‘Oops!… I Did It Again’ Turns 15: 6 Facts You Didn’t Know About the Britney Spears Song
Oops! We just reminded you of your own mortality.
In the today’s “you’re getting really old” news, March 27, 2015 marks the 15th anniversary of the release of Britney Spears’ “Oops!… I Did It Again.” This means if the song were an actual person, it would be a freshman at high school
undoubtedly freaking out about Zayn Malik leaving One Direction.
To celebrate the single’s quindecennial milestone, here are some facts that you should know — or perhaps forgotten — about this truly iconic pop culture staple.
1. Spears received four stitches while filming the music video for “Oops!… I Did It Again.”
While shooting scenes for the video, Spears was struck in the head by a falling camera and began bleeding. Though she didn’t suffer a concussion, as her mother Lynne suggested, the singer received four stitches for her injury. She continued to work after resting for four hours.
2. Spear’s iconic red latex jumpsuit was totally her idea.
“‘I want to be in a red jumpsuit. I want to have a really cute spaceman, but there can’t be any rockets,'” director Nigel Dick recalled Spears’ request in a 2009 MTV interview. “There was another catsuit, actually, which was fantastic, which I loved, and the night before, I was told that Britney hired this guy that worked with Michael Jackson. And so we’re going to use that catsuit. So that’s the catsuit.” The suit’s designer, Michael Bush, reportedly pulled an all-nighter to finish the outfit in time for the shoot.
3. The video was shot on the same sound stage as Jurassic Park.
The overall filming for the music video took place between March 17 and 18, 2000 at Stage 24 in Universal City, Calif. Movies such as Jurassic Park, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, National Treasure, Raising Helen, You Me & Dupree, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End also shared that stage.
4. The astronaut in the music video is now a surgeon.
Eli Swanson, who plays the astronaut that gives Spears the necklace from Titanic in the music video, traded in his spaceman suit for a scrubs. He graduated Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons in 2006 and now works as a trauma surgeon in the Phoenix, Ariz. area.
5. Despite the video’s popularity, Spears didn’t win anything at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.
“Oops!… I Did It Again” was nominated for the Best Female Video, Best Dance Video, the Best Pop Video. It did not win any of the categories.
6. Actually, the single got shut out of a lot of awards.
The song was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, but lost to Macy Gray’s “I Try” during the 2001 ceremony. “Oops!… I Did It Again” also received a nominator for Favorite Song at the 2001 Kids’ Choice Awards. Baha Men’s one hit wonder “Who Let the Dogs Out?” took home the award instead.