"Work B---h" (CD single)

 
Catchy single has some racy language but positive message.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Although the song does drop the word bitch repeatedly, the overarching message is that you need to work hard for what you want, whether it's a fit body or a big mansion.

Positive role models

Spears may not have always been the best role model for young girls, but her recent low-key profile shows a more mature side.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

The lyrics ask if you want "a hot body" and to "look hot in a bikini," but it's in reference to working out hard to get it and isn't meant in a sexual way.

Language

The song repeats the word bitch throughout.

Consumerism

The song drops big car names like Bugatti, Maserati, and Lamborghini and talks about "liv[ing] fancy."

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The chorus mentions sipping martinis.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although Britney Spears' single "Work B---h" does use the word bitch a lot, it has a strong positive message about working hard for what you want. With one reference to alcohol and some brand-name dropping, the track is probably best for young teens and up.

What's the story?

Britney Spears' single WORK B---H is another collaboration with producer will.i.am, one of the four members of the Black Eyed Peas. With a relentless dance beat and thick, synthy bass, the motivational track urges the listener to "Ring the alarm / Don't stop now / Just be the champion / Working hard like it's your profession."

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Although "Work B---h" is close to the magic Britney reached in her heyday, it's suffering a bit from lack of direction. At more than four minutes, it's a long track, and the different parts feel somewhat disjointed. Also, Britney's faux British accent feels random and out of place. However, its catchy chorus, unrelenting beat, and thick, bassy sound will surely make it a hit on the dance floor.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the language in the track. Do you think the song would have had the same impact without the profanity?

  • Why do you think Spears uses an accent in the song? Is she trying to portray a character other than herself?

  • Do you like the song? Why or why not? How does it compare to past Spears songs?

Music details

Artist:Britney Spears
Release date:September 17, 2013
Type:Single
Label:RCA
Genre:Pop
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:Yes

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Adult Written byRosebud95 September 21, 2013
age 13+
 

Aggressively motivating

I actually like this song.
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing
Teen, 16 years old Written byrebma97 September 24, 2013
age 12+
 

Catchy, Clean Tune From Britney

I'm not really a fan of Britney Spears, but I liked this song well enough. It's catchy, but pretty standard pop. It seems like it's meant to be one of those dance songs, though, so that explains the repetition. As far as content goes, this song isn't too bad. Britney mentions "b*tch" several times, but otherwise it's not too bad. And it's very clean for a Britney spears song.
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Teen, 14 years old Written byBetty L. September 27, 2013
age 13+
 

A good song with catchy beat!

WORK B***H is a good song. It encourages to work hard for what you want and to be self- motivated. It uses the word b***h a lot, it is an overall positive song. LISTEN!
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much swearing

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