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Britney Spears - My Prerogative (Audio)

Britney Spears
Greatest Hits: My Prerogative
Music Video
Britney Spears - My Prerogative03:47

Britney Spears - My Prerogative

Released September 21, 2004
Genre Dance-pop, electropop
Length 3:33
Label Jive
Writer Bobby Brown, Gene Griffin
Producer Gene Griffin

My Prerogative is the song by Britney Spears from her greatest hits album Greatest Hits: My Prerogative. It was released as the lead single from the album on September 21, 2004. The original version of the song is performed by Bobby Brown.

Background and compositionEdit

In 2004, Britney Spears recorded a cover of "My Prerogative" with Swedish production team Bloodshy & Avant, who produced her single "Toxic" from her fourth studio album, In the Zone (2003). Bloodshy & Avant recorded the song at Murlyn Studios in Stockholm, Sweden. Spears recorded the vocals at Teldex Studios in Berlin, Germany.[46] On August 13, 2004, Spears's label Jive Records announced through a press release that she had covered the song and was planning to release it on her first greatest hits compilation, titled Greatest Hits: My Prerogative. The song was set to premiere on radio stations on September 14, 2004,[47] however, it leaked in the Real Tapemasters Inc.'s mixtape The Future of R&B on September 10, 2004.[48] Spears's cover of "My Prerogative" is musically different from its original version, with the bass and new jack swing sound replaced with synthesizers and elements typical of Bloodshy & Avant productions.[47][48] It was noted by Christy Lemire of msnbc.com that the cover also contains elements of Bollywood music.[49] At the beginning of the song, Spears says in a breathy voice the lines "People can take everything away from you / But they can never take away your truth / But the question is, can you handle mine?". The rest of the lyrics do not deviate much from the original version, instead they are changed to fit a woman's perspective.[48] Jennifer Vineyard of MTV commented the cover could be interpreted as a statement on Spears's life and the media reaction to some of her decisions at the time, including her engagement to American dancer Kevin Federline.

Lyrics Edit

People can take everything away from you
But they can never take away your truth
But the question is
Can you handle mine?

They say I'm crazy
I really don't care
That's my prerogative

They say I'm nasty
But I don't give a damn
Getting boys is how I live

Some ask me questions
Why am I so real?
But they don't understand me

I really don't know the truth about my sister
Trying hard to make it right
Not long ago before I won this fight

Everybody's talkin' all this stuff about me
Why don't they just let me live? (Tell me why)
I don't need permission, make my own decisions (Oh!)
That's my prerogative

That's my prerogative

(It's my prerogative)

It's the way that I wanna live
(It's my prerogative)
You can't tell me what to do

Don't get me wrong
I'm really not souped
Ego trips is not my thing

All these strange relationships
Really gets me down
I see nothing wrong spreading myself around

Everybody's talkin' all this stuff about me
Why don't they just let me live? (Tell me why)
I don't need permission, make my own decisions (Oh!)
That's my prerogative

That's my prerogative

Everybody's talkin' all this stuff about me
Why don't they just let me live? (Tell me why)
I don't need permission, make my own decisions (Oh!)
That's my prerogative

That's my prerogative

Its the way that I wanna live

(It's my prerogative)

They can't tell me what to do

Why can't I live my life?
Without all of the things that people say?

Ohoho
(Oh!)

Everybody's talkin' all this stuff about me
Why don't they just let me live? (Tell me why)
I don't need permission, make my own decisions (Oh)
That's my prerogative

(They say I'm crazy) Everybody's talkin' all this stuff about me
Why don't they just let me live? (Tell me why)
(They say I'm nasty) I don't need permission, make my own decisions (Oh!)
(Ah!)That's my prerogative

(That's my prerogative)

ReceptionEdit

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic called the cover "a useless remake, which seems to exist solely for its video".[50] Spence D. of IGN said that the lyrics fit perfectly with Spears's relationship with the media at the time. He also added, "As for her interpretation, it's an interesting chameleonic diversion that comes off like a mash-up between vintage Prince-styled production, Cameo swagger, and Madonna sultriness, but never seems to capture the gloss and glory of any of the aforementioned influences".[51] Christy Lemire of msnbc.com called it "utterly unnecessary".[49] Louis Pattison of the New Musical Express commented that "judging by the fuck-you sentiments" of the cover, Spears liked to play the role of "[the] pop brat careering off the rails".[52] Sarah Hepola of Salon.com wrote in an article about contemporary teen idols that the cover "became an anthem for teen-idol rebellion".[53] American director Quentin Tarantino included the song in a playlist that inspired him during production of his 2009 film Inglourious Basterds.[54]

In the United States, "My Prerogative" charted in Billboard's Top 40 Tracks and Top 40 Mainstream at number twenty-two and thirty-four, respectively.[55] "My Prerogative" has sold 374,000 paid digital downloads in the United States.[56] On November 15, 2004, the song debuted at the Australian Singles Chart at number seven.[57] It received a gold certification by the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipments over 35,000 units.[58] The same week, it debuted at number seventeen in New Zealand.[59] On November 7, 2004, the song debuted at number three in the United Kingdom, during a competitive week of new releases, only surpassed by Eminem's "Just Lose It" and Destiny's Child's "Lose My Breath".[60] According to The Official Charts Company, the song has sold 115,000 copies there.[61] The song also reached success throughout Europe, peaking at number one in Finland, Ireland, Italy and Norway, number two in Spain and number three in Belgium (Flanders and Wallonia), Denmark and Germany.[3][62] It also reached top ten positions in Austria, Czech Republic, Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands.[3]

Music VideoEdit

The music video for "My Prerogative" was filmed in August 2004 at The Paramour Mansion in Silver Lake, Los
220px-My Prerogative-Britney Spears music video

Britney Spearsdancing over a Porsche inside a pool at the beginning of the music video.

Angeles, California and was directed by Jake Nava.[63][64] According to Spears's mother Lynne, the video was "about capturing gorgeous close-ups and very subtle movement" since Spears could not do any choreography due to her knee injury at the "Outrageous" music video shoot. She also described the video as "[having] an element of old Hollywood glamour and mystery".[65] The music video begins with Spears driving a Porsche 928 at high speed in the Hollywood Hills.[63][66] She crashes through a fence and lands into a pool inside a manor where a party is taking place. She emerges from the water and crawls in top of the car to sing the first verse.[66] Spears's brother Bryan makes a cameo in these scenes.[65] After she leaves the pool, she enters the manor and passes couples making out around her. She appears in a stainless steel kitchen, where a maid cuts the straps of her black wet dress. In the next scene, she walks into a study in which her husband at the time, Kevin Federline, is smoking and watching a black-and-white video of Spears on a projection screen. According to Jennifer Vineyard from MTV, the clip had the style of pornographic films from the 1940s and 1950s.[66] Rolling Stone in their article "Britney Spears: The Complete Video Guide", compared it to Madonna's performances of her 1984 single "Like a Virgin".[67] She then entered a dressing room with mirrors, wearing lingerie, high heels, stockings and a short fur jacket. She proceeds to a bedroom, in which a black dress is laid out on the comforter. She puts on the new dress and the camera cuts to the party outside where people gathered waiting.[66] During the song's bridge, it is revealed that the party is actually Spears's wedding, as she starts walking towards the aisle and Federline waits next to a priest. The video ends with a shot of the black-and-white video and Spears looking into the camera.[65] The black-and-white footage was released as an alternate version of the music video in the 2004 DVD Greatest Hits: My Prerogative.[68]thumb|dancing over a Porsche inside a pool at the beginning of the music video.|link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Lake,_Los_Angeles,_California and was directed by Jake Nava.[63][64] According to Spears's mother Lynne, the video was "about capturing gorgeous close-ups and very subtle movement" since Spears could not do any choreography due to her knee injury at the "Outrageous" music video shoot. She also described the video as "[having] an element of old Hollywood glamour and mystery".[65] The music video begins with Spears driving a Porsche 928 at high speed in the Hollywood Hills.[63][66] She crashes through a fence and lands into a pool inside a manor where a party is taking place. She emerges from the water and crawls in top of the car to sing the first verse.[66] Spears's brother Bryan makes a cameo in these scenes.[65] After she leaves the pool, she enters the manor and passes couples making out around her. She appears in a stainless steel kitchen, where a maid cuts the straps of her black wet dress. In the next scene, she walks into a study in which her husband at the time, Kevin Federline, is smoking and watching a black-and-white video of Spears on a projection screen. According to Jennifer Vineyard from MTV, the clip had the style of pornographic films from the 1940s and 1950s.[66] Rolling Stone in their article "Britney Spears: The Complete Video Guide", compared it to Madonna's performances of her 1984 single "Like a Virgin".[67] She then entered a dressing room with mirrors, wearing lingerie, high heels, stockings and a short fur jacket. She proceeds to a bedroom, in which a black dress is laid out on the comforter. She puts on the new dress and the camera cuts to the party outside where people gathered waiting.[66] During the song's bridge, it is revealed that the party is actually Spears's wedding, as she starts walking towards the aisle and Federline waits next to a priest. The video ends with a shot of the black-and-white video and Spears looking into the camera.[65] The black-and-white footage was released as an alternate version of the music video in the 2004 DVD Greatest Hits: My Prerogative.[68]thumb|dancing over a Porsche inside a pool at the beginning of the music video.|link=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silver_Lake,_Los_Angeles,_California and was directed by Jake Nava.[63][64] According to Spears's mother Lynne, the video was "about capturing gorgeous close-ups and very subtle movement" since Spears could not do any choreography due to her knee injury at the "Outrageous" music video shoot. She also described the video as "[having] an element of old Hollywood glamour and mystery".[65] The music video begins with Spears driving a Porsche 928 at high speed in the Hollywood Hills.[63][66] She crashes through a fence and lands into a pool inside a manor where a party is taking place. She emerges from the water and crawls in top of the car to sing the first verse.[66] Spears's brother Bryan makes a cameo in these scenes.[65] After she leaves the pool, she enters the manor and passes couples making out around her. She appears in a stainless steel kitchen, where a maid cuts the straps of her black wet dress. In the next scene, she walks into a study in which her husband at the time, Kevin Federline, is smoking and watching a black-and-white video of Spears on a projection screen. According to Jennifer Vineyard from MTV, the clip had the style of pornographic films from the 1940s and 1950s.[66] Rolling Stone in their article "Britney Spears: The Complete Video Guide", compared it to Madonna's performances of her 1984 single "Like a Virgin".[67] She then entered a dressing room with mirrors, wearing lingerie, high heels, stockings and a short fur jacket. She proceeds to a bedroom, in which a black dress is laid out on the comforter. She puts on the new dress and the camera cuts to the party outside where people gathered waiting.[66] During the song's bridge, it is revealed that the party is actually Spears's wedding, as she starts walking towards the aisle and Federline waits next to a priest. The video ends with a shot of the black-and-white video and Spears looking into the camera.[65] The black-and-white footage was released as an alternate version of the music video in the 2004 DVD Greatest Hits: My Prerogative.[68] and was directed by Jake Nava.[63][64] According to Spears's mother Lynne, the video was "about capturing gorgeous close-ups and very subtle movement" since Spears could not do any choreography due to her knee injury at the "Outrageous" music video shoot. She also described the video as "[having] an element of old Hollywood glamour and mystery".[65] The music video begins with Spears driving a Porsche 928 at high speed in the Hollywood Hills.[63][66] She crashes through a fence and lands into a pool inside a manor where a party is taking place. She emerges from the water and crawls in top of the car to sing the first verse.[66] Spears's brother Bryan makes a cameo in these scenes.[65] After she leaves the pool, she enters the manor and passes couples making out around her. She appears in a stainless steel kitchen, where a maid cuts the straps of her black wet dress. In the next scene, she walks into a study in which her husband at the time, Kevin Federline, is smoking and watching a black-and-white video of Spears on a projection screen. According to Jennifer Vineyard from MTV, the clip had the style of pornographic films from the 1940s and 1950s.[66] Rolling Stone in their article "Britney Spears: The Complete Video Guide", compared it to Madonna's performances of her 1984 single "Like a Virgin".[67] She then entered a dressing room with mirrors, wearing lingerie, high heels, stockings and a short fur jacket. She proceeds to a bedroom, in which a black dress is laid out on the comforter. She puts on the new dress and the camera cuts to the party outside where people gathered waiting.[66] During the song's bridge, it is revealed that the party is actually Spears's wedding, as she starts walking towards the aisle and Federline waits next to a priest. The video ends with a shot of the black-and-white video and Spears looking into the camera.[65] The black-and-white footage was released as an alternate version of the music video in the 2004 DVD Greatest Hits: My Prerogative.[68]

Track listingEdit

  • CD single
  1. "My Prerogative" – 3:34
  2. "My Prerogative" (X-Press 2 Vocal Mix) – 7:19
  • Japanese digital download[45]
  1. "My Prerogative" – 3:34
  2. "I've Just Begun (Having My Fun)" – 5:16
  • Maxi single
  1. "My Prerogative" – 3:34
  2. "My Prerogative" (Instrumental) – 3:34
  3. "My Prerogative" (X-Press 2 Vocal Mix) – 7:19
  4. "My Prerogative" (Armand Van Helden Remix) – 7:34
  5. "My Prerogative" (X-Press 2 Dub) – 7:19

Credits and personnelEdit

  • Britney Spears – lead and background vocals
  • Bloodshy & Avant – production, arrangements, all instruments, programming, vocal editing
  • Steven Lunt – arrangements
  • Nicklas Flyckt – mixing
  • Tobias Lehmann – engineering
  • Uwe Lietzow – recording
  • Henrik Jonback – guitar
  • BlackCell – background vocals
  • Emma Holmgren – background vocals

Charts and successionEdit

ChartsEdit

Charts (2004/2005) Peak

position

Australian Singles Chart[57] 7
Austrian Singles Chart[3] 7
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[3] 3
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[3] 3
Czech Airplay Chart[3] 4
Danish Singles Chart[3] 3
Dutch Top 40[3] 10
Finnish Singles Chart[3] 1
French Singles Chart[3] 18
German Singles Chart[62] 3
Hungarian Singles Chart[69] 5
Irish Singles Chart[62] 1
Italian Singles Chart[3] 1
Japanese Singles Chart[70] 98
New Zealand Singles Chart[3] 17
Norwegian Singles Chart[3] 1
Spanish Singles Chart[3] 2
Swedish Singles Chart[3] 6
Swiss Singles Chart[62] 4
UK Singles Chart[60] 3
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[71] 1
[edit] CertificationsEdit
Country Certifications

(sales thresholds)

Australia Gold[58]
Norway Gold[72]
[edit] Year-end chartsEdit
Chart (2004) Position
Australian Singles Chart[73] 93
Belgian Singles Chart (Flanders)[74] 81
Belgian Singles Chart (Wallonia)[75] 74

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