Will.i.am wants to work with Britney Spears again. “Mind Your Business” is Britney Spears and Will.i.am’s second single following the end of her 13-year conservatorship.
Britney Spears and Will.i.am have reunited for the first time since their triple-platinum Smash Scream & Shout in 2012. One decade later, their song is still shattering records: Scream & Shout has reached one billion views on YouTube. The tagline from Scream & Shout appears again in the new song.
He said: “Portugal, 2007, Black Eyed Peas did Rock in Rio and she was the headliner. ‘Dang, we’re rocking right before Britney. We gotta bring it.’ At that time, I transformed into a huge fan because of ‘Toxic.’
That track changed my life as far as how I write and compete in that realm. When I heard ‘bleeearn-neearn-neearn-neearn’ [his version of the ‘Toxic’ intro], we produced ‘No, no, no, no, don’t phunk with my heart.’ Same tempo. I told her that. Amazing. The video.
The chorus. Even that noodle guitar. I still study that song. The structure, and how she performs it — are perfect. That’s when I became an ultra-fan.”
Speaking about how they came to work together, he explained: “The first song I did with her was ‘Big Fat Bass’. Every time I hear that I know that I could have done that better he added.
I love it, but I would change things, still — revisit it. Back then, however, it was that revisiting that resulted in ‘Scream and Shout.’ I had something perfect for ‘Big Fat Bass,’ little catchphrases and its earworms. But ‘Scream and Shout’ became an anthem and continued.
She needed something that she could always perform, that would always arouse crowd participation. My follow-up to that was ‘Work B.’ Deearn-deearn-deearn-deearn BUGATTI. ‘Work B’ is the sassiest. If any producer asked me for my most avant-garde stuff and my intranational planet-shakers, ‘Scream and Shout’ and ‘Work B****’ are at the top of my check-it-out repertoire.”
And he is looking forward to Britney’s musical comeback.
He said: “If Britney gets into the studio to make a record right now, it’s earth-shattering. You see it when she’s dancing on Instagram. You feel it. She wants to let go.
She’s the inspo-est, the most electricity-bottled-up, and ready to burst. She’s love and passion, perspective and introspective. Whenever she wants me to be part of her next project I am there. It’s going to be the most human, something every single person can relate to.”