Update 2: By 12:30PM ET, Britney Spears’ “Pretty Girls (featuring Iggy Azalea)” had reached #2 on the all-genre iTunes single sales chart.
As it has been for several rising songs, Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again (featuring Charlie Puth)” represents the barrier to #1. “Pretty Girls” is still gaining steam, but it is not yet unclear whether it will be able to dethrone “See You Again” before inevitably cooling off.
Update: Britney Spears’ “Pretty Girls (featuring Iggy Azalea)” is predictably soaring up the iTunes all-genre single sales chart. As of 4:15AM ET on its first day of availability, it was up to #22 on the listing.
One interested in hearing Britney Spears’ “Pretty Girls (featuring Iggy Azalea)” no longer faces an ethical dilemma.
As of midnight eastern, the song is officially available on iTunes. Audio for the song, meanwhile, was posted to Britney Spears’ Vevo account.
That will allow–at least fans in approved regions–to refrain from indulging in the leaked audio that first emerged Saturday.
Odds are, however, that the most passionate of Spears and Azalea fans did catch wind of the unauthorized audio. And if they did, they stumbled upon a song that has elicited comparisons to Gwen Stefani’s “Hollaback Girl” and Azalea’s own “Fancy.”
Not yet part of an album pre-order, “Pretty Girls” will rely on its independent sales interest to cruise up the iTunes chart. As of press time at 12:15AM ET, it was up to #182 on the all-genre iTunes chart. That position will surely improve–and greatly–as the day progresses.
Audio for “Pretty Girls” follows: