Duff said working with DioGuardi "allowed me to talk about things on my mind. It was one big therapy session. Duff "loved" the song and recorded it.
It was released on November 27, by Jive Records as the second single from the album. The self- manifesto song's lyrics are written like a biography retelling her mishaps. Musically, "Piece of Me" is an electro song that runs through a down-tempo dance beat.
Spears' voice is heavily synthesized, and constantly shifts in pitch. Backing vocals are provided by Bloodshy and Avant and Robyn. Most music critics cited it as one of the highlights from Blackout. Rolling Stone ranked the song at number fifteen on their list of the Best Songs of The music video, directed by Wayne Ishamportrayed Spears' life at the time and showed her with her friends disguising themselves in order to confuse the paparazzi.
Isham's concept was to have Spears confidently parodying her situation. It received mixed reviews from critics, most arguing her body was digitally altered. The song also shares a title with Spears' Las Vegas residency show, Britney: Piece of Mewhere it is also performed.
Winnberg commented that it had always been an unwritten rule not to write songs about Spears' personal life since the label rejected " Sweet Dreams My LA Ex ", a response track to Justin Timberlake 's " Cry Me a River ". So, it is kind of a cute way of putting it out there. You know, like, 'You want a piece of me?
It is a cute song [ Problems playing this file? The track consists of over-the-top vocal distortionscausing a split sound effectmaking it difficult to discern which voice is Spears'. Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg sing the line "Extra!
They deal with fame and living under the spotlight. Alex Fletcher of Digital Spy gave "Piece of Me" four stars, calling it "a two fingered-salute to the media hounds and an electro-thudding cry of defiance, warning us that this popstrel is not for turning. We understand her through a filter, and that's how we have to hear her too.
The multiple backing vox fragment identity further, turn the song more universal". On November 17,"Piece of Me" debuted at number sixty-five on the U.
People made a big thing about it, [but] how could she not be late, when you have 50, 65, 75 people running down the street chasing her car? That was a long day for the crew. It was literally a hour day for the crew. She was there for the last six hours of it. She got there late, showed up and just kicked ass".
You can see that she had that kind of confidence. And, literally, every take became a more and more confident take, so that she could have fun with what was going on. Not being over-the-top sarcastic, but You'll see we intercut with her hair up and her hair down. That was the last piece. She just rocked it from her heart.
She choreographed that last dance at the very end. She did that on her own and said, 'Let's go for it'".
Outside, several paparazzi are taking pictures of the situation through the window. Spears appears in front of a multi-colored, illuminated background wearing a short brown fur vest, a sequined black bra and ripped low-rise jeans.
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