Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Britney Spears’ Selfish Run on the Charts Ending as Justin Timberlake Fights Off Rap Feud, Right Wing Politics


It was short and sweet. But Britney Spears’ run on the charts is ending as fast as it began.

On Friday, Spears’ fans fished out a 2011 track of hers called “Selfish” — the same title as Justin Timberlake’s new song. The fans pushed it up to number 3 on iTunes, planning to go to number 1.

Alas, neither the fans nor Timeberlake could predicted the other disturbances on the weekend chart. Other people were also plotting ways to game the system.

Also released on Thursday was a record called “Facts” from right wing singer Tom McDonald, whoever he is. The record features right wing agitator Ben Shapiro. It’s not a good record, and I can’t imagine any radio stations will play it. There are no “Facts” involved. But someone in a red state is pressing “Buy” over and over. McDonald’s record is number 1.

Then comes the feud between Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion. Megan released a foul mouthed diatribe called “Hiss” on Thursday. Nicki responded with “Big Foot” — two versions. This means that four spots on the iTunes top 5 are taken up with these kerfuffles. Timberlake’s “Selfish” — the only actual song of the bunch — is stuck at number 5, despite his compelling performance on “SNL” over the weekend.

And Britney? Her “Selfish” has dropped to 10, and should be back off the charts soon enough. It was a fun play by her fans, who got the satisfaction of knowing they’d slighted Justin for a few hours. That’s all it was about in the first place. Britney, in the meantime, apologized to Justin for the bad things she said about him in her book. That angered fans who thought she should hold a grudge. But Britney is too big for that! Lesson learned.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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