France Album Sales: Beyonce

The Writing’s On The Wall (1999) Era

Released in July 1999, The Writing’s On The Wall was going to be part of teenagers life during more than 18 months. Lead single Get On The Bus failed to chart, but the album still debuted at #56 as some urban airplay from past era had started to build their fan base. From that point, the record went on a never ending repeat, going in and out the Top 75 without even going  higher than #32.

It was first Bills, Bills, Bills, #20 hit in December 1999 that helped selling the album. Bug A Boo was less successful, peaking at #57 in March 2000 but still kept The Writing’s On The Wall alive. In May-June, Say My Name became the group first Top 10 hit, peaking at #10 on a solid eight weeks Top 15 run. In September, Jumpin’, Jumpin’ went #41. Independent Women, a new song added to the November 2000 extended edition of the album, became a hit too with a #19 peak and an extensive 27 weeks chart run. As a result, the album featured inside the Top 100 as late as in April 2001.

Never breaking the main audience, it nevertheless sold decent amounts as the market was extremely high at that point. By May 2000, the record went Gold and one year later it reached 2xGold while it was still sitting inside the album chart that got extended to a Top 150 in-between. Both certifications came on large Sony Music audits thus they weren’t date specific. In fact, by late 2001 the album was up to 240,000 copies sold already.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Say My Name – 59,376,000
  2. Jumpin’, Jumpin’ – 27,805,000
  3. Independent Women Part I Pasadena Remix – 20,468,000

5 thoughts on “France Album Sales: Beyonce”

  1. She is too big to be compared with GWEN STEFANI ??? LOL

    Beyoncé funny but remains simply a gay icon, Gwen Stefani is it inovatrice in the field of music as in fashion, you can not compare what is not comparable

    1. Hi BeyStan!

      Ironically, the most important chart position of IASF run in France is likely the #179 position on January 29 2011. While this week seems completely random, it was the chart that saw downloads being first included into official rankings in France. The fact the album, although being 26 months old, re-entered on that week is very telling of it selling more than its entire 2008-2010 run suggest.

      Its yearly sales of 32,000 and 49,000 units in 2008 and 2009 are thus pure physical sales. It sold an estimated 5,500 downloads in 2008 and a confirmed 4,500 in 2009. That’s a total of 91,000 units. In 2010, it added 27,000 more units, climbing to 118,000.

      During years 2011-2012 the album kept re-entering regularly, averaging close to 200 units per week, which are 20,000 units over the curse of two years.

      While not charting anymore, the album still selling a few thousands per year since 2013 to date, which adds up to 150,000 units to date.

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