France Album Sales: Beyonce

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I Am… Sasha Fierce (2008) Era

If one look at Singles Chart history of Beyonce in France he will remain doubtful with I Am… Sasha Fierce singles. Single Ladies peaked at #68 in 2011, Halo at #53 in 2016. This is barely due to SNEP organization waiting way too long before including downloads among their Singles chart. As a consequence only If I Were A Boy, which was released as a CD single, had a proper chart run at the time, peaking at #5.

With the market collapsing and coming back from an unsuccessful era, I Am… Sasha Fierce struggled to move significant numbers. Moving 20-46 in its first two weeks, it wasn’t looking very good. Most singles got significant airplay yet as Beyonce was the 19th most played artist of 2009, the best year of her career. The album sold 32,000 units in 2008 and 49,000 in 2009 despite never breaking inside the Top 50 for the year. It remained a consistent seller ever since.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Halo – 161,973,000
  2. Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It) – 89,453,000
  3. If I Were A Boy – 71,640,000

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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