France Album Sales: Britney Spears

Britney Jean (2013) Era

By 2013, it had been 10 years that Britney Spears hadn’t reach 200,000 units sold with one of her albums and the market has collapsed ever since. If she survived thanks to hits and airplay, she was definitely under threat of a terrible flop in the case of unsuccessful singles.

That’s exactly what happened with Britney Jean album. The only single that got some airplay was Work Bitch, but it came out months before the album and was definitely flagged clubbing hit, hardly an album booster. Thus, when Britney Jean came out a few days only before Christmas, while tons of other albums were selling like hot cakes, it debuted at an unreal #22 position despite selling nearly 13,000 units. One can expect a rebound once all Christmas cash-ins drop out but the album had hardcore drops every week going from 22 to 56 to 101, lasting only six weeks inside the Top 200 ranking and never coming back. When all was said and done, the album was on 30,000 units, a total insanely low considering the artist fame.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Work Bitch – 79,218,000
  2. Perfume – 17,336,000
  3. It Should Be Easy feat. Will.I.Am – 4,428,000

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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