Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” Expected To Become Her 4th #1

Robbie Daw | January 17, 2011 11:32 am

If Billboard said Britney Spears’ new single was “expected to become just the 18th song to debut at No. 1 since the Billboard Hot 100 began in 1958,” would you hold it against them? Well, that’s exactly what the publication noted in a post about much-discussed jam “Hold It Against Me” having a record debut on another chart, the radio airplay-leaning Pop Songs roundup. So what exactly does this all mean in the annals of Britneydom? First off, Billboard reports the following:

“The first single from Spears’ forthcoming ninth album storms the survey at No. 16 with 4,071 plays, the highest detections total by a debuting title in the chart’s 18-year history.

“‘Hold It Against Me’ also ties Madonna’s ‘Frozen’ (No. 16, March 7, 1998) for second-highest launch in the list’s archives. Only Mariah Carey’s ‘Dreamlover’ began at a higher rank, having rocketed in at No. 12 the week of Aug. 14, 1993.”

That’s no small feat, but if “Hold It Against Me” does indeed debut at #1 on the Hot 100—Billboard says all will officially be revealed in two days—it will become her fourth chart-topper, following “…Baby One More Time” (1999), “Womanizer” (2008) and “3” (2009).

She’ll then be tied with her onetime Mickey Mouse Club co-star Christina Aguilera, who also has four #1s: “Genie In A Bottle” (1999), “What A Girl Wants” (1999), “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)” (2000) and “Lady Marmalade” (2001).

This would mark the fourth time a lead single from a Britney Spears album has topped the chart.

“Hold It Against Me” would likewise become songwriter/producer (and longtime Britney collaborator) Max Martin’s 10th chart-topping U.S. single, following Spears’ “…Baby One More Time” and “3,” NSYNC’s “It’s Gonna Be Me,” Katy Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl,” “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream,” Kelly Clarkson’s “My Life Would Suck Without You,” and Pink’s “So What” and “Raise Your Glass.”

Do you think “Hold It Against Me” a worthy single to top the chart?