3 is the new number one! Britney Spears’ latest single “3” will debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 tomorrow, making her the first artist in three years to accomplish that feat.
The song is included on Britney’s upcoming album The Singles Collection, due out on November 24th, and had 255,000 downloads in its first week of release.
According to Billboard, “3” 38-25 on the Pop Songs chart and debuts at No. 49 on Radio Songs/Hot 100 Airplay, which ranks songs based on airplay audience on all radio formats.
The last artist to do this was Taylor Hicks in 2006, with his song "Do I Make You Proud." In fact, the last four songs to open at No. 1 were all "American Idol"-related. Prior to Hicks, Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven" (July 2, 2005), "I Believe" by Fantasia (July 10, 2004) and Clay Aiken's "This Is The Night" each debuted at No. 1.