France Album Sales: Beyonce

Dangerously In love (2003) Era

Over the course of Destiny’s Child years the breakthrough of Beyonce as a solo artist became more and more inevitable. It happened in 2003 with the Dangerously In Love album, recorded with the help of cult rapper and master producer Jay-Z.

The set included two songs already issued as singles. The title track was the sixth single of Destiny’s Child Survivor album, a track already written and produced by Beyonce but rearranged for her solo debut. Work It Out was the debut solo single of the artist, included on Austin Powers In Goldmember soundtrack and released in 2002. While both tracks failed to make much of an impact in France, with only the latter one charting at #87, Beyonce profile had already increased thanks to her featuring on Jay-Z cult song ’03 Bonnie And Clyde. A #25 peaking song in early 2003, it was a huge urban hit nevertheless. In parralel, the album debuted at #14. During three months it remained quite stable until being pushed down faster by September busy release schedule. Second single Baby Boy featuring Sean Paul shot to #8 and sustained the album well too.

As she was cementing her status of leading voice among the urban segment Beyonce was still failing to cross over the main audience. It explains why despite sticking 52 consecutive weeks inside the Top 100, the album never out-peaked its original #14 debut.

Her album sold over 140,000 units during the year 2003. Continuous sales in 2004 brought in 81,000 more sales thanks to the stabilization brought by Naughty Girl single which peaked at #18.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Crazy In Love  feat. Jay-Z – 102,814,000
  2. Baby Boy feat. Sean Paul – 31,330,000
  3. ’03 Bonnie And Clyde feat. Jay-Z – 24,990,000

6 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. Maybe shes too big to be compared to Gwen Stefanie. However, her sales worldwide (Out of the US, UK, Canada) isnt that impressive either. Selling less than 200k in a big market such as France is nothing impressive. Her sales in Germany is dreadful as well. Her sales in Japan is just OK, but definitely not one of the biggest star there. So for you to compare her with Gwen Stefanie out of the blue is really weird. The fact you choose Gwen Stefanie, a singer who is not really that well known worldwide, is kinda funny. Why not compare her career with other big female stars? She would like an amateur compared to them.

    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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