Is Britney Spears Biting Madonna's Ringmaster Style?

Madonna and Britney Spears

Even if you've spent the past six months traveling with an actual circus, you are probably aware that Britney Spears' new album is called Circus and that it hits stores Tuesday.

You are probably also marginally aware that this is her big comeback record (again), and as such, she is back (or so say the legions of her disturbingly dedicated fans). Or that she is fierce and free and, of course, better than ever. And all of those things are fine and good and — to varying degrees — sort of true. But there is one thing you probably aren't aware of ... something shocking and, to be honest, sort of awful: Britney has started wearing a top hat in public. You know, just like a ringmaster. Because her album is called Circus. Get it?

Don't get us wrong, it's not like we don't love a good top hat or stovepipe or even an old-fashioned cylinder hat. Of course we do.

(Check out some of our favorite top hats throughout history here.)

It's just that ... well, we've been seeing a whole lot of them lately. On T-Pain (who reportedly owns something like 300 of them). On one-third of the Jonas Brothers. And, most recently — and prominently — atop the ageless dome of Madonna.

Madonna and Britney Spears

In fact, if you take a look at the photo attached to this blog, you'll notice that the similarities between Maddy and Brit Brit aren't just limited to their choice of headwear. On the left, we have Madonna, onstage this past weekend in Mexico City. Check the top hat, the see-through mesh top and black bra. Look at the black gloves, the hot pants, fishnets and black knee-length boots (ignore the "just-for-show" guitar). Now, look at the photo of Britney, taken Friday night at something called the Bambi Awards. Notice any similarities? We do. For starters, there's, um, like, every freaking last detail?!?!?

Surely, this cannot be a coincidence. One does not slip on a full-body stocking without just cause. One does not don a top hat just for the sake of it.

So we're asking the question: Is Britney totally biting Madonna's style? We want to know — chime in below.