“Lucky” is the second single from pop singer Britney Spears’ second album. It was released during the third quarter of 2000.
The song was primarily written and produced by Max Martin and Rami Yacoub, and is about an actress, who despite being very “lucky” and seemingly having it all – fame, wealth, beauty, is truly lonely on the inside. It is considered to be one of Spears’ signature songs.
Directed by Dave Meyers in Hollywood, California from June 12-13, 2000, the music video for Lucky starts out with Britney as a narrator of a school play showing the life of a very famous Hollywood actress, named Lucky (also played by Spears). The narrator Britney, wearing pink top and green pants, says, “This is the story about a girl named Lucky.” The curtains then part to reveal a big billboard with Lucky’s picture on it and the words “Lucky in Top of the World.” On this billboard, is the narrator Britney, now wearing a red top with white pants. Throughout the video, we see Lucky, wearing a fancy pink nightgown with fluffy white cotton balls attached to the edges, inside her mansion and shots of her out on the balcony as well. As beautiful and rich as she is, we see her about a set, as she is acting, looking quite distressed. Through this scene, the narrator Spears also sits above in the “stars,” wearing a bright pink dress with black pants and throwing down glittery sparkles.
Next, Lucky opens the door to reveal a handsome man, who then takes her in his arms, as the director yells, “Cut! We’ve got it.” Lucky then walks off-set, replying to the director, “Finally! We’ve done it fifty-million times!” She then goes to have her hair and makeup done; with the narrator Britney standing unnoticed and very worried looking by her side.
We then see Lucky in a shiny gray evening gown at the Academy Awards accepting her Oscar (“Best actress, and the winner is Lucky!”). Lucky looks very, very happy as she accepts the Oscar and smiles at her fans, but this is not true happiness. She makes her way away from her screaming fans and back into her limo, where she unexpectedly finds an ornate hand mirror that both she and Spears had handled on the film set. She looks back to the crowd to see who has left it, and the narrator Spears leans forward in the crowd, this time wearing a fancy black top and matching pants. Lucky’s fans crowd in and the limo doors close before she manages to catch a glimpse of Spears. The limo drives away, leaving Spears behind on the red carpet and both girls become distressed once again. The video ends with Lucky crying herself to sleep, her make-up already stained on her face. The curtains close, ending the video.