When Britney Spears first introduced fans to "Me Against The Music," the lead single off 2003's In The Zone, it was a solo venture with some background vocals by RedZone's Penelope Magnet (M-A-G-N-E-T MAD). It wasn't until the princess of pop performed on stage with Madonna at the VMAs that year (and subsequent snog) that the two linked up to make the song a duet. "I just asked her to do a little thing, but she really went there," Britney said at the time. "She did a lot of stuff to it."
The version with Madonna is an untouchable pop gem, but there's something special about its origins without her. Had Britney not cat walked with a microphone between her breasts and pirouetted around Christina Aguilera before stealing a smooch with the Queen of Pop, how would her career have turned out? That was a defining moment for Britney, and "Me Against The Music" was the aftermath.
Nick*, who's crafted countless Britney remixes over the years (most recently, a collaboration with Country Club Martini Crew on acoustic renditions of Glory cuts "Man On The Moon" and "Change Your Mind"), strips Madonna's presence out entirely on a new remix of it. Instead, he highlighted unheard background vocals and recreating / re-editing the breakdown (bonus: there's a nod to Piece Of Me included).
Nick* tells BreatheHeavy it's special to him because this version is "close to our first experience of the song [when she performed it] at the NFL kick off and Rain [nightclub]." He adds: "It's nice to hear Britney's background vocals all on her own too. Her deep tones stand out."