Is Britney Spears‘ team doing damage control? The media – more specifically, and perhaps more importantly, social media – has recently criticized Britney’s less-than-precise dancing, her requests to pre-tape radio interviews, and her disengaged appearance. PopWrap points out that following some backlash of the leave-Britney-alone sort, a dance cut of her most recent video was released, as was the above interview in which she seems more focused than we’ve seen her recently.

We’d argue that Britney doesn’t really need the damage control. “Femme Fatale” sales have been fantastic, and her singles have topped the charts. With recent collaborations heating up and her Twitter presence more lively than ever, the doubters don’t seem to have impacted her don’t-call-it-a-you-know-what much at all.

In the interview, Britney notes that she chose her album title because she felt it conveyed a message of female empowerment. “The most powerful females who have influenced me throughout the years have been Madonna, Whitney Houston,” she says. “I love Barbra Streisand. I think she is very theatrical and I love the way she speaks to people through her music.”

She also touches on her own starstruck moment: “I’ve been starstruck by Brad Pitt, which was out of this world when I met him. When I saw him I actually ran up to him and said, ‘Hello,’ and I was just like, oh my goodness! I couldn’t believe it.”

Okay, so yes, it’s softball stuff, and we’re sure she had the questions in advance and that the video was approved by her people. Still. We like all things Britney. 

Posted by:Carina MacKenzie