The Singles Collection

Chaotic EP The Singles Collection is the second greatest hits album by Britney. It was released on November 10, 2009 through Jive Records to commemorate her ten-year anniversary since entering the music industry. The compilation was released in many different formats, including a one-disc edition, a CD+DVD edition and a box set, which contained twenty-nine singles, each packaged in its own slip case with original cover art. The CD+DVD edition, as well as the box set, contains a DVD with Spears’s music videos. The album includes a new song “3” produced by Max Martin and Shellback.

The Singles Collection was praised by contemporary music critics, who noted Spears’s impact and influence on pop music during her first decade in the music industry. The album entered the top ten in France and Japan, and peaked at number twenty-two on the US Billboard 200. “3” was released as the only single from the album. In the United States, it debuted atop the Billboard Hot 100, becoming her first song to do so.

Album Details

  • Release date: November 10, 2009
  • Recorded: August 1997 – July 2009
  • Genre: Pop, dance-pop
  • Length: 60:58
  • Label: Jive Records
  • Buy it on iTunes: StandardDeluxe

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Release and content

On July 12, 2009, Spears confirmed through her Twitter account that she had begun recording new material, stating she was going into the studio with Swedish songwriter and producer Max Martin. On September 23, 2009, Jive Records officially announced the release of a greatest hits titled The Singles Collection through Spears’s official website, in celebration of Spears’s ten-year anniversary in the music industry. The album followed her previous greatest hits album Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (2004). The release date was confirmed to be November 24, 2009 and the album included a new song titled “3”, produced by Martin. The compilation was available in two main editions, a standard edition as well as a box set. The standard version contained a single CD with seventeen tracks, including “3”. The boxset contained her twenty-nine singles including “3”, with each single packaged in its own slip case with original cover art, accompanied by an original b-side or remix. It also included a booklet featuring iconic images and facts about each track as well as a DVD featuring all of Spears’s music videos to date in chronological order.

On October 14, 2009, Jive Records announced in a new press release that the date for the standard edition was moved up to November 10, 2009. The date for the release of the box set remained the same. The following day, a CD+DVD edition was announced to be released on November 10, 2009 outside North America. This edition included the standard edition track listing as well as the single “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”.


“3” was confirmed as the only single from the album, released on October 2, 2009 along with the announcement of The Singles CollectionIt was released to radio stations on September 29, 2009. The song received positive reviews from critics, and debuted at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100, breaking many chart records. It made Spears the first artist in over three years to debut at the top position and the only non-American Idol artist in eleven years to do so. It was the sixteenth song in the chart history to debut at the top position and also the shortest title for a song reaching the top of the chart. “3” also debuted at number one in Canada and reached the top ten in Australia, Belgium (Wallonia), Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ireland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.

Track listing

North American edition

  1. “3”
  2. “…Baby One More Time”
  3. “(You Drive Me) Crazy” (The Stop Remix!)
  4. “Born to Make You Happy” (Radio edit)
  5. “Oops!… I Did It Again”
  6. “Stronger”
  7. “I’m a Slave 4 U”
  8. “Boys” (The Co-Ed Remix) (featuring Pharrell Williams)
  9. “Me Against the Music” (featuring Madonna)
  10. “Toxic
  11. “Everytime
  12. “Gimme More”
  13. “Piece of Me”
  14. “Womanizer”
  15. “Circus”
  16. “If U Seek Amy”
  17. “Radar”

International edition

Includes all the North American edition and  also”I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”.

iTunes Store deluxe edition (bonus tracks)

19. “Lucky”
20. “Sometimes”
21. “Overprotected”
22. “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know”
23. “Break the Ice”

International limited edition (bonus DVD)

  1. “…Baby One More Time”
  2. “(You Drive Me) Crazy” (The Stop Remix!)
  3. “Born to Make You Happy”
  4. “Oops!… I Did It Again”
  5. “Stronger”
  6. “I’m a Slave 4 U”
  7. “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”
  8. “Me Against the Music” (featuring Madonna)
  9. “Toxic”
  10. “Everytime”
  11. “Gimme More”
  12. “Piece of Me”
  13. “Womanizer”
  14. “Circus”
  15. “If U Seek Amy”
  16. “Radar”

Box Set edition (DVD)

  1. “…Baby One More Time”
  2. “Sometimes”
  3. “(You Drive Me) Crazy” (The Stop Remix!)
  4. “Born to Make You Happy”
  5. “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart”
  6. “Oops!… I Did It Again”
  7. “Lucky”
  8. “Stronger”
  9. “Don’t Let Me Be the Last to Know”
  10. “I’m a Slave 4 U”
  11. “Overprotected” (The Darkchild Remix)
  12. “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”
  13. “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll”
  14. “Me Against the Music” (featuring Madonna)
  15. “Toxic”
  16. “Everytime”
  17. “My Prerogative”
  18. “Do Somethin'”
  19. “Someday (I Will Understand)”
  20. “Gimme More”
  21. “Piece of Me”
  22. “Break the Ice”
  23. “Womanizer”
  24. “Circus”
  25. “If U Seek Amy”
  26. “Radar”


Commercial performance

In the United States, The Singles Collection debuted at number twenty-two in the Billboard 200, selling 26,800 copies in its first week. The album has sold over 250,000 copies in the United States. In Canada, the album was certified gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA) for sales over 40,000 copies. The album debuted at number fifteen in Mexico and was certified gold by the Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas (AMPROFON) for shipments over 30,000 units. On November 23, 2009, the album debuted on the Australian Albums Chart at number twenty-three. The same week, it debuted at number twenty-two in New Zealand. The album reached the top forty in Belgium (Wallonia), Denmark, Greece, New Zealand and Norway, and also charted in Belgium (Flanders), Finland, Spain and the Netherlands. In January 2011, The Singles Collection re-entered the charts in Ireland and the United Kingdom, at numbers fifty-one and forty-seven, respectively.

To the date, the album has sold over 1,000,000 copies worldwide and  260,000 in the United States alone. In the United Kingdom the album has sold over 150,000 copies and is certified as Gold.