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Britney Spears Sets Record in Return to the Top of the Charts

She's baaack! Solidifying her triumphant comeback, which winningly kicked off at the Video Music Awards, Britney Spears reclaimed her throne at the top of the charts this week when her single "Womanizer" made a historic leap to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100. The tune opened at a lowly No. 96 last week, based solely on airplay, but flew to the top when digital downloads were accounted for this week. The 95-spot soar breaks ...

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Joyce Eng

She's baaack!
Solidifying her triumphant comeback, which winningly kicked off at the Video Music Awards, Britney Spears reclaimed her throne at the top of the charts this week when her single "Womanizer" made a historic leap to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100.
The tune opened at a lowly No. 96 last week, based solely on airplay, but flew to the top when digital downloads were accounted for this week. The 95-spot soar breaks T.I.'s one-week record (79 spots) as the biggest jump in Billboard history, E! Online reports.
The good news doesn't end there for Spears. The songstress shattered another record for the biggest opening week download tally by a female artist since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking digital downloads in 2003. "Womanizer" sold 286,000 copies online, breaking Mariah Carey's record for "Touch My Body."
While Spears has had many successful and memorable tunes, "Womanizer" is only her second single to hit No. 1, behind her very first single, "Baby One More Time," almost 10 years ago. Has it really been that long?
"Womanizer" is the first track off Spears' sixth studio album, Circus, which will drop on Dec. 2, her 27th birthday. Will she rewrite Billboard history again then?