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Britney: For The Record

From the Queen of Pop to the Princess, Britney Spears ventured into the documentary world in 2008 in the MTV documentary Britney: For The Record, which chronicled Spears’ attempt to make a comeback following her tumultuous 2007.

Spears reportedly wanted to share her side of the story and after having that discussion with her manager Larry Rudolph, the idea for the documentary arose. In For The Record, we get to witness Spears building herself up again for the big comeback — though she hates that word. She’s in the studio putting the finishing touches on her studio album Circus, filming music videos for the singles “Circus” and “Womanizer,” doing photoshoots, heading to the dance studio, and attending award shows.

The documentary starts days before the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards, which was one year after Spears’ flopped “Gimme More” performance. The Pop Princess was welcomed back to introduce the show, and then went on to win the three awards she was up for, including “Video of the Year” for “Piece of Me.”

Besides seeing a behind-the-scenes look at the circus that surrounds Britney Spears everywhere she goes, the singer also sat down for interviews throughout the film to discuss how she felt about her conservatorship (“I’m sad,” she said through tears. “It’s like groundhog day every day.”) and why she shaved her head (“People shave their heads all the time!”). For The Record wasn’t meant to paint Spears as a victim, but instead had an overwhelming theme of strength and triumph.