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Thursday, October 16, 2008

Britney Spears Has Her Second #1 Hit, And It Only Took 10 Years + Five Meltdowns To Get There

This year has seen the return of pop to the upper reaches of the U.S. charts like no other in this decade—from Rihanna to Pink to Chris Brown and now Britney Spears.

Oh, Britney. What a long haul its been for you. And to think, last year you were gooned out of your mind with a shaved head, a pink wig and slimebags like Sam Lufti and Adnan Ghalib ramming your cookie.

It's strange to think that "Womanizer" has become only the second single for Britney to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Ironically, we're one week shy, to the day, of when "...Baby One More Time"—her debut single and first #1—was released in the U.S. ten years ago.

I can vividly recall the day I stood in Walden Books reading Billboard in August 1998 and saw a small article on a 16-year-old American girl named Britney Spears who'd flown to Sweden to record songs with Max Martin. I just kind of figured "...Baby One More Time" would be another flop in the already overcrowded market of pop music at the time.

By January 1999, Britney was #1. Ten years later, does D'luv wish another song of hers had gone to the top somewhere along the way...something other than "Womanizer"? Sure.

In fact, "Stronger" and "Born To Make You Happy" are the be-all and end-all Britney songs in my book.

But to be honest, I've sort of given up resisting "Womanizer." I've played it enough times where it's been ingrained into my mind. It's like a surgeon took a scalpel, sliced open my forehead and rammed the lyrics into my brain matter using a plunger.

Now I walk around listening to it on my iPod with a little extra skip in my step, bobbing my head up and down and salivating into a cup. Hush, just stop. There's nothing you can do or say.

The track impressively made a record jump from #96—where it debuted last week on airplay alone—after digital sales of 286,000.

So congratulations, Britney; when all is said and done, we probably really couldn't have heralded the return of pop without you.

On the flip side, Christina Aguilera might wanna pop an extra Xanax today—"Keeps Gettin' Better" debuted strongly enough at #7 last week, but now drops to #17.

And while I'm on a roll admitting things, is it wrong that I kind of like Leona Lewis' "Better In Time" (which climbs to #11)? Maybe just a little?

Keep bleeding, luvs.

The U.S. Top 10:

1. "Womanizer" - Britney Spears *1 week*
2. "Whatever You Like" - T.I. *sales gainer*
3. "Live Your Life" - T.I. feat. Rihanna *airplay gainer*
4. "So What" - Pink
5. "Hot N Cold" - Katy Perry
6. "Disturbia" - Rihanna
7. "Let It Rock'" - Kevin Rudolf feat. Lil Wayne
8. "Can't Believe It'" - T-Pain feat. Lil Wayne
9. "Miss Independent'" - Ne-Yo
10. "Paper Planes'" - M.I.A

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  • At 11:52 AM, Blogger Mike said…

    You've finally gone over to the dark side. I hope Moogaboo stages an intervention!!

  • At 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I thought Toxic was her second #1 and this is her third.

  • At 12:13 PM, Blogger D'luv said…

    "Toxic" = U.S. #9, unfortunately.

  • At 1:44 PM, Blogger John said…

    The song keeps popping into my head randomly throughout the day. I give. Uncle!

  • At 2:30 PM, Blogger duanemoody.com said…

    This just makes me that much more excited for Circus. I hope it is everything it can be. Britney forever!

  • At 4:23 PM, Blogger Paul said…

    meh, i'm still *nose turned up* at womaniser, but good for Britz. I still think that Bleeding Love and Better In Time are two of the most enduring and lovely songs of the year :)

  • At 7:03 PM, Anonymous Mr Kranky said…

    I'm sort of cool towards "Womanizer" myself, but I am excited about the new CD anyway. I do have to admit that "Better In Time" has truly grown on me and I hate saying anything positive about that horsehead!

  • At 10:40 PM, Blogger Poster Girl said…

    Do you know, as I was going home today, I was thinking that there isn't much better in the world than driving down the highway by yourself at 65 mph in the dark with "Something Kinda Ooooh" playing on the top of your (admittedly not that great) car speakers while you (awfully) sing along (though I know you'd disagree, D'luv!).

    Then it occurred to me, though, that there's at least one thing better: doing all that to "Stronger" instead. Which I promptly did. Followed by David Archuleta's "Crush," but you know, whatever.

    So anyway, I'm all about "Stronger." My favorite Britney song for years, though it can change on the day, and it works for just about any purpose. I'm thrilled Britney's got another #1.

  • At 1:52 AM, Anonymous shanaynay lachild said…

    Britney's cookie like one of dem Little Debbie Oatmeal Creampies - two cookie lips held 2gether by a creamy white paste. eat it if u dare.


  • At 9:42 AM, Blogger Adem With An E said…

    "Stronger" IS my favourite Britney song of all time, without a doubt. That key change blows my mind EVERY TIME I hear it.

    And I quite like that new Leona jam a little bit too......

  • At 8:42 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    LMFAO!!! LOL! The beginning was soooo funny and true. Yeah "Womanizer" is pretty catchy but all together I think Britney sucks and has such little talent besides being a complete fool.

  • At 8:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    3 - #1 In: Canada and United States

    Circus - #1 In: Turkey (#1 on U.S. Pop Charts, not #1 on U.S. Hot 100 though)

    Womanizer - #1 In: Belgium, Canada, Denmark, European Hot 100 Singles, Finland, France, Norway, Sweden, & The United States.

    Gimmie More - #1 In Canada (#1 on U.S. Hot Dance Club Play, not #1 on U.S. Hot 100 though.)

    Piece of Me - #1 In Ireland (#1 on U.S. Hot Dance Club Play, not #1 on U.S. Hot 100 though.)

    Break The Ice - #1 on U.S. Hot Dance Club Play, not #1 on U.S. Hot 100 though.

    My Prerogative - #1 In: Finland, Ireland, Italy, & Norway.

    Me Against The Music - #1 In: Australia, Denmark, European Hot 100 Singles, Hungary, Ireland, & Spain. (#1 on U.S. Hot Dance Club Play, not #1 on U.S. Hot 100 though.)

    Toxic - #1 In: Australia, Canada, Hungary, Ireland, Norway, & The United States.
    (Also #1 on U.S. Top 40 Mainstream)

    Everytime - #1 In: Australia, Hungary, Ireland, & The United Kingdom.

    I'm A Slave 4 U - #1 In Romania.

    Lucky - #1 In: Austria, Europe (Music & Media), Germany, Sweden, & Switzerland.

    Oops!... I Did It Again - #1 In: Australia, Belgium, Denmark, European Hot 100 Singles, Italy, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, & The United Kingdom. (#1 In U.S. Pop Songs, not U.S. Hot 100 though.)

    Born To Make You Happy - #1 In: Ireland and The United Kingdom.

    (You Drive Me) Crazy (The Stop Remix!) - #1 In Belgium.

    Sometimes - #1 In: Belgian, New Zealand, Norway, & The Netherlands.

    ...Baby One More Time: #1 In: Canada, United States (Also United States Top 40 Mainstream), Australia, Austria, Belgian, Denmark, Netherlands, European Hot 100 Singles, Finland, French, Germany, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, & The United Kingdom.

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