Britney Spears is back b*tch and she has teamed up with Iggy Azalea for her newest dance/pop single “Pretty Girls”. Spears is no stranger to collaboration (which includes Madonna, Ke$ha, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Will.i.am) and her willingness to partner with one of hip-hop’s brightest stars proves that she know what she needs to do to continue a thriving music career.
Musically, “Pretty Girls” sounds extremely similar to that of Iggy’s “Fancy”. In fact, if the tempo was sped up a bit, there was more rapping, and the Charli XCX was replaced with Britney it would practically be the same song. Lyrically, Spears plays into that “men are from mars, women are from venus” notion that is still very common in today’s society. While the verses were obviously not conceived from the mind of a lyrical genius, they still get the point across using the simplest of wordings. Ultimately, the song itself is about how women get A LOT more perks in life purely because we’re women and this is indicated in the track’s chorus (“…wipe the floor with all the boys/pour the drinks, bring the noise…jump the line, to the front/do what we like, get what we want…”).
The accompanying music video for “Pretty Girls” only reinforces the song’s overall point with hilarious and over-the-top antics brought on by Spears and Azalea. Iggy takes on the character of an exotic alien, who in turn plays that role of the girl who can get away with a bunch of stuff just because she’s pretty and everyone wants to hang out with her because of it. Even though the video storyline is a completely unrealistic portrayal of the subject they’re trying to delve into, “Pretty Girls” at least brings that female idealization to the attention of the viewers and listeners.
As someone who’s grown up with Britney Spears’ music, I have to admit that she really does know how to smoothly transition and incorporate current trends in pop music. “Pretty Girls” is a great example of what pop artists should be trying to do to keep themselves relevant in a world filled with Ariana Grandes, Selena Gomezs, and Katy Perrys. Is it a musical work of art that should be cherished for all of eternity? Not really. But I also don’t see Spears’ career fizzling out anytime soon and the song is pretty darn catchy and will certainly get a good amount of radio airplay.
Pop/Dance | RCA Records