I Wanna Go (3:29)

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“I Wanna Go” is a song by American recording artist Britney Spears, released as the third single from her seventh studio album, “Femme Fatale”. It was written and produced by Max Martin and Shellback, with additional writing by Savan Kotecha. Spears first posted a snippet of the track in February 2011, prior to the album’s release. Following a poll on her official website in which fans could choose the third single of the album, “I Wanna Go” was announced as a single on May 13, 2011.

“I Wanna Go” is a dance and Hi-NRG song that features a heavy bassline and drum fills reminiscent of New Order. The pre-chorus has a whistled hook that received comparisons to the music of Bob Sinclar and Frankie Knuckles. Spears’ vocals are processed, and she squeals and stutters throughout the song. The lyrics of “I Wanna Go” feature Spears singing about losing inhibitions. The song received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Some praised it for being effective and highlighted its hook, while others dismissed the processed vocals. The song was treated with different remixes, including a Bollywood mix with guest vocals by Sonu Nigam, and another one by DJ Frank E and Alex Dreamz.

After the release of Femme Fatale, “I Wanna Go” charted due to digital sales in the lower regions of the US Billboard Hot 100 and the Canadian Hot 100, and also topped the South Korean International chart.

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