To promote her Las Vegas show and new album, “Britney Jean,” artist Britney Spears recently appeared on British talk show “Alan Carr: Chatty Man.” And Carr decided that Britney needed to whip some of his employees into shape — literally.

He gave her a whip and she went around the studio trying to crack it and telling people, “Work, b****,” a reference to her lead single of her upcoming eighth studio album.

And what was barely surviving? Britney’s little black dress, which was in danger of revealing quite a bit when she was wielding her whip. It’s kind of a marvel of engineering that one of Britney’s lil’ Spears didn’t come popping out.

“Britney Jean” drops Dec. 3, 2013 and Britney’s Las Vegas show opens at Planet Hollywood opens that same month.