Britney Spears Courts Controversy as Sexy New Single "3 " Hits Radio

September 29, 2009 10:11 AM ET

Britney Spears' new single "3" — the sole fresh song off her upcoming best-of compilation The Singles Collection — debuted this morning on New York Top 40 station Z100, and yes, in the spirit of Jane's Addiction's "Three Days," the song is about having a threesome. Spears has never been shy about courting controversy, and this song will likely receive plenty of it. "3" is yet another product of producer Max Martin, the Swedish pop savant who also gave the world Katy Perry's "I Kissed a Girl" and Spears' "If U Seek Amy," so a track about menage a  trois would be the feasible next step in his repertoire.

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The music itself seems to borrow from the Flo Rida playbook, as "3" is more of a surefire dance-floor stomper than anything Brit loaded onto Blackout or Circus. "Merrier the more, triple fun that way," Spears sings in one of the many, many innuendo-packed lyrics that seem like they were spawned from Prince's Dirty Mind-era brain. There's also "Three is a charm, two is not the same. I don't see the harm, so are you game?" and "If you don't like the company, let's just do it you and me. You and me/Or three/Or four" The song also boasts the strangest Peter, Paul and Mary reference we've ever heard.

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As Rolling Stone previously reported, The Singles Collection is due out November 24th, just in time for Black Friday. Singles will be Brit's third greatest hits compilation in four years, following 2005's My Prerogative and 2006's B in the Mix: The Remixes.

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