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Oops!...I Did It Again by Britney Spears.






"Oops!... I Did It Again" is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears, from her second album of the same name. It was released on 27 March 2000, by Jive Records as the lead single from the album. It was written and produced by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub. Lyrically, the song refers to a female who views love as a game, and she decides to use that to her advantage by playing with her lover's emotions. Its bridge features a dialogue which references the 1997 film Titanic.

Upon its release, "Oops!... I Did It Again" received positive reviews from music critics, who noted similarities to Spears' debut single "...Baby One More Time" (song was posted here earlier: https://sgtalk.org/mybb/Thread-Music-fro...pid3782014 ). It was nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards (2001). Commercially, the song peaked at number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100. It topped the charts in at least 15 countries.

An accompanying music video was directed by Nigel D_ick. It depicts Spears on Mars, where she addresses an astronaut who has fallen in love with her. She is dressed in a red bodysuit. It went on to receive three nominations at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards.



Britney Jean Spears (born 2 December 1981) is an American singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress. She is credited with influencing the revival of teen pop during the late 1990s and early 2000s, for which she is referred to as the "Princess of Pop". After appearing in stage productions and television series, Spears signed with Jive Records in 1997 at age 15. Her first two studio albums, certified diamond in the US, ...Baby One More Time (1999) and Oops!... I Did It Again (2000), were global successes and became two of the best-selling albums of all time, along with making her the best-selling teenage artist of all time. The former's title track was ranked at number one by Rolling Stone in 2020 as the greatest debut single of all time and the latter held a 15-year record for fastest-selling album by a female artist in the United States with over 1.3 million copies sold in its first week.

Spears adopted more mature and provocative themes and aesthetics for her next two studio albums, Britney (2001) and In the Zone (2003), and made her feature film debut in a starring role in Crossroads (2002). She became the executive producer of her fifth studio album Blackout (2007), which is often critically referred to as her best work. Due to a series of highly publicized personal struggles, promotion for the album was limited and she was later involuntarily placed in a conservatorship.

Since then, she released the chart-topping albums, Circus (2008) and Femme Fatale (2011), the latter of which became her most successful era of singles in the US charts. She embarked on a four-year concert residency, Britney: Piece of Me, at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to promote her next two albums Britney Jean (2013) and Glory (2016). Since 2019, Spears has been involved in a legal dispute over her conservatorship.

Spears has scored six number-one albums on the Billboard 200. She also has four solo number-one singles on the US Billboard Hot 100: "...Baby One More Time", "Womanizer", "3" (song was posted here earlier: https://sgtalk.org/mybb/Thread-Music-fro...pid3940689 ), and "Hold It Against Me". As a featured artist, the "S&M" remix also topped the Billboard chart.

Other singles, "Oops!... I Did It Again", "Toxic", and "Scream & Shout", topped the charts in most countries. With "3" in 2009 and "Hold It Against Me" in 2011, she became the second artist after Mariah Carey in the Hot 100's history to debut at number one with two or more songs.

Spears's self-made heavily choreographed videography is considered a focal point to the success of her career, such as the image-redefining music video for "I'm a Slave 4 U". For this, she has been awarded the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award as praise for her provocative boundaries-pushing art in young female entertainment.

She has earned numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award; thirteen Guinness World Records; six MTV Video Music Awards; seven Billboard Music Awards, including the Millennium Award; the inaugural Radio Disney Icon Award; and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Spears was ranked by Billboard as the eighth-biggest artist of the 2000s decade. Regarded as a pop icon, she is one of the world's best-selling music artists, with sales of over 100 million records, including over 70 million records sold in the United States. In the United States, Spears is the fourth best-selling female album artist of the Nielsen SoundScan era as well as the best-selling female album artist of the 2000s.

In 2004, Spears launched a perfume brand with Elizabeth Arden, Inc.; sales exceeded US$1.5 billion as of 2012. Forbes has reported Spears as the highest-paid female musician of 2002 and 2012. She has also topped the list of most searched celebrities seven times in 12 years, a record since the inception of the internet.
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There are 3 more songs based on birthday but i will post a song by another Singaporean singer's whose birthday is unknown to me.


君莫愁 by 邓妙华.






Do not know who the composer and lyricist are.

The song was an insert song in the 1984 Singaporean TV series 雾锁南洋 (The Awakening). The Awakening has four arcs, which are:

- 地久天长 (Google translation: Forever)
- 狮城拂晓 (My lousy translation: Dawn in the Lion City)
- 风雨同舟 (Google translation: Through Thick and Thin)
- 赤道朝阳 (My lousy translation: Sunrise at the Equator)

This song is an insert song in the third arc, Through Thick and Thin.



Deng was born in 1960. She debuted with the album 心花怒放 in 1977.

In 1978, she released her first English album.

In 1980, she won the Top Ten Singers Award for Malaya. Released her first original song 贝壳 (My lousy translation: Shell) that year.

In 1981, She went to Taiwan for training. She recorded 牵引, her first album in Taiwan and successfully broke into the Taiwanese market. The title song was the top song in Taiwan for 1982.

She acted in her first TV series 小飞鱼 (Flying Fish) in 1983. She also sang the theme song of the series.

In 1985, her song was immensely successful in Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. It topped the Singapore chart for seven weeks and was in the top 10 for 14 weeks. Another song, 爱的告白, topped the Singapore chart for three weeks.

As Deng is English educated, her Mandarin is not really that good and thus she never returned to Taiwan after 1988.

She retired from singing in 1989.

In 2002, a commemorative album was released and she returned to singing by releasing an album in 2006.

Altogether, she had released 12 albums in Taiwan and 43 albums (including English albums) in South East Asia.
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Today is the birthday of this Chinese singer.


同桌的你 (Google translation: You At The Same Table) by 老狼 (Lao Lang)。






Song is written by 高晓松 (Gao Xiaosong). Song was released in 1994 and is from the 1994 compilation album 校园民谣1 (Campus Folk Songs 1). It is Lao Lang's breakthrough song and is one of the most popular campus folk song in China. The song is also collected in his first solo album 恋恋风尘 in 1995.

The song has been covered by several singers.



Lao Lang's real name is 王阳 (Wang Yang). He was born on 3 December 1968 in Beijing.

In 1987, he enrolled in Beijing Union University. During his university days from 1989-1991, he was the lead vocalist of the band 青铜器 (My lousy translation: Bronzeware)). It was rumored that during this period, his singing is like the wolf so he was nicknamed 老狼 (Old Wolf). Another saying was that he sang 齐秦's (Chyi Chin) song (Wolf) to his girlfriend and promised to be an old wolf and stayed by her side.

Bronzeware was the first rock band in the university and they went on to perform with many of the famous rock singers and rock bands of that era such as 崔健 (Cui Jian), 唐朝乐队 (Tang Dynasty), 黑豹乐队 (Black Leopard) etc. The band dissolved in 1991.

After graduating, Lao Lang worked as an engineer at an industrial automation design company. In 1993, he resigned and became a full time singer.

Lao lang released several songs in the compilation album 校园民谣1 (Campus Folk Songs 1) in 1994.

He released his first solo album 恋恋风尘 in 1995 which contained his breakthrough song "You At The Same Table". He sang the song on CCTV's Spring Festival Gala in 1995 and was voted the Most Liked Performance by viewers of the show. The album went on to sell 400,000 copies.

In 1996, he recorded several songs on another compilation album 青春无悔 (Google translation: Youth Without Regrets).

Lao lang released his second solo album 晴朗 (Google translation: Sunny) in 2002 and his third solo album 北京的冬天 (Google translation: Winter in Beijing) in 2007.

In 2016, he participated in the fourth season of 我是歌手 (I Am Singer) and became the only Chinese national to get into the final that season.
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Today is the birthday of this actress from Taiwan.


只记今朝笑 (My lousy translation: Only Remember The Laugh Now) by 林青霞 (Brigitte Lin)。






Song is written by 黄沾 (James Wong). The song is the ending theme song of 笑傲江湖Ⅱ东方不败 (Swordsman II) (1992).




Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia (born 3 November 1954) is a Taiwanese actress. She is regarded as an icon of Chinese language cinema for her extensive and varied roles in both Taiwanese and Hong Kong films and was successful in both romance films and wuxia films. She had acted in over 100 films over more than 20 years.

Her ancestral home is in Laixi, Shandong (at the time that her father was born, Laixi is still part of Laiyang. It is now a county on its own).

Lin was born in Chiayi, Taiwan. She was scouted in 1972 on the streets of Taipei by a film producer after she completed her high school studies and was preparing for university. Lin debuted in the film adaptation of 琼瑶's (Chiung Yao) 窗外 (Outside the Window) (1973).

Outside the Window could not be shown in Taiwan as the novel had been adapted into a black and white film back in 1966 and Chiung is not willing to let the novel be adapted into a film again. She won her case in court and thus the film cannot be shown in Taiwan. The film was distributed in Hong Kong instead and that propelled Lin into stardom in Hong Kong.

Lin finally became famous in Taiwan in the films 纯纯的爱 (1974) and 云飘飘 (1974).

Lin, along with 林凤娇 (Joan Lin), 秦祥林 (Charlie Chin) and 秦汉 (Chin Han), thus became known as the "二秦二林" (Two Chins, Two Lins) for their extensive roles in romantic movies of the 1970s based on Chiung's novels that dominated the Taiwanese box office. She subsequently joined Chiung Yao's company in 1976 and, by 1982, had played the lead in 12 of her films.

Lin won the Best Actress award at the Asia-Pacific Film Festival for her role as a girl* scout in 八百壯士 (Eight Hundred Heroes) (1977).

In 1980, Lin was engaged to Charlie Chin. She broke off the engagement with Chin in 1984.

After having worked on more than 50 films within the first seven years of her career, Lin took a hiatus from acting in 1979 and moved to the US for a year and a half.

Known for being a "screen goddess" by Chinese film lovers, Lin's early collaborations with Hong Kong New Wave directors 林岭东 (Ringo Lam), 徐克 (Tsui Hark) and 成龙 (Jackie Chan) in 爱杀 (Love Massacre) (1981), 新蜀山剑侠 (Zu Warriors from the Magic Mountain) (1983), 警察故事 (Police Story) (1985) and 刀马旦 (Peking Opera Blues) (1986) brought her success. In 1990, she won the Best Actress trophy at the 27th Golden Horse Awards for her depiction of a Chinese female writer who fell in love with a Chinese traitor in 滚滚红尘 (Red Dust) (1990).

Lin is particularly well known for her androgynous roles, her earliest being Jia Baoyu, the male protagonist of the 1977 film adaptation of 红楼梦 (Dream of the Red Chamber). In Peking Opera Blues (1986), she was a guerrilla revolutionary and in 鹿鼎记2神龙教 (Royal Tramp II) (1992), she was the leader of the Heavenly Dragon Sect, both of whom were women characters dressed as men. And in 东邪西毒 (Ashes of Time) (1994), she played twin brother/sister duo 慕容嫣/慕容燕. However, she is perhaps most well known for her role as 东方不败 (Dongfang Bubai) in Swordsman II (1992). Swordsman II marked the peak of her career in terms of box office earnings and her performance was listed among the 10 greatest performances in Cinema of all time, by Time magazine.

Subsequently, she starred in many other notable martial epics including 新龙门客栈 (New Dragon Gate Inn) (1992) and 白发魔女传 (The Bride with White Hair) (1993).

At the height of her popularity, Lin was inarguably one of the most sought-after actresses in the Chinese film industry. She starred in more than 100 movies. Lin was credited for boosting Taiwan's film production in the 1970s before earning even greater popularity in Hong Kong in the 1990s, becoming a trans-island legend of her time.

She retired from acting in 1994 and got married that year. Her last acting role was in Ashes of Time (1994). She has two daughters from her marriage.

In 2011, she published her first book 窗里窗外 (my lousy translation Inside and Outside the Window). Her second book 云去云来 (my lousy translation Cloud Go, Cloud Come) was published in 2014.
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