In an excellent case of “here’s a phrase you won’t read every day”, Britney Spears has established herself as an unlikely figurehead in the fight against Somali pirates.
According to reports, Britney’s hits, including Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time, are employed by British naval officers to scare off pirates along the east coast of Africa. Perhaps nothing else – not guns, not harpoons – is as intimidating as the sound of Mrs. Spears singing “Ooh baby baby!”
Merchant Navy officer Rachel Owens explained the tactic to Metro: “His songs were chosen by the security team because they thought pirates would hate them the most. These guys can’t stand the culture or Western music, which makes Britney hits perfect. As soon as the pirates go crazy for Britney, they move on as fast as they can.”
Britney is currently preparing to release her eighth album, Britney Jean, in December. It follows the single Work Bitch, although producer Will.i.am has claimed that the sound of this track is not indicative of the rest of the record. There’s no doubt that the disc’s eclectic sound was designed to keep any potential pirate on their toes.
Britney Jean will be Spears’ first album since Femme Fatale in 2011. When it comes out, maybe the British Army can store copies in a bunker in Norfolk in preparation for World War III.