Britney Spears Track Leaks

CHART SPOTLIGHT. According to Myspace, the opening track of Britney Spears’ upcoming album Femme Fatale has leaked online. “Till the World Ends” is written by Ke$ha and produced by Max Martin and Dr. Luke. Slated for release later this March, Spears’ latest set will include three tracks from the Swedish songwriter/producer Shellback.

“Till the World Ends” was initially meant for debut next week, but it will be made available via iTunes earlier. Not surprisingly, the track sounds very much like Ke$ha.

Britney Spears’ “Hold It Against Me” rebounds 20-15 on the Swedish single tally, falls 11-12 on the Billboard Hot 100 and drops to No.38 on the UK singles chart.

(Update 13/3):  This week, Britney Spears officially climbs 55-21 on the UK singles chart with “Till the World Ends.” The track also sold 117,000 copies in its first week in the UK and debuted at No.20 on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

Shellback Contributes with Three Tracks on New Britney Set

CHART SPOTLIGHT. The world is counting down to the new Britney Spears set Femme Fatale, which is slated for release on March 25.  WelcheMusic is really proud of fellow Swede Shellback, who contributed on no less than three tracks on the upcoming set. Née Karl Johan Schuster in 1985, producer Shellback is a prolific musician. He penned/produced recent hits such as “Fuckin’ Perfect” (P!nk), “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” (Usher) and “Whataya Want from Me” (Adam Lambert/P!nk).

WelcheMusic covered Shellback when he placed “Raise Your Glass” on the charts back in December last year. Shellback has a background from local rock bands such as Skörda and Blinded Colony. He joined the Maratone production studio in 2007 with nestor Max Martin. Shellback’s breakthrough came with “If U Seek Amy,” Britney’s 2008 hit.

On Femme Fatale, Shellback wrote “I Wanna Go” and “Up and Down” with Max Martin and Savan Kotecha, “Criminal” with Tiffany Amber and Max Martin. Note that “Up and Down” is a bonus track.

Lady Gaga Destined for US No.1

CHART SPOTLIGHT. Lady Gaga is set to top the Hot 100 tomorrow, making it the 1,000th No.1 single in the History of the chart. “Born This Way” is also the title off her third studio album, which is scheduled for release on May 23. Sources say that “Born This Way,” which has been compared to Madonna’s “Express Yourself,” sold more than 450,000 downloads within its first three days of release since Friday 11th March. WelcheMusic expects the track to make a high debut on the Swedish chart later this week.

Britney Spears sold 411,000 downloads when she debuted atop the Hot 100 with “Hold It Against Me” four weeks ago. Flo Rida’s “Right Round” sold 636,000 in its first week of release; Black Eyed Peas’s “Boom Boom Pow” (465,000); and, third: Flo Rida’s “Low” (460,000) according to Billboard Biz.

Lady Gaga bowed at No.3 in the UK on Sunday, after just a few days of availability. She was beaten by Chipmunk’s “Champion” and chart-topper Jessie J.

Britney Spears Unable to Replicate Stateside Success

CHART SPOTLIGHT. While Britney Spears broke several records on the Billboard charts, the singer was unable to replicate the success in the UK. On the singles chart, published on Sunday evening, Spears’s “Hold It Against Me” bows at No.6.

The chart sported no less than five new entries, but none was able to unseat Bruno Mars’s “Grenade” which retains the top spot. Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” vaults in at No.2, the track has been the most played track on UK radio, of those yet to be released. As WelcheMusic already reported, Diddy’s “Coming Home” bows at No.4 ahead of the grime act Wretch 32 whose “Traktor” beat Britney Spears by a margin, ending up at No.5.

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