Does Britney Spears' "I Wanna Go" show her intent to leave music? - Reverb

Pop & Circumstance: Does Britney Spears really “wanna go?”

Britney Spear's new 'Femme Fatale' tour may spell the singer's final demise. Photo by Roderick Trestrail II, AP.

Britney Spear's new 'Femme Fatale' tour may spell the singer's final demise. Photo by Roderick Trestrail II, AP.

Look Brit, you don’t need to tell us. We think we understand what you’re really trying to say here with your new single, “I Wanna Go.” While the lyrics convey the desire to “be a little inappropriate” and “go all the way” and show “all the dirt running through through your mind,” you’ve already done that. Years ago. Like, back in ’03. Brit, we’re here for you. We hear the subliminal message, which is made very clear in your joke of a video: You want out of your pop music career.

The video for “I Wanna Go” starts with a faux press conference. You answer annoying questions, like “Can you confirm that you’re pregnant with Brad Pitt’s lovechild?” and “Britney, Britney! Does this suit make me look fat?” then tell everyone to go fuck themselves. Classy. Hold up, freeze the Vevo frame. Is that a ripped-up Mickey Mouse shirt you’re wearing? Avril-inspired pink streaks in your hair? If you ask us, it’ s a little late in the game for these teen queen rebuttals.

“Shame on me,” you talk-sing, “to need release uncontrollably.” No Brit, shame on you for flashing a 10-year-old ginger and then dancing on top of a taxi cab a-la sweetheart Taylor Swift. The scattered “Thriller” references throughout the vid serve as a strange homage to Michael Jackson as we pass the second anniversary of his death. Is everything a joke to you?

True Britney fans may tell us to just leave you alone. You’re finally letting loose, you’re just having a little fun! Look at that funny reference to a “Crossroads” sequel! We disagree. The overemphasizing of the shoulder roll and torso shake in both videos for “Till the World Ends” and “I Wanna Go” is disgusting and frankly, you should be more ashamed of your lack of real dance moves than anything else.

Possibly the most puzzling of all sequences in “I Wanna Go” is Guillermo from Showtime’s “Weeds” pouring a carton of milk all over himself. Was your video director trying to spoof Lady Gaga’s “Judas,” or something? Brit, we had relatively high hopes for “Femme Fatale.” First you were baaaack and now you are boring.

And at the end of it all, when we find out it was all a daydream sequence, we can’t help be reminded of the video for “Baby One More Time,” which you filmed at 17. Britney, you’re 29. A grown-up, really. Stay true to your word — If you wanna go, just pack up your mic and weave and leave. We’ll love you all the same — in fact, we might love you more.

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Allison Berger is a Philadelphia-based writer and a pop music columnist for Reverb. Check out more of her writing here.

  • Alex

    I love her!

  • Fazer420

    That was awesome.

  • Jhudgens34

    Why are you so angry Allison? Britney is a kind down to earth person. She has broken records and continues to perform extremely well. She has her critics like you, but honestly why do you feel the need to be so angry and cutting to her? Her fans adore her, she is a pop icon (appropriately termed the princess of pop). Her music is trendsetting, and her style is unique. Try to think before you attempt to be hurtful in your next piece about Ms. Spears.

    • http://twitter.com/MamaFatale BrinneySpurrzMom

      Amen to that! More than any other artist out there, Britney has shown us that she is human. She’s been to hell & back & is still at the top of her game. Allison Berger Who?

  • http://www.facebook.com/Jboom88 Jermyth Carcamo

    This Allison chick needs some anger Management classes, I think she is a little too angry about something she doesn’t even need to worry about. Allison, what if people told you to go away? Oh no one would care because no one even knows who you are. You’re only known for this super hateful piece of “journalism”. 

  • blahby

    you are a psychopath….

  • sup

    alison hunny, you need to get laid ASAP. its effecting ur health clearly.

  • http://twitter.com/MamaFatale BrinneySpurrzMom

    Seriously, what the hell would you now? You’re a nobody!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1599081292 Constanza Angelica

    A girl wrote this? you jealous bitch HA pressed ! xD

  • Grouchyjimmy

    “.. and frankly,
    you should be more ashamed of your lack of real dance moves than
    anything else.” Er, seriously? She should be ‘ashamed’ of ‘lack of real dance moves’?! She should stop cause those overemphasizing of the shoulder roll and torso shake is ‘disgusting’? The only thing truly disgusting here is your biased take on one of the only pop artists from that generation to still command that importance and sell millions of records. Your article is flawed, in that it’s completely neglecting how despite everything visibly missing in her performance, people still love her and make her albums number 1 in the US. What a fail your article is, Allison..

    • Whereismygeneration

      you think britney still “commands importance”? TRL is off the air dude. face it, brit lost her moves. they’re gone.

  • Luissax2004

    I completely disagree with you, and the funny thing is you dragged lady shit shit into this which shows a lot about your point of view. Maybe you should pay less attention to your inaccurate observations. Perhaps it is YOU who needs to let loose. What does Britney have to look like a moron a la gaga for you to praise her work? And since when is 29 old? You make her sound like she is Madonna… You clearly have personal issues and hold a biased. Thanks for your opinion and thank God that it is in the minority.

  • Mlac245

    You sound so angry and jelous, poor you, shame on u.

  • JennyAman

    Yikes. These comments once again prove how thin-skinned and mindless Britney Spears fans are. Or at least the unironic kind. Why are you taking everything personally and living in the past as if Britney were still 1anywhere as close to as popular as she used to be? Or like she had anything creative or interesting to say outside of her massive production team and PR corps? Get a life! Your favorite musical turd is circling the drain, so maybe it’s time to jump over to Katy Perry or someone equally as soulless and contrived.

  • Twitter.com/MissCelina

    Allison Berger, Shame on you to need release uncontrollably all the dirt running through your mind.
    Just grow up! Britney Spears is doing a great job with this video!
    Or maybe you’re just one of those people who will use her name, write something that will get you a lot of attention…. Well done you, enjoying your 15 seconds of fame? Users …nothing new for Britney Spears.

  • http://lynseysmith.wordpress.com Lynsey

    it doesn’t surprise me that britney spears supporters seem to have no better argument for why she is awesome other than that she sells tons of records. don’t you people know that an ad populum argument is a logical fallacy? just because she’s popular doesn’t mean her music or her videos are good. and plus, she didn’t write that shit anyway, so stop getting all bent out of shape acting like she is being denied some well-deserved credit for yet another craptastically unoriginal music video. this article is tongue-in-cheek; so don’t take it so personally, britfans. LEAVE ALLISON ALONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Hjd636

      Go away …. Be angry and pathetic In a quiet room

    • Rollbritneyroll238

      You seem to be quite the scholar, look at you lecturing us. I’m sure you would know then that an ad hominem attack is also a logical fallacy.

    • Rollbritneyroll238

      You seem to be quite the scholar, look at you lecturing us. I’m sure you would know then that an ad hominem attack is also a logical fallacy.

    • Rollbritneyroll238

      You seem to be quite the scholar, look at you lecturing us. I’m sure you would know then that an ad hominem attack is also a logical fallacy.

    • Rollbritneyroll238

      You seem to be quite the scholar, look at you lecturing us. I’m sure you would know then that an ad hominem attack is also a logical fallacy.

    • Rollbritneyroll238

      You seem to be quite the scholar, look at you lecturing us. I’m sure you would know then that an ad hominem attack is also a logical fallacy.

    • Rollbritneyroll238

      You seem to be quite the scholar, look at you lecturing us. I’m sure you would know then that an ad hominem attack is also a logical fallacy.

    • Jay59_

      Her music and videos arn’t good? ok, well thats YOUR opinion. The fact that she has sold over 100 million records really says something about her music…..

      • http://lynseysmith.wordpress.com Lynsey

        for every 100 million people who bought britney’s record, there are also 100 million people who think she sucks ass. and back in the day, the nazi party was popular too- not everything that is popular is necessarily good.
        and yes, it is MY opinion that her videos aren’t good, and allison and I are both entitled to have an opinion that is different from yours. allison isn’t britney’s publicist, and she’s allowed to portray her in a negative light if she so chooses.
        you people should have more respect for the writers of this website.

    • Jay59_

      Her music and videos arn’t good? ok, well thats YOUR opinion. The fact that she has sold over 100 million records really says something about her music…..

    • Jay59_

      Her music and videos arn’t good? ok, well thats YOUR opinion. The fact that she has sold over 100 million records really says something about her music…..

    • Jay59_

      Her music and videos arn’t good? ok, well thats YOUR opinion. The fact that she has sold over 100 million records really says something about her music…..

    • Jay59_

      Her music and videos arn’t good? ok, well thats YOUR opinion. The fact that she has sold over 100 million records really says something about her music…..

    • Jay59_

      Her music and videos arn’t good? ok, well thats YOUR opinion. The fact that she has sold over 100 million records really says something about her music…..

  • Jeffhar4

    LOL. Britney is in top form ass. She’s Miss American dream since she was 17. Your criticism is irrelevant as you are obviously a hater.

  • Josa

    Her music is “trendsetting?” She is the “queen of pop.” Now I’m not gonna throw rocks at Britney for trying something new, going a different direction with her….. oh wait. It’s contrived. You people are ridiculous. There has never been a single lick of creativity in Britney Spears. I didn’t know this many idiots voiced there opinions on the internet. Read some more articles, there’s a common tone most of you seem to be missing. 

    AND ALLISON GETS IT IN, HATERZ.

  • Josa

    Her music is “trendsetting?” She is the “queen of pop.” Now I’m not gonna throw rocks at Britney for trying something new, going a different direction with her….. oh wait. It’s contrived. You people are ridiculous. There has never been a single lick of creativity in Britney Spears. I didn’t know this many idiots voiced there opinions on the internet. Read some more articles, there’s a common tone most of you seem to be missing. 

    AND ALLISON GETS IT IN, HATERZ.

    • Josa

      Hahahaha alright Allison ^

  • Josa

    Her music is “trendsetting?” She is the “queen of pop.” Now I’m not gonna throw rocks at Britney for trying something new, going a different direction with her….. oh wait. It’s contrived. You people are ridiculous. There has never been a single lick of creativity in Britney Spears. I didn’t know this many idiots voiced there opinions on the internet. Read some more articles, there’s a common tone most of you seem to be missing. 

    AND ALLISON GETS IT IN, HATERZ.

  • Josa

    Her music is “trendsetting?” She is the “queen of pop.” Now I’m not gonna throw rocks at Britney for trying something new, going a different direction with her….. oh wait. It’s contrived. You people are ridiculous. There has never been a single lick of creativity in Britney Spears. I didn’t know this many idiots voiced there opinions on the internet. Read some more articles, there’s a common tone most of you seem to be missing. 

    AND ALLISON GETS IT IN, HATERZ.

  • Josa

    Her music is “trendsetting?” She is the “queen of pop.” Now I’m not gonna throw rocks at Britney for trying something new, going a different direction with her….. oh wait. It’s contrived. You people are ridiculous. There has never been a single lick of creativity in Britney Spears. I didn’t know this many idiots voiced there opinions on the internet. Read some more articles, there’s a common tone most of you seem to be missing. 

    AND ALLISON GETS IT IN, HATERZ.

  • Josa

    Her music is “trendsetting?” She is the “queen of pop.” Now I’m not gonna throw rocks at Britney for trying something new, going a different direction with her….. oh wait. It’s contrived. You people are ridiculous. There has never been a single lick of creativity in Britney Spears. I didn’t know this many idiots voiced there opinions on the internet. Read some more articles, there’s a common tone most of you seem to be missing. 

    AND ALLISON GETS IT IN, HATERZ.

  • Mike

    all of you: watch Brit’s “Overprotected (Darkchild remix)” video and try to tell me she hasn’t fallen off the pace

    link: http://dai.ly/bzphDN

  • Jfrlg lozano

    She’s Miss American dream since she was 17. Your criticism is irrelevant as you are obviously a hater.