Britney Spears’ new single, “Womanizer,” has made a record-breaking leap to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, after debuting at #96 last week, the magazine reports. Surprisingly, the track is Spears’ first #1 on the chart since her debut single, 1999′s “… Baby One More Time.”
The song — which will appear on Spears’ upcoming album, Circus, due December 2 — is also #1 on iTunes charts in Canada, France, Spain and Sweden, Reuters reports. Last week, Spears premiered the video for “Womanizer,” in which we see her in various states of undress and playing several different characters, including a naughty secretary and a butt-kicking waitress.
With 286,000 downloads, the single had the biggest opening week by a female artist since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking digital sales in 2003, beating Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body” by just over 200 units. Since Spears’ first #1 single nearly a decade ago, she has had four other top 10 hits, including last year’s “Gimme More.”
Earlier this week, it was reported that Spears had inked a deal with AEG Live to produce a tour. MTV News could not reach reps for Spears and AEG Live, but given Spears’ comments on New York’s Z100 a few weeks ago that she hopes to tour the world in 2009, the reported hookup makes sense.
Spears will finally break her silence about her past few tumultuous years on November 30, when she stars in a 90-minute MTV documentary, tentatively titled “For the Record,” in which the singer promises to “set the record straight.”