“Kill the Lights” is a song by American pop singer Britney Spears from her sixth studio album. Produced by Danja, the song’s lyrics talk about the paparazzi, the media and the consequences of becoming a celebrity. Musically, “Kill the Lights” is an upbeat dance song.
The song received positive reviews, many critics comparing it to a previous Spears’ single, “POM”. “Kill the Lights” reached number eleven on the Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100.
An animated music video directed by PUNY debuted on July 27, 2009. The video was inspired by the winner of a fan fiction contest held on Spears’ website, 28-year-old Argentinian Eliana Moyano.
The video begins with an animated Danja, then an animated Britney Spears jumps into her rocket ship and flies to another planet. As she flies, some of the paparazzi follow her. She hides on the planet, turning lights on as she walks. Then paparazzi appear to stalk her and she avoids them, and then flies into space in her rocket ship and struck the planet maneuvering a joystick and killed all the lights on the planet. Even though the song’s length was 3:59, the video is only 2:08, as the second verse and chorus is omitted.
The animated video premiered on Spears’ websites, and was released for purchase via iTunes on September 15.
Length 3:59 (Album Version)
2:08 (Video Version)