Britney Spears previewed another new song this weekend, but instead of broadcasting it to a live audience, she debuted it to a Las Vegas crowd in a surprise — and steamy — performance.
Spears took the stage at Rain, a nightclub within the Palms hotel-casino, at 1 a.m. Sunday morning. About 1,800 people were in attendance, but they weren't expecting nor were they charged for a show from Spears — they were just there to dance. The DJ music stopped, Rain co-owner Scott DeGraff told MTV News, and people were bewildered as a group of five or six dancers took the stage, shielding the singer. When she broke out from behind them, the crowd roared.
"We've done a lot of crazy things," DeGraff said. "This is going to be a tough one to top. There were an awful lot of celebrities there, from Dr. J to Michael Keaton, and they were all surprised. Only a very select group of people knew about it, the ones who had to pull it off."
Spears started her 30-minute set with "Me Against the Music," which she previously performed at the NFL Kickoff Live concert (see "Britney Spears To Perform Two New Songs On NFL TV Special"), and unveiled "Breathe on Me," both from her still-untitled next album, due November 18. During her performance, a giant black-and-white daybed lounger rolled out onstage. Spears and her dancers crawled on the floor to get to it, and then crawled onto it and each other while pretending to make out. One of the dancers ripped Spears' top off, exposing her red bra.
"This wasn't a Madonna situation," DeGraff said. "But there were simulated gyrations."
Spears also did a medley of the previous hits "I'm a Slave 4 U" and "... Baby One More Time."