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Thursday, October 04, 2007

It's Britney, Bitch: The Pop Floozy Leads OneRepublic And Feist Into The Top 10

Chain smoking stripper Britney Spears scores the second-highest charting single of her career this week, with a new crop of pop behind her.

Photo: Dlisted

It seems that the old adage "Any press is good press" still rings true, at least in Britney's case; "Gimme More" sold 179,000 downloads in its first week of availability, which was enough to push it from #68 to #3 this week on Billboard's Hot 100.

While overseas Britney has had several #1s, 1998's "...Baby One More Time" remains her sole U.S. chart-topper. Following that, she landed only three more songs in the Top 10 until now: "(You Drive Me) Crazy" (#10, 1999), "Oops...I Did It Again" (#9, 2000) and "Toxic" (#9, 2004).

Of course, this is attributable to the fact that during the majority of the years of Britney's prior output, the commercial CD single was a near-dead format, and so most singles had to rely on airplay alone to make it on a chart that still required a combo of both airplay and sales for a high position. Billboard altered its chart rules to allow paid digial downloads to factor into single sales figures in 2005.

But cutting through all the bullshit, I have to say I never thought I'd see the day when this broad would have another hit. Being a Max Martin/Cheiron nut since the days of Ace Of Base, I bought the "...Baby One More Time" single the week it came out. But in overstating the obvious, it's been astounding to watch her career unfold the way it has since then.

Incidentally, "Gimme More" was co-written by Keri Hilson, who is a notch below Britney this week on the chart.

At #6, Timbaland and OneRepublic's "Apologize," which is shaping up to be my favorite song of 2007, is finally getting the props it deserves. And I'll admit, Feist's "1,2,3,4" kinda grew on me. I was a bit dubious about it being used in the iPod ads, but at the very least, it's a nice alternative to 50 Cent and Nickelback in the Top 10.

Elsewhere, Rihanna's "Hate That I Love You" -- the most boring song Ne-Yo has ever had a fey hand in -- moves up from #39 to #26. Rascal Flatts have the #1 album and the Halloween theme is the top ringtone.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" - Soulja Boy *4 weeks*
2. "Stronger" - Kanye West
3. "Gimme More" - Britney Spears
4. "The Way I Are" - Timbaland feat. Keri Hilson & D.O.E.
5. "Big Girls Don't Cry" - Fergie
6. "Apologize" - Timbaland feat. OneRepublic
7. "Bed" - J. Holiday
8. "1,2,3,4" - Feist *sales gainer*
9. "Let It Go" - Keyshia Cole feat. Missy Elliot & Lil Wayne
10. "Bubbly" - Colbie Caillat

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