France Album Sales: Britney Spears

Circus (2008) Era

With Britney Spears fully involved in recording and promoting again, the artist was back with a new album just one year after the previous one, November 2008 Circus.

The first extract from the record Womanizer happened to be a huge hit. A five weeks chart topper in the Single chart, four weeks #1 in Digital side, the song managed to put the focus on Britney Spears the singer, boosting incredibly well the album. During its first 16 days, Circus sold 63,000 units by charting 5-3-9 despite the release very close to Christmas with strong competition. After only six weeks of sales in 2008, the album sold 109,000 physical copies and over 5,000 digital units.

As following singles were much more modest (in the digital chart each Circus #16, If U Seek Amy #11, Radar #44) the album hasn’t remained as high during 2009 but still kept selling a few all year long, a total of 49,000 units in all formats.

In November 2009, to benefit from those new singles, a second career spanning compilation was released, The Singles Collection. The set went #10 in the Compilation chart and sold 32,000 units by year end.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Womanizer – 36,674,000
  2. Circus – 21,783,000
  3. If U Seek Amy – 16,672,000

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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