“Criminal” is the fourth single by American recording artist and entertainer Britney Spears from her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale. The song is a guitar-driven midtempo song, which incorporates a folk-style flute melody. It is influenced by the works of ABBA and Madonna. The song speaks of being in love with an outlaw and pleads to her mother to not worry about their relationship. “Criminal” was written and produced by Max Martin and Shellback, with additional writing by Tiffany Amber. The song was released on September 30, 2011, it debuted at #92 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart on the week of October 29, 2011.