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It was written and produced by Max Martin and Shellbackwith additional writing from Tiffany Amber. The song achieved commercial success by topping the charts in the United States and Canada, as well as reaching the top ten in many countries around the world, including Australia, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the United Kingdom.
In the United States, the song debuted at number one in the Billboard Hotbecoming the first to debut at the top position in over three years and Lundi Matin - Jean Dussoleil - Jean Dussoleil first non- American Idol artist in eleven years to do so.
An accompanying music video for "3", directed by Diane Martelfeatures Spears and her dancers in front of different black and white backgrounds. Martel described it as sexy and playful, while contemporary critics gave it positive reviews, complimenting its simplicity. A director's cut was leaked on December 15, 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.
They had previously collaborated on earlier hits including " Baby One More Time ", " Oops! Spears recorded her vocals for the song with the producers at Maratone Studios.
The song's lyrics are about threesomes. The innuendo in the lyrics such as " Merrier the moretriple fun that way" have been compared to the songs in Prince 's studio album Dirty Mind. Monica Miley Cyrcus (Orginal Mix) - F2U - Black Circus EP (File) of Billboard commented that the song "builds to a climax of wildly pulsing bass that summons fans to the dancefloor" and added that "[it] will be another notch in this pop provocateur's belt".
In his review of The Singles CollectionStephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic selected "3" as one of the "track picks" and commented, "[it is] much better than any of the three new cuts on My Prerogative ". He praised the chorus and the middle section and called the track "classic Britney". The song was also compared to Madonna 's " Celebration ", since they "musically present nothing particularly new, but they do manage to encapsulate many of the elements that make the singer a star".
Mayers of MTV picked it as the eighth best song of On October 8,"3" entered at number fourteen on the US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot and at number thirty-eight on the US Billboard Pop Songsbecoming Spears' twenty-fourth career entry in the latter chart, most among all artists. 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. On its fifth week on the chart, "3" reached its peak position at number twelve.
It's a very simple video for her — I don't think you've seen her this much under a magnifying glass. Everything's really strong and playful. We collaborated on the wardrobe and had meetings about hair and makeup people, we talked a lot on the phone and met Tone and Rich — two of the best choreographers. It's really fun as a director to see her in front of the camera. She's so creative with this stuff. The video is very simple, it's very, very minimal. So it's her, her, her.
And she's totally engaging every second. She really knows how to work with a camera and move. I was really impressed, and I have worked almost with every female artist in the business".
The video begins with Spears wearing a sparkly black dress at a dressing table, putting mascara and Circus Fantasy on. There are also black and white scenes of her wearing a white leotard behind a foggy glass. There also scenes of her dancing provocatively with two male dancers. Rolling Stone writer Daniel Kreps compared the video with the music video of " Single Ladies " and complimented the choreography saying Spears had not danced with so much conviction since the In the Zone era.
On December 15,a director's cut version of the video for "3" leaked online. Kreps commented that the new version "offers up a slightly more NSFW edit of Martel's dance-heavy vid that seems to find a better cadence with the music, Isms (Instrumental With Cheese) - Dog Eat Dog, Nastasee, All Boro Kings - MP3 Collection opposed to the original version, which was essentially filmed and edited in the matter of days to coincide with The Singles Collection release".
After "Up 'n Down", Spears put on a white fedora and trench coat and performed the song with her female dancers, dressed in a similar style. Shirley Halperin of The Hollywood Reporter named it one of the best performances of the show along with " Piece of Me " and " Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know ", stating that "ironically enough, [they] were the ones with fewest frills.
However, she built a one-of-a-kind space where Kim Basinger 's elegant L. Confidential beauty becomes enveloped by edgy modern dance attitude. Spears performed "3" as the third song Turtle Blues - Janis Joplin - Star Series her Las Vegas residency, Britney: Piece of Me as part of the original setlist. After a brief talk with the audience, the singer began a performance of the song, Miley Cyrcus (Orginal Mix) - F2U - Black Circus EP (File) into a triangular cage which was Miley Cyrcus (Orginal Mix) - F2U - Black Circus EP (File) around by her dancers across the stage.
A parallel bar then dropped out of the ceiling, and Spears performed choreography similar to the choreography in song's music video. For Billboard ' s Keith Caulfield, the song "served as the sexiest jungle gym in Vegas, Miley Cyrcus (Orginal Mix) - F2U - Black Circus EP (File) Spears and her dancers undulated their way across and around the bar".
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