We can’t believe it either.
September 17, 2013.
Miley’s foam finger was on everybody’s lips, “Roar” vs. “Applause” was causing Twitter meltdowns and Beyoncé was on tour making the album that would change the game, but Britney had the pop world hyped for her highly-anticipated eighth album.
Britney’s website launched a 30-day countdown to that date, driving fans crazy guessing if “All Eyes On Me” was the new single or if rumors of a Vegas residency were indeed true.
While the countdown was ultimately for the “Piece Of Me” announcement, we received the magical gift of “Work *****”: a thumping, camp, electronic anthem that saw our queen revisit her English ancestry and command the dancefloor to get to work.
As we’ve seen time and time again, Britney often pushes the limits of mainstream pop and “Work *****” was no exception: she dove headfirst into the European rave scene and enlisted Sebastian Ingrosso, one-third of Swedish House Mafia, for a credible, all-or-nothing venture into the world of EDM.
This wasn’t her following the EDM-lite radio trend (Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R,” Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything”), this was a pop star taking an aggressive techno record and making it her own song.
Calling out the governor? The police? That insane middle eight? Divided fans aside, Britney killed this song. No doubt about it.
Some fans didn’t like it upon release but two years on, it’s undoubtedly a favourite of all thanks to the incredible, jaw-dropping music video (that still has me slayed) and its slot as the epic opener of the “Piece Of Me” show.
Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we…