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“Radar” is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears. It was written and produced by Bloodshy & Avant and The Clutch in November 2006 as a record that did not relate to any of her personal problems at the time. The recording sessions took place the day after Spears filed for divorce from Kevin Federline, and members of The Clutch claimed to be surprised by her work ethic. “Radar” was originally planned to be released as the third single from Blackout, but “Break the Ice” was released instead. The song was then planned as the fourth single; in July 2008, a CD single was released in some countries, but a wider release was cancelled. “Radar” was later included as a bonus track on her sixth studio album Circus, and was released in June 2009 as the fourth single from that album.

Musically, “Radar” is an electropop and synthpop song, that runs through a midtempo dance groove. Spears’ vocals are auto tuned and accompanied by sonar pulses and a heavy usage of distorted synthesizers. The song is influenced by the works of Rihanna. The lyrics refer to an attraction between the protagonist and a man, while she wonders if he knows what she is feeling. “Radar” received mixed reviews from critics; some called it one of the highlights of Blackout, while others felt that it was over-produced and also criticized her vocals for being processed. In July 2008, “Radar” charted in the top forty of Ireland and New Zealand, and inside the top-ten in Sweden.


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