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Britney Goes Goth in Music Video Set to Marilyn Manson


There was a point in the pop culture timeline when "America's Sweetheart" Britney Spears seemed diametrically opposed to self-described "Antichrist Superstar" Marilyn Manson, but as the '90s fade into generalized nostalgia and the iPod era's musical inclusiveness reigns, it turns out the manufactured froth-pop of Britney and the contrived shock-rock of Manson suddenly don't seem all that mutually exclusive.

At least, that's one possible explanation for the fact that in 2009 Britney Spears filmed a music video to Manson's cover of the Eurythmics' "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)." The bizarre juxtaposition—featuring the audio of Manson's breakout hit with footage of Britney cavorting about in a dark orgy of suggestive, masked nuzzling—was specially filmed for her "Circus" tour in 2009 but unreleased to the general public (or even the eager Internet!) until now.

Peppering her sex kitten coyness with a touch of Gothic melancholia, Britney gyrates on one of those psychiatrist's chair while an assortment of "Eyes Wide Shut" extras rub her body and stare creepily into the camera. Mouthing along to Manson's voice with convincing snarl, Spears actually pulls off the pop-goth crossover, proving that "S&M" Rihanna (and obviously, Madonna of yester-decade) isn't the only pop star who can convincingly tap the Marquis de Sade market.

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