauty: Sevin Nyne by Lindsay Lohan

Back in the late 00s, Sephora was not what it is today. Beauty bloggers had no impact on their sales, celebrities weren't doing major collabs there, and it was kinda just another store in the mall (with a cult following, of course).

The 2010s YouTube beauty guru boom eventually came and changed all that, but Sephora's superstar status began rising in 2008 and 2009 when edgy celebs like Kat Von D and Lindsay Lohan put out their first beauty products there. 


Fun fact! My first ever Sephora purchase was the lotion version of the Sevin Nyne self tanner. It was awesome! It actually went on very dark, so you could see where your tan would be. A little messy, but cleaned off easily. You blended it in until it disappeared. A couple hours later, you were much more tan. 

Sadly, Lindsay and her business partner were accused of stealing the formula from someone else, so Sephora removed it from stores. It's still available on eBay, but my beauty genius friend Heather Marianna doesn't recommend self tanners that are more than two years old. 

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