Britney Spears’ critically acclaimed 2007 album Blackout has not only topped a million in sales but it is now the pop star’s only album to be added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s music library and archives. The Hall developed the archive to be the “most comprehensive repository of materials relating to the history of rock and roll … in order to broaden awareness and understanding of rock and roll, its roots, and its impact on our society.”
“We purchased that CD a few months ago as part of a project involving the acquisition of the most critically acclaimed albums of the past couple of decades,” Andy Leach, director of Library and Archives at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, tells MTV News via email.
Leach cited the album’s appearance on Rolling Stone’s list of the top 50 albums of 2007 as the reason it ended up on the Rock Hall’s list of album’s to acquire and archive.
Esteem for the album, which was released during a particularly turbulent time in Spears’ life that culminated a few months after Blackout’s release with the singer being physically removed from her home by police, placed in an ambulance and escorted to the UCLA Medical Center, has grown in the years since its release.
In a 2010 blog post talking about Spears’ demo of Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” (the song was originally written for Spears and was recorded by Gaga only after she decided against using it), Rolling Stone paid the album a very big compliment, writing, “People love to make fun of Britney, and why not, but if ’Telephone’ proves anything, it’s that Blackout may be the most influential pop album of the past five years.”
It seems the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seems to agree.