For anyone who hoped that Britney Spears might be quietly slinking off into the pop-culture sunset — no need to stand up, you know who you are — you’re going to have to wait a few years longer. Her new song, “Womanizer,” is a promiscuously beloved smash, at least on Nielsen SoundScan’s digital songs chart. It debuted with downloads of 285,800 — the best first week for a female artist on that chart since it began in 2003. The previous record holder was Mariah Carey’s “Touch My Body,” which entered the digital songs chart with just 200 fewer units back in April. “Womanizer” also hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, which aggregates digital sales with airplay.
But you know who might be having an even better week? T.I. Even though Britney displaced him from the top spot, he holds down the second and third spots on the digital songs chart (“Live Your Life” sold 226,000, followed by “Whatever You Like,” which was downloaded 162,000 times). T.I. also held onto the top spot on the album sales chart, selling 177,000 copies, a second week decline of 69 percent from last week’s towering 568,000-unit debut.
Other album debuts of note this week: Rise Against, in at No. 3 with 65,000 sales; Oasis, debuting at No. 5 with 53,000; Bob Dylan, one spot behind at No. 6 with 50,000 in sales for the two-CD version of his latest Bootleg Series collection; Tim McGraw, bowing at No. 9 and 44K with his Greatest Hits 3 set, which he’s publicly disavowed (the label put it out without his approval); and Sarah McLachlan, in at No. 11 on sales of 40K for her (presumably authorized) hits collection.