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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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  • At 8:43 AM, Blogger Adem IAR said…

    It's a fair trade don't you think? Lose custody of your children, gain another hit record. It is - quite frankly - how I'd like it to stay. Less faffing about with those kids please.

    Also, I cannot stop singing "Demi, Demi, MOORE, Demi MOORE, Demi, Demi, MOORE" during the chorus of "Gimme More." It is actually an addiction now.

  • At 11:52 AM, Blogger Yuяi said…

    I'm glad you are giving Feist a chance. Your "one hit wonder" quip was a bit harsh, considering she hasn't really released a follow up yet. But who knows what the future holds for the ho...

    Doesn't Titney sound like the WB frog croaking in the chorus?!!

  • At 12:22 PM, Blogger MrBrady said…

    NO! NO! NO! Feist is just evil incarnate along with all other "quirky" female voxed stuff that accompanies every Mobile phone/Internet company/Gadget advertising campaign. It must stop or the earth will no longer spin. I guarantee it.

    Gimme gimme LESS, gimme gimme...

  • At 1:05 PM, Blogger El MarvelOso said…

    Love Feist.

    Totally agree with Ne-Yo song. Trite.

  • At 2:48 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    Adem that reminds me of when i used to sing about british children's tv presenter through madonnas erotica ~ bill odie bill odie put your hands all over my body. Which if you ever saw him you would know was pretty gross.

    The british charts is SO much better than the US charts right now. I am so bored of Britney though yesterday i was really into it. I change from day to day. How complex.

  • At 6:33 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    I really like the Britney song after being ambivalent to it at first. Almost the exact same pattern as the Sugababes' song--I'm worried I'm underrating songs everyone else is raving about just to be contrarian and then not being able to resist being won over by them (worried about the contrarian part of that, that is).

    And thanks Adem--now I'm not going to be able to get that out of my head.

  • At 6:34 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    Or I suppose that should be "ambivalent ABOUT." Grammar :-/

  • At 7:46 PM, Blogger Adem IAR said…

    That's okay PG, anytime.

    I'm just happy it's now not only me doing it.


    It's changed my life.

  • At 7:52 PM, Blogger Mike said…

    I can take or leave "Gimme More" but I'm starting to think that Britney is some kind of evil marketing genius. I suspect that she purposely swallowed half a jar of Vicodin before the VMAs with the intention of her horrendous performance being beamed around the globe!

    I'm disturbed by the fact that I can tolerate the Feist song too. I put it down to her appealing sequined trousers in the video clip.

  • At 9:42 PM, Blogger Moogaboo said…

    "Gimme More" sounds like Dannii Minogue's "Put the Needle On It," but with a much bigger budget to make up for it's five-years-lateness. GLad radio isn't touching it.

  • At 4:57 PM, Blogger Joshua said…

    I'm actually rooting from Britbrit now... Funny how fickle the fans are! She has this one leaked song.. The title I have is called "Your..." and it's actually pretty good - a neat slice of electronic/dance pop

  • At 8:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    the only reason 169,000 moronic idiots out of population of over, what 300-400 million people in the good ol' U S of A downloaded this crap Zitney Spears song is the curiosity factor and all the bad press this chubby flabby drug induced train wreck "mother" of the year is getting. It wont last, and Brittney knows it. I would not be surprised if she did not calculate this crap intentionally right before to garner all the press...albeit bad press.

  • At 4:04 AM, Blogger Meiqing Xu said…

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