“I think it sets the bar high,” director Ben Mor boldly declared to MTV about Britney Spears’s new music video for “Work Bitch,” the lead single from the pop singer’s forthcoming eighth studio album. Mor, who directed will.i.am and Spears’s “Scream & Shout” last year, claims the clip features a “more mature” Britney, and if you consider cracking a bullwhip a sign of maturity, then his assessment is spot-on. Shot in the Nevada desert, the video finds Spears flanked by eight female backup dancers in knee-high patent leather boots and black one-pieces, and features CGI sharks and a Lamborghini, natch. With Spears gearing up for her residency at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, it makes sense that the singer is striking a Showgirls pose, but the hottest scenes in “Work Bitch,” in which she writhes in a neon-lit champagne room, are, tellingly, more Cheetah Club than Stardust Casino. Watch the video below:
Spears’s new album is due out December 3rd. The singer kicks off her two-year Las Vegas residency, “Britney Spears: Piece of Me,” on December 27th.