If a look on the iTunes pop charts on Friday morning (Jan. 26) had you seeing double you possibly can thank Britney Spears followers. The Britney Military has marshalled their collective would possibly to push her deep lower 2011 Femme Fatale bonus monitor “Selfish” into the highest 5 of the U.S. iTunes prime 40 singles chart lower than 24 hours after long-ago ex Justin Timberlake launched his new single of the identical title.
At press time JT’s track — which was launched Thursday morning — is on the prime of the iTunes tally within the U.S., with Spears’ monitor simply behind at No. 2; Brit’s “Selfish” has topped the iTunes pop chart in a lot of different territories, together with Canada, Mexico and Brazil, amongst others. The digital chess transfer was impressed by a raft of social media exercise on Thursday urging Britney followers to stream her track in an obvious try and tamp down first-week streaming figures for the primary single from Timberlake’s upcoming sixth album, All the things I Thought It Was.
On X, Britney’s Military have chronicled how some radio stations within the U.S. have additionally begun spinning her “Selfish” because of the eye on the track produced by Stargate, Kuk Harrell and Sandy Vee. The trolling effort got here simply as Timberlake started selling his first solo single since 2018’s “SoulMate” and at press time neither Spears nor Timberlake seem to have responded to the quickly-spreading world guerrilla iTunes chart goosing, which has additionally included Brit’s tune being added to the Spotify “Obsessed” playlist.
Whereas Spears introduced earlier this month that she “never” plans to return to the music enterprise, the 2 singers will without end be entwined of their followers’ minds as a consequence of their courting historical past within the late Nineteen Nineties and early 2000s. The pair had been pop royalty on the time, with Spears writing in her 2023 The Lady in Me tell-all memoir that she had an abortion whereas they had been courting as a result of Timberlake “definitely wasn’t happy about pregnancy.”
Timberlake didn’t reply to the allegations within the guide about his alleged conduct throughout their relationship, however he did flip off feedback on his Instagram after it was flooded with offended feedback from Britney’s supporters. Justin did seem to allude to the firestorm throughout a Las Vegas present in December, the place he advised a crowd he meant “no disrespect” earlier than enjoying his 2002 solo hit “Cry Me a River,” broadly seen as a commentary on the couple’s March 2002 break up after three years collectively.
Timberlake additionally apologized to Spears — and Janet Jackson — in 2021, every week after Hulu aired the doc Framing Britney Spears, writing on Instagram, “I have seen the messages, tags, comments, and concerns and I want to respond. I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to the problem, where I spoke out of turn, or did not speak up for what was right. I specifically want to apologize to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson both individually, because I care for and respect these women and I know I failed.”
The tumult comes as Timberlake is in full promo mode, contemporary off a go to to pleasant climes of The Tonight Present on Thursday evening earlier than heading to the equally heat embrace of Saturday Evening Dwell this weekend because the musical visitor on the present he’s hosted 5 instances; Timberlake additionally has a free present at New York’s 1,100-capacity Irving Place on Jan. 31, his forty third birthday.
Take a look at a number of the tweets from Spears’ fan selling the “Selfish” skirmish.