Britney Spears is still hot. But how hot?
Her new album, “Femme Fatale” (Jive), released last week, has become her sixth No. 1 on Billboard’s chart. That puts her in lofty company: the only women to have that many No. 1 albums are Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson (both with six), Madonna (seven) and Barbra Streisand (nine). And the video for the album’s first single, “Hold It Against Me,” had been viewed nearly 33 million times on YouTube as of Wednesday afternoon.
Yet sales for “Femme Fatale” were relatively low for a superstar like Ms. Spears. The album sold 276,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, a significant drop from the opening-week sales for her last album, “Circus,” which sold 506,000 when it was released in 2008. In fact, Billboard said, of Ms. Spears’s seven studio albums, only her debut, “ … Baby One More Time,” sold fewer copies, moving 121,000 in its first week in early 1999 (though that was enough for No. 1).
Also on the charts this week, the Pittsburgh rapper Wiz Khalifa’s album “Rolling Papers” (Atlantic) opens at No. 2 with 197,000, and “21” (XL/Columbia), by the British singer Adele, holds at No. 3 with 94,000. After six weeks of release in the United States, Adele’s album is nearing a million sales, but back home she is a phenomenon: “21” has been No. 1 there for 10 consecutive weeks, beating a record set in 1990 by Madonna’s “Immaculate Collection” for the longest that an album by a woman has stayed in the top spot. If Adele makes it to 12 weeks she will tie Bob Marley’s “Legend,” released in 1984, for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 by anyone, male or female. In Britain, “21” has sold 1.8 million copies.
Back on the American charts, Katy Perry’s song “E.T.” holds its top spot as a digital download, with 327,000 sales.
1. “Till The World Ends” (Produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Billboard)
2. “Hold It Against Me” (Produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Co-produced by Billboard)
3. “Inside Out” (Produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Billboard)
4. “I Wanna Go” (Produced by Max Martin and Shellback)
5. “How I Roll” (Produced by Bloodshy, Henrik Jonback and Magnus)
6. “(Drop Dead) Beautiful” featuring Sabi (Produced by Benny Blanco, Ammo, JMIKE and Billboard)
7. “Seal It With A Kiss” (Produced by Dr. Luke, Max Martin and Dream Machine)
8. “Big Fat Bass” featuring will.i.am (Produced by will.i.am)
9. “Trouble For Me” (Produced by Fraser T Smith)
10. “Trip To Your Heart” (Produced by Bloodshy, Henrik Jonback and Magnus)
11. “Gasoline” (Produced by Dr. Luke and Benny Blanco)
12. “Criminal” (Produced by Max Martin and Shellback)
13. “Up N’ Down” (Produced by Max Martin, Shellback and Oligee)
14. “He About To Lose Me” (Produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins)
15. “Selfish” (Produced by Stargate and Sandy Vee)
16. “Don’t Keep Me Waiting” (Produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins)
Summary: This week Britney Spears triumphs with her newest album Femme Fatale (Jive Records) bowing at No. 1 on U.S. albums charts. The chart-topping entry makes Spears the first female ever to have six No.1 album debuts, and marks the second biggest album debut of the year. The album also debuts at No. 1 in Canada, Australia and Korea and enters in the Top 10 in 15 other countries.
The release of Femme Fatale follows the recent video premiere of the apocalyptic club thumper and Top 10 hit, “Till The World Ends” on VEVO. The video is currently on heavy rotation on MTV, MTV Hits, MTV Tres and VH-1.
Additionally, Spears is earning accolades with Femme Fatale: Rolling Stone magazine gave the album 4 out 5 stars and claims that “Femme Fatale may be Britney’s best album…”. The Associated Press adds, “Spears once again sizzles, and her flame burns as bright as ever,” and People Magazine raves, “One of the best start-to-finish albums of her career…”
Femme Fatale is executive produced by longtime collaborators Max Martin and Dr. Luke. The iconic superstar, Britney Spears has sold nearly 70 million albums worldwide to date with her previous releases …Baby One More Time (1999); Oops!… I Did It Again (2000); Britney (2001); In The Zone (2003); Blackout (2007); Circus (2008).