“Femme Fatale” is Britney Spears’ seventh studio album. It was released on March 25, 2011 through Jive Records. Musically, Britney wanted to make a “fresh-sounding” and “fierce dance album,” thus incorporating dance-pop and electropop styles with elements of dubstep, techno, and electro in its sound. Britney began working on the album during the second leg of her tour “The Circus Starring Britney Spears” (2009), while also contributing to her second greatest hits album “The Singles Collection” (2009). The singer collaborated with various producers on “Femme Fatale,” including Max Martin, Dr. Luke, William Orbit, Fraser T Smith, Rodney Jerkins, Bloodshy & Avant, will.i.am and Stargate.
Upon its release, the record received generally favorable reviews from music critics, who complimented its production and dance-pop style. The album debuted atop the charts in Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Russia, South Korea and the United States, and peaking inside the top ten in twenty-four countries. In the United States, she earned her sixth number-one album on the US Billboard 200 and was ultimately certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Four singles were released from the album. It became Brithey’s first album to have three top-ten singles on the US Billboard Hot 100, with “Hold It Against Me,” “Till the World Ends,” and “I Wanna Go” peaking at numbers one, three, and seven, respectively. The fourth and final single “Criminal” peaked at number one in Brazil and within the top twenty in five countries. Britney promoted the album with television performances, the “Femme Fatale Tour,” and collaborations with Kesha, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, and Travis Barker.