Britney is the self-titled third studio album by American pop singer Britney Spears. The album was released worldwide on November 6, 2001 by Jive Records, and one day later in the United States. Britney is notable for Spears' increasingly prominent role in the production, and being the transition album away from her bubblegum pop sound and teen pop image from her previous two albums, and leaning increasingly toward more R&B and Hip hop, along with more sexual influences. Spears assumed some creative control by co-writing five of the album's tracks. The album's singles were slightly less successful than her previous albums' singles Nevertheless, Britney gained the number one position in the Billboard 200, which gave the Jive label its eleventh chart-topping album.
The album became 2001's most successful debut by a female or female group artist. The album's success made Spears the first female artist in music history to have her first three studio albums to debut at the number one spot. This record would later be broken by Spears herself, with her 4th studio album, In the Zone which charted in the same position. Britney is Spears' only studio album to date to not place any top-ten singles onto the Billboard Hot 100.