With Britney Spears‘ story once again at the center of the spotlight, From The Vault is back this week to salute the Pop Princess for the very thing that thrust her to the highest heights of superstardom: her music.
Today’s pick is 2008’s ‘Womanizer.’
After a troubled 2007 – which saw the entertainer go through a very public breakdown while ironically dropping her most acclaimed record to date – Team Britney decided to go back to basics with the singer’s subsequent release, ‘Circus’.
Its first single ‘Womanizer’ – written by The Outsyders – was an energetic number that got the job done in earnest. Hitting #1 in numerous countries, including the US, the UK, France, and Sweden, it reached the Top 10 in every country it charted it. Call it a comeback!
The cut was well-received by the critics and was nominated for a GRAMMY in 2009.
Joseph Kahn was tapped to helm the song’s visual; apt as he was also the director of Spears’ iconic ‘Toxic’ and ‘Stronger’ videos.
The high-octane affair finds Brit transforming as she follows her boyfriend going about his day.
While lacking the all-out choreography that had her previous work, the video was clearly a return to form for the Pop star, and was nominated in the Video Of The Year category at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards.
With the entertainer seemingly on the verge of emancipation from the conservatorship saga, we hope that someday soon she can return to the scene, on her own terms.
Say what you will about Ms. Spears but she can deliver a bop, as well as an epic performance – when she wants to.
Here’s hoping there are more stage blazing days ahead.