“Me Against the Music” is a song performed by Britney Spears featuring Madonna. The song was written by Spears and Madonna along with Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Penelope Magnet, Thabiso Nikhereanye, Terius “The-Dream” Nash, and Gary O’Brien for Spears’ fourth studio album In the Zone, released as the first single of the album.
It became Spears’ first number one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. “Me Against the Music” won the Billboard Music Award for Hot Dance Single of the Year.
The video was directed by Paul Hunter and produced by Veronica Zelle. The video itself reached number one on the TRL Countdown and stayed there for a record-breaking twenty consecutive days. However, the record was beaten in 2005 by Kelly Clarkson with her hit “Behind These Hazel Eyes”. It was filmed from October 8-10, 2003 at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, New York.
The video starts with Spears parking her car and going into a club. She walks through a series of hallways with wooden walls while Madonna observes her from a room through a video monitor. Arriving in the club, Britney dances, noticing several security cameras, while looking for Madonna, who appears on numerous television screens in the club. The two then approach the same wall from opposite sides and begin dancing in synchronicity. Madonna then enters the wooden hallways with Britney chasing after her and unable to spot her. Madonna drops her cane and disappears into a white room with a tree and swing and begins swinging while Britney finds the discarded cane and continues her search. While Britney reenters the club and starts dancing, Madonna appears on the screen singing her lines as a challenge to Britney. The two appear in a closed room with an empty metal bed frame and begin a series of acrobatic positions and movements along the frame until Madonna inexplicably disappears again. Madonna is back in the observation room and continues singing and dancing while Britney finds Madonna’s discarded coat in the swing room. She appears in the observation room and throws Madonna against the wall, moving in for a kiss. Before she can kiss her, Madonna disappears into thin air and her and her laugh can be heard in the distance as Britney looks around for her.