After Britney Spears commanded her millions of followers to work, bitch on her first “Britney Jean” single, the pop superstar has spritzed the gliding mid-tempo ballad “Perfume” as the second offering from her eighth studio album, due out Dec. 3.
Produced by Will.i.am and co-written by Spears and recent Billboard cover star Sia, “Perfume” allows Spears to momentarily discard the confident exterior of “Work Bitch” and express vulnerability over “paranoid” feelings about her romantic interest. “Have you been thinking ’bout her or about me/And while I wait I put on my perfume, yeah I want it all over you/I gotta mark my territory,” Spears admits over waltzing synthesizers and sparkling rhythms.
“‘Perfume’ is incredibly special to me because it hits close to home, and I think the story is relatable to everyone,” Spears told E! about the new track. “Everyone’s been through an insecure moment in a relationship that’s left them vulnerable and I think this song captures that.”
“Britney Jean,” which follows 2011’s “Femme Fatale,” is available for pre-order beginning on Tuesday (Nov. 5). Following Spears’ album release next month, the singer will kick off her “Piece of Me” residency at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas on Dec. 27.
“I have been through a lot in the past few years and it has really inspired me to dig deeper and write songs that I think everyone can relate to,” Spears wrote in a recent letter to fans. “Working with people like Sia, William Orbit, and of course Will.i.am has been an amazing experience. They have listened to all of my ideas and helped me bring them to life.”