“Hold It Against Me” Becomes Britney Spears’ Fourth #1 Single

Robbie Daw | January 19, 2011 1:45 pm

As expected, Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” has officially become the photogenic pop princess‘ fourth U.S. #1 single this week. Billboard reports today that the Dr. Luke- and Max Martin-produced dance jam sold about 411,000 downloads, which sets a new first-week record for a female artist (besting the 325,000 Taylor Swift shifted out of the gate with “Today Was A Fairytale”). Britney’s previous U.S. chart-topping singles are “…Baby One More Time,” “Womanizer” and “3.” (No, we can’t believe “Toxic” or “Stronger”—our personal fave—didn’t land at #1, either.)

Spears and Mariah Carey are now the only two artists to have more than one single debut at the top of the Hot 100. Mimi entered at #1 with “Fantasy,” “One Sweet Day” and “Honey.”

“Hold It Against Me” also continues the hit streak producers Dr. Luke and Max Martin have been on. Most recently they topped the Hot 100 together with Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” and “Teenage Dream,” and separately with Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” (Luke) and Pink’s “Raise Your Glass” (Martin).

Next up for the hit-making pair: working the boards on Britney’s follow-up single.

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