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Britney Spears' New Song Setting Records

'Hold It Against Me' making history on Billboard and iTunes charts

January 18, 2011 12:15 PM ET
Britney Spears' New Song Setting Records
Photograph by Randee St. Nicholas

Britney Spears' "Hold It Against Me" is shaping up to be a very big hit. After setting a record for first-day airplay, the single is now tied with Madonna's 1998 hit "Frozen" for the second-highest launch in the Billboard Pop Songs chart's history, eclipsed only by Mariah Carey's "Dreamlover" in 1993.

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"Hold It Against Me," which Rolling Stone's Rob Sheffield called "prime Britney" in a four-star review, is currently the top-selling track in the iTunes store.

Britney Spears' latest song soars onto pop chart [Reuters]

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