Pop mogul Britney Spears has been manning her post at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas for the last four years with her Britney: Piece of Me residency. The show will come to a close New Year’s Eve of this year, and with the looming curtain call comes an apparent shift in the set list.
The 35-year-old singer and dancer performed a gutsy rendition of Bonnie Raitt’s 1991 chart-topping hit “Something to Talk About,” which came along with no backing track, and thus rendered every lip-synching rumor completely useless.
Spears took a break during her busy show of choreographed moves, bejeweled costumes, and larger-than-life props to stand on her own in the spotlight and voice her opinion on the media, the world, and her southern upbringing before unexpectedly diving into the performance.
Via Rolling Stone, Spears is quoted as saying, “I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately, right? This morning I woke up… looked at the news, lot of things going on in the world and stuff… One minute they tear you down, and that’s really horrible, and the next minute you’re on top of the world, but I’ve never really spoke about it. I’m a Southern girl, I’m from Louisiana. I’m from the South, and I like to keep it real, so I just want to make sure I keep having you mother**kers something to talk about.”
In an interview with an Israeli television show earlier this summer, Spears commented on a question regarding what extent of her live shows are real.
Spears’ reply: “Usually because I’m dancing so much I do have a little bit of playback, but there’s a mixture of my voice and the playback,” Spears said. “It really p***es me off because I am busting my a** out there and singing at the same time and nobody ever really gives me any credit for it, you know?”
Well, that settles that!
Check out Spears’ impromptu performance of “Something to Talk About” below.