Britney Has Record-Setting Debut On Billboard

As we told you last week, Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” was on fire. And apparently Billboard has confirmed that, with the song already accomplishing a record-setting debut on Billboard’s Pop Songs chart.

The first single from Spears’ forthcoming ninth album storms the survey at No. 16 with 4,071 plays, the highest detections total by a debuting title in the chart’s 18-year history.

Spears was spotted with boyfriend Jason Trawick leaving a recording studio (really, is your album not done yet?), hugging her manager Larry Rudolph before heading to Rite-Aid for snacks…

“Hold It Against Me” also ties Madonna’s “Frozen” (No. 16, March 7, 1998) for second-highest launch in the list’s archives. Only Mariah Carey’s “Dreamlover” began at a higher rank, having rocketed in at No. 12 the week of Aug. 14, 1993.

“Hold It Against Me” is likely to make further historic headlines this week when it’s expected to become just the 18th song to debut at No. 1 since the Billboard Hot 100 began in 1958. As previously reported, the song is projected to exceed 400,000 in first-week download sales, according to industry sources.