Britney Spears. (Getty Images)will.i.am. (FilmMagic)After months of teasing their collaboration, Britney Spears and will.i.am finally debuted "Scream and Shout" on Ryan Seacrest's radio show on Monday … and it's not exactly worthy of all the hype. The four-and-a-half minute song begins with a very Black Eyed Peas dance beat and a British female voice — there are mixed reports on whether or not it's Spears — saying repeatedly, "When we up in the club/all eyes on us." After 45 seconds, will.i.am appears, with the actual Spears close behind him when she sings back-up on the chorus, "I wanna scream and shout and let it all out" — and that's about all she contributes. Another male voice announces, "You are rocking with will.i.am and …" then we hear her infamous "Britney, bitch" from her song, "Gimme More."
Of the single, from his upcoming #willpower solo album, Britney gushed to Seacrest, "I can't sit down. I have to dance. I wanna dance. I felt like I'm at the club." The singer, who worked with will.i.am previously on her 2011 song "Big Fat Bass," added, "I generally have a good time [recording with him]."
"Scream and Shout" leaked online over the weekend, prompting Spears and will.i.am to release it officially on Monday. Their original plan was to have the track and video come out on the same day, this Thursday, when the video makes its debut on Spears' "The X Factor." The video will have "uber fresh fashion," promises will.i.am, who talked about the disappointing leak to Billboard on the red carpet at the American Music Awards on Sunday night. "The young kids brought their game. I don't want to say it's 'swag.' Because swag is … it's dope, but this is beyond swag. This is swag in reverse, which is gaws."
#willpower is set to be released in early 2013 and will also feature collaborations with Chris Brown, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, and David Guetta.
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