As luck would have it, Spears’ single’s release coincided with the UK screening of the Spears tribute episode of Glee. Six songs from the episode, entitled Britney/Brittany pour into the Top 200 this week. There are covers of the Spears hits Toxic (number 40, 7,614 sales), I’m A Slave 4 U (number 97, 3,008 sales), ...Baby One More Time (number 104, 2,776 sales), Me Against The Music (number 110, 2,534 sales) and Stronger (126, 2,092 sales). The only exception is The Only Exception, a cover of Paramore’s 2010 hit, which debuts at number 45 (6,441 sales), while generating enough interest in the original for it to re-emerge at number 52 (5,909 sales). Spears’ compilation The Singles Collection is also resurgent, its sales increasing 466.10% week-on-week to 3,561, enough for it to re-enter the album chart at number 47. That is its highest-chart placing since it debuted at number 38 in December 2009. Its career sales rise to 77,947.
Melanie C 'The Sea' 05.09.2011