Britney Spears sings a cappella version of Baby One More Time

The haunting acoustic version, performed before a mirror in a dimly lit room, was greeted ecstatically by her fans. PHOTO: REUTERS

LOS ANGELES - Singer Britney Spears has given a fresh twist to her 1998 debut single, Baby One More Time.

Last Friday (July 15), she serenaded her 42 million followers on Instagram with an a cappella version of the hit song which had catapulted the then 16-year old to international fame.

"This is me yesterday doing laundry and separating clothes," the 40-year-old wrote in the caption. "I haven't shared my voice in an extremely long time… maybe too long… and here's me playing at my house with a different version of Baby."

The haunting acoustic version, performed before a mirror in a dimly lit room, was greeted ecstatically by her fans, who left comments praising her unique vocals and hailing her as their "queen".

They also urged her to record and release the song, which is one of the best-selling singles of all time, with over 10 million copies sold.

In her caption, she revealed she had campaigned for years to release an updated version of the song, but was allegedly thwarted as she had little control over her career during her 13-year conservatorship.

Last Wednesday (July 13), Judge Brenda Penny, the Los Angeles justice who overturned the conservatorship in 2021, ruled that Britney's father Jamie Spears must be deposed as part of an investigation into his role as the conservator of her estate.

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