Britney Spears‘ wrenching new memoir, The Woman in Me, is a classic celebrity tell-all — but she doesn’t quite tell all. There’s not a word in there about the recording her classic second album, Oops!… I Did It Again. Later, she mentions one of her greatest songs, “Toxic,” but again, there’s nothing about the process behind the track.

In the section about Spears’ lip-locked 2003 VMAs appearance with Madonna, Christina Aguilera — who, lest we forget, was also there —  is written out of the performance altogether. And Spears never says anything at all about Sam Lufti, the controversial figure who served as her manager right before the 13-year nightmare of her conservatorship began. (Spears reportedly hinted in a deleted Instagram post that a second volume of the book will eventually arrive, which might fill in some of the gaps.)


In the new episode of Rolling Stone Music Now, Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield join host Brian Hiatt to discuss the book’s narrative gaps and most stunning revelations, as well as its effect on Justin Timberlake’s reputation and much more. For the full discussion, go here for the podcast provider of your choice, listen on Apple Podcasts or Spotify, or just press play above.

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