France Album Sales: Beyonce

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Destiny Fulfilled (2004) Era

While the future of the Destiny’s Child as a band was uncertain giving the relevant success of all its members during years 2002-2003 as solo artists, they still joined to drop a last album together, 2004 set Destiny Fulfilled.

Although lead single Lose My Breath became their highest peaking song ever in France at #8, it failed to support the album that well. Debuting at #9, Destiny Fulfilled appeared too weak to face the strong November competition dropping to #30 on its second week. Urban albums tend to perform rather poorly in France during the holyday season as sales overall increase tremendously at this period, even more than on other countries, thanks to tons of adult contemporary / crossover artists selling bucket loads. Thus, urban albums that do not enjoy the gift buying so much end up charting much lower than on other time frames of the year. At the end of its era, Destiny Fulfilled cumulated a mere 4 weeks Top 50 and 12 weeks Top 100.

The album still sold 65,000 units for the year while the single scanned 94,000 units. Additional singles in 2005 failed to gain traction but continuous promotion pushed the album close to 100,000 total units. As the Destiny’s Child chapter was closing, #1’s compilation was released in October 2005. The set went to #4 on compilation chart but failed to move large amounts. It scanned 39,000 copies for the year.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Lose My Breath– 13,842,000
  2. Cater 2 U – 13,106,000
  3. Soldier feat. T.I. & Lil Wayne – 10,810,000

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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