On Oct. 2, 2013, the music video for Britney Spears' "Work Bitch" premiered and got very polarizing reactions from viewers. While many of her fans say that they love the video, other people have expressed disgust over the video.
The video, which has an S&M theme, features a scantily clad Spears as a dominatrix who at times is shown whipping other scantily clad women. In one scene in the video, Spears is in an S&M swinger club, where she is also shown whipping someone.
"Work Bitch" is the first single from her eighth studio album, which is scheduled for release on Dec. 3, 2013. The album's title and track listing are to be announced.
"Work Bitch" was released on Sept. 17, 2013, the same day that she officially announced on "Good Morning America" that she is headlining a two-year concert residency titled "Britney: Piece of Me" at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. Tickets for the residency (which has initially announced 50 shows, beginning on Dec. 27, 2013) have been selling at a brisk pace.
"Work Bitch" has become a Top 20 hit in several countries. In the U.S., "Work Bitch" debuted at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, but the song plummeted to No. 41 in its second week.
As previously reported, Spears revealed a few details about her eighth studio album, which she's recording with Will.i.am and other producers. On July 3, 2013, she tweeted: "Really excited 2 give u a taste of my new album... can't wait 2 share what I've been working on. Going to be my most personal album ever :)."
It is reportedly the last album that she owes on her Sony Music contract. There will no doubt be a bidding war among major labels to sign Spears after her Sony Music contract ends. We'll have to see if she renews her contract with Sony or if she signs with a competing record company. Spears' most recent album of new material was 2011's "Femme Fatale."
Spears' song "Ooh La La" from "The Smurfs 2" soundtrack bombed when it was released in July 2013. The song peaked at No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and the song failed to crack the Top 40 in most other countries. Spears had much more success as a featured artist on the Will.i.am song "Scream & Shout," which was a Top 10 hit in many countries in 2012.
Spears is also a featured artist on the Miley Cyrus song :“SMS (Bangerz)," which is on Cyrus' 2013 album "Bangerz." Cyrus and Spears are both managed by Larry Rudolph.
Spears lasted just one season on "The X Factor" U.S in 2012, when the show lost millions of viewers after she joined the judging panel. (According to the Nielsen Company, "The X Factor" U.S. had an average of 12 million U.S. viewers per episode in 2011. In 2012, after Spears joined the show, that number dropped to 8 million U.S viewers per episode.)
She left "The X Factor" after getting a lot of criticism from viewers, who often called her a "dull" or "robotic" judge. In 2012, she was No. 6 on Forbes magazine's list of the World's Most Powerful Celebrities. In 2013, Spears didn't even rank on the list.
Spears' salary for the Las Vegas residency is $15 million a year, according to TMZ. She was also reportedly paid $15 million to be a judge on "The X Factor" U.S.
Here are a sampling of Internet reactions to Spears' "Work Bitch" music video:
"Let's not be surprised when it turns out the upcoming generation(s) of young women have no respect for themselves, no respect for each other, no respect for men, no respect for anyone... and that they only care about sex, power, and wealth. How many hours do they spend watching crap like this."
"Has to act like a whore because her voice is just awful....female singers nowadays just have to get naked,to be famous.modern artists don't want to write history with their music anymore.just act like a slut and you're being successful.so sad for all the people who fought for women's rights."
"I awlays knew brit is crazy, and not in the good way, somebody to help her?"
"She isn't really singing!! I mean its just speaking some words. about what you want and then telling you too work. strange but i see where she was trying to go."
"BRITNEY SPEARS IS THE BEST IN THE WORLD WHO LIKE WHETHER YOU LIKE."
"Britney Spears and Katy Perry got that good taste in making videos : they both turn a simple song to a SMASH hit with a video :)"
"I like Britney but not this song or video... Quite disappointed."