Britney Spears songs used to scare off Somali pirates in Africa

Navy officers play songs including '...Baby One More Time' to ward off criminals on the high seas

Britney Spears songs used to scare off Somali pirates in Africa

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Britney Spears songs are being used by navy officers to scare off Somali pirates off the coast of east Africa, it has been reported.

Songs including 'Oops! I Did It Again' and '...Baby One More Time' have proved best at keeping the pirates away, according to reports, with officers playing the songs in the direction of the pirates through speakers.

Merchant navy officer Rachel Owens, who works on supertankers off the east coast of Africa, told Metro of the unique security method: "Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most. These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect. As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can."

Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, adds: "Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music." He adds: "I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention."

The Royal Navy employs 1,500 sailors on 14 warships to protect against pirates. Records show that there were 176 attacks on ships in Africa in 2011.

Britney Spears recently revealed that her new album will be called 'Britney Jean'. The pop singer will release her eighth album on December 3. It is the follow-up to 2011's 'Femme Fatale'.

The first track from the album 'Work Bitch' was unveiled last month (September). However, will.i.am, who serves as a producer on the album, says the track is not necessarily a reflection of the whole record.

It was also reported that Spears will head to the Lake District to work on tracks for the album with UK producer, and Tinie Tempah collaborator Naughty Boy as a producer on the project. He is apparently planning to take her to Cumbria for creative inspiration.

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