Britney Spears is back on top again, as her new single “3″ (the lone new song on her forthcoming compilation The Singles Collection, which features 17 of her greatest hits and lands in stores on November 10) entered the Billboard Hot 100 in the top position (ending Jay Sean’s single week at the top of the heap). She’s the first artist to break onto the singles chart at #1 since Taylor Hicks did it three years ago, and she’s the first non-”American Idol” to pull off that feat since Lauryn Hill broke into the Hot 100 with “Doo Wop (That Thing)” in 1998.
Yesterday, Spears shot a video for “3″ that features the singer dressed in a lacey outfit and flanked by a pair of sweaty, muscle-bound dancers. It seems to match the suggestive tone of the song, which may or may not be about threesomes.
The Singles Collection will be available in a single disc edition as well as an “Ultimate Fan Box Set,” which will contain each of Spears’ 30 singles (including “3″) as well as a DVD of every one of Spears’ videos in chronological order. Each single gets its own disc, which will also contain b-sides and remixes as well as song-specific artwork and liner notes.
Spears has wrapped up the North American portion of her tour for Circus, her wildly successful 2008 album that spawned the hits “Womanizer,” “If U Seek Amy,” “Radar” and the title track. A few days before The Singles Collection drops, Spears will head to Australia for a three week tour down under. It’s been a great year for Spears, who has been selling albums, moving concert tickets and mostly staying out of the tabloid spotlight.