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Daily Telegraph (Australia)
September 15, 2007

Britney's act fires up Tori

By Bronwyn Thompson

US songstress Tori Amos felt so strongly about the vehement public reaction to Britney Spears' performance at the MTV Video Music Awards this week she has penned a tune in her honour.

The 44-year-old also queried why Spears -- who had reportedly been drinking before she took to the stage -- was even allowed to perform.

"I don't know any of my contemporary male artists who have been allowed to go on," Amos said. "I've known guys who have been drunk or on something and they get pulled, they're just not allowed to go on."

Amos says her song, unveiled at her Melbourne show on Tuesday, aims to balance Spears' fall from grace.

"There are two sides to it," she said. "There's the ratings and then on the other side, maybe it's easier to let her hang herself."

Amos says, unlike performers such as Madonna, the Disney school of pop stars had only their image to sustain them both professionally and personally.

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