Spears premiered "Work B**ch" on September 16, a day earlier than planned to battle an online song leak. In its first week released, the lead single from her upcoming eighth studio album sold 174,000 copies and it was streamed 1.8 million on services like VEVO and Spotify. With a debut at no. 12 (the highest debut of the week) on Billboard's Hot 100, "Work B**ch" becomes Spears 19th top 20 hit and her 31st overall entry on the chart.
"Work B**ch" was close to the top 10 but didn't quite make it there (yet). In comparison, "Hold it Against Me," the lead single from 2011's "Femme Fatale," debuted atop the Hot 100 with 411,000 copies sold. Recent Spears chart trends show that the music video release for "Work" should help the new single hit the top 10 soon.
"Scream & Shout," her collaboration with will.i.am, didn't really get going on the charts until after the music video premiere. It took five weeks for the track to hit the top 10 once the music video was released. Spears' single on "The Smurfs 2" soundtrack, "Ooh La La," also reached its peak at no. 54 after the music video release. It lingered at the bottom of the chart and later jumped 40 spots following the video premiere.
Hitting no. 12 on the Hot 100 15 years into the music game is still a big feat for Spears but don't write off the single just yet. Spears is currently prepping for her Las Vegas show "Britney: Piece of Me." Her eighth studio album will drop on December 3. The "Work B**ch" music video should be out soon.
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