Why a 2011 Britney Spears song reached No. 1 in streaming last week

Credit: Kevin Winter

Credit: Kevin Winter

Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears both have singles called “Selfish,” but Timberlake’s is brand new and Spears’ version is from 2011. His is a hit, and hers wasn’t so much of a hit.

So why did Spears’ version take over streams in the past week, surpassing his release and reaching No. 1 on the iTunes chart?

Her fans are mad at him. Timberlake’s single and video was released Jan. 25, and Spears’ fans are still reeling from revelations about her relationship with him she made in her book, “The Woman in Me.” One of those statements said she had an abortion after becoming pregnant by Timberlake, and she claimed it was because he didn’t want to be a father.

Spears’ fans began streaming her “Selfish” song over and over to force it above his after its release. The effort was pushed on social media platform X.

But Britney felt bad about that, and she issued an apology via her Instagram page, which has more than 42 million followers.

In her apology, which is now marked private on Instagram, she wrote: “If I offended any of the people I genuinely care about I am deeply sorry…”. She followed the comments with a shoutout to Timberlake and praising his “Selfish” single.

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