Britney Spears’ video for “I’m a Slave 4 U” — the first of two recently filmed clips from her new album, Britney — might look familiar to fans who saw her debut the song earlier this month at the Video Music Awards.
In the clip, Spears and 15 dancers employ the same choreography seen in her VMA performance (see “Britney, J.Lo, ‘NSYNC Turn To Jungle, Ja Rule Jacko For VMA Performances” ), only this time the bunch is moving and grooving in an underground Asian bath house. Spears is portrayed as a slave to the music who dances all night until she and the other dancers are sweaty and near dehydration, forcing them to search for water.
“I’m a Slave 4 U” is the first single from her third album, due November 6. Francis Lawrence (Destiny’s Child, Backstreet Boys) directed the video, shot on a soundstage in Universal City, California, over Labor Day weekend.
A video for “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman” was shot early last month by director Wayne Isham (‘NSYNC, Metallica), according to Spears’ publicist at Jive Records, though further details are being kept under wraps. The Britney ballad will be featured in her upcoming still-untitled film (see “Britney Is That Innocent — In The Movies At Least” ).
In addition to her ever-increasing visibility on the small screen and silver screen, Spears is on her way to becoming a familiar face on computer screens. Last week she entered into an exclusive agreement with video game publisher THQ Inc., the company responsible for “Rugrats” and WWF wrestling games, among other titles.
No word yet if Spears will be crawling around the rec room with Chucky or grappling with the Rock in a steel cage, but the first as-yet-untitled Spears game is scheduled for a spring release and will make use of new video technology, according to a THQ publicist. THQ plans to create Britney-themed games for the PlayStation 2, Nintendo Game Boy Advance and PC through 2005.
Go behind the scenes of Britney Spears’ “I’m a Slave 4 U” video when a new episode of MTV’s “Making the Video” premieres at 5 p.m. ET on September 24.
For a full interview with Britney, check out “Britney Spears: Pop Rocks!”