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

7 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.

    1. Well first of all, this article is outdated. Her CSPC analysis has updated sales for her albums in France. They look like this now:

      1999 Baby One More Time – 720,000
      2000 Oops!… I Did It Again – 510,000
      2001 Britney – 415,000
      2003 In The Zone – 280,000
      2007 Blackout – 95,000
      2008 Circus – 190,000
      2011 Femme Fatale – 90,000
      2013 Britney Jean – 30,000

      She’s the biggest female of her generation in France. Not just there, in most of Europe actually. Her numbers are very good, I don’t see what’s disappointing about them. They’re slightly less impressive compared to what she pulled in Asia/North America/South America, but not “disappointing” by any means. Christina Aguilera’s whole discography (<400k) sold less than Britney's 3rd album in France and Beyoncé's total in France is equal to 720,000 aka the sales of Britney's 1st album there.

      The only European market where she had album sales that I could understand someone labeling them as "disappointing" is the UK, considering what a big market it is. However, everywhere else, she was huge. (Germany, Poland, Belgium, France, Austria ect)

      1. Even in the UK her album sales are still very good. She’s among the Top 20 best-selling female artists ever in terms of album sales.

    2. Can’t be that disappointing when she has outsold all her main female peers there, and by a large margin…

      1. Britney Spears – 2,675,000
      2. P!nk – 1,605,000
      3. Alicia Keys – 1,420,000
      4. Jennifer Lopez – 1,085,000
      5. Avril Lavigne – 850,000
      6. Destiny’s Child – 820,000
      7. Beyoncé – 755,000
      8. Christina Aguilera – 400,000

      She’s also outsold Shakira (around 2.2 million album sales), and obviously the likes of Taylor Swift (who has yet to outsell Glory with her new album), Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, etc.

      1. Oh. Of course she is the best selling female artists, among all of her competitors during her time. But I was expecting she would pull a big huge number like Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston did in Europe (Never expected her to be as big as Celine and Madonna though in Europe). It was quite disappointing to me that it wasn’t even close to Mariah, because I always thought that she was crazy2 big in Europe. But then again. Like what you guys said. Among her closest female competitors, she was the top dawg. And I bet she barely lose to Eminem in Europe. She must’ve been the 2nd best selling artist in Europe during the 00s decade.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *