Britney Spears Hits First Top 10 in Almost a Decade: ‘Hold Me Closer’

Britney Spears is back on the charts after nearly a decade when her duet with Elton John, “Hold Me Closer,” hits #6 on the song chart. The feat marks John’s 29th top 10 song and Spears’ 14th and their first in almost 10 years.

“Hold Me Closer” — a reimagined mash-up of John’s “Tiny Dancer” and “The One” — kicks off with 20.9 million radio airplay viewers, 11.1 million streams and 48,000 copies sold, according to data from Luminate via Billboard. “Hold Me Closer” is Spears’ first entry on the Billboard Hot 100 since 2016. Joining Spears on the chart, 20 years after their two debuts, is Beyoncé’s “Break My Soul,” which slips to 5-9 after two weeks peak in August.

Meanwhile, Harry Styles’ “As It Was” continues its reign at the top of the song chart for a 12th week (it was in the top 3 for about 22 weeks) and achieved its longest run at number one this decade. It previously tied with Roddy Ricch’s The Box, which led the field for 11 weeks in 2020.

Steve Lacy’s first Hot 100 entry “Bad Habit” hits a new high at #2, while Lizzo’s “About Damn Time” slips 2-3 after two weeks at #1. Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)” remains at No. 4, while Nicky Youre and Dazy’s “Sunroof” climbs 6-5. Nicki Minaj’s “Super Freaky Girl” remains at No. 7 and Post Malone’s “I Like You (A Happier Song)” with Doja Cat climbs 10-8 to a new high; while Future’s “Wait for U” is out with Drake and Tems at 8-10.

In terms of albums, DJ Khaled’s fourth #1 album, God Did, knocks Bad Bunny to number one on the charts. The album features 31 guest artists and includes 16 self-chart-topping artists including: Future, Drake, Jay-Z, Lil Baby, Travis Scott and Eminem. “God Did” has sold the equivalent of 107,500 albums in the US and also marks Khaled’s 10th top 10 chart finish. Bad Bunny’s “Un Verano Sin Ti” slips to No. 2 after spending nine non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 with 106,000 equivalent album units.

Twice scores his third Top 10 entry with the debut of Between 1&2 at No. 3 (100,000 units earned), while Nicki Minaj scores her sixth consecutive Top 10 album overall with her greatest hits collection Queen Radio: Volume 1” reached. (32,000 units earned) finishes at No. 10. Silk Sonic’s “An Evening With Silk Sonic” climbs 200-7 with 44,000 album sales and Kendrick Lamar’s “Mr. Moral & The Big Steppers also stands out with 55,000 album sales around the clock, both returning to the top after their vinyl releases.

Former #1s fill the rest of the album charts with Morgan Wallen’s “Dangerous: The Double Album” at 4-5 and 50,000 units and Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” at 3-6 with 46,000 units. Rod Wave’s “Beautiful Mind” also slips 2-8 at 43,000 units and Harry Styles “Harry’s House” slips 5-9 at just under 43,000 units.

https://variety.com/2022/music/news/britney-spears-top-10-elton-john-hold-me-closer-1235360241/ Britney Spears Hits First Top 10 in Almost a Decade: ‘Hold Me Closer’

Charles Jones

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