According to Jive Records , a representative of the label played a rough mix of the song for people at the station, who recorded it and leaked it on the Internet. The snippet was later removed from the website. Problems playing this file? The track opens with its characteristical sirens. Lyrically, the song refers to a womanizing man. Upon release, the song received mostly positive reviews from contemporary music critics.
Peter Robinson of The Observer gave the song the maximum five stars referring to it as a "comeback single" and as having a "genius hook ".
He added that the song "[has] been called lazy, largely by misinformed people who also think that Kylie 's 'la la la's would have been better with proper words". Spears had previously won the category in the ceremony for her single "Toxic". In the United States, the song entered the Billboard Hot at number ninety-six on the issue dated October 8, The following week, the song jumped to number one breaking the records for largest jump to number one and largest jump to any position in the history of the chart, previously held by T.
Baby One More Time " in It's not like a movie, it's more like a musical. You know, if I say 'on the hi-hat here or on the drumbeat here, I want my leg to be in the air. It's very rare to find people that still know how to do that. For the Record , whereas Kahn approached it as "a answer" to the previous clip. He added that, "'Toxic' was a crystallization of her career at that time, [ There are things she's really good at, like having a really natural knack for knowing what girls want.
She's hyper-aware of pop culture ". The scenes in the sauna were suggested by Kahn, as a response to the attacks Spears received over the years about her weight. He stated, "I knew that the whole world would be watching, so I wanted something in there that stated, 'This is Britney, this is why you should respect her'". The set was cleared for two hours, leaving her and Kahn alone shooting the sequence. The uncensored version premiered on MTV the same night.
The video begins with an opening caption that reads "Womanizer". During the introduction, Spears is naked and smiling at a sauna, while covering herself with her hands. These scenes are seen throughout the video. When the first verse begins, the official version of Spears wearing a slip nightgown is making breakfast for her boyfriend Brandon Stoughton as he gets ready for work. When he is at the office, he sees a new secretary, which is actually Spears in disguise wearing horn-rimmed glasses and a pencil skirt.
She starts dancing in front of him and sings the chorus. She makes him follow her into the photocopier, where she photocopies her buttocks. On the back, we see an awkward-looking man, the same who appears in the plane scene on " Toxic ".
Then, Spears is disguised as a red-haired, tattooed waitress in a restaurant. She dances around him with her dancers and plays with him over the kitchen counter. After this, her boyfriend is seen getting driven home by Spears, disguised as a chauffeur. She starts to kiss him, driving the car with her heel until both get home. Once they get into the bedroom, Spears reveals that she was the three women he was "womanizing" all along. She then begins attacking her boyfriend. This is shown through Spears as her three alter egos, and then as the real version of herself.
Spears throws a blanket over her boyfriend and makes the bed. The video ends with Spears smiling, and a repeat of the opening caption. Piece of Me residency concert. The song was performed for the first time at the Bambi Awards in Germany, on November 27, For the performance Spears wore hot pants, fishnet stockings and a black top hat. The following day, she performed at NTV Best Artist in a black and gold bra, hot pants and a white top hat.
She also sported a fake tattooed heart in her cheek. After a video interlude of Spears's music videos set to " Break the Ice " ended, Spears appeared wearing a police officer uniform designed by Dean and Dan Caten , with black sunglasses, a hat with her trademark logo and sequined handcuffs. Her female dancers were also dressed as policewomen, while her male dancers were dressed as criminals. At the end of the song, she returned to the main stage while her dancers surrounded her and a shower of sparks fell over them.
She left the stage with an instrumental version of "Circus" playing in the background. Following " I Wanna Go ", which featured her dancing with members of the audience onstage, Spears performed "Womanizer" while surrounded by her dancers dressed as police officers.
Shirley Halperin of The Hollywood Reporter stated that "[the] mid-tempo numbers [ She is accompanied by dancers clad in spandex outfits and masks, and walks on their backs.
Cover versions[ edit ] "Womanizer" has been covered by many artists from a variety of music genres , as well as a great number of amateurs. Music Pepsi Smash show in December It was performed in an acoustic version, in which the band members played percussions with beer bottles. The cover also included an excerpt from The Turtles 's " Happy Together ". Lead singer Alex Kapranos claimed "It's been the best song out in the last few months".
Live from the O2. In the Glee episode " Britney 2.