I'm a Slave 4 U
|"I'm a Slave 4 U"|
|Single by Britney Spears|
|from the album Britney|
|Released||September 24, 2001|
|Studio||MSR Studios (formerly known as Right Track Studios) (New York City), Master Sound Studios (Virginia Beach)|
|Britney Spears singles chronology|
"I'm a Slave 4 U" is a song recorded by American singer Britney Spears for her third and eponymous studio album, Britney (2001). It was released on September 24, 2001 through Jive Records as the lead single off the record. The track was written and produced by Chad Hugo and Pharrell Williams of The Neptunes.
"I'm a Slave 4 U" garnered mixed reception from music critics. Some critics argued it was the singer's most mature sound at the time compared to her previous singles, while other noticed the song's attempt to leave behind Spears' girl next door image and said her vocals were unnatural. "I'm a Slave 4 U" achieved commercial success, peaking inside the top-ten in almost every country that it charted on. However, the song peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 and at number 85 in Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, both being the lowest chart positions of the single worldwide.
A music video for the single, which was directed by Francis Lawrence, was released along with the single released. It features Spears dancing in a sauna. Spears' now iconic performance of the song at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards in New York City was highly criticized by animal rights group PETA for the inclusion of exotic animals. Spears performed the song on every tour since its release, including the promotional The M+M's Tour.
Background and composition
"I'm a Slave 4 U" was written and produced by Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo of The Neptunes, who also collaborated with Spears on another track from Britney, "Boys" (2002). Both recordings were originally intended for American singer Janet Jackson's seventh studio album, All for You (2001), with her recording an unreleased demo version of the latter before handing the track to Spears. "I'm a Slave 4 U" was recorded by Andrew Cleman at Master Sound Studios in Virginia Beach, Virginia and by Brian Garten at Right Track Studios in New York City, being later mixed by Serban Ghenea in New York City. Audio engineering was done by Ryan Smith and Tim Roberts. After reading the lyrics for the first time, Spears stated it talks "about me just wanting to go out and forget who I am and dance and have a good time. That's kinda where I am now right now. I love working, but at the same time, I love having a good time."
Ted Kessler from NME magazine stated that "the song is funk the way God intended —hypnotic, insistent, mysterious, suggestive— and if Prince was a nineteen-year-old former Disney Club host and virgin, he'd be proud to create such a record". Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic agreed that "I'm a Slave 4 U" was a step towards a more mature sound. According to Rolling Stone's Barry Walters, "although they're not the album's most melodious cuts, the Neptunes' 'I'm a Slave 4 U' and 'Boys' could be Britney's most important". Bill Lamb from About.com listed at number nine, on her Top 10 Songs, saying: "By the time of this single off her third album, it was obvious Britney Spears was becoming an adult. This song is a radical shift from the "not quite innocent" 16-year-old schoolgirl of Britney's first album. Slinky and sexy have crept into the Britney Spears style".
"I'm a Slave 4 U" received several comparisons to Janet Jackson's songs, with one critic noting "Spears’ main musical and visual influence has not been Madonna but Janet Jackson". "But Jackson’s not the only influence to appear on “Slave:” the Neptunes’ minimal, electronic production and Spears’ breathy, cooing delivery create a track that smacks of Prince." "Spears, on the other hand, became more and more interesting – and enjoyable – as she continued to explore elements of Janet Jackson and Prince throughout her career." Lyndsey Parker of Yahoo! Music wrote, "'Slave,' written and produced by the Neptunes and originally intended for OG pop bombshell Janet Jackson, evoked the old-school sexcapades of Prince and his protégés Vanity 6—and in many ways, it was a real artistic leap."
"I'm a Slave 4 U" peaked at number 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the issue date of December 1, 2001, becoming Spears' first lead single from an album not to crack the U.S. top ten. The track also became a top 30 hit on the Hot 100 Airplay, but just barely made into the Hot 100 Singles Sales peaking at number 73. The low sales points are due mostly because of the song's 12-inch single release instead of a competitive regular CD single. Despite the little sales, "I'm a Slave 4 U" became Spears' first dance hit, reaching number four on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. It is also her first and, so far, only song to appear on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, peaking at number 85. In Europe "I'm a Slave 4 U" was more successful, becoming a top ten hit in nearly every country that it charted in, including big markets such as Germany and France, where it was certified Silver by the Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique for selling over 125,000 copies. The track spent two weeks at number-five on the European Hot 100 Singles chart provided by magazine Music and Media at the time. "I'm a Slave 4 U" peaked at number-four on the official UK Singles Chart and spent a total of 14 weeks within the top 75 and sold over 150,000 copies. In the Pacific, the track was somewhat successful, debuting at number seven on the Australian Singles Chart. Despite spending a very short period on the chart, eight weeks, it was certified Gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association for shipments of over 35,000 units. In New Zealand, "I'm a Slave 4 U" debuted at number 46 on November 4, 2001 and missed the top ten, peaking at number 13 in its third week. The song spent just six weeks on the chart.
The accompanying music video for "I'm a Slave 4 U" was filmed on a soundstage in Universal City, California, over Labor Day weekend on September 1–2, 2001, under the direction of Francis Lawrence. It made its world premiere on MTV's Making the Video on September 24 at 5 p.m. EST, the same day the song officially hit the American radio stations. It was choreographed by Wade Robson and Crystal Chewning, though some of the dancing was choreographed by Puerto-Rican dancer and Prince's ex-wife Mayte Garcia, who taught Spears bellydancing for the video. Spears told MTV that the theme of the song and the video really matched who she was at the time. Director Lawrence wanted the video to move far beyond the "sleek" dance clubs of Los Angeles or New York. He wanted it to go global: "I came up with this concept of having this club be in this abandoned Asian bath house and having it be filled with young world travelers, the kind of people who would go to these far exotic places to go to a place like this".
In the video, Spears and fifteen dancers employ the same choreography seen in her with Spears looking over a balcony whilst singing with cars down in the distance. Spears is portrayed as a slave to the music who dances all day until she and the other dancers are sweaty and near dehydration, forcing them to search for water, Spears is standing by a mirror at the sink. Two alternative versions of the video clip can be found on the Greatest Hits: My Prerogative DVD released on November 9, 2004. The music video was nominated in three categories at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards for Best Female Video, Best Dance Video, and Best Choreography. The video clip for "I'm a Slave 4 U" was noted for its influence from Janet Jackson, with one review saying "Spears’ main musical and visual influence has not been Madonna but Janet Jackson, particularly in her visual element. The Jackson influence can be seen in the video for 'I'm A Slave 4 U', and it continues through 'Me Against the Music,' 'Boys,' and 'My Prerogative,' as well as her live performances in general." The video ranked #1 in the list of the "50 Sexiest Music Videos of All-Time" published by Canadian music channel MuchMusic in 2007. In 2011, the video would be compared to her "Till The World Ends" music video. Several references from the "I'm a Slave 4 U" video were made in the video for "Till The World Ends", such as the dancers crowding around her and the sweaty dancers scene.
Spears first performed "I'm a Slave 4 U" at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York City on September 6, 2001. The performance featured a white tiger and a live albino Burmese Python on her shoulders. The inclusion of the animals in the performance brought a great deal of criticism from animal rights organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Other performances include several television appearances to promote her third album, Britney. She performed on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on October 11. A special named Total Britney Live was aired by MTV on November 3, where the singer performed the song with "Stronger" and "I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman". Two days later, on November 5, Spears performed "I'm Slave 4 U" on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, and on the Late Show with David Letterman the day after. A month later, she opened the 2001 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on December 4, 2001, with a performance of the track on a stage inside the fountains of the Bellagio Hotel.
Spears performed the song on the 2001–02 Dream Within a Dream Tour, in a setting resembling the performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. According to Jim Farber from New York Daily News, "But for all the bumping and grinding that went on, parents had no reason to cover their daughters' eyes". To promote her fourth studio album In the Zone, she performed the track at the 2003 NFL Kickoff Live on September 4, 2003 at the National Mall. Other songs performed included "Me Against the Music" and "...Baby One More Time". On September 14, Spears played a surprise concert at Rain Nightclub in the Palms Casino Resort, and performed the aforementioned songs along with a new song titled "Breathe on Me". On November 17, a concert special titled Britney Spears: In the Zone aired on American Broadcasting Company (ABC), and included a mash-up of "I'm a Slave 4 U" and "Boys". On The Onyx Hotel Tour in 2004, the track was included on the setlist, and had a "Flintstones-meets-Survivor" set.
"I'm a Slave 4 U" was performed as a shortened version on the 2007 The M+M's Tour. On The Circus Starring Britney Spears in 2009, Spears performed the song in a setting "complete with flames and a fierce dance routine", which managed to "rise above all the ephemera" according to MTV News' James Montgomery. For the Femme Fatale Tour in 2011, "I'm a Slave 4 U" was performed as fetishistic shots of naked, bound men were displayed on the backdrops. On her residency concert in Las Vegas, Britney: Piece of Me (2013–17), Spears initially started the performance sat on a throne surrounded by her female dancers who are playing in a fountain. Later on, the throne was removed in favor of a pole. At the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, the song was once again on a stripper pole as part of agreatest hits medley. While promoting her ninth studio album Glory in 2016, Spears performed the song at several music festivals worldwide, including the iHeartRadio Music Festival, Apple Music Festival, KIIS-FM Jingle Ball, and the 99.7's Triple Ho Show. "I'm a Slave 4 U" was performed on the 2017 Britney: Live in Concert Asian tour, as well as on the Britney Spears: Piece of Me Tour in 2018, which covered North America and Europe.
"I'm a Slave 4 U" was covered by the musical television show Glee in the episode "Britney/Brittany" sung by Heather Morris in her singing debut. In a dream sequence, Morris's character Brittany Pierce sings the number, while recreating several iconic looks from Spears's videos: the red catsuit from "Oops!... I Did It Again", the outfit with a snake from Spears's "I'm a Slave 4 U" performance at the VMA's, and the white diamond bodysuit from "Toxic". Morris also performed the song during the live 2011 Glee Tour.
“I’m a Slave 4 U” was widely seen as being a departure from Spears’ girl next door image and signature bubblegum-pop sound from her previous two albums Baby One More Time and Oops!... I Did It Again with the sound of the single leaning more towards “urban pop” and R&B and the accompanying video and live performances being more overtly sexual. Upon its release the song and video, as well as Spears’ performance at the 2001 video music awards, were heavily criticized for their overt sexual nature as well as for Spears only being 19 years old at the time and a self-proclaimed virgin. Many critics at the time compared the song and its video to that of Prince and Janet Jackson, who was offered the song and turned it down. Some critics also noted similarities in Spears’ slight transition from bubblegum pop and more confident overt sexuality to that of Madonna in the early 1990’s during which she to was transitioning from her pop sound of the 1980’s to a more mature sound and more explicit sexuality on her single and music video for Justify my love and on her Erotica album.
“I’m a Slave 4 U” was seen as so controversial upon its release that Spears received immense backlash from PETA, The Parents Association of America, as well as several other conservative outlets. After Spears’ Video Music Award performance, which saw her gyrating with a live albino python, PETA urged people to boycott Spears’ upcoming album and “Dream within a dream tour”. The PAA also urged people to boycott Spears and criticized her for “being a irresponsible and bad role model to young girls all over the country” with even the wife of governor Robert Ehrlich proclaiming “if I had a chance I would shoot Britney Spears” at a live press conference. In response to the backlash Spears said in a December 2001 Rolling Stone article “I don’t see the big deal and I don’t see the need for an apology. I’m a 19 year old girl about to be 20, I’m growing up and there’s nothing wrong with that. Besides no matter what I can never win, when I did “Baby one more time” they were saying I was too controversial so you can never win.”
While seen as controversial at the time over subsequent years since “I’m a Slave 4 U” has gone down in pop culture history with Billboard regarding the video and song itself as “groundbreaking, daring and artistically creative” in 2013. With the Britney album as a whole and “I’m a Slave 4 U” being its lead single many music critics have credited them for inspiring other female artist of her own generation and the her generation following her. In 2017 writing for “Rolling Stone Magazine” Peter Travers noted “In the early 2000’s there was no one bigger in music than Britney Spears and with her third studio album ‘Britney’ and its lead single “I’m a slave 4 U” Britney Spears started a new trend. The now cliched trend of a young girl transitioning from the Disney Channel to a squeaky clean pop image than into overtly sexual ‘femme fatale’ if you will. From girls of her own era, such as Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson, to girls of the next generation, such as Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez, Spears blazed the trail of how to grow and sustain from Disney kid to pop sensation to pop culture powerhouse.”
The music video for ”I’m A Slave 4 U” has been heavily compared in the media to Aguilera’s music video for her own coming of age and into womanhood anthem “Dirrty” with many critics labeling the video a copycat. Noting the similarities Stephen Thomas Erlewine from AllMusic called Aguilera’s video “an over the top and blatant rip off of ‘Slave” and Jancee Dunn calling Aguilera’s “Dirrty” video “a shameless copycat” and noting “maybe instead of continuing to follow in Spears footsteps Aguilera should focus on showcasing her vocals considering she lacks the appeal and dance ability of Spears.” In an October 2018 interview with Cosmopolitan magazine Aguilera referenced the comparison of the videos and constant comparisons to Spears expressing how it affected her self esteem at the time.
“I’m a Slave 4 U” has also been cited by Miley Cyrus for influencing her song and video “WeCan’t Stop” likewise Selena Gomez cited “Slave” for influencing her 2013 single “Come and Get it”. In a 2010 interview with Vanity Fair Lindsay Lohan said the song and video for “I’m A Slave 4 U” was the main influence for her 2004 hit “Rumors”, with Lohan even using the same director Spears had previous used on her video “My Perogative”. At the 2014 Video Music Award Nicki Minaj had planned on paying homage to Spears’ 2001 performance for her own performance of her song Anaconda by using several albino anacondas, however MTV banned Minaj’s use of live snakes after a backup dancer was bit. In 2016 American-Spanish actress and singer Becky G paid homage to Spears’ 2001 VMA performance by dancing with a yellow anaconda at Univision‘s annual awards show Premios Juventud.
Certifications and sales
|Norway (IFPI Norway)||Gold||5,000*|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Silver||200,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|United States||September 25, 2001||Contemporary hit radio||Jive|
|Germany||October 15, 2001||CD single||BMG|
|United States||October 30, 2001||12" (The Remixes)||Jive|
|Japan||October 17, 2001||CD single||BMG|
- Moss, Corey (September 21, 2001). "Britney Spears Track list, Tour Dates Announced". MTV News. Retrieved January 3, 2009.
- Britney (Liner notes). Britney Spears. New York, New York: Jive (Barcode: 9222522). 2001.CS1 maint: others (link)
- Lipshutz, Jason (February 28, 2013). "20 Hit Songs Meant For Other Singers". Billboard. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
- "All Projects". Startrak. 2002. Archived from the original on August 6, 2002. Retrieved May 14, 2013.
- Moss, Corey (July 16, 2001). "Britney Loves Rock And Roll, But Club Beats Also Pop Up On New LP". MTV News. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- Reid, Shaheem (August 1, 2001). "Neptunes Working With Britney, Kelis, But Dreaming Of Michael Jackson". MTV News. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- Dingwall, John. "OTR.. Off the Record: Your Time Is Up, Jacko; Britney Wants Album Top Slot". Daily Record. Scotland, United Kingdom. 19 p.
- Reid, Shaheem (September 6, 2001). "Britney, J. Lo, 'NSYNC Turn To Jungle, Ja Rule, Jacko For VMA Performances". MTV News. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
- Kessler, Ted (September 25, 2001). "Britney Spears: I'm A Slave 4 U". NME. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Britney - Britney Spears". AllMusic. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- Walters, Barry (October 30, 2001). "Britney". Rolling Stone. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- Top 10 Britney Spears Songs About.com Retrieved January 13, 2011
- "Britney Spears – "I'm A Slave 4 U" (Why It's Brilliant and How It Changed Everything)". Vertigo Shtick. December 11, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
- "20 Hit Songs Meant For Other Singers". Yahoo! Music. December 11, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2013.
- "The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard. December 1, 2001. Archived from the original on November 24, 2001. Retrieved July 7, 2014.
- Allmusic (2001). "Billboard Charts". allmusic.com.
- Billboard magazine (December 1, 2001). "Hot 100 Airplay". billboard.com. Archived from the original on June 21, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2008.
- "Billboard.com – Britney Spears – I'm A Slave 4 U". Billboard Hot Singles Sales. Retrieved 2017-09-09. Italic or bold markup not allowed in:
- "French single certifications – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Archived from the original on 14 December 2013. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
- "Britney Spears – Chart history". Billboard. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "Britney Spears | Artist". Official Charts. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- Polyhex (October 27, 2001). "UK Singles Chart". Archived from the original on February 1, 2010. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
- Australian-Charts (October 28, 2001). "Australian Singles Chart". Retrieved January 5, 2009.
- "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on February 5, 2014. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
- New Zealand Charts (November 4, 2001). "New Zealand Singles Chart". Retrieved January 5, 2009.
- D'Angelo, Joe (September 20, 2001). "Britney Works Double-Time On Music Videos". MTV News. Retrieved January 3, 2009.
- Vena, Jocelyn. "Britney Spears' 'Slave 4 U': The Story Behind The Video". MTV News.
- Amazon (November 9, 2004). "TGreatest Hits: My Prerogative". Retrieved January 5, 2009.
- MuchMusic (2007). "50 Sexiest Videos". Archived from the original on 21 March 2007. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
- "2001 MTV Video Music Awards, which has become an iconic staple in pop culture". MTV. August 2008. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
- Reid, Shaheem (September 6, 2001). "Britney, J. Lo, 'NSYNC Turn To Jungle, Ja Rule, Jacko For VMA Performances". MTV News. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- "PETA slams Britney over animals in video". Today.com. December 9, 2008. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
- Total Britney Live, November 3, 2001
- Vineyard, Jennifer (December 5, 2001). "Destiny's Child, R. Kelly Win Big, Britney Gets Soaked At Billboard Awards". MTV News. Retrieved January 5, 2009.
- Staff, MTV News. "Britney Goes Bald, Plays Tiny Dancer, Gets Caught In The Rain At Tour Kickoff". MTV News.
- Farber, Jim (November 9, 2001). "BRITNEY – THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DOLL". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved January 6, 2010.
- Huhn, Mary (September 6, 2003). "Britney fumbles the ball". New York Post. Archived from the original on June 29, 2011. Retrieved October 26, 2010.
- Vineyard, Jennifer (September 15, 2003). "Britney Romps On Bed, Loses Her Shirt At Surprise Vegas Show – Music, Celebrity, Artist News | MTV". MTV. MTV Networks. Retrieved October 26, 2010.
- "In the Zone (+ Bonus CD) (2003)". Amazon.com. Amazon, Inc. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- Stout, Gene; Critic, Seattle Post-Intelligencer Pop Music (March 12, 2004). "It's a totally sexy new show for Spears". seattlepi.com.
- VanHorn, Teri (May 2, 2007). "Britney's Back! Spears Returns To The Stage With Five-Song Dirty Dance Party". MTV News. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- McDonnell, Evelyn (June 20, 2011). "Haters Go Home: Britney Dominates L.A. Show". Spin. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
- Caulfield, Keith (December 28, 2013). "Britney Spears' Hits-Filled 'Piece of Me' Show Opens In Las Vegas: Live Review". Billboard. Retrieved December 28, 2013.
- "Britney Spears Slams 'Slave 4 U' Performance As She Makes Big Comeback". www.inquisitr.com.
- Atkinson, Katie (September 24, 2016). "Britney Spears Brings Out G-Eazy to Close iHeartRadio Music Festival Set". Billboard. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
- Harp, Justin (September 28, 2016). "Not even a botched backflip could ruin Britney Spears' historic Apple Music Festival set". Digital Spy. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
- Hautman, Nicholas (December 3, 2016). "Britney Spears Celebrates Her 35th Birthday With Ryan Seacrest and Tinashe at KIIS FM Jingle Ball 2016". US Magazine. Retrieved December 3, 2016.
- "Britney Spears Performs at Triple Ho Show: See the Photos". PopCrush. December 4, 2016. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
- "Concert review: Britney Spears brings more than a touch of Vegas to Singapore". The Straits Times. June 30, 2017.
- Nast, Condé. "Britney Spears May Not Be Back in Control, but She's Getting There". Vanity Fair.
- "Australian-charts.com – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Austriancharts.at – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Ultratop.be – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Ultratop.be – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Britney Spears Chart History (Canadian Digital Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
- "Danishcharts.com – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U". Tracklisten. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Britney Spears: I'm a Slave 4 U" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Lescharts.com – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Offiziellecharts.de – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved October 12, 2018.
- "Chart Track: Week 42, 2001". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Italiancharts.com – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U". Top Digital Download. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Oricon Style – Artist – Britney Spears" (in Japanese). Oricon. Archived from the original on November 4, 2014. Retrieved October 4, 2011.
- "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 44, 2001" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved May 4, 2018.
- "Dutchcharts.nl – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Charts.nz – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Norwegiancharts.com – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U". VG-lista. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Top of the Year 2001" (in Romanian). Romanian Top 100. Archived from the original on December 9, 2002. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 22 June 2015.
- "Spanishcharts.com – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U" Canciones Top 50. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "Swedishcharts.com – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U". Singles Top 100. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Swisscharts.com – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
- "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
- "Britney Spears Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "Britney Spears Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "Britney Spears Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "Britney Spears Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved April 2, 2011.
- "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2001". ARIA. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
- "Ultratop Belgian Charts". Ultratop 50. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- "Ultratop Belgian Charts" (in French). Ultratop 50. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
- "Classement Singles – année 2001". Disque en France. Archived from the original on 17 January 2012. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- "I singoli più venduti del 2001". FIMI. Retrieved 30 March 2019.
- "Top 100-Jaaroverzicht van 2001". Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 18 January 2020.
- "JAAROVERZICHTEN - Single 2001" (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 May 2018.
- "Sverigetopplistan – Sveriges Officiella Topplista". Singles Top 100. Archived from the original on December 26, 2015. Retrieved February 24, 2012.
- "SWISS YEAR-END CHARTS 2001" (in German). Retrieved 26 May 2018.
- "The Official UK Singles Chart 2001" (PDF). Official Charts Company. UKChartsPlus. Retrieved December 7, 2016.
- "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
- "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – singles 2001". Ultratop. Hung Medien.
- "InfoDisc: Les Singles en Argent" (in French). InfoDisc. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved March 3, 2014.
- "French single certifications – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
- "Norwegian single certifications – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U". IFPI Norway. Archived from the original on November 5, 2012. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
- "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2002" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved January 17, 2014.
- "British single certifications – Britney Spears – I'm a Slave 4 U". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved January 17, 2010. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type I'm a Slave 4 U in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
- "R&R / CHR/Pop / Going for Adds" (PDF). American Radio History. Radio and Records. September 21, 2001. p. 46. Retrieved September 11, 2001.
- "I'M a Slave 4 U [Single]". Amazon.de. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
- "I'm A Slave 4 U [Single, Maxi]". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved August 29, 2013.
- "I'm a Slave 4 U [Vinyl] [Single]". Retrieved August 29, 2013.