Britney Spears’ 14 Most Notable Collaborators
Dearly beloved, we’re gathered here today to talk about the Holy Spearit, who had descended to earth many a time over the years to collaborate with the top of the pops.
She’s worked with the industry’s most talented (LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy on a potential In the Zone cut that never materialized; Moby on “Early Mornin'”), respectable (Dido on “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman,” that white snake for her 2001 MTV VMA performance) and interesting (Ying Yang Twins on “(I Got That) Boom Boom”) forces. Also, Keri Hilson.
While Godney’s flock had their doubts about the wisdom of their messiah’s partnership with G-Eazy, “Make Me” has arrived in all its cooed glory. So as we pass judgment, let’s review some Spears Scripture for context about this latest collab. Here’s a look back at Britney’s most notable collaborators.
Don Philip (duet partner)
Album: … Baby One More Time (1999) Collaboration: “I Will Still Love You” was a deep cut that was never released as a single. The song came back to haunt Britney when she had to personally reject Philip while serving as an X Factor judge in 2012. The YouTube Verdict: “For all of you putting down Don Philip, remember, um, who had their pic taken showing her vagina? Who shaved her hair off and went berserk with an umbrella? Who went drinking every night with dimwit Paris Hilton?”
Shania Twain (songwriter)
Album: Oops!… I Did It Again (2000) Collaboration: The fourth and final single from Oops!, “Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know” was penned by powerhouse couple Twain and Mutt Lange and features a lovely and more lyrical take on Britney’s favorite topic: navigating the intricacies of the modern geopolitical landscape jk it’s about boinking!! The YouTube Verdict: “this song turned me on when I was a child”
Austin Powers (video co-star)
Album: Britney (2001) Collaboration: Written and produced by The Neptunes, “Boys” was the sixth and last single from Brit Brit’s self-titled opus. The video featured flavors-of-the-moment DJ Qualls and Austin Powers, but it played even better in the opening credits of Austin Powers in Goldmember, which featured Beyoncé…not to mention Britney’s exploding head. The YouTube Verdict: “That was then, now it’s just an old ugly lady”
Madonna (co-writer, duet partner, kissing partner)
Album: In The Zone (2003) Collaboration: The pop world prepared to be rocked to its foundation when its two biggest female superstars teamed up for “Me Against The Music”…then continued on as this pelvic-thruster flopped. The YouTube Verdict: “TRUE QUEENS BYONCE IS SHHHIITTT”
R. Kelly (songwriter)
Album: In the Zone (2003) Collaboration: Most fans remember “Outrageous” as the song where Britney hurt her knee while filming the video and potentially altered the course of her career and life; true fans remember that it was slated to be the theme song for Halle Berry‘s Catwoman and was ultimately scrapped for (the albeit superior) “Scandalous” by Mis-Teeq. The YouTube Verdict: “Things that fucked up her career: The injury, and fucking Kevin Federline.”
Kevin Federline (aforementioned husband/babydaddy, duet partner)
Album: Playing With Fire (2006) Collaboration: Britney sang the hook on this cut on Federline’s rap debut, for which some fans are still demanding vengeance. The YouTube Verdict: “i fucking hate this guy for ruinning our QUEEN’S life !”
Rihanna (duet partner)
Album: Loud (2010) Collaboration: A hastily added remix of Britney bleating alongside Rihanna on the “me want sex…NOW!” stomper “S&M” topped the charts and let us playfully refer to their partnership as “R&B.” The YouTube Verdict: “Britney sounds like Wall-E.”
Album: Femme Fatale (2011) Collaboration: Whatever went on behind the scenes (Kesha co-wrote this with Dr. Luke), the end result was the oh-oh-oh-oh-apocalyptic “Till The World Ends.” The YouTube Verdict: “She looks so sad in the close up shots. If ‘eyes are the window to the soul’ then she’s dead as hell.”
will.i.am. (main artist)
Album: #willpower (2013) Collaboration: Although America only let it wail up to number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Scream & Shout” roared atop the charts in more than 24 countries. The YouTube Verdict: “I’m only 7.”
Miley Cyrus (main artist)
Album: Bangerz (2013) Collaboration: Our girl lends her robo-coo to “SMS (Bangerz).” The YouTube Verdict: “What a bunch of Illuminati horse shit.”
Jamie Lynn (featured artist/kid sis)
Album: Britney Jean (2013) Collaboration: On her “most personal album yet,” Britney offers “Chillin’ With You,” an ode to drinking wine and making questionable musical choices. The YouTube Verdict: “did they put LSD in that wine?”
Album: Britney Jean (2013) Collaboration: “Perfume” is a beautiful, heartfelt and classy ballad. So of course, it stunk up the charts. The YouTube Verdict: “BRITNY SORRY i love you very mush. You lost , Cristina Aguilera is amaizing.”
Giorgio Moroder (main artist)
Album: Déjà Vu (2015) Collaboration: Bringing her unmistakable ability to chirp nonsense syllables sexily, Britney breathes new “life” into this cover of Suzanne Vega‘s “Tom’s Diner,” which became Moroder’s biggest-selling digital single ever. The YouTube Verdict: “What is this song about? I am confused, because at first I thought it was about a simple diner but now I think it is about prostitution.”
Iggy Azalea (duet partner)
Album: n/a (2015) Collaboration: Earth Girls Are Easy, but the candy-colored “Pretty Girls” proved sparking a popquake is hard on any planet. The YouTube Verdict: “she is a flop and you have to deal with it.”
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