Cry Us a river, JT! Britney Spears dropped her sexy new song “Make Me” on Friday, July 15, and dethroned ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake’s recent hit “Can’t Stop the Feeling!” from the top spot on iTunes.
Hours after Spears, 34, released the Burns-produced track (her first single from her forthcoming ninth studio album) at midnight on Friday, an excited member of the Britney Army took to Twitter to let the pop princess know that she had soared straight to No. 1.
— Ivan Mijares (@ivann_gm) July 15, 2016
“Here she goes! @britneyspears is number 1 on US iTunes! #MakeMe,” the fan wrote, adding a screenshot of the iTunes top 10, which showed that Spears’ latest effort forced Timberlake, 35, into second place.
— Britney Spears (@britneyspears) July 15, 2016
The superstar retweeted the message and graciously responded: “This is an incredible feeling. Thank you, thank you, thank you!! #MakeMe.” Katy Perry’s 2016 Olympics theme “Rise” has since beaten Spears for the peak position. However, the mom of two still remains ahead of Timberlake.
While “Make Me” may have knocked the “Suit and Tie” crooner down a peg, Spears has said that her former beau’s music inspires her. “Justin Timberlake [is so different and fresh],” she told USA Today in December 2013. “It's inspiring for me, and it makes people eager to listen to music, which helps everyone.”
Spears and Timberlake — one of the most cherished celebrity couples of the early aughts — secretly began dating in 1999, but called it quits in 2002 amid reports that the “… Baby One More Time” songstress cheated on her man with choreographer Wade Robson.
Despite their rocky past, Timberlake — whose 2002 breakup anthem “Cry Me a River” was thought to be inspired by Spears’ alleged infidelity — still stands behind the chart-topping diva's talent.
"I wish her well, and I want to see her win," he told GQ in 2006. "I don't think you can ever count somebody like her out. Because she may appear one way, but she's very clever."
Listen to “Make Me” above.
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