Britney Spears fans took the opportunity to highlight one of the singer’s deep cuts.
And it’s no coincidence that it happened on the same day that Justin Timberlake made his musical comeback.
On Thursday, Justin unveiled his first solo song in six years, Selfish, as the lead single from his forthcoming sixth album.
However, as soon as the song was released, Britney’s loyal fans around the world began downloading her 2011 album track of the same name, sending the song up the iTunes charts, even reportedly placing it at number one in certain regions.
I’m SHOCKED that Selfish by Britney Spears, a relatively unknown BONUS TRACK from her 2011 album ‘Femme Fatale’, is in the TOP 10 on iTunes 13 years after its release.🤯🤯🤯 pic.twitter.com/lSIBfTqNeb
— Joshua Pingley (@pingley) January 26, 2024
Selfish Britney was a bonus track on her 2011 album Femme Fatale, which also featured the hit singles Hold It Against Me and Till The World Ends.
In recent history, the tabloid culture surrounding Britney in the 2000s has been revisited as part of the #FreeBritney movement, as has Justin’s role in the public denigration of her.
In 2021, Justin issued a public apology to Britney and Janet Jackson, “because I care about and respect these women and I know I failed.”
“I am deeply sorry for the times in my life where my actions contributed to a problem, when I spoke out of turn, or didn’t speak up for what was right,” Justin said in a now-deleted Instagram post.
“I understand that I failed in these moments and in many others and benefited from a system that condones misogyny and racism. I also feel compelled to respond, in part because everyone involved deserves better and most importantly, because this is a larger conversation that I wholeheartedly want to be a part of and grow.”Britney and Justin during their most famous red carpet appearance together
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Britney also shared revelations about her past romantic relationship with Justin in her 2023 memoir The Woman In Me, including allegations of infidelity and the story of an abortion she underwent while they were together.
Earlier this month, Britney denied speculation that she was preparing her own pop comeback, and insisted that she would “never return to the music industry”.
Listen to both songs below: