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Last Updated: Friday October 17 2008 06:13 GMT

Britney's back after breakdown

Britney Spears

Things just keep getting better for Britney Spears - her latest single has stormed to the top of the American charts with record-breaking sales.

Womanizer is Britney's first US chart topper since her debut single, Baby One More Time, hit the top spot in 1999.

With more than 286,000 downloads, the track's had the biggest opening week by a female artist since tracking digital sales began.

It's good news for Britney who's making a comeback after a difficult year.

Over the past 12 months, the singer has had a lot of problems which saw her lose custody of her two young children.

In February, her dad was given control of her well-being and since then she seems to have been doing much better.

Last month, she won three MTV Video Music Awards and now fans are hoping her comeback will be complete with the release of her sixth studio album, Circus, on her birthday on 2 December.