How Britney Spears Strongervideo Made Her Diva
Up until the release of 'Stronger,' Britney Spears had not yet truly made the leap from teen pop star to femme fatale. Most — if not all — of her videos were glossy, pastel-colored romps about falling in and out of love. It wasn't until she worked with Joseph Kahn on 'Stronger,' from her 2000 Oops! ... I Did It Again LP, that Spears began to emerge as a darker, more dangerous version of sexy.
'For 'Stronger,' she said, 'I would like to dance in a chair and drive in a car and break up with [my] boyfriend,' ' Kahn told MTV News. ' 'Those are your three elements.' And then, as a director, you go, 'OK, well, how do I make that cool?'
'I think this video is interesting because it's got a very sophisticated, adult look to it,' Kahn (who has helmed dozens of music videos, including Brit's 'Womanizer' and Chris Brown's 'Crawl' ) continued. 'It's definitely a departure from the sort of candy-colored videos she was doing before, so I always thought this was the transition between Britney the teenage pop star and Britney the sort of diva she became.'
Kahn ended up taking those elements and creating a semi-futuristic world in which Spears walks into a club, breaks up with her cheating boyfriend and triumphantly walks in the rain, knowing her life is better off without him. But it was the pivotal dance sequences with the metal chair that defined the aesthetic for the video.
'She pitched it to me as an original concept by herself, but the first thing that came to my mind when I thought of the chair sequence, in terms of how it applies to music videos, was Janet Jackson's 'Pleasure Principle' — the iconic chair sequence in that.' Kahn recalled.
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