Pop & Circumstance: S&M, so hot right nowBy Allison Berger | April 13th, 2011 | 2 comments
When Rihanna asked her 4 million (plus) Twitter followers to weigh in on whom she should collaborate with next, the evil-intentioned legions screamed “BRITNEY” in all caps.
Right now, the Britney remix of Rihanna’s “S&M” is rapidly ascending the iTunes singles charts. Why is it that celeb remixes hit airwaves just as the original starts to get overplayed? (See Lil’ Mama and Avril Lavigne’s “Lipgloss” or Gaga and Beyonce’s “Telephone.”)
The beat for Brihanna’s “S&M” is no different than the original. It merely includes a bridge by Brit. So basic. So boring. So why bother? Britney sure doesn’t need any more negative press. Between that pop-awful mess of a video for “Till the World Ends” and rumors that the girl is on the edge of a nervous breakdown, maybe a song about kinky stuff was not the best way to go. And wait — hold the phone — since when is Britney Spears the second name on a song credit? That’s the real sin, friends.
“Just one just night of sin/Feel the pain on your skin/Tough, I don’t scream mercy/It’s your time to hurt me,” Brit sings on her singular verse.
Like Rihanna, Britney was allegedly involved in domestic abuse case in late 2010 with boyfriend Jason Trawick. Though the reports turned out to be false (it was a fake tape of Britney’s voice claiming to be a victim), I have a hard time understanding why Brit would lend her vocals to lyrics like: “If I’m bad, tie me down, shut me up, gag and bound me.” Anyone else have a problem with this? Independent women, itsyoursexlife.org — kinky sex is what’s up, we get it. We know bisexuality has been covered (thanks, Katy) but why not sing about something a little less violent? Foot fetishes? Golden showers? Furries?
Everybody has their “thing.” Ludacris, Marilyn Manson and Pharrell Williams like feet. Nick Lachey is into wearing women’s underwear. Ricky Martin, John Mayer and R. Kelly do the water sports thing. The Disney crowd isn’t supposed to be having sex yet by contract (yet), so who knows what they’re into — though I’d have to guess that Selena Gomez is probably into lesbians who look like Justin Bieber. As far as the starlets go, it seems that whatever’s big in Hollywood suddenly becomes acceptable for the rest of all the little people. So, what sort of bedroom antics will seem commonplace to us come May?
Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a Pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.