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This Day in Pop: Britney releases 'Work *****' single in 2013 + Desert Performance (September 17)


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On September 17, 2013, Britney Spears released Work *****, the lead single off her eighth studio album Britney Jean.

 

It was written by Britney, will.i.amwill, Otto "Knows" Jettman, Sebastian Ingrosso, Anthony Preston and Ruth-Anne Cunningham , while the production was handled by Ingrosso, Pasquale Verrigni, Jettman and will.i.am. The song peaked at #12 on the BBH100, while managing to land on Top 10 in 14 other countries outside the US.

In the EDM track with mostly spoken lyrics, Britney exhorts "*****es" (a term of endearment) to work in order get things in life such as a hot body, a Bugatti or to party in France.

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Prior to its release, a countdown appeared on her website hinting at the release of new music. The site displayed the text "ALL EYES ON ME" leading fans to believe that that was the title of the new song.

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Rumors sparked about RuPaul being featured on the track. Work ***** originally premiered on radio on September 15, but the official release was on the 17, the same day she announced her first Las Vegas residency, Piece of Me on Good Morning America.

 

The Desert Performance

After months of speculation that she would be starting a residency show in Las Vegas, Britney Spears made the official announcement after a helicopter stunt broadcasted by the T.V. show Good Morning America. More than 1000 fans gathered in the desert to see her perform holding signs that together showed the picture of Britney Spears while she hovered in the helicopter. 

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Live performances

Work ***** did not receive any promo performances upon its release. Instead, she said on an interview she would be "performing" it on the music video ( :yesokay_britney_blush_blink: ) which was released on October 1st:

 

 

Eventually, the song was finally performed for the first time as the opening number of her show Piece of Me. It stayed as such, until the end of the residency, as well as the respective tours in 2017, and 2018. It was also performed on her various festival appearances in 2016 as well as at the Billboard Music Awards medley from that year. The song was also performed along with Toxic during the **** Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2018 T.V. special.

 

 

 

 

 

A clean version of the song titled Work Work was also released the same day.

 

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I am a performer.  I am a Mom.  I am funny.  I am your friend.  I am Britney Jean

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Lmao you just REMEMBER where you were when this happened. 

The initially rumoured "Werk Bich" title lmao. Wasn't there sth related to Miley being a feature? Lol

The instrumental slaps. 2:50 gates of heaven open

I remember how exciting this was when it dropped 

 

 

 

Also, this lmao

Can anyone post that remix that went like " You better bish bish... You wanna sip bishtinis? You better biiiish" :orangu_orangutan_ape:

 

 

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Apparently She loves It... Me too!!! 

Anyway from now on I'll be playing It on Spotify, no more my download version, now that the dollars go to the Queen 🌈😜💰

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During this scene the Maserati was jelous... Too much brightness was standing next to her 🩰🌈❤️🚀🌹

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16 hours ago, Mr. Cavill said:

Lmao you just REMEMBER where you were when this happened. 

The initially rumoured "Werk Bich" title lmao. Wasn't there sth related to Miley being a feature? Lol

The instrumental slaps. 2:50 gates of heaven open

I remember how exciting this was when it dropped 

 

 

 

Also, this lmao

Can anyone post that remix that went like " You better bish bish... You wanna sip bishtinis? You better biiiish" :orangu_orangutan_ape:

 

 

I remember tuning in to some German radio station through my laptop for its radio premiere :bop_beyonce_dancing_yes_Yas_cheer_party_glasses:

Also, wasn't this the song they said that featured RuPaul? :orangu_orangutan_ape:

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I am a performer.  I am a Mom.  I am funny.  I am your friend.  I am Britney Jean

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