The album was originally to be titled “Black” or “Black Curtain”. “Piece of Me” was also confirmed by Jive Records to be a working title before it was changed to “Blackout”.
Model John Caultor, who is dressed as a priest in the “Blackout” album booklet, stated in an interview that there were pictures of him and Britney taken during the “Blackout” album photoshoot that were more racy than the two pictures of them used in the album booklet. When asked about the pictures in the album booklet, he said: “Those pictures were pretty tame! There were a few other crazy ones.” A person who was on the set during the photoshoot also stated “They did share a few kisses on set, for the camera”.
SonyBMG.de confirmed that “Break The Ice” was originally meant to be the album’s second single.
The instrumental of “Freakshow” was available to be listened to on Bloodshy & Avant’s official My Space page for a year before “Blackout” was released.
There was possibly a tour planned for “Blackout”, which was apparently being put together in October 2007: “Robert Baker, owner of Millennium Dance Studio, told the magazine the open-call auditions for male and female dancers are for a video for the second track on her new album, “Blackout,” as well as a tour.
The Japanese version of “Blackout” comes with a lyric booklet that has alternate ending lyrics for “Piece Of Me”. The booklet states that at the end of the song, the song ends with “And when the pieces fit together it will finally become complete - THE REAL ME”. It’s possible that this was originally written to be the ending of the song.
Songs confirmed to be originally be intended for (NOT meant for) Britney for “Blackout”: Rihanna’s “Umbrella”, Rihanna’s “Push Up On It”, Mya’s “All In The Name of Love”, Nicole Scherzinger’s “Save Me From Myself”, Nicole Scherzinger’s/the Pussycat Doll’s “Happily Never After”, Tiffany Evan’s “Impossible”, Beyonce’s “Flaws and All”, Bryan Rice’s “Confessional”, and Couture featuring Rachelle’s “Afterglow” You can hear the demo of “Afterglow” HERE.
"Gimme More" is registered to ASCAP as "Gimme More (It’s Britney Bitch)" - this might have been the song’s original title.
"Why Should I Be Sad" is registered under the title ‘Why Should I Be So Sad".
"Get Back", Hot As Ice" and "Toy Soldier" were originally considered for the first single off of Blackout.
The album is shipping in some areas with the image that was on the back of the album booklet reversed to show a different picture of Britney [CLICK HERE TO VIEW]. The reason for the new cover is because many fans (and possibly Britney herself) are unhappy with the original album cover of “Blackout.”
"Radar" was scheduled to be the album’s fourth single. It was going to go for radio adds in the US on June 24, 2008, but the release was canceled. There was a rumored video treatment that said "the theme is her and her girlfriends are going to be looking all around London trying to find a boy who she met in a club. Every time they think they have him, it’s someone else."
"Blackout" was originally to be re-released on June 17, 2008 with new material. The ProMusic Spain website (which is an alliance of major record labels) stated on December 24, 2007: "Special edition of Britney’s latest critically acclaimed album “Blackout”. Includes the original album plus 4 new tracks, remixes and a DVD about the production of the most risky project in Britney’s career make up this collectors boxset. June 17th 2008.”
"Blackout" took 26 months to be completely recorded.
"Break The Ice" wasn’t released in several countries, including Japan.
"Everybody" was originally intended for Rihanna and The Cheetah Girls.
"Kiss You All Over" was not included on the album because of Brian Kidd’s problems with Jive at the time.
"State Of Grace" and "Untitled Lullabye/Baby Boy" were not included on the album because Jive did not feel they fitted the sound of the album.
It seems that the option of using the same photo to create the official cover of “Blackout” and “Gimme More” and announce the presence of Britney at the MTV Video Music Awards 2007 was related to lack of immediate material and ready by Jive Records who decided to anticipate the release in all stores, because of excessive demos leaking that circulated on the net that would have ruined the expectations for the album.
In November 14, 2006 has been confirmed the songs recorded for the album
01. “Gimme More” (Danja) 02. “Pull Out” (Danja & Lil ‘Jon) 03. “Break The Ice” (Danja) 04. “Outta This World” (Danja) 05. “Get Back” (Danja) 06. “Ooh Ooh Baby” (Fredrick & Kara DioGuardi) 07. “Catch Me If You Can” (Danja) 08. “Kiss Me All Over” (Sean Garrett) 09. “Everybody” (J.R.) 10. “Get Naked” (Danja) 11. “State Of Grace” (Lisa Greene & Steve Anderson) 12. “Cry” (J.R. & Kara DioGuardi) 13. “Downtown” (J.R. Britney & Collaboration) 14. “To Love, Let Go” (I Springsteen: Track, Britney: Lyrics) 15. “No One” (I Springsteen: Track, Britney: Lyrics) 16. “The Face” (J.R. Britney & Collaboration) 17. “Rebellion” (?: Track, Britney: Lyrics)
The sentence “It’s Britney Bitch” was not planned to enter in the original lyrics of “Gimme More”, but Danja asked Britney to do this for fun, and in the end they decided to put in the original lyrics.
"Blackout" is the first (and only, so far) album to have Britney as executive producer!
Britney started writing songs for the album in November 2003, and began experimenting with a more acoustic sound.
Blackout was set to debut at the top of the Billboard 200, but debuted at number two due to a last-minute rule change.
Original names of Blackout’s Tracklist:
Gimme More (It’s Britney, Bitch) Been A While You’re Heaven We Can Do It Cold As Fire Fillin’ Me Up Got Me High Stupid Things