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  • Justice For Britney Spears' 'Femme Fatale' Standout, "Inside Out"

    Britney gave us something to remember.

    BreatheHeavy has an energetic history with the track. Producer Dr. Luke (this was prior to his name becoming synonyms with filth), co-produced the song with Max Martin (“Baby One More Time”) and Billboard. He revealed the title to fans on February 5, 2011, in a not-so-cryptic Tweet. It was love at first fansite.

    Luke actually campaigned as much as the Britney Army did to make “Inside Out” a single. A fan Tweeted at the time, “Inside Out has its very own Wikipedia page, thats how much of a kick ass song it is…lets put pressure to see it as a single,” and the producer’s public response was “agreed.”

    Another follower doubled down. “So was it decided early on that Inside Out wouldn’t be a single? INSANITY that it wasnt on the tour, wasnt a single, etc.”

    Luke responded again: “i agree…. i love that song..” (Receipts)
     


    Luke’s feelings were shared by the Britney Army, and since 2011 fans have moved on from the electro breakup anthem staying out of single status, but we haven’t forgotten. It’s worth mentioning that at the time, Britney posted a poll on Facebook asking fans to vote for the fourth official single between “Criminal”, “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” and “Inside Out,” and “Criminal” took home the win. I’d like to point out more people voted for Hillary Clinton than Trump.

    Luke, Max and Billboard co-wrote “Inside Out” with Jacob Kasher Hindlin (he also co-wrote “Ooh La La”) and Bonnie McKee (Katy Perry’s Teenage Dream). McKee also contributes background vocals on the track, along with Myah Marie, an infamous character in Britney’s post-Blackout discography.

    The song details love’s bittersweet purgatory. Britney’s relationship is on the brink of destruction, yet there remains an undeniable physical attraction. So much so, that despite the inevitable emotional turmoil, she find an excuse to link up with her man to lay it down in the sheets.

    If you’ve ever been in love, but know it won’t end in Happily Ever After, “Inside Out” is too relatable. It’s not hyped enough to be a banger, but not slow enough to be considered a power ballad. It was a dizzying, icy tune before chill pop was in season.

    “Inside Out” is versatile. Sonically, it could’ve easily fit on In The Zone, Blackout, or Circus, but walks a fine line between being polite and overtly sexual. That balance makes it radiate on Femme Fatale, a record filled with dubstep-laced bops about the tail-end of a dissolving relationship. Interestingly, Britney’s engagement to ex-fiance Jason Trawick ended not long after the era concluded.

    Justice for “Inside Out,” because it whole-heartedly deserved to be in the spotlight and receive a video treatment. But regardless, Britney and co. gave us a shimmering audio gem that fans will forever cherish. 
     

     

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    I voted for Inside Out. I never wanted for Criminal to be a single. I would've even chosen (Drop DeadBeautiful as my second choice tbh. :verycool:

    But we got one of her best music videos and the best one from Femme Fatale and Jason Trawick looking hot af. Uhhnn zaddy. :thirsty:

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    21 minutes ago, OriginalRoxxy said:

    I voted for Inside Out. I never wanted for Criminal to be a single. I would've even chosen (Drop DeadBeautiful as my second choice tbh. :verycool:

    I think at the time people were craving a ballad from Britney as a single, myself included. Criminal was the closest we had to one from FF standard edition. Looking back now, Inside Out would've been the superior choice... We got a great video from it though. 

    :yaknow:

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    Yesss I love "Inside Out", it's my fav song on Femme Fatale, and one of my fav Britney songs overall :clap:
    It has original, different sound, amazing dark vibe. Really good dubstep instrumental. If Britney would record Blackout 2.0, "Inside Out" could land on the album. 
    I think they have chosen "Criminal" because it's more radio friendly. It was safer option, but way worse. 

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    I voted for Criminal and I'm not sorry I did :queenflopga:

    Although, I would prefer Seal it with a kiss or Gasoline as singles instead or maybe as a 5th single.

    This album is overproduced af and completely dated now but there were so many potential hits in it. :disappointed:

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    Still love that song , but I don't think it would chart well ...... I still prefer it over criminal ...

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    Ugh I hated that Criminal got picked instead of Inside Out. I do like Criminal, but definitely not as a single/direction for her career. To me it was a song better left for a younger artist since it’s kind of childish in its tone.

     

    Inside Out was mature, different, well-crafted, etc. We’ll never know if it would have charted better (I think with the right video it would have), but regardless - to me it was a step back in her career releasing that.

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    Yes! It's one of the best songs from FF (And one of my faves of course)... But as a single? I'm not sure  :receipts2:  

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    i love that song. i remember first listening it. pure perfection. i wish she'll do some more songs like that or in that direction. that heavy dubstep  with her voice is really really cool.

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    I don't like her voice in the 'So come on!'-part, which ruins the song for me.

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    I hate to admit it... But not a big fan. 

    The music track is goregous! Great melody and great production.

    Unfortunately her vocal rendition is what kills it for me. She sounds "cold" and distant from the song itself, and her vocals robotic at times. I don't really like the vocal line during the verse either, and a proper sung bridge would have benefit it. 

    It sounds like a raw demo to me. 

    It kinda reminds me of Make Me, in a way, but I think the latter is astonishingly better! 

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    Voted for Criminal and not ashamed, it's the only song there that sounds like Britney

    The only songs left that were good were Up N Down and How I Roll

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    One of my favorite songs of hers that was never a single.  I totally voted for this over Criminal.  However, I usually listened to this fan made remix most of the time.  I think it would’ve been great if she had added a rap and released it.  So many missed opportunities.  Sigh. ..

     

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