Even after thirteen years, Britney Spears can still reign in the iTunes realm. Her bonus song "Selfish" from her 2011 album, Femme Fatale, chimed in the #1 spot on the US iTunes Top 40 Chart. This happened on Friday, January 26th, when Britney's ex and N*SYNC member Justin Timberlake dropped "Selfish" (not related to Britney's song), his first single off his upcoming solo album, Everything I Thought It Was, set to be released in March.
As of this writing, Britney currently claims the #4 ranking, while Timberlake's "Selfish" is at #3. It's head-to-head with these performers, and there's a solid reason. It takes a devoted fandom to get their choice song up on the charts, and Britney's fans have no boundaries. It might be the fans' riff for Justin after Britney shared a dark passage in her memoir from when the two were dating at their fame's peak in the early Y2K era.
Adding to the momentum, Brit fans took to social media such as X, formerly Twitter, to encourage others to participate in keeping her in the top 5 spots. She eventually reached #1, thanks to her fans' undying love and power. They also succeeded on iTunes by charting six music videos, including 2000's "Oops! I Did It Again" and 2001's "I'm A Slave 4 U," ahead of Timberlake's "Selfish."
Back in the day, we older fans depended on M*TV's TRL to get our favorites in the Top 10. You either had to call into the Times Square studio or send an email through, with no idea if you would be accounted for your vote. Social media was not in existence then, and online connections were limited. That said, it's refreshing to see a new generation of Britney fans sharing their love in the online world and connecting over her music.
Britney Spears' Crossroads to speed into Netflix
Aside from topping the charts again, Britney's 2002 movie Crossroads will be part of Netflix's movie catalog. Beginning February 15th, fans all over the globe will finally get back in the car with Britney and her gal pals for a coming-of-life road trip more than two decades after being released.
Crossroads is filled with friendship, Y2K nostalgia, and breaking your own boundaries. It was meant to allow ourselves to find our own womanhood, while not letting go of our childhood in a reflective light.