Britney Spears is going to Vegas, y'all!
The pop singer confirmed the move (as well as the release date of her upcoming album) Tuesday morning on "Good Morning, America." According to Spears, December will be a huge month for the mother of two, who has been hard at work on her comeback for years now. Her much-hyped, as-yet-untitled album, due out Dec. 3, and a two-year stint in Vegas ("Britney, Piece of Me") starting Dec. 27 seem to prove that her hard work is paying off.
Spears will perform at least 50 shows at Las Vegas as part of her two-year deal with Planet Hollywood (said to be worth tens of millions), though she hasn't decided if she'll be moving to Sin City on a "full-time" basis.
Though her large and loyal fan base will likely prove Spears' Vegas show "Britney, Piece of Me" a success, not everyone's impressed with the singer of late. Some, including gender-bending performance artist Michael Quattlebaum a.k.a Mykki Blanco, are specifically calling into question the validity of Spears' latest single, "Work Bitch."
Mykki begged the question on Twitter, "Is it just me or is EVERY female pop star currently in a war to secure as many GAY fans and gay $ as possible?"
After listening to the track ourselves (and before hearing anyone else's response to it, including Mykki's), we asked ourselves the exact same question. Then, we had to ask, "What are this?" (Shout out, Jenna Marbles.)
We had to ask because we could barely identify what we were hearing. It wasn't "music" per se; there were beats, and someone was singing (talking?), but beyond that, we couldn't figure out what to call what we were hearing. It was meant to be, we think, a sort of drag queen's lament. But does just repeating "Work Bitch" and mentioning a few top-dollar luxury brands make a song? Surely, even a camp-tastic, completely queened-out gay anthem needs more substance than this?
And we realize, it does.
Think RuPaul's unforgettable "Supermodel." Recall "I'm Coming Out", as sung by Diana Ross. Hell, even "Y.M.C.A." by the Village People has stood the test of time. But Britney Spears' "Work Bitch" will not ever be what those songs are. And it's almost sad, because you just know that's where her songwriters and producers thought they were going with this. (We're fairly certain Britney herself just shows up and does what she's told on songs like this one, which is a whole other part of the problem with "music" like this.)
But should they have been? Should music producers be worrying about "gay marketing" above and beyond simply putting out quality tracks the gay community (or anyone at all for that matter) would sniff out all on their own, feeling a connection to the music because it's good and true and speaks to them?
Do smash hits and cult favorites that an entire sub-culture can turn to and find comfort and excitement and energy...can those songs be clumsily thrown together, crafted accidentally on purpose, or do they have to emerge organically? Can you simply stick a pop singer in a sound booth with x-amount hopeful-gay-pride mantra and y-amount of blingy things and expect it to light up the entire gay community?
Mykki Blanco doesn't think so. We don't, either. Listen to "Work Bitch" here now and judge for yourself.
(We'd like to point out, of course, that no one ever said Spears' song needed to be anything other than a soon-forgotten bit of fluff-pop we might here in the club now and then. However, the overtones in this song appear to be reaching out to a certain community and some feel the song fails miserably in that regard. This article explored that. Feel free to leave a comment and let us know if you'll be hitting up "Britney, Piece of Me" in Vegas anytime soon, but hateful remarks will be deleted. Play nice!)