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Britney Spears’ Fans Love Her

Posted by on April 7, 2011 at 6:35 PM EST

britney spearsBritney Spears’ Femme Fatale debuts at #1.

Say what you want about Britney Spears, but there is no mistaking that her fans love her. Not long ago when Britney released the first single from her new album Femme Fatale “Hold it Against Me” it shot to #1 on the iTunes chart and became one of the fastest growing songs on the radio. It even broke the record for the number of plays nationwide in a 24 hours period. All signs pointed to this record being a monster for Spears and while it didn’t live up to the debuts of some of her past records, Femme Fatale did debut at #1 selling 276,000 copies in its first week on the shelves. That gives her six number one albums and ties her for third place among women behind only Madonna who has seven and Barbra Streisand who has nine.

At the height of her fame Britney Spears had debuts that were much larger than this one. Her 2000 album Oops…I Did It Again sold 1.3 million copies in its first week of release. But that was more than a decade ago. These days with piracy running rampant and the ability to just buy individual songs from the record, anybody that is not named Taylor Swift can’t sell a million copies in one week.

Still, Britney Spears’ success this week shows that her core fan base is still there and they still love her. You could argue that Britney’s performances on Good Morning America and Jimmy Kimmel Live were pretty lack luster and while the first two videos from the record have been pretty good, they aren’t as good as her past videos. Yet still, those things didn’t dampen sales. The interesting thing to me is that Femme Fatale is Britney’s sex record. This is the album where she finally gets naughty, yet the videos have been pretty tame. In the past when she was still the good girl her videos were a lot racier. One thing about Britney is that it is never easy to figure her out.

We will see how strong Britney Spears’ fan base is next week as some big new records come out including albums from the Foo Fighters and Allison Krause who also have a pretty loyal fan base not to mention the fact that Adele seems to be a constant threat to retake the top spot. Regardless of what happens next week, it is safe to say that at least for now Britney Spears is back and with a tour planned for later this year it looks like she won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.



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