Today we celebrate the 5th birthday of the iconic ‘Till The World Ends (Femme Fatale Remix).’
After an already successful top ten entry for, ‘Till The World Ends,’ Britney’s second single off her seventh studio album, ‘Femme Fatale,’ a remixed version of the song featuring Kesha and rapper Nicki Minaj leaked online on April 22, 2011. The Femme Fatale Remix was released on iTunes on April 25, 2011.
Britney uploaded a picture of the cover art to her Twitter account on the same day as the single release. Kesha told MTV News, “I’m a massive fan of both the ladies I share the track with. I wrote ‘TTWE’ for Britney […] and she killed it and I loved it, but I just thought a super group of three hot, strong women could just take over the airwaves,’’ and boy did it do just that!
Although the majority of the track was similar to the original, the extra added intro and a Drum and Bass elements to the track similar to Britney’s, ‘Hold It Against Me,’ made the track that extra special.
Minaj’s rap in the track (praised by critics and fans alike) and Ke$ha’s rough edge to the bridge made this one of our favourite remixes of all time! The remix helped the track reach the top 5 in the Billboard charts.
Pitchfork Media listed the remix in their Top 100 tracks of 2011 list stating, ‘Till the World Ends’ was already the best Britney single since ‘Toxic’, an ecstatic Euroclub floor-filler about wanting to dance until the world ends and other important matters. Then they added the Nicki Minaj verse. In her 45-second evisceration, Nicki manages to squeeze in chicken noises and the words ‘poultry’, ‘Epsom salt’, and ‘Ricki Lake’– not to mention the immortal diss ‘Sniff, sniff, criiiies/ I done slayed your entire fucking liiiiife.’ (Fact: In 2011, pretty much any song in the world could be made infinitely better by the addition of a Nicki Minaj verse.) Sprinkle a little bit of Ke$ha, the song’s co-writer, on the chorus, and you’ve got a three-headed diva Hydra that sums up the recent changing of the femme pop guard from airbrushed and perfect to (relatively) weird and chaotic. It’s the year’s greatest quickie cash-in remix created to boost the chart position of a floundering single. Considering the ubiquity of the practice, that’s saying something.’
Unfortunately, no music video was filmed for the remix, much to our disappointment! Let’s celebrate by listening to the track! We will be dancing on tables until security kicks us out!
Happy Birthday, ‘Till The World Ends (Femme Fatale Remix),’ we salute you!