The previous year has been pretty huge for the Billboard Hot 100, with all sorts of records broken and milestones hit over the course of the past 12 months. Britney Spears has been a big part of that, and it’s only appropriate that the singer’s brand new single “Hold It Against Me” — which debuted last week — would be a part of yet another huge moment in the history of both Spears and the Hot 100. This week, “Hold It Against Me” became the 18th song in the history of the Hot 100 to debut in the number one position on the chart. The run to the top of the list was fueled by a staggering number of digital sales and thousands of radio plays over the past week.
Not only is it the 18th song to debut in the top spot, but it is also the second for Spears (her “3” started its chart life at number one) and the fourth in the past year (in addition to “3,” Eminem‘s “Not Afraid” and Ke$ha’s “We R Who We R” also pulled it off). Spears is only the third artist in history to have multiple number one debuts, joining Celine Dion (who did it twice with “My Heart Will Go On” and as one half of the R. Kelly collaboration “I’m Your Angel”) and Mariah Carey (who has pulled off the feat three times, with “Fantasy,” “Honey” and the Boyz II Men tag-team “One Sweet Day”). “Hold It Against Me” has certainly found a place in history — which is appropriate, considering it’s one of the key moments in Spears’ singles catalog.
Elsewhere on the Billboard Hot 100, Wiz Khalifa’s “Black and Yellow” continued its move up the list (it sits at number five this week, and should make a huge move should the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the New York Jets for a bid to the Super Bowl this weekend). Lil Wayne‘s “6 Foot 7 Foot” also moved up a spot to number 11 and is knocking at the door of the top 10 (the premiere of the video should give it a boost). And after Spears, the biggest debut belonged to Avril Lavigne, whose “What the Hell” dropped in at lucky number 13. Meanwhile, Kanye West and Jay-Z’s “H.A.M.” bowed at number 23 and Cage the Elephant’s “Shake Me Down” entered the list at number 78.