Bravo, Britney! Oh. Hang on...

Let’s give Britney Spears a round of applause today, shall we? Not only has she finally obtained that pesky drivers license, but her new single, “Gimme More,” just rocketed to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. Not a huge deal, right? Britney’s had tons of chart-topping singles, correct? Er, not so fast: Buried in Billboard’s news is the fact that “Gimme More” is actually Spears’ highest-charting single since “…Baby One More Time,” which was not only her very first hit but is also the only No. 1 single to her credit!

If that surprises you, check this out: “Gimme More” is only her fifth single to hit the Top 10. (Keep in mind that in the past year alone, Fergie has notched four Top 10 singles — three of which hit No. 1 — from her debut album alone.) And that list doesn’t include Spears’ hits “Sometimes” (No. 21), “Lucky” (No. 23), “I’m A Slave 4 U” (No. 27), “Me Against the Music” (No. 35), “Everytime” (No. 15), or the heinously titled — but well-known — ballad “I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman,” which didn’t even chart.

Britney Spears may not be the most talented musical artist of our time, but she’s given us some memorable songs, and it just seems… odd that her singles haven’t performed better, doesn’t it? At least she can take solace in the fact that every one of her studio albums opened at No. 1.

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