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Britney Spears: Toxic (Video 2004) Poster

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It is accompanied by high-pitched Bollywood strings, sampled from Lata Mangeshkar and S. P. Balasubrahmanyam's "Tere Mere Beech Mein" (1981), and breathy vocals.
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"Toxic" won Spears her first and only Grammy Award at the 2005 ceremony in the category of Best Dance Recording.
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"Toxic" is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her fourth studio album In the Zone (2003).
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The song was written and produced by Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg (known collectively as Bloodshy & Avant), with additional writing from Cathy Dennis and Henrik Jonback.
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The song released on January 13, 2004, by Jive Records, as the second single from In the Zone.
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A dance song with elements of bhangra music, "Toxic" features varied instrumentation, such as drums, synthesizers and surf guitar.
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Its lyrics draw an extended metaphor of a lover as a dangerous yet addictive drug.
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The song has received acclaim from music critics, deeming it the strongest track of In the Zone, and praised its hook and chorus.
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"Toxic" attained worldwide success, reaching the top-five in 15 countries, while topping the charts in Australia, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Norway and the United Kingdom.
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In the United States, it became her fourth top-ten single.
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The accompanying music video for the song was directed by Joseph Kahn and features references to Blade Runner, The Seven Year Itch and the films of John Woo.
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After Janet Jackson's Super Bowl incident, the video was considered too racy for MTV and was moved to late-night programming.
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Spears has performed "Toxic" in a number of live appearances, including the 2004 NRJ Music Awards and in three of her concert tours.
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"Toxic" has been covered by artists such as Mark Ronson, A Static Lullaby, Reece Mastin and Ingrid Michaelson, and in television series Glee.
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The song has also appeared in feature films such as Knocked Up, You Again and television series Doctor Who.
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The song has been included in lists by Pitchfork, NME and Rolling Stone as one of the best songs of the decade.
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In June 2017, a demo for "Toxic", containing Spears' unedited vocals was leaked to YouTube.
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"Toxic" was recorded at Murlyn Studios in Stockholm, Sweden and Record Plant in Hollywood, California.
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"Toxic" is composed in the key of C minor, with a tempo of 143 beats per minute.
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The music video for "Toxic" was filmed over three days in December 2003, on a sound-stage in Los Angeles, California.
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The song won Best Dance Pop Record at the 2004 Grammy Awards, making it Spears' first ever won Grammy.
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"Toxic" entered at number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100, on the issue dated January 31, 2004. It became the week's "Highest Debut".
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It won Best Single at the 2004 Teen Choice Awards.
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Pitchfork listed the song at number three on their Top 50 Singles of 2004 list.
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"Toxic" was nominated for Best Song at the 2004 MTV Europe Music Awards, but lost to Outkast's "Hey Ya!".
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The song was ranked at number five in the 2004 Pazz & Jop poll by The Village Voice.
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On October 25, 2004, the song was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for sales of 100,000 copies.
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As of March 2015, "Toxic" has sold 2.2 million digital downloads in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.
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"Toxic" debuted at the top of the Australian charts on March 15, 2004, and stayed in the position for two weeks. The song received a gold certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments over 35,000 units.
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In New Zealand, "Toxic" debuted at number 38 on the issue dated February 16, 2004, and peaked at number two on March 29, 2004.
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Ranked #7 on Billboard's list of the Greatest Music Videos of the 21st Century.
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