Britney and Madonna may have already kissed, but now Madonna’s playing hard to get.
In Spears’ upcoming video for “Me Against the Music,” Madonna lures the pop princess through a mazelike underground after-hours club, only to disappear into thin air when Britney gets close enough to touch.
According to the treatment for the video, shot last week in New York with director Paul Hunter (J. Lo, Deftones), the pop singers discover they’re reverse images of each other, from their dance moves to the way they dress. Britney wears black to Madonna’s white. Britney is hipster to Madonna’s old-school. Britney’s section of the club is populated with cool kids, flaunting pink and purple hair while taking whiffs from an oxygen tank, while Madonna’s stakes claim to a territory filled with men in suits, smoking cigars.
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Though the areas are separated by a wall, somehow Britney can sense Madonna on the other side. At first, it seems like they have a psychic or telepathic connection — but then Madonna’s visage starts appearing on television monitors throughout the club, making Britney more determined to find her.
As if the ESP element wasn’t enough, the club proves not to be governed by the usual rules of reality in other areas, such as when Madonna finds herself a room covered with fallen leaves, where she can stand on a swing to amuse herself. But instead of wondering how the leaves got inside in the first place, she’s more concerned with coaxing Britney to rid herself of her inhibitions: “Hey, Britney, you say you wanna lose control/ Sexy lady, I’d rather see you bare your soul/ If you think you’re so hot, better show me what you got/ Let me see you dance.”
Madonna’s solo, however, turns out to be but a siren’s song, as she is nowhere to be found once Britney hears the call and makes it to the swing room. Over the course of several rooms, Britney searches desperately as Madonna plays an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with her.
But fans can easily find both singers beginning October 21, when “Making the Video: Britney Spears” premieres at 11 p.m.
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