Thursday, August 4, 2011

Britney Spears - Gimme More

Song Info:

"Gimme More" is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears from her fifth studio album, Blackout. It was released on September 27, 2007 by Jive Records as the lead single of the album. The song was co-written and produced by Danja and was recorded during Spears's second pregnancy. The track opens with an intro in which Spears says the phrase "It's Britney, bitch". It features racy lyrics, that although they appear to be about dance and sex, are a reference to the public's fascination with Spears's private life. Musically, "Gimme More" is an uptempo dance-pop song with breathy vocals and influences from other genres, such as electro and funk.

"Gimme More" received mixed reviews from critics, who praised the music but dismissed Spears's vocals. The song peaked at number three on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, becoming her fifth top ten hit and also her second highest-peaking single at the time. It also peaked at the top of the charts in Canada and reached top five positions in fourteen countries. The accompanying music video premiered on October 5, 2007. It displayed Spears as a stripper and featured a break from Spears's highly choreographed music videos. It received mixed to negative reviews from critics, who panned Spears's pole dancing as well as the lack of storyline. An alternate cut was leaked on July 18, 2011. "Gimme More" has been covered and sampled by many artists, including Sia and Marié Digby.

Spears performed "Gimme More" at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards, wearing a black sequined ensemble. Her performance was panned by many critics, who commented extensively on her singing, dancing and wardrobe. Chris Crocker uploaded a video in response to the criticism titled "Leave Britney Alone!", which made him an Internet celebrity and was referenced in television spoofs and films. The song's opening line, "It's Britney, bitch", became a catch phrase in popular culture. It was referenced in many television shows and used during the performance of "Human Nature" on Madonna's 2008-09 Sticky & Sweet Tour. Spears has also performed "Gimme More" at the Femme Fatale Tour (2011).

Music Video Info:

The music video for "Gimme More" was filmed over two days in July 2007 at a warehouse in downtown Los Angeles, California.[35][36] It was directed by Jake Sarfaty, who was handpicked by Spears. According to People, the production was Spears's "concept and vision".[35] During filming, Spears was spotted wearing a short black dress, black boots and a black hat.[36] On September 13, 2007, it was reported by The New York Times that the music video was being "tweaked with input from her advisers" since "[the] gritty, stripper-themed clip [...] may jolt fans who are more accustomed to the slick, tightly choreographed videos that made her an MTV staple".[37] The music video premiered exclusively in iTunes Store on October 5, 2007 and in all other outlets, including TRL on October 8, 2007.[36]

The video begins with a blonde Spears sitting and laughing in a bar with two female friends, but stops to look at a small stage in front of them. A brunette Spears appears on the stage, wearing a leather vest, a studded belt, panties and fishnet stockings while sporting a tattoo on her biceps. She dances erotically around a pole and up against a mirror. Throughout the video, she continues to dance and flip her hair while special effects lights flash around her as the camera moves slightly in and out of focus to the beat of the song. The video's light systems change from black and white with aura-like blue and pink hues to full blown color. Around the middle of the video, she is joined by two alter egos of her female friends, who also dance around the pole.[35]

The music video received mixed to negative reviews from critics. Michael Slezak of Entertainment Weekly said "The moral of the story is, if you’re going to build an entire video around a stripper pole, then you better work said pole like a nine-to-five. Drop it like it’s hot. [...] Alas, in the case of "Gimme More," I’ve seen sexier pole work during an afternoon of fly-fishing".[38] Andrei Harmsworth of Metro commented "To her credit, the video is slightly less disappointing than her mimed performance of the track at the Video Music Awards last month but it is still smeared with the same smutty hallmarks".[39] Dose said the video "sucks less than you think" and added "Spears appears lucid, sometimes happy, and awards-worthy editing makes her appear to be standing upright competently throughout".[40] While reviewing the alternate version of the video in July 2011, Becky Bain of Idolator stated that "Spears's last few videos — particularly the joyfully silly clip for 'I Wanna Go' — more than make up for the travesty that was the pop star's video for 'Gimme More' [...] The stripper concept was a poor choice, the barely-there outfits were ill-fitting, the 'choreography' was a joke, the editing was sloppy."[41]

An alternate version of the video leaked online on July 18, 2011, and included new scenes, which featured Spears strutting down the street in a black outfit and laying down in a zebra-print bed with a cat. The scenes of blonde Spears were cut. Becky Bain of Idolator said that "Neither the deleted nor added parts add or subject anything from the experience. This video was kind of doomed no matter how it was edited together."[41]

Media Info:

Format : AVI
Format/Info : Audio Video Interleave
Format/Family : RIFF
File size : 92.9 MiB
PlayTime : 4mn 2s
Bit rate : 3219 Kbps


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