Britney told New York radio station Z100: "['Womanizer' is] basically saying, 'We know what you're up to.' It's about guys cheating on girls. It's a girl anthem. That's why I like it. So hopefully the fans will see it that way too!"
This was written and produced by the Atlanta crew the Outsyders. It was their first major writing and producing credit.
Part of the music video was shot at Elevate Lounge, a club located within the Takami Sushi & Robata restaurant in Los Angeles. Britney played the role of a waitress with a vampy look; she was also a waitress in her promo for "(You Drive Me) Crazy." The video was directed by Joseph Kahn, who previously helmed her clips for "Stronger" and "Toxic."
One week after by T.I.'s "Live Your Life" vaulted from #80 to #1 on the Hot 100, this song made another record-breaking jump. The tune's massive leap from #96 to #1 became the biggest ever jump to the top position. It was only Spears' second US chart-topper, nine years after "Baby One More Time" reached the penthouse.
This song's first-week download sales of 286,000 was the biggest opening-week tally by a female artist to date. However it was unable to beat "Live Your Life's" record-breaking debut total of 334,000 digital downloads. (The female on that track, Rihanna, was not credited as the main artist.) The song's first-week digital sales record was broken by Taylor Swift's "Today Was a Fairytale," which moved 325,000 digital sales on the first February chart of 2010.
This was the most streamed music video in 2008 on MTV.com.
A number of high profile artists recorded cover versions of this song. First it was Lily Allen, then the All-American Rejects. Spears' hit "Toxic" also inspired a series of cover versions in various styles.
Suggestion credit: Bertrand - Paris, France
Outside of the USA, this song entered the top ten in every single European country in which it was released, topping the charts in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Norway and Sweden. It also reached #1 in Canada and the World Singles Top 40.