“Break the Ice” is a song by American pop singer Britney Spears from her fifth studio album, Blackout. It was released on March 28, 2008 by Jive Records as the third and final single of the album. The song’s lyrics are about the attraction between two people, and the introduction has a dual meaning, that serves also as an apology for being away from the music industry for so long. Written by Nate “Danja” Hills, Marcella “Ms. Lago” Araica, Keri Hilson, James Washington and produced by Danja, “Break the Ice” is an uptempo dance song with breathy vocals.
Contemporary critics appreciated the song, calling it one of the standout tracks in the album. “Break the Ice” reached number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play and reached the top twenty in eleven countries.
The animated music video was directed by Robert Hales and features Spears as a superwoman. “Break the Ice” has never been performed live, instead of a live performance on her tour, a video collage of her music videos was used as a video interlude.
Robert Hales directed Spears’ first animated music video. The music video premiered on the website BlackoutBall.com, a site designed to “serve as a virtual black tie premiere party” for the video. The video debuted on MTV’s Total Request Live on March 17, as well as various British music channels.
The video begins with an anime version of Spears, dressed as a superheroine, in the roofs of a futuristic city. As the first verse begins, she breaks into a research facility and battles with suited henchmen. Spears ends up gaining access to a highly secured laboratory and walks through aisles of clones held in liquid cocoons. She sees that one is a clone of her, kisses her and plants a bomb on the tank. Next, there is a wide shot of the building exploding, while Spears is jumping and “Victory” is depicted on the side of the structure. The video ends with the phrase, “to be continued…”.