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Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me' debuts at No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart

As expected, Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. This isn’t the first time she’s accomplished that feat: Her 2009 smash “3″ debuted on top as well. Mariah Carey, whose “Fantasy,” “One Sweet Day,” and “Honey” all debuted at the apex, is the only other artist who shares that distinction.

Check out the rest of the top 10 list after the jump.

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Kanye West denies dissing Britney Spears on Twitter: 'Enough already!'

Kanye-West-Britney-SpearsImage Credit: Chris Hatcher/PR Photos; Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosLast Friday, Kanye West made a joke on Twitter. It went like this: “Yo Britney, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you be #1, but me and Jay-Z single is one of the best songs of all time! LOL.” Get it? Britney Spears‘ new single “Hold It Against Me” had just beaten his and Jay-Z’s “H.A.M.” for the No. 1 spot on iTunes’ download chart, so West referred back to the words he infamously uttered to Taylor Swift at the VMAs in September 2009.

This context, plus the “LOL” at the end of the since deleted tweet, made it pretty obvious that he was just kidding around. But some people somehow convinced themselves that he meant to launch actual verbal hostilities against Spears. Egads! West had no choice but to return to Twitter yesterday evening to clarify his intentions. READ FULL STORY

Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me' headed for No. 1 debut on Billboard's Hot 100

Britney-SpearsImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comBillboard is projecting that Britney Spears‘ new single, “Hold It Against Me,” will likely become the 18th song to debut at No. 1 since their Hot 100 chart began keeping track in 1958. As we reported last week, “Against Me” has been getting a lot of love at radio and was immediately thrown into rotation at huge stations when it was released last Monday. It also shot up to the top spot on iTunes’ singles chart quickly.

I didn’t exactly give it the best review after I first heard it. But with a No. 1 debut imminent, the people have obviously spoken. What is it about this song you love so much, Britney fans? Do you expect “Against Me” to be No. 1 when the singles chart is released this Thursday? Let us know in the comments section.

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Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against' me breaks radio records, tops iTunes-will she perform at the Grammys, too?

hold-it-against-meOops, she did it again. Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me,” leaked Monday and officially released on Tuesday, shot straight to no. 1 on iTunes and also set a new bar for first-day radio spins, according to a statement released by her label.

Says industry analyst Kevin McCabe (via MTV), “Top-40 outlets across the country immediately put ‘Hold It Against Me’ in rotation and received instant-reaction airplay at America’s most-influential stations, including Z100 and WXRK in New York and KIIS and KAMP in Los Angeles”—not entirely an unexpected result for a new Britney single, considering her last two, “2008′s “Womanizer” and 2009′s “3,” performed similarly well, and also jumped quickly to the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100.

Perez Hilton is also reporting today that Spears will be performing at the upcoming Grammys ceremony in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, though her rep will not confirm the news.

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Is Britney Spears' new single a rip-off? The Bellamy Brothers tell EW why they think so

Bellamy-Brothers-Britney-SpearsImage Credit: Rick Diamond/Getty Images; Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos“It’s not every day you get in the middle of a Britney Spears brawl,” David Bellamy tells EW, laughing. True. But that’s where he finds himself today after taking issue with Britney Spears’ new single “Hold it Against Me,” which he feels rips off the title of the Bellamy Brothers’ 1979 No. 1 country hit, “If I Said You Have a Beautiful Body Would You Hold it Against Me,” which he penned. Spears’ track, produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke, hit the Internet Monday, and Bellamy’s son called him from Nashville to tell him it was using “pretty much the same title.” READ FULL STORY

Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me' leaks early: What do you think?

hold-it-against-me“If I said I want your body would you hold it against me?” Britney Spears asks coyly on her new single, “Hold It Against Me.” Nope. The track wasn’t supposed to hit the airwaves until tomorrow, but I’m sure that her fans streaming it on Z100′s site won’t be holding it against her, either. Max Martin and Dr. Luke, the cut’s producers, likely will be opening 2011 with another hit record. “Against Me” is classic Britney — that is to say the vocal performance is far from stellar, but it serves as a nice accessory to the duo’s thumping Euro techno groove.

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Britney Spears' 'Hold It Against Me,' Kanye West and Jay-Z's 'H.A.M' both come out Tuesday: Which are you most excited for?

January is usually a particularly sad month for pop music. Coming off the industry’s big-release-heavy fourth quarter, the top of the year is usually a time for new acts. This year, however, is rolling out a bit differently. Pop starlet Britney Spears is set set to drop new single “Hold It Against Me” on Jan. 11, and Kanye West and Jay-Z will debut “H.A.M,” the first single from their collaborative Watch the Throne effort, that day as well.

At this point, little is known about Kanye and Jay-Z’s collab. Kanye sort of let the cat out of the bag earlier this week, but cleared up the confusion last night by tweeting the single’s artwork and release date. With several crowns and vicious dogs barking, it’s a regal one, indeed. They’ve remained pretty tight-lipped about the record’s sound, opting not to reveal who produced it or even what the acronym stands for. On the other hand, there’s plenty of info out on Britney’s “Hold It Against Me.” As we reported last week, it was produced by hit-makers Max Martin (“DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” “Dynamite”) and Dr. Luke (“California Gurls,” “We R Who We R”). A demo with singer/songwriter Bonnie McKee’s vocals leaked yesterday. Its knocking bass is not unlike the smashes those two producers flooded the airwaves with in 2010.

Check out our poll and read what Britney had to say about her single after the jump.

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Britney Spears to release new single, 'Hold It Against Me,' next week

Britney-SpearsImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comPrepare yourselves, Britney Spears fans: She’s about to release a brand-new single called “Hold It Against Me” in just over a week. Sharon Dastur, program director for NYC’s Z100 radio, has heard the new single, and she loves it.

“It’s produced by Dr. Luke and Max Martin, and the beat that they give her is really unique compared to other artists — this infectious bass beat beneath the song,” Dastur says in the new issue of Entertainment Weekly, on newsstands tomorrow. “Plus, the hook is just amazing.”

Dastur tells us that “Hold It Against Me” will premiere on Jan. 7, next Friday. It will presumably precede Spears’ seventh studio album, about which little is known aside from a March release date.

Excited yet? Spears doing her thing over an “infectious bass beat” from pop maestros Dr. Luke and Max Martin sounds pretty enticing, no? Let us know if you’re looking forward to hearing “Hold It Against Me.”

Reporting by Leah Greenblatt.

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Taylor Swift's amazing sales: Who else has sold a million in a week?

Taylor-Swift-million-in-a-weekWhat do Lil Wayne, the Backstreet Boys, and Garth Brooks have in common? They’ve all released albums that sold over one million copies domestically in their respective first weeks on shelves. If industry projections are accurate, Taylor Swift is about to join that elite group thanks to Speak Now‘s spectacular debut week.

The instant-million club is a strange place. The very first member was Garth Brooks, whose Live Garth set sold 1.08 million copies when it debuted back in 1998. At the time, no album had ever sold that many copies in its first sales frame. (The soundtrack for The Bodyguard had previously sold 1.06 million during one week in 1993, a few months after its release.) Swift’s victory this week brings things full circle in a couple of ways, then — not only is she the first country artist since Brooks to join the club, but she’s joining at a time when moving a million is similarly unheard of. In 1998 and 2010 alike, this is a rare accomplishment worth noting.

Things were different for a brief, wild period around the turn of the century. Brooks ushered in an era where pop stars routinely broke the million mark. It started in May 1999, when the Backstreet BoysMillenium sold 1.13 million in a week, but the following year was the really crazy one. In March 2000, *NSYNC shattered the previous record with an astounding 2.42 million-copy opening week for No Strings Attached. (*NSYNC’s record still holds today, by the way.) Britney Spears joined the club that May by selling 1.32 million copies of Oops!…I Did It Again. Eminem followed suit in June with 1.76 million copies of The Marshall Mathers LP, the first rap album in this category. Limp Bizkit became the club’s first (and last) hard-rock members that October, selling just over 1 million copies of Chocolate Starfish & the Hot Dog Flavored Water. In November, BSB lapped everyone else, scoring a second instant-million badge for Black & Blue (1.6 million). Finally, the Beatles rounded out the busy year by selling 1.26 million copies of their compilation 1 during Christmas week (again, somewhat after the week of release). READ FULL STORY

Taylor Swift's ex-manager is suing for millions

Taylor-SwiftImage Credit: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty ImagesTaylor Swift’s former manager Dan Dymtrow is suing for millions he claims to be owed in commissions for helping launch the career of the country star. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the legal wrangling dates back to 2007 when Dymtrow initially sued Taylor Swift and her parents, claiming they breached a management contract by paying him only $10,000. Dymtrow, who has also represented Britney Spears, signed Swift in April 2004, but stopped overseeing her career in July 2005, the year before she broke big with her single “Tim McGraw.”

Dymtrow claims that he should have been paid a commission for his work. The Swift camp argues that Dymtrow failed to obtain the required court approval of his management contract with Taylor, which was necessary because she was a minor.

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