On July 12, , 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 ,  while she was in Stockholm during the European leg of The Circus Starring Britney Spears. Not cool! Luke announced that he would be the executive producer of the album, along with Max Martin. This album is for you, my fans, who have always supported me and have stuck by me every step of the way!
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We performed here with the Britney album, we did a similar thing. On March 27, , Britney performed the same set of songs in the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium to a crowd of 5, people for a special episode of "Good Morning America" that aired on March 29, She also performed the same three-song set and participated in two skits on "Jimmy Kimmel Live! She also served as a guest host at the Wango Tango concert series alongside Ryan Seacrest on May 14, Chart Performance Edit "Femme Fatale" debuted at number one on the Billboard with first-week sales of , copies.
This gave Spears her sixth debut at the top of the charts and leaves her in a three way tie for third most number one albums for a female artist tied with Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson.
However, the first-week sales are her second-lowest sales start with a studio set. Only her debut effort Baby One More Time began with a smaller figure , copies. In its second week, the album fell to number two, with sales plummeting 73 percent to 75,, giving it a two-week total of , sold in the United States.
The album spent five consecutive weeks in the Billboard top ten. As of January of , the album has been certified platinum and sold over , copies. The album debuted at number eight on the UK Albums Chart, selling 31, copies in its first week, becoming her lowest-charting studio album in the United Kingdom since In the Zone which peaked at number thirteen in December of , before being supprased by Britney Jean in In Germany, the album debuted at number ten making it her seventh top-ten studio album in a row, and her eighth top-ten album with the inclusion of the compilation album Greatest Hits: My Prerogative which peaked at number four.
It was also certified gold in during its debut week for shipments over 35, copies. Critical Reception Edit At Metacritic, Femme Fatale holds an average score of 67 out of indicating "generally favorable reviews". The album reached number 12 with , sold units, and her second single "Till the World Ends" number 18 with 1,, million sold units. Spears considered the tribute "an honor" and continued: "It was really crazy. I had no idea what to expect. The kids were amazing and so entertaining, and it was a really fun night.
It was really cool. Robbie Daw of Idolator also stated that Spears should have been nominated, commenting: "She had a 1 album that yielded a trio of hits. So what gives? James Montgomery also of MTV, however, noted that Spears has "never been considered a Grammy artist and has won just once during her entire career. They were also recorded at the same time as " 3 ". Spears co-wrote " Till the World Ends ", but was left uncredited.
In fact, Spears received no songwriting credits on the album aside for the Japanese bonus track " Scary ". Some stated that Spears was no longer the center of the album and found a trade-off to be real personality.
The artwork for the single " Criminal " is fan-made. Spears wanted the album to be more mid-tempo and hip-hop influenced, but Jive wanted something more radio friendly.
Spears confirmed that at least 50 songs were recorded for the album. Digital booklet.