Single Review: Britney Spears “Outrageous”

Album: In The Zone
Year: 2004

It was reported on on June 9, that Britney Spears is having another knee surgery. Jive Records said it happened while she was doing choreography during the “Outrageous” video shoot. Apparently, Spears wants some time off again. This is the third time (and second this year) she has used the knee injury/surgery line. For her public relations team, knee injury/surgery has become a convenient reason for her to miss shows. It has been used one too many times to be believable. Unfortunately, a major flaw of Spears’ public relations is that no matter what is said, it’s the absolute truth. That is until they back away from the statement a week later or bar reporters from asking about it again.

“Outrageous,” written by R. Kelly, revels in its debauchery and shallowness. In it, Britney brags about her shopping sprees, sex drive and body. She’s “outrageous” and wants everyone to know it. Kelly has written “street” lyrics for her like “we on the world tour” and ” “b girl ain’t lost the beat” to make her sound cool. Instead, it has the opposite effect. Her self-importance comes across as delusional and clueless, mostly in the lyrics “all dressed up and glamorous/red carpets and cameras.” If this were three years ago, the song would at least have some truth to it. However, now it only comes across as wishful thinking. As anyone who reads their Us Weekly religiously knows, Spears hasn’t been featured in a “what were they thinking” feature let alone in a classy red carpet moment in ages. But she can be readily found wearing checkered, out of style Von Dutch hats and a cropped hoodie under a t-shirt length hoodie on the fan sites. Kelly does manage to get one part of Spears’ right: the gaudiness of her entire image. It’s summed up perfectly in the lyric “trench coat and my underwear/let’s go with this freakshow.”

She has become a freakshow. There’s the dating of another guy, Kevin Federline, who has girlfriend pregnant. The 55-hour marriage, the not caring about her appearance in recent photos, the kissing of Snoop Dogg and the sudden need to be “street.” It’s the end of her fame as the media, as well as everybody knows.


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