France Album Sales: Britney Spears

Femme Fatale (2011) Era

During all her career, Britney Spears released two kind of songs. First, she started with catchy pop hits, then she moved to clubbing songs. Both kind of songs have been successful overall in the Singles Chart, but clubbing songs are way weaker as far as album support is concerned. Her return to catchy songs a la Womanizer was very well received, the same can’t be said about her new clubbing songs included on Femme Fatale.

First single Hold It Against Me bombed at #31, the second Till The World Ends was much bigger at #8 with a long run, the third I Wanna Go was a big #5 hit, the fourth Criminal went #13. This is the Singles side, as the album Femme Fatale debuted at #4 only and after two weeks left definitely the Top 25 despite the April release date, way more favorable to remain high on charts. The album did held decently well all year long thanks to the heavy amount of airplay the singer received – #7 most aired artist of the year – but sales were up to only 75,000 units after more than nine months of promotion, by far the lowest amount of an artist inside the Top 10 most aired acts.

B In The Mix – The Remixes Vol. 2 was released in October but sold only 5,000 units.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Till The World Ends – 48,657,000
  2. I Wanna Go – 34,869,000
  3. Hold It Against Me – 23,925,000

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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