- Piece of Me
Name = Piece of Me
Format = Airplay,
CD single, digital download, maxi single, 5" single, 12" single
from Album = Blackout
Gimme More/Kimme More Version feat. Lil' Kim
Released = Start date|2007|11|27|df=no
(see release history)
Recorded = 2007
Length = 3:32 (Album version)
3:09 (Video/Radio edit)
Label = Jive
Writer = Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, Klas Åhlund
Bloodshy & Avant
Certification = Platinum (Australia,
Gold (New Zealand, Canada)
Last single = "
This single = "Piece of Me"
Next single = "
Break the Ice"
Misc =Extra track listing
Album = Blackout
prev_track = "
prev_no = 1
Type = single
this_track = "Piece of Me"
track_no = 2
next_track = "Radar"
next_no = 3
"Piece of Me" is the triple
MTV Video Music Awardwinning [cite news|url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20224095,00.html|title=Britney Wins Big at the VMAs|last=Orloff|first=Brian|date=2008-09-15|publisher=People.com|accessdate=2008-09-15] [cite news|url=http://www.reuters.com/article/topNews/idUKN0438335720080908|title=Britney Spears Sweeps VMAs|last=Goodman|first=Dean|date=2008-09-30|publisher=Reuters.com|accessdate=2008-09-30] second single from American pop singer Britney Spears' fifth studio album "Blackout". The song was written by Christian Karlsson, Pontus Winnberg, and Klas Åhlund, and produced by Bloodshy & Avant.
The song was released second single from the album and it was a major worldwide hit, peaking inside the top ten in most countries, and reaching number one in
Ireland. It was also successful in clubs, reaching number one in various Dance Club Play charts, including those in the United Statesand Australia. It was also one of her most successful singles in the United Kingdom.
The song is ranked at #15 on The Rolling Stones list of The 100 Best Songs of 2007.
"Piece of Me" was written by Swedish duo Christian Karlsson and Pontus Winnberg, professionally known as
Bloodshy & Avant, and Klas Åhlund,for Spears' fifth studio album, "Blackout". Although Spears was not credited as writer of the song, her A&Rrep, Teresa LaBarbera Whites, stated that she was involved in the songs and how they turned out.Cite news |last=Vineyard |first=Jennifer |title=Britney Spears's New Album, Blackout: A Track-By-Track Report |url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1571813/20071012/spears_britney.jhtml |work=MTV News |publisher=MTV Networks |date=( October 12, 2007) |accessdate=2008-01-30] The song was recorded in response to the constant media scrutiny and sensationalism of her private life. In a radio interview with Ryan Seacrest, Spears said of the song: "Wherever you go, there's a lot of people who ask questions, and sometimes you don't know their intentions and stuff like that. So, it's kind of a cute way of putting it out there. You know, like, 'You want a piece of me?', you know, in a cool, cute and clever way. It's a cute song ... I like it." [Cite news |author=Staff |title=The Weekend Fix: Celebrity Birthdays, the latest news, The 'American Gangster' Movie Minute and more. |url=http://www.mtv.ca/news/article.jhtml?id=4967 |work= MTV News Canada|publisher=CTVglobemedia |date=( November 02, 2007) |accessdate=2008-01-28] Swedish pop singer Robynoriginally recorded a demo of this song after Klas Åhlundwrote it. Her vocals remain in the background on Britney's recorded version. The track was produced by Bloodshy & Avant, who produced Spears' Grammy Award-winning single, "Toxic".
"Piece of Me" is a pop-groove song with a duration of three minutes and thirty-two seconds, and is 115 beats per minute (BPM). It is composed in the key of C# minor,Cite web |last= |first= |title=Piece of Me |url=http://www.sheetmusicdirect.us/search/productDetail.do?itemId=1000059070 |work= |publisher=Sheetmusicdirect.us |date= |accessdate=2008-01-18] and is set in
common time, in 4/4 count. The melodyruns through a down-tempodance beat, and highlights loud '80s-influenced synth.Cite news |last=Lamb |first=Bill |title=Britney Spears - Piece of Me |url=http://top40.about.com/od/singles/gr/pieceofme.htm |work=About.com |publisher=About, Inc. |date= |accessdate=2007-12-30] Spears' voice is heavily synthesizedCite news |last=Sanneh |first=Kelefa |title=‘Miss Bad Media Karma’ Sings, Too |url=http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/29/arts/music/29spea.html?_r=1&oref=slogin |work=The New York Times |publisher=The New York Times Company |date=( November 29, 2007) |accessdate=2007-12-07] and constantly shifts in pitch. [Cite web |last=Ewing |first=Tom |title=Britney in the Black Lodge (Damn Fine Album) |url=http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/feature/47096-column-poptimist-10 |work=Pitchfork Media |publisher=Pitchfork Media Inc. |date= November 20, 2007|accessdate=2008-01-20] The track consists of over-the-top vocal distortions, causing a split sound effect, making it difficult to discern which voice is Spears'. [Cite web |last=Al-Msaibeeh |first=Laith |title=Profound comeback blacks out negative press for pop princess |url=http://www.the-index.org/cgi-bin/story.php?story=1043britney07 |work= |publisher=Oshkosh West Index |date= November 10, 2007|accessdate=2008-01-19] It is dominated by a series of squelching beats and bleeps, introduced in the sludgy basslinebeginning of the melody. Background vocalsfor "Piece of Me" were performed by Robyn. The song has a background of Middle Eastern-like percussion finger cymbals.
"Piece of Me" is constructed in the common
verse-choruspattern. The lyrics are written like a biography retelling Spears' mishaps, sung in nearly spoken manner. "Piece of Me" starts with a pre-verse before its main verse. The chorus repeatedly asks "You want a piece of me?" which slightly changes in melody to "You wanna piece of me?" [Cite news |last=Sung |first=Hannah |title=Britney's Back in 'Blackout' |url=http://music.aol.ca/article/britney-spears-blackout/214/ |work=AOL Music |publisher= |date= |accessdate=2008-01-19] There are also rhyming lyrics of "rich and famous" with "shameless" in the chorus. The producers chimes in when she sings "Extra! Extra!" A new pre-verse and verse is created after the first chorus. [Cite news |last=Friedman |first=Roger |title=Britney Spears' Album: First Listen to New Songs |url=http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,298482,00.html |work= Fox News|publisher=FOX News Network, LLC |date=( September 28, 2007) |accessdate=2008-01-19] The bridge follows after the second chorus using the same lyrics in the first pre-verse. "Piece of Me" ends in a repeated chorus.
Release and cover artwork
"Piece of Me" was officially released on
January 7, 2008, in the U.S. and the UK [Cite web |last= |first= |title=Piece of Me |url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/discography/more.jsp?tp=singles&pid=290150&aid=1103829#artAlbumMoreContainer |work=Billboard |publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc. |date= |accessdate=2008-02-12] [Cite web |last= |first= |title=Piece of Me - Out Now! |url=http://www.sonybmgmusic.co.uk/artists/britney_spears/8069/ |work=Sony BMG UK |publisher=Sony BMG Music Entertainment (UK) |date= January 07, 2008|accessdate=2008-02-12] , but had already received radio airplaybefore then.
An alternate cover for the
CD singlefeatured images of Spears' fans making up the main image of her in a montage form. Fans that had signed up for Sony BMG UKBritney Spears updates received the e-mail informing them. The cover was revealed on January 4, 2008. [Cite web |last= |first= |title=Piece of Britney Sleeve contest |url=http://www.gimmemorebritney.co.uk/sendpic.php |work= |publisher= |date= December 06, 2007|accessdate=2007-12-06]
Prior to the release of "Blackout", "Piece of Me" was among the critically praised and recommended of the album's tracks. Margeaux Watson of "
Entertainment Weekly" praised "Piece of Me" stating it "is a rump shaker that finds Spears venting." [Cite web |last=Watson |first=Margeaux |title=Music Review: "Blackout" (2007) |url=http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20153719,00.html |work= Entertainment Weekly|publisher=Entertainment Weekly and Time Inc. |date= October 23, 2007|accessdate=2007-12-10] Chuck Taylor of "Billboard" said that "the song drips and drools '80s synths, alongside a drowsy midtempo clip, as Brit sings in a heavily layered near-monotone." [Cite web |last=Taylor |first=Chuck |title=Single Review: "Piece of Me" |url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/content_display/reviews/singles/e3ifdb433cd9235b856d1d39ec2ff8fe4e5 |work=Billboard |publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc. |date= |accessdate=2008-01-26] Bill Lamb from about.comwrote that the song is brilliant, and is one reason to listen to "Blackout". [Cite web |last=Lamb |first=Bill |title=Music Review: "Piece of Me" |url=http://top40.about.com/b/2007/11/30/review-britney-spears-piece-of-me.htm |work= About.com|date= November 30, 2007|accessdate=2007-10-13] Kelefa Sanneh of " New York Times" defined "Piece of Me" as: " [a song] introduced by a sludgy bass line, Ms. Spears waxes defensive, in a heavily synthesized voice that's the main (and sometimes only) instrument." Alex Fletcher of Digital Spynoted that the song's "fat, squelching series of beats and bleeps" is "an electro-thudding cry of defiance." [Cite web |last=Fletcher |first=Alex |title=Britney Spears: "Piece of Me" |url=http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/a81637/britney-spears-piece-of-me.html |work= Digital Spy|publisher=Digital Spy Limited |date= December 14, 2007|accessdate=2008-01-26] Jennifer Vineyard reported that "Spears' mission statement of sorts, finds the singer so vocoder-ized that it's hard to tell where the real Britney begins and ends — which is part of the point."
"Piece of Me" gained attention from critics for its introspective content. " [Cite news |last=Oliver-Hornyak |first=Kelly |title=New album redefines Britney Spears |url=http://media.www.thelantern.com/media/storage/paper333/news/2007/10/31/Arts/New-Album.Redefines.Britney.Spears-3068583.shtml |work=The Lantern |publisher=College Publisher |date=
October 31, 2007|accessdate=2008-01-30] Bill Lamb commented that "Britney Spears answers all of the critics directly, forcefully, and fearlessly," giving the song four and a half stars out of five. [Cite web |last=Lamb |first=Bill |title=Britney Spears - Piece of Me |url=http://top40.about.com/od/singles/gr/pieceofme.htm |work= About.com|date= |accessdate=2008-01-30] Melissa Maerz of " Rolling Stone" referred to it as "tabloid-bashing banger" and a "must hear song," [Cite web |last=Maerz |author=Melissa |title=Album Review: "Blackout" |url=http://www.rollingstone.com/reviews/album/17046611/review/17118068/blackout |work= |publisher= Rolling Stone|date= November 15, 2007|accessdate=2008-01-26] while including it in their annual "100 Best Songs of the Year" at number fifteen. [Cite web |last= |first= |title=The 100 Best Songs of 2007 |url=http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/17601363/the_100_best_songs_of_2007/4 |work= |publisher= Rolling Stone|date= December 11, 2007|accessdate=2008-01-26] Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusiccommented that Bloodshy & Avant "try desperately to craft a defiant anthem for this tabloid fixture." [Cite web |last=Erlewine |first=Stephen Thomas |title=Blackout |url=http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:wxfrxzlhldse~T1 |work=Allmusic |publisher=Macrovision Company |date= |accessdate=2008-02-12]
The music video was filmed on
November 27and November 28, 2007, at the exclusive Hollywoodnightclub and restaurant, Social Hollywood.Cite news |last=Aswad |first=Jem |title=Britney Spears Shoots 'Piece Of Me' Video, Using Pursued-By-Paparazzi Theme |url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1575195/20071128/spears_britney.jhtml |work=MTV News |publisher=MTV Networks |date=( November 28, 2007|accessdate=2008-02-12] It was directed by Wayne Isham, who had previously worked with Spears in the video " I'm Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman," and in the international Pepsicommercial campaign in 2002. On November 30, 2007, the "Britney Spears Wants a Piece of You" contest was launched in which fans could make videos of "Piece of Me" themselves using MTV's Video Remixer.Cite news |last=Vineyard |first=Jennifer |title=BBritney Spears Launches Fan-Made-Video Contest -- Winning Clip To Air On 'TRL' |url=http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1575400/20071129/spears_britney.jhtml |work=MTV News |publisher=MTV Networks |date=( November 29, 2007|accessdate=2008-02-12] Cite news |last=Nudd |first=Tim |title=Britney Spears Wants You to Direct Her Next Music Video |url=http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20163651,00.html |work=People |publisher=Time Inc. |date=( November 30, 2007) |accessdate=2007-12-06] The clips used images of Spears over the years, including interviews, red-carpet appearances and performances. MTV, Jive Recordsand Spears chose the winner, which aired on MTV's " Total Request Live" on December 20. MTV premiered the video of "Piece of Me" on December 14. It currently holds a 4/5 rating on iTunes based on over 543 reviews as of August 25th, 2008 and is also her best-selling music video. [Cite web |last=Lamb |first=Bill |title=Britney Spears "Piece of Me" Video - Taking No Prisoners |url=http://top40.about.com/b/2007/12/15/britney-spears-piece-of-me-video-taking-no-prisoners.htm |work=About |publisher=About, Inc. |date= December 15, 2007|accessdate=2008-02-12]
The music video for "Piece of Me" follows a
paparazzitheme. The clip begins with a group of paparazzi taking pictures outside a residential area. Spears exposes her bottom and wiggles it for all to see, while various blonde-haired girls are changing clothes, putting makeup on and playfully dancing. Spears shows up in front of a multi-colored, illuminated background wearing a brown-fur vest, black bra and destroyed jeans. Scenes with Spears tearing negative tabloid covers down and creating positive ones are interpolated in the video. Spears later joins the other girls who have changed into matching blonde-bob wigs, dark sunglasses, and black trench coats as they enter a car being hounded by paparazzi, a representation of Spears' life. The girls make it to the party and exit the car in different clothes. Inside the party, a rogue paparazzi joins the girls in the bathroom, but Spears spots him at the end. The girls are seen back at the apartment watching an entertainment news program, in which the "Britney invasion" from earlier is reported. The final scene shows a close-up of Spears' smirking.
With 50.1 million views, it had so far become the thirteenth most viewed video ever on
You Tube, the eighth most viewed music video, and the sixth most discussed and commented video. The video was removed and then re-uploaded roughly two weeks later with a restarted view-count. The re-uploaded music video now has received a further 3,647,074 million views as of 5th October 2008
The video shoot cost approximately $500,000 U.S dollars.
"Piece of Me" debuted on
November 17, 2007, on the U.S."Billboard" Hot 100 at number sixty-five, [Cite web |last= |first= |title=The Billboard Hot 100: Piece of Me |url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=379&cfgn=Singles&cfn=The+Billboard+Hot+100&ci=3087927&cdi=9491098&cid=11%2F17%2F2007 |work=Billboard |publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc. |date= November 17, 2007|accessdate=2007-02-12] as well as at number thirty-seven on the Canadian Hot 100. [Cite web |last= |first= |title=Canadian Hot 100: Piece of Me |url=http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/esearch/chart_display.jsp?cfi=793&cfgn=Singles&cfn=Canadian+Hot+100&ci=3087914&cdi=9490432&cid=11%2F17%2F2007 |work=Billboard |publisher=Nielsen Business Media, Inc. |date= November 17, 2007|accessdate=2007-02-12] After the release of the single's music video, "Piece of Me" climbed up the charts. On January 5, 2008, the single rose to number twenty-one, receiving the "Greatest Gainer" certification. [Cite web |last= |first= |title=Billboard Hot 100 |url=http://acharts.us/billboard_hot_100/2008/01 |work= |publisher=αCharts.us |date=chart dated January 05, 2008|accessdate=2007-02-12] On February 9, "Piece of Me" peaked at number eighteen, [Cite web |last= |first= |title=Billboard Hot 100 |url=http://acharts.us/billboard_hot_100/2008/06 |work= |publisher=αCharts.us |date=chart dated February 9, 2008|accessdate=2007-02-12] and stayed on the chart for twenty weeks before being removed from the Hot 100 due to "Billboard" deletion criteria.Cite web |last= |first= |title="Piece of Me" Global Chart Positions and Trajectories |url=http://acharts.us/song/29207 |work= |publisher=αCharts |date= |accessdate=2008-01-14] It then charted on the Hot 100 Singles Recurrentsat nine on the week of April 05, 2008, due to digital sales, as well as a somewhat high airplay. The single has been certified Platinumby the RIAA. [ [http://www.riaa.com/goldandplatinumdata.php?resultpage=1&table=SEARCH_RESULTS&action=&title=Piece&artist=Britney&format=SINGLE&debutLP=&category=&sex=&releaseDate=&requestNo=&type=&level=&label=&company=&certificationDate=&awardDescription=&catalogNo=&aSex=&rec_id=&charField=&gold=&platinum=&multiPlat=&level2=&certDate=&album=&id=&after=&before=&startMonth=1&endMonth=1&startYear=1958&endYear=2008&sort=Artist&perPage=25 RIAA - "Piece of Me" Certification] RIAA.com] .
The single debuted at number two on the Australian Singles Chart on
February 4, 2008. [Cite web |last= |first= |title=Australia Singles Top 50 |url=http://acharts.us/australia_singles_top_50/2008/06 |work= |publisher=αCharts.us |date=chart dated February 04, 2008|accessdate=2007-02-12] Certified Platinum by ARIA, [ [http://www.ariacharts.com.au/pages/charts_display.asp?chart=1U50 Top 50 Singles Chart - Australian Record Industry Association ] ] the single also spent nine consecutive weeks at number one on the Australian Dance Chart, while simultaneously topping the Australian Airplay Chart. The track enjoyed a second surge in support by fans which saw it climb back to the top of the Australian Dance Chart. It held the number one spot for thirteen weeks, and achieved Platinum status.
United Kingdom, "Piece of Me" debuted at number sixty-nine on December 24, 2007. [Cite web |last= |first= |title=UK Singles Top 75 |url=http://acharts.us/uk_singles_top_75/2007/52 |work= |publisher=αCharts.us |date=chart dated December 24, 2007|accessdate=2007-02-12] From number nineteen on January 7, "Piece of Me" propelled to number two on January 14, 2008, after its physical release, [Cite web |last= |first= |title=UK Singles Top 75 |url=http://acharts.us/uk_singles_top_75/2008/03 |work= |publisher=αCharts.us |date=chart dated January 14, 2008|accessdate=2007-02-12] surpassing the peak position of its predecessor, " Gimme More," which peaked at number three in 2007. In the UK, as of March 2, 2008, "Piece of Me" has sold 147,382. The single stayed in the top seventy-five for twenty-three weeks. The song entered the Irish Singles Charton December 20, 2007, at number twenty-four, [Cite web |last= |first= |title=Ireland Singles Top 50 |url=http://acharts.us/ireland_singles_top_50/2007/51 |work= |publisher=αCharts.us |date=chart dated December 20, 2007|accessdate=2007-02-12] and after four weeks on the chart, it reached the top spot on January 12, 2008. [Cite web |last= |first= |title=Ireland Singles Top 50 |url=http://acharts.us/ireland_singles_top_50/2008/02 |work= |publisher=αCharts.us |date=chart dated January 12, 2008|accessdate=2007-02-12] "Piece of Me" became her seventh Irish number-one single, tying with Madonna as solo female artist with the most number ones in the country. "Piece of Me" has also reached the top ten in Denmark, Finland, Greece, and Sweden, where the single had it's first chart entry. In Italy, the single spent fifthteen consecutive weeks in the Top 15 and thirty consecutive weeks in the Top 30, peaking at number five, becoming one of Spears' most successful singles in the country.
The single debuted in
New Zealandat number thirty-four on December 31, 2007. [Cite web |last= |first= |title=New Zealand Top 40 |url=http://acharts.us/nz_singles_top_40/2008/01 |work= |publisher=αCharts.us |date=chart dated December 31, 2007|accessdate=2007-02-12] "Piece of Me" peaked at number four on February 4, 2008, surpassing the achievements of "Gimme More," which peaked at number fifteen in October 2007. The single was certified gold after thirteen weeks on the chart. "Piece Of Me" is Spears' highest charting single in New Zealand since Toxic, which peaked at number two in April 2004. [ [http://www.rianz.org.nz/rianz/chart.asp RIANZ ] ] The song remained on the chart for twenty weeks, becoming one of her biggest hits there.
In Latin America, the single peaked at number six in the
Latin America Top 40, making Spears' fourth entry in the top ten on the chart. [ [http://toplatino.net/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=786 Ranking del 13 de Abril del 2008] ]
After being off the Billboard charts for months, Piece of Me has re-entered the Hot Digital Songs Chart at #130 and on this week chart is at number #93, the music video is currently number 29 on iTunes Top 100 Music Videos.
Track listings and versions
Major formats released for "Piece of Me":;European/Australian Maxi CD Single (88697 186802)(Released:
January 11, 2008)
# "Piece of Me" (Album Version) – 3:32
# "Piece Of Me" video 3:10
# "Piece of Me" (
Bloodshy & Avant's Böz o lö Remix) – 4:55
# "Piece of Me" (Bimbo Jones Remix) – 6:26
# "Piece of Me" (Vito Benito Remix) – 6:46
Gimme More" ("Kimme More" Remix) (featuring Lil' Kim) – 4:14;The Remixes - EP [Digital] (Released: January 28, 2008)
# "Piece of Me" – 3:33
# "Piece of Me" (Bloodshy & Avant's Böz o lö Remix) – 4:55
# "Piece of Me" (Tiësto Radio Edit) – 3:25
# "Piece of Me" (Junior Vasquez and Johnny Vicious Radio Edit) – 3:40
# "Piece of Me" (Friscia and Lamboy Radio Edit) – 3:29
# "Piece of Me" (Sly & Robbie Reggae Remix) (featuring Cherine Anderson) – 4:19
Credits and personnel
*Written by: C. Karlsson, P. Winnberg &
Bloodshy & Avant
*Recorded by: Bloodshy & Avant at Bloodshy & Avant Studios,
Stockholm, Swedenand Chalice Recording Studios, Los Angeles, California
*Mixed by: Niklas Flyckt at Mandarine Studios, Stockholm, Sweden
*Keyboard, Programming, Bass & Guitar by: Bloodshy & Avant
*Additional Guitar by: Henrik Jonback
*Additional Bass: by
*Background Vocals by: Robyn Carlsson
*Mastered by: Tom Coyne at Sterling Sound,
New York City
* [http://www.britneyspears.com/ Britney Spears's official website]
* [http://www.britney.com/ Britney Spears's Blackout official website]
* [http://www.thatchickensite.com/letters/britney The Rubber Chicken - Deconstructing "Piece of Me"] - A satirical line-by-line breakdown of the lyrics.
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