October 14th, 2009
01:28 PM ET

Britney Spears stokes controversy (again)

Britney Spears is back on top. Or maybe, considering the song, she’s in different position.

Billboard reports that Spears’ new single, “3,” will debut at the top of its Hot 100 pop chart on Thursday. Amazingly, it’s only her third No. 1, after “… Baby One More Time” and last year’s “Womanizer.” (Yep, “Oops! … I Did It Again,” “Toxic” and “I’m a Slave 4 U,” among others, didn’t hit No. 1 on the Hot 100, the primary pop chart in America.)

But it’s the topic of the song that might garner Spears more attention that simply hitting No. 1.

“3,” co-produced and co-written by Swedish hook master Max Martin, is about a sexual threesome. “If it’s all right/ What do you say?/ Are you in/ Livin’ in sin is the new thing,” she sings in a heavily processed, robotic voice.

Though countless songs have been written about love triangles, songs about menages a trois aren’t quite as common. David Crosby left the Byrds over his song “Triad,” which the group decided not to include on “The Notorious Byrd Brothers.” (It was later recorded by the Jefferson Airplane; the Byrds' version finally appeared on CD re-release.) More recently, the rapper Baby Bash recorded a song called “Menage a Trois.” However, neither of those came close to No. 1.

Even debuting at No. 1 is becoming something of a rarity. Since 1998, the only songs to debut in the top position have been connected with “American Idol,” which – by exposing new singles to 30 million people at a time – certainly smooths the way to No. 1. The last non-“Idol” song to pull off the trick, according to Billboard, was Lauryn Hill’s “Doo Wop (That Thing).”

What do you think of Britney’s new hit?

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  1. Julie

    Oh and Jack.. P.S. that wasn't the end but nice false prediction.

    August 10, 2011 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    It is clear the message CNN is trying to get across.

    The lyrics in this song talk about a threesome between biblical characters Peter, Paul, & Mary.

    She goes on to sing "Living in sin is the new thing"...

    It seems there is a sex crazed pop star that has begin to blame Christianity for her issues and failures. This is just the beginning.

    Unfortunately Britney is just about to be another overdose statistic.

    Like it or not, she's ghetto.

    If you have a problem with God, at least make it civilized and express yourself on your blog or something. The worst thing you could do is express yourself through a song and expect a reaction other than trash talk.

    It's a sad thing to see fall this way.

    I'll say it here first, this is the end of what she thought was a new beginning!

    October 21, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Andrea

    There are plenty of people that have made the comment "parents teach their children, not musicians" ... I'm sorry but if you don't believe that children (despite the best parenting in the world!) are influenced by media, musicians or actors, y'all need to get your head examined. Give a 3 year old child the choice between a Dora and Diego tshirt, and a tshirt with some random unknown character on it... I'll bet you a million dollars that 3 year old will pick Dora and Diego. Why? Because they're hooked! At 3 years old media has already influenced their minds into what they should choose vs what they shouldn't! Fast Forward 10 years.. now that child is 13... her friends at school are now influencing her along with media, and your fantabulous parenting skills.... Britney Spears comes out with a provocative song about 3somes....now you as a parent may say – "Nope not listening to that song in my house!"... what's stopping that child from listening to it on a radio, at a girlfriends home?? I'm sorry but as much as you want to parent your child in a bubble, it'll never happen! That child will take social cues from the new hot always talked about Britney song – 3 somes are cool, or showing off all my body is the new fashion – we end up with what my gfs and I call Prostitots... girls too young to be aloud to dress the way they do, but too smart to let their parents know that they walk around in public like that!

    What I think a lot of 'parents' would like these bubble gum singers (and I use that term loosely), to think about is...when your fan base is anywhere from 13-30... you need to take a second listen to what your selling them.

    And like an earlier poster said... Britney isn't popular because she's got talent... she's got a huge bankroll forcing people to like her... you hear anything long enuff and it'll get stuck in your head. Imagine what are lives would have been like if K-Fed had those marketing geniuses and money behind his music... ya exactly too scary for words!


    October 16, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Kelly

    This comment is in regards to the new Brittney Spears filth that is going into the ears of young, impressionable children. I am discusted at the blind eye that the music industry and the media would take in endorsing pornagraphy via a song! It"s no wonder why the children of today are acting out in very inappropriate ways, one of them being sexting pictures to one another...they are just providing a visual aid to what would be a natural presumption of acceptable behavior since the music they listen to can only make it into the public air waves by (LOL) well adjusted, responsible adults who clearly know the difference between right and wrong. Don't be surprised to hear one of the next big news stories being teens engaging in all night three-some parties. By NOT saying it is wrong IS saying it is right! Why not spread vineral diseases and unwanted pregnancies 3 X's faster? After all its just a catchy little dance tune and what's wrong with that?

    October 16, 2009 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  5. guest

    It's no wonder we have teen mothers... look at the crap we are promoting as role models. Just what I want... my 6 year old daughter running around singing about menage a trois. What a cess pool this world has become.

    October 16, 2009 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. Kenneth Harris

    To be perfectly honest I'm not even surprised. It was only a matter of time before a major artist stops beating around and hiding behind their lyrics and just come out and say what they trying to say plain as day. The only thing that has me somewhat surprised about this is that the artist is Brittany Spears. But then again she has fell off lately. She had to do something to get herself back into the news.

    October 16, 2009 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  7. Bob

    I love all these people criticizing Britney....I mean seriously, it's no worse than the crap Madonna was producing when you were all growing up and idolizing her.

    October 15, 2009 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Maggie

    I love how people are saying her career is in the toilet. “Circus”, her latest album, sold over 2,000,000 copies; those are big numbers these days. Her tour was one of the highest grossing tours this year, if not the highest. “3” just debuted at #1 after selling over 250,000 copies during its first week of release. She has a super successful perfume line as well. What a horrible career! And seriously, have any of you listened to the radio recently? All that you hear are rap songs objectifying women, but I guess that’s ok. Britney is a grown woman and her fans have grown up with her. Her target demographic isn’t the tweens anymore, that’s Disney’s market.

    October 15, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Angie

    Ken...she hasn't lost her teeny-bopper fan base-they just grew up with her! I don't like her music but apparently the same kids that liked the "virginal" Brittany are the same young adults that like "whore" Brittany...if you don't like it...don't buy it or listen to it. Life is too short to fret about things like Brittany Spears "music".

    October 14, 2009 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Whatever

    ...as though this is any more risque' than "If you seek Amy". Wow. At least that didn't beat around the bush. heheh

    October 14, 2009 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Angie

    GREAT! Looks like I need to explain to my daughter what a three way is before Brittany does!

    October 14, 2009 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Brandie

    Who wants their 1st amendment rights taken away? If you don't like it don't listen to it. If you don’t want your kids to listen then actually be parents and have some authority over what your children listen to rather than complaining about what's out there. Crazy extremists couldn't silence 2 Live Crew, and you're not going to silence Britney, Lady Gaga or any of these other pop/rap/rock stars singing about everything from 3somes to dating men just for their money. This is why we live in America, you communists.

    October 14, 2009 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mari

    What kind of role model is she for her children and all the young girls who "look" up to her. She has no talent that's why she has to be sexual in order to be known otherwise she would be a nobody! It's sad that she's so young and beautiful but yet can't seem to get herself together!

    October 14, 2009 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Laurie

    But I AM looking forward to "The Singles!"

    October 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Laurie

    The song isn't really that great, just another dose of over-worked vocals over a dance-beat. It is definitely no Stronger. Just typical Britney Spears.

    That said, I'm just glad for her that she seems to be – at least mechanically – working toward getting better.

    Also, people screaming about her "talent" gives me a case of the LOL's. I hope the girls life truly gets back on track, but I wouldn't label her "talented". It is easy to go into a studio warble for a little bit and have the guys in the studio adjust the vocals to make them sound good and then go out and lip-synch the songs every night. You don't even have to remember the words as long as the mic is in front of your mouth. So I think going on about her "talent" is stretching it a bit, don't you think? And she is nowhere near the dancer she used to be.

    October 14, 2009 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Tom M

    I would rather waterboard myself than listen to pop music.

    She has a nice rack though and I kind of liked her when she put on some weight.

    October 14, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Tortuga

    She has no talent. Period.

    October 14, 2009 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  18. ashley


    October 14, 2009 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Leanne

    I love Britney. Always have. Always will. She needs help and love, and by no means will she improve if we all leave her behind and make her feel unwanted.

    Go Brit for another awesome single!! Looking forward to buying your collection!

    October 14, 2009 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Racheal

    You people are all so funny!

    October 14, 2009 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Bob

    Horrible...My ears started to bleed.

    October 14, 2009 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Dan McGrath

    Who cares?

    October 14, 2009 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Tina

    Her song is AMAZiNG!!!!! I love it!

    October 14, 2009 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mikebr

    I love it. What a bunch of snarky prudes. Jeez, she ain't writing Shakespeare or singing Le Miz. She's a frigging pop star. Shallow crap is her business, as it is the buz of all rock/pop/rap/hiphop for the last 40 years. It hit the charts at #1. She's got to be doing something right.

    October 14, 2009 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Patricia

    What about the children who don't have a good role model as a parent and look to someone like Britney, Miley or Madonna as someone to copy or imitate. And a parent can't always be there to turn off the music or TV.
    It's not very responsible to sing these kind of lyrics to such young audiences. It just goes to show these entertainers don't care about their fans, just their money!

    October 14, 2009 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Leigh

    Catchy dance tune but very trashy lyrics. She has always been kind of a joke in the world of quality music .

    October 14, 2009 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Cj

    Trashy crap ! She cannot sing so does this trash for the almighty $$$
    Sad that this is what makes money , just glad I do not have teens anymore!

    October 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Lail


    October 14, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  29. The L

    For those of you concerned about Spears being a role model: I hope you're not dropping your kids in front of a cd player or radio playing Ms. Spears and I also hope you aren't dropping your kids in front of the tv and going about your business. YOU should be your kid's role model. If you are raising your kids properly you and other DESERVING sorts should be the people who are heroes that your kids look up to. It's that sort of absent minded comment that calls you out as a bad parent.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Ruth

    I miss Lauryn Hill 2

    October 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  31. KMoo

    It's just entertainment.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Dave

    It's a shallow song, agreed! However, these songs would not be produced if people didn't buy them! Think of it like a business.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Saradawn

    Love the song! Sexy lyrics, hot dance beat. As a thirty year old, mother of two, I find myself dancing to it every time I hear it on the radio!

    October 14, 2009 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Adam

    Its Britney Bitch! She's back and better than HONAY! Relax people it aint that serious!

    October 14, 2009 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  35. abigail

    i love britney

    October 14, 2009 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Dawn

    Question Jay Sath, if you had a pre-teen or teenage daughter that idolized Britney, would you still say it was a "fun pop-beat"? You can make a good song without encouraging young minds to think premartial sex is ok. Really, think about it.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Tully

    Not surprising, no big deal, no talent, boring.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Dennis

    Beatles, anyone?

    October 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jeremy

    Maybe I would care if Briney had any Musical credibility. As previously stated, Ms. Spears is a studio produced "artist". I will guarantee she didn't write the song. Music has become an industyr. You have to dig to find the real Musicians. Britney Spears is not a Musician. And I mean she can't sing. Steve Perry has a true instrument. So did Freddie Mercury.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Daniel

    It's funny how everyone says trash, when this "trash" just broke a billboard record that the other 'non trash' artists couldn't dream of breaking. Thousands of artists wish they could achieve half the success Britney has, and many artists respect her because only other artists understand the hardships in being famous. Normal people do not, so why normal people attempt to judge is beyond me. I'd rather have my child listen to Britney than people like Lil' Wayne, Ludacris, 50 Cent, Eminem, and half the other rap artists out there. Not to mention, many of the greats were controversies in their own time. Like it or not, Britney came out with a song about threesomes. If you don't like it, don't listen to it. I hate Kanye West, but you won't see me attempting to boycott him, or downloading any of his songs. Simple is, and simple done.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Insider...

    If you're force fed dog poop every meal eventually you think it tastes good.
    The same goes for music. Eventually the pop sounds good.
    I have worked for record companies and radio stations and I got those jobs from starting out in music retail.
    They all work together to make a ton of money based on easy to produce products like Ms. Spears. Although a Ben Folds album is absolutley better pop music he's not a "hottie" and not easy to sell to 12 year olds... And a Ben Folds album is much more relatable to a kid than "3" or "If You Seek Amy"...
    It's too bad, because if they used half the money they pay off retailers and radio to play "3" on a real musican making pop music these 12 years olds ears would explode with new flavors, thoughts, and personalities.
    But alas... We don't.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Blake

    Spears is a disgusting waste of space and a skid-mark on the underwear of music in general.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Diana

    So many people are quick to call someone they don't even know "trash", yet, they themselves are not perfect, I'm sure. For one thing, all you have to do is NOT listen to her music. And I'd much rather listent to a Britney Spears song that to some of the sill rap music that is alot worst than her music. Yes, she's not perfect. Yes, she's done some stupid things. But at least she got rid of Justin T. And let's not forget, the WOMAN IS RICH!!! Someone is buying her music. Trash, please. Look at yourselfs in a mirror and I bet you would find something a little trash looking back at you! Remember, everyone use to say the say things about Madonna, and she's in her 50's now...still going strong. I say they are classic, unique, and smarter than people give them credit for. We're talking about them, right?

    October 14, 2009 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  44. brianna

    awee brit brit i wuv her!!! alot of ppl my age (early twenties)are VERy open to this kinda of stuff and i dont really see the wrong either i think the hippie mindset might of passed down lol and so..we are more laid back then some i guess but i dunno if i would do it but i def wouldint judge sumone else after all ..judge lest u be judged right?.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  45. someonewhoknowsrealmusic

    Britney Spears's music is absolute crap. How about we get back to what music sounds like and not what the artist looks like or how self-degrading they can be to get on the charts.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Lisa

    This isn't any worse than majority of the other crap that is out there... Half the female singers out there, have to be half naked and show their T**s to be famous... whatever happened to actual talent... Oh yeah, if you actually have the talent you wouldn't need to go on stage half naked.... For those of you who talk about these people being role models, their entertainers not role models.. It is up to the parents to teach their kids about values.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Erin


    October 14, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Micahel Roinson

    Ok if you dont like it dont listen to it. Britney makes songs for her fans.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Leela

    Britney had her time in the sun.. and now she is just "undone". Jessica,Lindsey, Britney .. none have talent and they are famous for what again? Oh yeah.. beind mindless & doing drugs. I'm thinking college would have been good for all of them.Have you ever seen them talk and see how ignorant they sound. Yawn.. lets move on. It had to be said.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Jane

    Here is the thing, Britney isn't thinking much about her two sons. These pop tarts who go around acting like "fill in the blank" exposing their croch and singing songs no parent wants their children to listen to miss the big picture. Some day soon her two boys are going to turn in to teenagers and will be mortified at school when the other kids teas them about what a whore their momma is... Look at Pam Anderson....Her two kids must be ready to change identies by now. They need to think about their boys and what impact their slutty actions will have on their boys during the Jr. High and highschool years. No kid wants to view their mom like that when their a teen.... ANyway that's my 2 cents worth.

    October 14, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Sad

    Artists now a days always use the excuse about having free speech and I am all for free speech. But there is also something called responsibility. It is too easy now a days to put trash like this out and throw the excuse out " Oh I have free speech". Here is something more artists should think about : Just because you CAN do something does that mean you SHOULD do it?"

    October 14, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Eric

    On a positive note... for those of you looking for a good influence for your kids to listen to, I suggest an artist named Matisyahu. good music, good message, good role model.

    October 14, 2009 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Franky, Land of Lincoln

    You know, I'm a man of good music when I hear it and if she wants to go down that path, then let her do her thang and shake it! I respect good music for any genre but yes, it is NOT recommend for kids.

    No offense but rap music talk about sexual and sensual misgivings while the ladies can't go that far? Yeah, we men sanitize and even go far in about our pleasures but is what we do and women for that simple fact can't do it. It can be various misgivings and stereotypes involving women in general cause there are in this world(and country), women that are nice and chaste...BELIEVE IT OR NOT! But overall, I'm cool with that and we know Britney's experience...if you know what I mean.

    I can go as far and say it can be racist cause when you look at African-American women, like Lil Kim, she gets down!! Beyonce is arguably the most calmest, sweetest and sexy African-American women in determining how music and sensuality can play a pivotal role for ANY type of ethinic group and just cause the white girls love to get freaky, don't mean it can be applied to the same gender or sex.

    Yes people yes! I don't know if Britney is a Christian(I think) but even some nice and talented white women can go that far, is O.K, is sexy, 🙂

    October 14, 2009 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  54. JD

    I liked it better when it was called "Are you In?" and Incubus sang it.

    October 14, 2009 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Big Daddy

    Big deal.. Grow up. I do not see this song any worse than this hard core hip hop RAP that they call music.. If you can digest that, then deal with this.. IF you dont like it, stop listening this.

    October 14, 2009 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  56. yormawmy

    Most comments ever = Britney Wins

    October 14, 2009 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Chad

    Hey lets not forget the wonderful role models the Rolling Stones, Grateful Dead, and all those groups were. This is crap that appeals to masses just like so many groups. She does it and you talk about it and complain or like it.

    She is not trash she is a girl who was raised in a test tub of public opinion. She did not have protection of her parents like we would love all kids to have. She lack help and guidance and I hope she can grow up. She is Modonna in being pop and controversial to stay relevant. Is Mondonna a good role model?

    Maybe you should teach your kids role models are not created by money or fame. Stop letting the stars raise your children and teach them teir values. Maybe take the time to spend with your kids and help them to grow up with good views, values and intellegence to know how to look at the world.

    October 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Nia

    Dear Prudes,

    Not all music has to be a product of pure genius and high class. Sometimes, we all need to stop taking life so seriously, swallow a chill pill, and sing along to silly/simple songs. We're humans. As for threesomes, guess what? Just because your daughter sings this song, doesn't mean she'll become a slut. I believe there's something called parenting to prevent that from happening. Oh, and on that note, if you tell your daughter not to have sex or listen to this song, she will go out and do the exact opposite. I promise you that. Britney, keep making songs, keep making people angry, and keep making money. If you got it, flaunt it. Don't let fat, angry, poorly dressed women bring you down (or men who wish they could sleep with you, but pretend they don't want to).


    Female College Student

    October 14, 2009 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jen

    I have never understood why Britney has ever been compared to Madonna. Madonna writes most of her own music, has original ideas and deals with actual issues in her music. Madonna is a true artist, Britney is a puppet.

    October 14, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Erin

    I love Britney.

    October 14, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  61. no name

    Why does real talent matter when you can just take off your clothes and sing about threesomes!

    October 14, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Andrea

    Nothing against Britney, (I typically like her music and have not heard the song), but I wish all artists in general would actually listen to their own music before it's produced and shipped out for any and all to hear... stop the insanity of this crazy world they've developed (life imitating art). Our society is going to hell in a handbasket (excuse the cliches), and racing for distruction! Have all the simple and true love songs been written, and therefore we need to push the proverbial envelope to its limits?? I hope not, I've heard that a the trend of over-sexed, crazy lifestyles are coming to an end – and that people having better self esteem, and morals is coming into fashion. I'd like to believe that... for my daughter's sake....

    October 14, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  63. jls22

    ...and all of YOU
    are giving her more attention 🙂 Lovin it... Go Brit Brit! haha...

    October 14, 2009 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  64. andrea

    Does it really matter if you or I do not like this song? It is going to be released anyways. I am not the least bit surprised. Does anybody remember a while ago when they made a big deal about her other song "If You Seek Amy"
    Sex sells and most singers give into it now a days without a second thought of what messages they are sending to children / teens. It's sad but that is what this country has come to.
    I do not even bother listening to the radio stations that play this type of music anymore. I liked Britney when she first appeared on the scene but over the years she has become what most people on here are saying a "soon to be has been/ pop princess whore".

    October 14, 2009 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Rob

    Come on.... leave the girl alone. She has been through it all and isn't even 30 yet. She took a huge nose dive into life and came back out on top. She has the highest grossing concert of the year so the ones that are hating should just ignore her and move on with your life.

    I personally love her and love the song. I bought it on day one from iTunes and listen to it repeatedly in my car. I've seen her four times in concert and it's a great show production-wise. No one ever said she was the best singer but she sure must be doing something right to last in the music industry for 10 years.

    Just quit hating and relax.

    October 14, 2009 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Lisa

    The real problem here isn't Britney coming out with this song. I'm not a fan of her's but I get upset when I hear people complaining about what kind of role model these people like Britney are. People need to teach their kids that celebrities are NOT role models. So many of them end up going down the wrong path for different reasons. There are some that are good and use their fame for positive reinforcements but probably more that don't. Role models are fireman, policeman, doctors, nurses, and people who save and risk their own lives for other people every day. Many of these celebrities and athletes don't even ask to be role models, they just get handed that title. Should we feel sorry for them, not a chance but we need to stop teaching children that fame and money don't necessarily make you a role model.

    October 14, 2009 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Rachel

    PEOPLE GET OVER YOURSELVES!! Really this is sad, you don't have anything better to do with your day then bash on some one. Maybe it's time that you grow up too!

    October 14, 2009 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  68. Cristian

    Listening to the melodic line and the words of her songs, it becomes obvious very soon that Britney is nothing more than an airhead.

    October 14, 2009 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Phydeaux

    Britney has no voice....she needs all the acoustics they can muster to make her heard. She's an "almost" has-been! By using lyrics dripping with sex and dancing like a hooker is all she can do now...where is the real talent in this world....it's certainly not Britney!!!

    October 14, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Tanya

    I really don't think the song is all that, I mean, she made better songs!! I really haven't listened to the words either, but I will the next time I hear it.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  71. Justin

    She does not seem to have a choice in the music she puts out. She just basically does what she is told. She is a tool being guided blindly by her management team including her father that could care less about her as long as she is still able to make money for them.
    The song 3 I think has a good beat but as far as lyrics go I can barely make out what she is saying from how overly robotic they made her voice. So parents don't get upset over the lyrics because as far as implying a 3some your kids probably are not getting that message anyway because they can't understand it. They just know they are listening to Britney and if its thats a big of a deal have em listen to something else. They are going to get exposed to stuff like this sooner or later anyway. Its about how you inform your kids about things like that that makes the difference. She is no role model that you should rely on to influence your children the top role model for any kid should always be one of the parents first then whoever they may idolize on TV.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  72. sick of brit

    Let’s all remember how she’s a good Christian woman who didn’t wanna have sex until she was married. Now look at her. She’s the quintessential pop music whore of America. This goes to show how hypocritical most Christians are. Keep on believing the lies.

    jon, remember she wanted everyone believe she was a virgin. but it recently came out she lost it at age 14, before she got married to her childhood friend, before she let justin timberlake "deflower" her like she claimed...

    October 14, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  73. LBW

    Rick M, Jefferson Airplane also did that song.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  74. disgusted

    this is what we get downstream from all of this hip hop and rap crap that has been advertising how to be trashy and inviting our young to join in. our country used to be proud of good morals now we seem to flaunt complete trash with a smile and a dare. this isn't entertainment, it is just more of the same garbage from the corrupt music industry and they are laughing all the way to the bank – at YOUR expense. you won't think it's funny when YOUR daughter acts like this – will you? if you do, you deserve what you get.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Alex

    All these comments complaining that she sucks etc.....but yet she still makes a fortune off of you.....SUCKERS!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Marie

    Why does Britney think she has to use sex to get attention? She is a very pretty girl , but with every thing she does it seems it has to be about sex. What does she think she is, a sex machine? Doesn't she have enough confidence in herself to just sing and dance?

    October 14, 2009 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Barb

    Just like Madonna of old. Trash in, trash out.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Cami

    Why do y'all care! Its not really different from the other songs made these days. Let her be creative! I like it! I have no problem with this song! Yeah, im young and come on now, IT'S THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY HERE! She's a freak so get over it. Who's not!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Marnie

    Who cares, she can't sing anyway. Anyone who buys her records deserves what they get.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Matt

    That music is like McDonalds for hamburgers. Mass produced, appeals to the masses, and in reality on the lower side of the quality scale.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  81. mike

    Prolefeed, nothing more.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  82. dennisk

    It appears Britney (or someone) is getting her life under control, and I'm glad for that. Based on the talent she displayed on her debut when she was just 16, I thought she had the potential to develop into a pretty gifted artist. But somewhere along the line, she became more interested in being a celebrity, rather than a musician. "3," while a catchy dance pop number whose subject matter is actually rather tamely addressed, is just the latest example of this wasted potential.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  83. beth

    Who really cares, I hope she makes a bundle. She must be doing something right. She knows what sells.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  84. sally

    If you dont want your teenager daughter to listen to her there is a thing called turn of the radio If know body wants to listen to her than turn the channel it is that simple. I dont think she has low self -esteem there are worse singers that sing worth things than she does.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Kim

    I have never experienced a menage a trois but I really don't see what harm singing about it will do.

    I think a lot more harm has been done with the way people use religion, whether preaching abstinence, growing a beard, having multiple wives, virginity, throwing stones at gays.
    Btw I believe in a loving God . no need to attach a religion made by men, which will tell me what to eat on Fridays.

    The fact is when kids r raised with love n respect they usually can chose which path is right for them.

    And as long as we r talking consenting adults, what they do is their business n not for anyone to judge.

    And as for Britney, well I agree that she doesn't have much class but there are no obligation for anyone to buy her cd.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  86. Nicole

    Oh my god people, it's a SONG! She isn't walking around going to schools and pretending to be a nun. This is Britney Spears, has always been Britney Spears, and will always be Britney Spears! SEX SELLS! If you don't like it, don't listen to the music or read the stories about her. You DO have a choice here!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Megan

    I have grown up with Brittany and am about the same age as her.. She is lucky because she has the money to produce and market these hits..But after I heard this song I more than ever think that her music is a load of cr**! This song is one of her worst by far and should not hit even 100 in the top 100!!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  88. nick

    How can you call someone who doesn't write songs or music and only lip-syncs and moves around talented?

    October 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  89. jastan lamont case

    leave britney alone, that little slut MILEY ? is sliding up and down "POLES" , dating a guy twice her age ,and god knows what else; but you still go out and buy your babies anything she puts her name or two faces on!!!!!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Beth

    Britney Spears can't sing...she has just had good agents. Her voice is always masked by some robotic sound and when you finally hear her actual voice...it's not really that good.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |
  91. theburg727

    C'mon are we really surprised? I am not a Britney fan. Not because of all of the controversy that surrounds her, but I just don't really like her music. I think it's just a bunch of over sexed, over exposed junk...like so much of the other music that our kids are listening to.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Rick M.

    The song named " Triad " by David Crosby was performed and recorded live by David Crosby while on tour in the summer of 1970. It was released in 1971 on a record called " 4 Way Street " by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Sharon

    Come on guys the girl is doing something right....if you don't like it, don't listen to it...I'm no fan, but there is no need in all these nasty comments!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  94. windyCityCritic

    This is the way The POP music Genre has gone, look at most top hits that top the charts these days. They are all degrading and terrible. Worst of all, the lyrics are not written by the artists, yet they sing them and promote them. I hate this kind of music, but you can't really argue that Spears is a trash and always has been, She markets her self too millions of idiots and knows how to make money. Look at all the people that watch these reality shows, Such as American idol and Dancing with the Stars. These shows are garbage along with most of the current pop culture these days. Only the consumer is to blame.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  95. Lori

    Dan October 14th, 2009 2:12 pm ET

    Yeah talking about sex is horrible – can’t we just go back to the 70s and 80s when songs were about satanism?

    LOL good one Dan!!!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  96. beth

    I can't believe I just took a minute out of my time to read this. LOL

    October 14, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Bubba

    Triad was never my favorite song, and it's not something I'd ever do, but I have three friends who consider themselves married. They're fine, intelligent people, and this is what works for them. Shove your disapproval where the sun don't shine, unless you find that a turn-on, in which case don't.
    Britney? I listen to her about as often as I have a three-way, but I'm glad to see her back on top and getting paid big. Ever occur to you geniuses that this song is just playing to the tabloids and feeding the rumor mill?

    October 14, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  98. ashley

    this isnnt anything interesting and i dont think you should keep this online

    October 14, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Cheryl

    Incredibly Hot!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  100. N.Susan

    What? A threesome. Thanks for the tip CNN, I'm buying it today.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Omaha Reader

    Britney Spears is NOT the only one sings about sex. There are many many singers out there, who perform songs with stronger/dirtier sexual lyrics. I am not a Britney’s fan, but I just want to be fair. I feel like people always find the way to attack this girl. If you don’t like her music then don’t listen to it, or don’t blog about it... I am sure there are people like her music; but it doesn’t mean they are bad or trash people. Everybody has their own right to listen to whatever they want. Music is supposed to be entertaining, not too serious all the time. Don’t blame music for bad behavior teenagers out there. Blame their parents or teachers. Oh one more thing, yes, I’ve done 3some and yes, it was awesome!!...

    October 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  102. MAL

    I absolutely love her! She's sexy and people who are not hate it.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  103. Miranda

    I Love her music! Yes I have been listening to Britney Spears since she came out back in the 90's. If you don't like it don't listen to it. Us the ones that do like it will.

    And for the people that want to complain about her music, that it is to bad for young kids, Well how about whiching what your kids are listening to and and they are watching on TV. And don't let them. Kids now days are not taking care of in the same way we was back when. If I have ever talked back to my mother she would have taken me and beat the leaving day light out of me. No not in a abusive way. Ever heard of Spare the rod spoil the child. People no days rather sit in front of a TV on there butts then watch there children. That way Kids listen to and and watch bad show and music. Because the parents are not doing there jobs. Half of the parents don't even want the kids they have they only have them so they can collect a check (Food Stamps) from the government Which is our hard earned money.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Gerry

    Not much on Britney music but I'm all for the menages a trois. Britney can even be the trois if she don't sing until after:-)

    October 14, 2009 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  105. anna


    go BRITNEY!!!

    she is the best!!!

    you like it or not she is on top!!!:):)

    where she belongs to be!!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  106. Meredith


    Humans are born sexual beings, and they start thinkin about it whether there are songs to "teach" them about it or not. Sex is the reason we are all here... PRUDES!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:33 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Jeff

    It isn't her at all. It is those who produce the crap that are the ones I am most worried about. Art at one time imitated life...now they(people with little desire to see any of us live a positive and optimistic life and who have a ton of money) produce this false world for the young and help bad choices by the young imitating the so called art.

    Disney is rolling over in his grave. It is time for the young to take back their country and want to live better. Better schools, better government and better parents. Kids do not have the power to buy so in reality it is my fault for giving in to the demands of my kids...

    October 14, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Laura

    The song is hot the beat is great to dance to. What is the problem? If you don't like it change the channel.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  109. woww

    if your so troubled by her music then dont listen to it!!!!! its her jobb +

    October 14, 2009 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |

    One of my favorite songs of all time? "PUSH IT" by Salt n' Peppa...extremely sexual...however...those ladies could really sing. As to what her parents must think...isn't her Dad still babysitting her?? I personally feel sorry for the woman, she has major psycological issues!!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  111. Megan

    How does she still have listeners???? Over produced, over sexed crap is absolutely correct... That's what our nation needs – a song about having threesomes. Just wrong.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Joseph

    Go to almost any night club, and you'll see straight girls french kissing other girls on the dance floor, guys and girls groping each other. Song is intended for an audience that is sexually over-saturated. No big deal.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Christy

    I wonder if most of the people posting here have even heard the song? Or does calling it "trash" and tearing down someone you don't even know make you feel better about yourself? I bet you consider yourselves "Christians" too.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Carlos

    More processed cheese for the peasants. ***YAWN***

    October 14, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Miriam Rittmaster

    Each previous generation will think that the next generation's music is "oversexed garbage". Prince was reviled for songs such as "Darling Nikki" and "Sexy MF", and now he's recognized as a musical icon. Same goes for the Beatles and Elvis "The Pelvis" Presley. All music is a matter of taste, and a song's popularity with kids is – and always will be- directly proportionate to the number of parents who hate it.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  116. O.Berg, Amsterdam

    It would be actually impressive if she annouced retirement and said she was going to take her millions, put them in a sound and stable fund, live off the interest and spend the next 20-years getting an education and doing everything possible to become a responsible parent (you know, a parent- the person who brings children into the world and has the moral and legal obligation to love, educate and nuture them into responsible and respectful adults). But no, we'll see Britney, barely wearing clothes, saying she's a role model for kids around the world, and hammering out over-processed beats from some studio in Scandinavia. Time to take care of those kids, Britney.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Daisy

    Paulie – Agreed. Good song.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Jessica

    I think that the song is quite suggestive of a threesome, but it also could be about dancing. She does tend to make music that could be about both. I think it's all up for interpretation. Personally, when I first heard the song, I loved it for the beat – I didn't even take notice to the lyrics.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Lynda

    Shock and Awe – processed. That's all she is – processed like so much processed canned cheeze whiz on crackers. Pointless and useless. And cheeze whiz isn't good for you.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Redfish1

    Low self-esteem. Poor girl.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  121. janet

    It's a bunch over synthesized crap. Don't waste your money.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Drew

    Sex sells. Billboard charts are a measurement of sales. Simple equation. If you're looking for a measurement of quality, you're looking in the wrong place. As for "3", it's a pretty mediocre track, even for Britney. At least "Toxic" was well-written, well-produced catchy pop. This new track of hers is sub-par material on all fronts. The industry is gasping.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Brit

    Fun song!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Paige M.

    Britney is a pathetic celebrity, and whatever singing voice she had as a child is long gone. She is a studio-created vocalist who is nothing without the electronic doctoring that is her style. She is a good dancer, but as a person, she is a ridiculous young woman who has no moral center. She is a cautionary tale for every parent that has a teenager that wants to be famous. Her career should die, and she should try to ground herself as a human being.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Jackie in Dallas

    Britney Who?

    Or maybe, who cares? Really, CNN, there ARE other entertainment people out there to cover. How about a nice story about the progress in New Orleans being led by several Hollywood types? If it needs to be music, what about highlighting the fact that Amazon.com has been swamped with orders for Susan Boyle's first release, and maybe investigate the rumors that she's planning an American tour?

    October 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  126. maniacHDIC

    She is one of the most resilient women in the headlines. Kick her while she is down and she comes back 5 times harder –

    October 14, 2009 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
  127. Renae

    after all the attention reality tv gets? lighten up! i love britney...she's a performer! let her perform!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  128. Poindexter

    Big deal. Joan Jett had a threesome tune back in the 1980s called "The French Song".

    October 14, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Bill

    Poor Britney... hasn't learned the first thing about gaining the happiness she says she lacks.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  130. Gabe

    Britney Spears is a no talent singer. She lip-syncs 90% of her songs in concert, and the popularity of her songs are generally based on the buying power of 13-15 yr old girls. She is nothing more than a stripper dancing on stage to a soundtrack. Only difference between her and a stripper is that parents take their annoying teens to the show.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  131. Doug

    Take a breath people...it's just a song. No agenda, no hidden meaning, just a current vibe with a good beat. Others have come out with much more controversial songs over the years. Think of Britney as Madonna Jr. and you'll be able to deal with it. She'll be around for a long time and if you don't like it, change the station.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  132. l k

    Typical song for today's sad pop music state. I miss the days when artists could actually sing and not be some studio produced song that any artist could make. She sells herself to compensate for lack of musical talent. Too much drama.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Dan

    Yeah talking about sex is horrible – can't we just go back to the 70s and 80s when songs were about satanism? 🙂

    October 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  134. Erin

    It's not a big deal–don't like it, then DON'T LISTEN TO IT! Why is that so hard? As for kids, parents it's reality. If you don't want your children to listen to it, then keep in from them. IT'S YOUR JOB!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Louis Phelps

    Tom McGuire's comment (Britney’s music is over-produced over sexed crap for the masses.) nailed it. She is nothing other than a puppet on string manipulated to sing the trash that sells.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Lena

    To sad,to bad, I cant believe this music

    October 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Jason

    I'm really in favour of it.
    I`m glad to see Britney is having some success again. Sure the song is of a controversial nature, but what isn`t these days.
    People need to take things for what their worth.
    Good job Britney!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  138. tricia

    As the mother of a 16 year old daughter, I am appalled that Britney has put this song out. I just don't understand why as a mother herself she would want to put this out there. One day she will have to explain this decision to her own children, maybe she is having to do it now, I am sure they listen to her music when she rehearses, two and three year olds are full of questions. I really think she has gone to far with this one.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  139. David James

    Get a life people. The song is a pop song. It is fun, catchy and slickly produced. Max Martin is a genius. No one is supposed to take it literally.


    October 14, 2009 at 2:09 pm | Report abuse |
  140. Jeff

    I wish Briney's dog would get eaten by a coyote.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Victor

    Oh, Is she singing??? Ah! you fooled me again. I thought she might even be remotely interesting on this one and sing for a change.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  142. Yeahok

    me no likey....

    October 14, 2009 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  143. sick of brit

    not suprising, echoing everyone else, trash, has to resort to this over sexed crap to get attention and make that $$$. i hope she has lots of $, shes gonna need it for sons therapy...way to be a mom or at least a role model for them...

    October 14, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  144. abigail weeden

    i love britney!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Ken

    This is just another embarrassment for Britney. She cannot sing without voice modification techniques and has lost her teeny bopper fan base so now she sings controversial songs and wears next to nothing. At one point she was promoted as a young talented Christian. All I can say is how embarrassing it must be for her family. Maybe one day she will realize that she can do something else besides in front of an audience. How many child stars went to college and are now doing something totally different? Hmmm...

    October 14, 2009 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  146. Melissa

    Holy crap. This woman has two little kids, and her career is in the toilet and the best she can come up with is a song about a threesome. wth?

    October 14, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  147. monica

    Get over it!! The girl is talented! Sexy sells!

    October 14, 2009 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  148. Paulie

    Give me Type O Negative's "My Girlfriend's Girlfriend" any day over this pop crap.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Debbie

    Grow up Britney for pete's sake. More proof you just can't buy class.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
  150. c

    trash...and she has those 2 boys...yeah real good way to be a role model, if not for your legion of fans who dont know better, than at least for your sons... i hope you have $$ left over, hadnt blown thru it, cuz they will probably need therapy, and lots of it.

    October 14, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  151. GB

    Trash, just like the singer

    October 14, 2009 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  152. Chelle

    People- Can we please boycott this woman? What kind of role model is she anyway? If having a threesome works for you and those involved, that's cool (hell, i've done it), but it should not be treated as a norm or the hot new thing. The further and further we go with eroticism, the more desensitized we get and the less sex is about love. It's like a new freakin' hobby for children! That's the problem- adults- do your thing, but *our kids don't need this stuff*. Ha- and I only have a 6 month old and i am already worried.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Hopps

    I miss Lauryn Hill 🙁

    October 14, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  154. RBlake

    I honestly think she is over priced and over rated. They are so many real singers out there that deserve the hype she gets. Only my opinion.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Jon

    Who cares about Britney? She's obviously doing this just to get a rise out of people. Let's all remember how she's a good Christian woman who didn't wanna have sex until she was married. Now look at her. She's the quintessential pop music whore of America. This goes to show how hypocritical most Christians are. Keep on believing the lies.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Jonny

    She was born trash, raised trash, continues to be trash, and will die trash...that is all.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  157. sheena

    Is anyone really surprised she would come out with a song like this? the only time she gets the attention she needs is when she markets an over-sexed sleazy song to our kids. It will always be this way for Britney.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  158. Jennifer

    I think it's absolutely terrible, and the lyrics are disgusting. It makes me sad for the music world. Sadly this is what your kids are listening to and dancing to these days.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
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  161. Jay Sath

    It's a fun pop-hit. Not sure why CNN is trying to create some contraversy. It's a decent sounding tune with a good dancebeat.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Tom McGuire

    Britney's music is over-produced over sexed crap for the masses.

    October 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |

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