To make her very first music video outside of America, Britney Spears packed what one can assume are her many bags for London and brought her real-life boyfriend, Jason Trawick, along to star in “Criminal.”
The latest single to be plucked from Femme Fatale, “Criminal” is stylistically a different sort of tune than the three that have preceded it. A break from Britney’s big-club moments, the song’s acoustic-guitar-plus-beats feel — and certainly the repetitive notes — conjure up Mirwais-era Madonna. And while “Britney being bad” was a theme of her “I Wanna Go” video, that was a far more tongue-in-cheek affair than the Bonnie & Clyde vibe that runs through the true-to-its-title “Criminal” clip.
To that end, Spears engages in some violent acts (including a punctuative crotch-kick), but it’s her super-steamy shower scene with Trawick that’s sure to gets folks’ tongues wagging:
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