It was expected to debut at number one on the US Billboard 200, but debuted at number two with first-week sales of 290,000 copies after a last-minute rule change.

Consequently, Blackout is distinguished as Spears' first studio album not to debut in the number-one position in the United States, although it was later certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for exceeding one million shipments.

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Spears had recorded the song live with her band while on tour, and dedicated it to all the "legends and icons out there." The lyrics lament the fall of Mona Lisa, calling her "unforgettable" and "unpredictable", and cautions listeners not to have a "breakdown".

She also revealed she wanted the song to be the first single of her upcoming album, tentatively titled The Original Doll, and hoped to release it "probably before summertime [2005], or maybe a little sooner than that." I think I should rephrase myself from my previous letters when I was talking about taking a 'break'.

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Blackout is the fifth studio album by American singer Britney Spears.

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I've been even more 'hands on' in my management and the business side of things, and I feel more in control than ever.

In an interview with People in February 2006, Spears explained that she was anxious to resume her career, commenting she missed "traveling [...] the road, seeing different places and being with the dancers and having fun.

She collaborated with producers including Danja, Bloodshy & Avant, Sean Garrett, and The Neptunes in several recording studios around the United States, including Spears' home in Los Angeles, with the intention of creating uptempo, high-energy music.