Britney Spears continues comeback with leak of second single, 'Till the World Ends'
As Christina Aguilera seems to be on the brink of a career -- and personal -- meltdown, her supposed rival, Britney Spears, is continuing the second act of her comeback with a new single, “Till The World Ends,” which surfaced online Thursday.
Notoriously guarded with her projects post-breakdown, Team Spears -- or someone with her best interest at heart -- have been smartly leaking snippets from her anticipated seventh album, “Femme Fatale,” set to hit stores March 29.
For the last week, fans have been treated to snippets of tracks such as "Criminal," "Inside Out" and the will.i.am-produced "Big Fat Bass."
The Ke$ha-penned, Dr. Luke- and Max Martin-produced track leaked in full Thursday afternoon after the net was abuzz that the single would hit radio as soon as next week.
Like its predecessor, “Hold It Against Me,” Spears’ main intention with her new single seems to be keeping the dance floor pulsating with sweaty bodies. And we don’t blame her, as the catchy song does make you want to grab some glow sticks and hit the clubs.
In her breathy vocals, which have always paled in comparison to Aguilera’s powerhouse growl, she muses about “dancing till the world ends."
The "Femme Fatale" era already shows an undeniably more confident Spears -- even if she isn't allowed to make all her own decisions, she has come a long way. Though her last album, 2008’s “Circus,” was a commercial success, she was criticized for her lack of energy, mainly her inability to deliver complex choreography like years past in live performances –- an argument that translated to the much-hyped video for “Hold It Against Me.”
How Spears will fare with “Femme Fatale” is yet to be seen. Although she has plans to perform on "Good Morning America," she continues to shy away from press, save for a highly publicized magazine cover here and there.
Judging from the material fans have been treated to so far, especially the sticky "Till the World Ends," she’s serious about delivering a dance album heavy on club bangers that proves why she remains a polarizing name in pop -- regardless of where she is mentally.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo credit: Courtesy of Jive Records.