France Album Sales: Britney Spears


While recent years have been difficult for American singer Britney Spears, she is still the biggest selling artist under 40, as believe it or not she is still only 34. Some younger acts are chasing her strongly – Hello Adele – but sales Britney Spears achieved will remain massive nevertheless. If her comeback is rumored for this summer, it is time to review her past results.

After the iconic 1999 Baby One More Time she managed to record several more huge hits and stay one of the most hyped acts until 2003. Later years saw more band than good but along the way her records kept selling.

Baby One More Time was #1 in almost every country with an official Single charts, France included. It is very rare when a debuting foreign act get a #1 single. The few who did it, for example at the time Eiffel 65 or Lou Bega, sold very poorly their respective albums.

Was Britney Spears an exception that was popular enough among the youngest audience to drop a #1 physical single but also among older people to sell albums? This is the question we will be answering during the next pages while reviewing her complete discography. Please be aware all Spotify figures refer to worldwide streaming as they only aim to display which albums still have strong catalog hits as of now. Let’s go!

2 thoughts on “France Album Sales: Britney Spears”

    1. Hello Sam!

      Thanks a lot for the nice words. I’m well aware of both figures you are quoting, as I’m also the webmaster of fanofmusic website. Those two pages were done many years ago with assumptions related to the market size and IFOP year end chart. It appeared in later years that IFOP figures were often quite off the mark, which is why it was replaced by GFK as official data provider.

      The key information in the case of Britney album is that Virgin did a major audit of their catalog on July 9 2002. At that point, Britney was 2xGold (200,000) and it was not updated to Platinum (300,000). The album slowed down a lot after July, had it sold 405,000 units by the end of the year, it would have necessarily shipped enough to be certified Platinum during this July audit. It went Platinum in the next Virgin catalog audit in February 2003 instead. My assumption is that the album was truly close to the 300,000 mark by that point, which is how it concluded the year on 350,000 overall copies sold.

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