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Charts: Britney Spears' single debuts at No. 1

The artwork for Britney Spears' new single

The artwork for Britney Spears' new single "Hold It Against Me" which hits radio on Jan. 11, 2011. Credit: Jive Records

     Britney Spears' “Hold It Against Me” debuts at No. 1 on this week's Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the only artist in history, aside from Mariah Carey, to enter the charts in the top spot twice.
     The straight-up dance number also broke the record for the biggest opening sales week for a female artist, after selling 411,000 copies last week. “Hold It” becomes Brit's fourth No. 1 single, following “...Baby One More Time” in 1999, “Womanizer” in 2008 and “3,” which debuted at No. 1 last year.
     Her arrival at No. 1 pushes last week's Top 3 all down one notch – with Bruno Mars' “Grenade” now at No. 2, Katy Perry's “Firework” at No. 3 and Rihanna and Drake's “What's My Name?” at No. 4. Wiz Khalifa's “Black and Yellow” moves up two notches to No. 5.
     Over on the album charts, sales continue to be depressing. Cake (yes, that Cake!) lands its first No. 1 album by breaking the record Taylor Swift set just last week for the lowest-selling No. 1 in history. Cake's deadpan “Showroom of Compassion” sold only 44,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, to reach No. 1. Cage the Elephant (yes, that Cage the Elephant!) debuted at No. 2, selling 39,000 copies of “Thank You Happy Birthday.”
     Swift's “Speak Now” slips to No. 3, while Bruno Mars' “Doo-Wops and Hooligans” drops a notch to No. 4 and Nicki Minaj's “Pink Friday” slides three notches to No. 5.
     Hopefully, The Decemberists will snap the low-selling streak next week with their “The King Is Dead” album.

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