Written by: Britney Spears, will.i.am, Otto Jettman, Sebastian Ingrosso, Derek Weintraub, Anthony Preston and Ruth-Anne Cunningham
Produced by: Sebastian Ingrosso, Otto Knows, will.i.am and Anthony Preston
Album: Britney Jean
UK release: November 2013
UK chart peak: 7
Is Work Bitch incredible or utterly, utterly horrible? I still haven’t decided! But on the sheer strength of the GREATEST POP LEGEND OF ALL TIME saying “go call the po-lice, go call the gov-er-nor”, it’s on the list.
Britney Spears launched her, er, “most personal” album campaign with this ludicrous banger, which followed the huge worldwide success of Scream And Shout and the well-received clubby vibe of Femme Fatale. will.i.am’s in charge, and he’s kitchen-sinking the fuck out of the production.
It’s A LOT, obviously, but it’s uproariously good fun, and there are certain points where Brit really does sound like she’s having a blast. It may have been the start of a doomed era, but it’s still – it has to be said – iconic.