Britney Spears’s New Single ‘3’ Debuts At #1


Congratulations are in order for Britney Spears today … her new single 3 has debuted in the #1 position on the Billboard magazine Hot 100 Singles Chart giving her her third #1 song of her career. Even more impressive, 3 is the first song to debut at #1 in more than 3 years and is the first NON-American Idol song to debut at #1 in almost 11 years!!!

Britney Spears becomes the first artist in over three years to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, to be released tomorrow (Oct. 15), as “3” opens at the pinnacle of the chart. Her new track, a racy paean to the joys of three-way sex from the upcoming hits set “The Singles Collection,” due Nov. 24, shifts 255,000 downloads in its first week of release, also propelling it to No. 1 on Digital Songs. The title also jumps 38-25 on the Pop Songs chart and debuts at No. 49 on Radio Songs/Hot 100 Airplay, which ranks songs based on airplay audience on all radio formats. “3” is the first title to debut at No. 1 since Taylor Hicks’ “American Idol” victory song “Do I Make You Proud” did so on the chart dated July 1, 2006. In fact, the last four songs to open at No. 1 were all “American Idol”-related. Prior to Hicks, Carrie Underwood’s “Inside Your Heaven” (July 2, 2005), “I Believe” by Fantasia (July 10, 2004) and Clay Aiken’s “This Is The Night” each debuted at No. 1. The last non-“Idol” song to open at No. 1 was Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing)” on Nov. 14, 1998. “3” is Spears’ third Hot 100 No. 1. Her debut single “…Baby One More Time” spent two weeks at No. 1 in 1999 and “Womanizer” spent a sole frame at the top, exactly one year ago this week, on the chart dated Oct. 25, 2008.

Woooot!!! What amazing news!!! While I’m still pretty stunned to realize that Britney has only ever previously enjoyed 2 #1 songs, the stunning success of 3 more than makes up for it. I knew that the song was doing well but I had no idea it was doing this well. Congratulations of the highest degree are deffo in order for our dear Britney today. In case you are one of the few folks who has yet to hear 3, you can give it a listen after the jump …

Man, this is one of those songs that you fall more in love with every time you hear it … no wonder it debuted at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Congrats again, Britney!!


  • nicole

    out of britney songs, it shocks me that this would make a #1 hit..cause i mean really the song isnt that good (not tryin to hate at all)…clearly the girl has singles ALOT better this surprises me this is only her 3rd #1….hmm..

  • cherrr

    i’m not sure what excites me more… that our dear brit is back on top, or that she just kicked american idol’s ass.
    also, I cannot stop listening to this song, so i’m not surprised its number 1. its totally infectious!!

  • Paul From Toronto

    I believe it has to do with being back with Max Martin. The two of them make great songs. Love the song!

  • juniper

    I can’t believe she even has one #1 song….so sorry, I am NOT a britney fan AT ALL.

  • Anon

    It’s her 3rd Number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, she’s had other number 1’s in America & many more worldwide

  • Anon

    It clearly says that: ‘“3″ is Spears’ third Hot 100 No. 1″
    Not overall 3rd No. 1 =]

    • @Anon — Correct, but in the US when talking about “#1″ songs, the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart is the only one that matters. Yes, she has had many other #1s around the world and on other US charts.

  • Mr. Gyllenhaal

    I was very suprised to learn that she has only 3 number one songs. That just doesn’t sound right to me!

  • Franki

    Thia song is so catchy..u 4get what its really about it

  • Jacinta

    I would be surprised, but when you consider that she didn’t even win a VMA till like last year, it lessens the blow.

    While it’s not my absolute favorite Britney song, I do dig it :D.

  • pinkfan

    I love that song and i expected it to go no. 1#
    congrats to Britney…You did it AGAINNN !! <333

  • katie

    i am just happy our dear britney is back :D

  • TouchofMyHand

    omg y’all,

    congrats Brit Brit!!!!!!!

  • D

    Yay ! Brit’s back on top !
    Hope she’s gonna release new material soon ! She’s the greatest ! And, even if this is the only chart that matters, well she has had so many #1 singles all around the world that it’s no surprise 3’s her charm !

  • LoLo

    I consider myself a HUGE britney fan. Love her. Do not like this song. I actually change the radio station when it comes on because its so boring and repetitive.

  • smp

    I LOVE this new song! Go Brit!!!!!


    YES! This is such amazing news! I believe it’s not right that she’s only had 3 #1’s on Billboard 100 because ‘Toxic’, ‘Me Against the Music’, and so on deserved to be #1. This makes me so happy! SUCK ON THAT HATERS! SUCK IT HARDDDDDD! Sorry. : )

  • Amy C

    Not my fave Brit song, but it’s catchy, and I downloaded it the day it came out. I hope there’s more on the way! I liked the stuff she did with Danja on Blackout…

  • Yay congrats to her! It’s not may fave but I’m still happy for her.


  • Pingback: Link Time!!! | Lindsay Lohan news, pictures, videos and more...()

  • Sharry

    Ok this song sounds so synthesized and repetitive it’s boring.

  • J

    These days, #1’s are only recorded on the BILLBOARD HOT 100 (sometimes R&B, HipHop and Rap artists are said to be #1 but on the Hip Hop Charts which mis-leads a lot of people. But back in the day, like The Beatles, there was no Hot 100 and it was either Pop Charts or what used to be called the Black Charts and you get #1’s on there.

    With that being said, being a Britney fan i do defend her, But Britney WOULD have more than 3 #’1 if it wasn’t for her record company. I’m not criticizing them cause what they did back in the day was total genius. They pretty much released all her songs through airplay and 12″ and hardly ever on CD which was the more popular choice coming into the late 90’s. Sometimes for example was AIRPLAY ONLY i think and that may not have charted really high, it did break the Top 30 (maybe Top 20). So if Britney’s songs were released on CD, no doubt she would have a lot more #’1s than just 3. Where as Xtina was opposite, she had like 3 #’1s off her first record cause fans were able to access the material easier. The reason Britney’s label did it, was to gain more sales for her album which in turn, worked out well and they succeeded.

    Oops would have DEF been #1. If Digital Sales were recorded earlier, Toxic would have been. I predict at least, counting ‘3’ Britney would have say 6 maybe 7 #1 songs.

    ANYWAY… CONGRATS! I really didn’t think she would debut at #1. I was predicting #2 or #2 cause of airplay for ‘Down’ and “Party in the USA’ cause towards end of week, on iTunes that song wasn’t far behind Britneys and Mileys airplay is going bananas. I’m surprised Miley didn’t go number one for that songs, maybe its not meant to be just yet, cause i doubt she will go number one now with declining sales.

  • Tiffany

    OMG they are shooting her new video. Here is a photo from her shoot