CSPC: Christina Aguilera Popularity Analysis

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While watching a group of teenagers on the Mickey Mouse Club way back in 1993, nobody would have guessed that four of them, Justin TimberlakeBritney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Gosling, would be superstars two decades later. It just happened. Following the foot steps of the former which got big along with N’Sync boys band, the two blonde girls both arrived in the Pop Music scene in 1998 / 1999 with a huge #1 hit, instantly drawing attention and creating the perfect rivalry story for gossip magazines.

If recent struggles of both Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera moved away public eyes on other new popular singers a la Taylor Swift or Adele, the battle was fierce for several years between both artists and even stronger within’ their respective fan bases. One has more US #1 albums, the other has more #1 singles. The latter has the biggest UK album, yet the first has the biggest global seller. With valid arguments both sides, it becomes hard to accurately define which one was the biggest. The only thing which remained safe up to now is that from their debut to 2004 they both recorded an impressive string of hits.

Now, we will fully clarify the situation setting Christina Aguilera overall popularity from her self-titled debut until her last effort Lotus.

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge the diva results. The concept will not only bring you raw data of all Christina Aguilera albums, physical singles, download singles, music videos and streaming, it will also accurately weight all this information to conclude on meaningful popularity indicators. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC idea, the next page explains it with a short video, I fully recommend you to check it before getting into sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to jump to the following pages. Let’s go!

85 thoughts on “CSPC: Christina Aguilera Popularity Analysis”

    1. Hi Mat!

      Yes, putting all figures together this is the closest to the truth you can get. Billboard reported long after its initial run it sold 12,5m and considering how weak of a catalog seller it is that makes sense with individual sales from each country.

      1. Hi please help understand the meaning of comprehensive streaming? Where the numbers came from? Thanks a lot…and may I also ask if you have an updated figures for this? Thanks

        1. Hi Rjhay,

          Spotify streams are just that, Spotify streams. This platform has 132 million users against 212 million users combined for all streaming platforms (Apple Music, Google, Tidal, Deezer etc), the comprehensive streams refer to audio streams on all those websites/applications.

          1. Hi again…do you have an updated figures for the stream counts? Cuz christina has a new song america…thanks

    1. Hi Maddy,

      Mediatraffic is everything except trustable, especially when divas are concerned as Freddy always inflates them to death. As per the IFPI, Stripped was #21 of 2002 with 3,9m copies sold and #16 of 2003 with 3,5m, making it 7,4 million copies shipped by the end of 2003. Copies sold in early 2004 were already shipped during 2003 Xmas season and after that it wasn’t selling that well anymore. Since KGB best of, it has low catalog sales. There is absolutely no way it sold 11 million copies, not even close.

  1. Wow, thank you for this! You did a terrific job as usual.

    Although to be honest I was expecting some of her eras to be bigger, like her debut and Stripped. Obviously she has some great numbers but I was expecting them to be a bit bigger, considering she’s always compared to Britney and Beyonce.

      1. Hi Luminator!

        This is indeed the figure reported by the OCC – a wrong one. Their numbers are way less accurate than most people think, especially for years around 2000. I was discussing this issue a few days ago with Hernan with Queen Greatest Hits III as an example – claimed to be on 650,000 units by 2008 as per the OCC, its real shipment to that date was only 560,000 copies.

        The case of Stripped is fairly obvious – by August 20 2006 while the album was still 3xP, it was on 1,818,939 as per the OCC. One month later, her catalog was fully audited and updated by the BPI. This led to a new certification – a surprising 5xPlatinum award, showing it had yet to ship 1,8m units. As the album reached 2xPlatinum in Europe in December 2003 only and never made it to 3xP, it appears clear that the OCC figure is way too high.

        The same happens with her debut album, supposedly on 364,414 units by August 2006 but which had yet to cross 300,000 units shipped by September 2006.

    1. Many would say that Christina career is not really that huge. When you consider it between the likes of Britney, Beyonce, Rihanna, etc. Of course, she has a long way to go to catch up. But selling 100 million albums and singles is nothing to be ashamed of either. Millions of singers would die to be in her shoes.

  2. Thank You MJD, Anthony and Hernan for this wonderful piece of work! I guessed right that it was Xtina to be analyzed! In fact, I’ve always been interested in how she performed compared to Britney. This analysis really shows that they were on both different levels, though in my opinion, the fact that Britney was more successful than Xtina was pretty obvious, despite the rivalry between them.

    I don’t think the comparison between them is fair though, as Britney fully exploited her popularity during her peak, while Xtina released one studio album every 4 years, with her image evolving drastically with each release, causing an inconsistent fanbase. This can be seen by the relatively low opening sales of her albums, especially Stripped, despite having strong predecessors.

    Regarding her album sales, her debut numbers are reasonable and didn’t surprised me much. It did tremendous in North America, plus a few countries elsewhere. It’s strong physical singles sales and the solid amount of related releases. 16,7m is a higher figure than expected, on par with Shakira’s huge debut Laundry Service. I guess the high figure can also be attributed to the fact it was released during the best years in music commercially.

    Stripped is the album that surprised me the most though! It’s album sales in the US was higher than I expected, but it being so under 10m copies was a huge surprise! I guess lots of charts experts overestimated it’s total in Europe being at 4m copies sold there, hence creating the 10-11m figure reported. But what surprised me the most was it’s relatively low 12,2m album sales equivalents. That’s lower than Britney’s self-titled album, despite in many people’s minds that Stripped was the much bigger era. In fact, Stripped sold much more digital downloads and is streamed much more than the Britney album. I guess the disadvantage of not having a huge selling live/compilation album affected it’s total. I see that for most artists, while digital downloads are good increase to an album’s total, it can’t compete with other related releases, as this situation can be seen with other artists like Alicia Keys and Xtina. I expect artists that haven’t been analyzed like Usher to have suffered this same fate as acts like him didn’t put out any big compilation albums.

    What did positively surprised me was Xtina’s singles sales. 70m digital downloads and ringtones are a great result, being close to Britney ‘s 80m figure in the same format. On a negative note, with almost half of her digital sales coming from features/duets, this shows Xtina isn’t doing so well with her solo releases, especially since 2008-now.

    Love that you added Asian sales to your album sales breakdown! I hope you’ll add a page where the cumulative sales for each country will be available soon for convenience!

    By the way, I’d like to suggest a few artists you can analyze. Some of these artists have relatively small discography so you can do them quite convieniently.
    1. Brandy 2. Monica 3. Fugees and Lauryn Hill 4. The Notorious B.I.G 5. Ariana Grande
    6. Nelly 7. Nelly Furtado 8. TLC 9. Ginuwine 10. Kylie Minogue
    Of course, I hope you’ll analyze popular legends like Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Barbara Streisand etc. soon, but I know you’ll need more time for those artists, so take your time!

    Keep up the good work, and perhaps you can give us a clue onto whose up next to be analyzed?

    1. Hi Raffi!

      If followers of Chartmasters.org had a name (like the navy, fighters or little monsters), no doubt you would be the leading one! Great analysis as usual 😉

      I’m still considering how / where to put the comprehensive tally per countries but this should be available from the next CSPC article!

      Indeed Xtina figures are no doubt lower than expected. Just like Britney, she has got several wrong numbers going on for various years. Her debut album was inflated due to the supposed Columbia House sales which never existed, then the OCC tally of Stripped is wrong, Back to Basics is always assigned with more than 300,000 units in Canada since it is 3xP but it was certified as a double album for 150,000 units ‘only’. Plus Stripped and Back to Basics both had their best peaks in summer time and on years with strong market drops from previous years, in a Mediatraffic-like methodology, this inflates their figures a lot. In mid-00s, Top 10s during August in countries like Italy or the Netherlands doesn’t bring much sales. It’s quite simple – Christina never had a big album during an holiday season. In the UK for example, she has never been Top 20 at Christmas time.

      Of course a higher selling compilation would have help – but had Keeps Gettin’ Better been released earlier, her first two albums wouldn’t have been selling so well in 2004-2007 years so all in all the story is quite similar. I guess her discography mostly lacks volume, as you rightfully notice she hasn’t been prolific enough!

  3. THANK YOU so much for this! This is such a great analysis of album sales from Xtina.

    Can I request the same thing for Janet Jackson too? I would love to see it, thankyou

  4. Exelent article as always! 😉

    It was interesting to see estimates for Asia but it lead me to a question, does figures from Russia and Turkey go into the Asian or the European estimates?

  5. Hi, I would just like to clarify. Is the World sales count the accumulated sales of America to Europe to Asia etc? Or is it the sales in the countries outside America, Europe and Asia? Thanks.

    1. Hi Fred!

      Yes, estimates include all countries – although very few outside of America / Europe / Asia / Oceania have a legal market.

  6. Hi MJD! I know Miley Cyrus is from another generation, but I believe she’s the best selling artist born in the 1990s (or it might be Bieber), so her career should be interesting to study at one point!

    1. Hi Trish!

      No doubt Miley Cyrus is a good case to study. As requests are more and more numerous I’ll maybe do a poll requesting for next artists!

    1. Hi Roulze,

      Your figures, now that’s false 😉

      Both Stripped and B2B figures are just delusional and completely contradicted by both IFPI official figures and countries breakdowns.

  7. Great sales! She sold more than Lady Gaga or Spice Girls. If Britney sold more than her was because she released a lot of albums during her best years. And she still is young. She can get a big comeback. She deserves. She is the biggest voice in the industry and she is smart. She only need beeing ambitius again.

    1. If Britney sold more it’s because she was more popular than Christina and their debut albums completely prove it.

      I see people say that everybody was getting diamond albums during that time to try to reduce Britney’s accomplishments but Christina was blatantly the second most popular artist during that time and had zero diamond certified albums. If her debut went diamond then that would lessen Britney’s accomplishments, but it didn’t. And without Britney’s music videos (which were her idea) during the TRL era neither album goes diamond so she’s just as responsible for their diamond status as Max Martin.

      People need to stop discrediting Britney Spears’ achievements. She worked since she was a kid just like Christina, Justin, Ryan (and Keri Russell)

      1. If Cristina had not physically released her singles, as used to do Britney to sell more albums, she would also have a diamond album. In fact, Christina Aguilera album is almost platinum.
        And she was more popular than Britney, because she had more airplay and hits. In Usa. I know that Britney was more popular worldwide.

        1. Xtina only had better peaks on the BB Hot 100 because Britney didn’t release most of her singles physically. BOMT sold 14.2 million, CA sold 9.5 million. That gap (4.7 million) is bigger than Stripped’s sales. Xtina was not bigger than Britney in the US, at ALL.

        2. Well the lead single “…Baby One More Time” was released as a single in the US just as “Genie in a Bottle” was. And the other single she released in the US from that album, “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart”, was certified platinum, unlike “Come on Over” or What a Girl Wants, which were each certified gold.

          Britney released two singles in the US from her debut album while Christina released three singles in the US from her debut album. That is not some colossal difference. If you added the total sales from the singles released in the US from each album it would probably come out nearly the same.

          So the fact remains ….Baby One More Time went Diamond and Christina Aguilera didn’t.

          Christina got better airplay than Britney but 3 other singles not being released as singles in the US has nothing to do with that ?

          And Britney was also blacklisted on the radio during 2001-2003.

          And of course, without counting features, Britney pummels Christina in digital sales and streaming. Even with features she still comfortably leads Christina.

          She has to be given her recognition. She’s in the top 10 for females in album sales, physical single sales and, in an era that is totally not hers whatsoever, digital single sales.

          1. However, If Britney was more popular, ¿why she didnt get a top 3 in radio during baby or oops? Christina had three. No doubt, the audience (the general public) preferred to listen to Christina.

        3. The general public also preferred buying Britney’s music. People spending their hard earned money on your music >>> airplay.

        4. Sales will always be more important than airplay no matter how hard you reach or try to re-write history. Britney was much bigger and popular than Xtina in the US (and everywhere). End of.

          1. And then, radio ejecutives were silly. And Billboard, where Cristina was the artist of the year, too.

            Why are you discrediting radio radio airplay? Radio airplay is so important as streaming. Radio airplay= popularity. Billboard are agree with me.

          2. MJD, you are the expert. If Britney was the most popular, why she hadnt a top 5 in radio, while Christina had 3 number one?

    2. “If Britney sold more than her was because she released a lot of albums during her best years”
      Actually, BOMT + OIDIA alone have sold way more than Xtina’s entire discography including her greatest hits.


      …Baby One More Time – 675,000

      Christina Aguilera – 75,000
      Stripped – 140,000
      Back To Basics – 130,000
      Keeps Getting Better: A Decade Of Hits – 30,000
      Bionic – 15,000
      Burlesque – 5,000
      Lotus – 5,000
      = 400,000

      Oops!… I Did It Again – 1,025,000

      Christina Aguilera – 175,000
      Stripped- 425,000
      Back To Basics – 235,000
      Keeps Getting Better: A Decade Of Hits – 50,000
      Bionic – 35,000
      Burlesque – 60,000
      Lotus – 15,000
      = 995,000

      Greatest Hits: My Prerogative – 1,000,000

      Christina Aguilera – 250,000
      My Kind Of Christmas – 25,000
      Stripped – 225,000
      Back To Basics – 140,000
      Keeps Getting Better: A Decade Of Hits – 120,000
      Bionic – 65,000
      Burlesque – 120,000
      Lotus – 30,000
      = 975,000

  8. Billboard posted an article and had her US album sales at around 18 million and US single sales around 40 million. Are you sure this is right? They have her debut at 8 million sold and when you add catalog sales in it’s at 9 million, so do you honestly think she only sold around 3 million more worldwide?

    1. Hi Jason,

      Billboard themselves stated 12,5m worldwide not that long ago! Indeed, it sold very poorly outside of North America. It peaked at #13 in Germany, #21 in the Netherlands, #44 in France, #21 in Australia, #14 in the UK, #60 in Sweden etc. Those peaks are similar with an album like Can’t Take Me Home by P!nk that nobody expects to be a huge seller outside of the US.

      Sales-wise it barely crossed the million mark in Europe by the end of its run and got only Platinum in countries like Australia and Japan. You can see its entire breakdown on page 3 which shows well that its success was pretty moderate in most countries.

  9. Because radio play will never be more important than album sales.*

    My question was serious. MJD, why Britney hadnt a top 5 in radio during her peak, and Christina Aguilera, whose music was teen pop too, had various number one? Maybe, Britney music wasnt so demanded in radio as Christina music?

    1. Firstly, your comment about Christina Aguilera’s debut album not releasing singles has been pretty much disproven. Her debut album released 3 singles (one platinum, 2 gold) in the US while Britney’s debut album still had two platinum selling singles in the US. If Christina gets her debut album certified diamond it would be well over 20 years after its debut while Britney’s album was certified diamond literally in 1999.

      As for the radio play, Christina had some of her songs cross over to other Billboard charts. (Obviously 3 other singles from Britney’s debut album weren’t released in the US)

      And, of course, she was essentially banned on the radio from 2001-2003)

      1. My question is very interesting and is for MJD. I dont understand why Baby one more time or Oops I Did It Again, the biggest hits of Briney in her peak, werent big in airplay. The banned
        was in 2001-2003, not 1998-2000.

        1. Hi Teen Pop,

          Airplay is segregated into various music categories. To be or not to be #1 fully depends on crossing over those categories. Teen Pop never had that cross over skill being too deeply axed around a specific target audience. That’s why even a song like Wannabe which was 4 weeks #1 and 14 weeks Top 3 in sales peaked at #6 in the US Airplay Chart.

          Christina Aguilera may be regarded as teen pop now, but she hadn’t that flag at the time – which is in part why other countries haven’t jump into buying her debut album. In fact, Genie in a Bottle was #1 in Adult Top 40 Airplay list. What A Girl Wants topped the Rhythmic ranking.

          One other reasons why Christina Aguilera did so well in Airplay ranking is the availability of Spanish versions of her hits. All her songs crossed over Latin lists thanks to them. Come on Over Baby went #1 in the Latin ranking, I Turn to You #2.

          Thus, those better peaks were down to technicalities more than revealing a higher popularity. It’s precisely because Britney was bigger that she got more cleaving, impacting negatively her Airplay results.

  10. To teen_pop

    Britney selling more than Christina despite having less airplay in 1999-2000 only proves further that Brit was bigger. I don’t know why you think this is in Christina’s favor. It’s not. You’re literally admitting that Christina was selling less despite having more exposure through radio. It only makes Britney’s sales look more impressive. People hearing Christina frequently on the radio and not buying her music proves that people weren’t as interested in her music.

  11. Hi MJD! Great work with this website! Very impressive and interesting to follow your analysis. I do have a question regarding the overall streaming figures, however. Under Christina’s analysis you have the total streams for Moves Like Jagger at 409.5m while under the analysis for Maroon 5 this was listed as 605.6m streams. I understand this is to do with the reported increase in Spotify’s market share, but I wonder if it makes sense to apply this market share retroactively? If the song accrued the bulk of those streams in years when Spotify held a lower market share, does it make sense to suddenly apply the recent ~61% figure to all its streams? Does this also not create some incongruity when the song translates into a larger number of “equivalent albums” under Maroon 5’s calculated total as compared to Christina’s total?

    1. Hello Geoffrey!

      You are fully correct on your figures! The current formula is temporary, I’m waiting for the IFPI Global 2016 Report to define the new one. The new formula will not only adjust the current ratio, it will also take into account historical evolution, factor in free and paid users as well as introducing video streams.

      I’m pending that formula to see how much of an impact (high or low) it makes on previously posted artists. While it is not a definitive decision, I’m tempted to update retrospectively all artists who have at least 10% of their CSPC total coming from streams with this new formula once it is available!

  12. Some of these figures seem awfully underestimated. Would you mind explaining the process behind your guesstimates? Are they based on certifications? Because if that’s the case, then there are a couple that make no sense. With some, you only used the figure equivalent to the certification, assuming than in many, many years they haven’t sold one single extra copy. Yet with others you didn’t do such a thing, so how do you decide?

    I don’t know what to think about the fact that you claim you, and only you, are the one that owns the absolute truth, and that anyone else that disagrees is wrong, even if it is an organization with official nature and access to the actual data of sales, like OCC. Do you have more access to that kind of information?

    You claimed that BTB was certified as a double album in Canada, despite the fact that it is not even eligible as one because of its length. Would you mind sharing the link where Music Canada states so? While you’re at it, would you be kind enough to provide the link where Billboard claims that her debut only sold 12.5 million? This one intrigues me the most, since Billboard rarerly talks about worldwide sales. In fact, the only time I remember them doing so was when they claimed BTW’d sold 8 million yet in your analysis about her, you didn’t go with it. You actually used a way lower figure. So, how do you decide when Billboard’s figures are legit or not? Someone else already pointed out the discrepancy regarding MLJ’s streams. So, I won’t talk about that more.

    All these discrepancies and lack of actual evidence are highly suspicious. Also, the constant mention of Spears throughout the whole article is distasteful. It’s pretty obvious that Spears was always the bigger one, commercially wise. Why do you have to mention her if the article is not about her? What’s the point other than purposely instigating drama?

    Anyway, I’m looking forward to see the evidence. Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Selig,

      I see a lot of delusional ranting with very few figures / evidences or whatever contesting the article on your comment. You appear to be scratching the surface, which is fine since we all get there first, but then ask rather than accusing on the back of your own ignorance.

      You argue Back To Basics isn’t eligible to be certified as a double album in Canada due to its running time… a rule in place in the US. The album run and its Soundscan sales – may I remind it started there with 24,000 units sold, way less in proportion than the 346,000 units sold in the US, and a pretty similar run afterwards – makes the situation very obvious, even more with the album absence from 2006 Top 10 sellers in spite of the low figure required to feature on it.

      The figure for the debut was stated on 2006, July 29 edition available on Google Books, 2,2m is also claimed for Mi Reflejo on it. In fact, i don’t take every Billboard for granted quite simply because they are NOT “Billboard figures” as you say but instead figures of different sources. When they display the top sellers from the IFPI, their figures are accurate, when they report a direct label figure, they are in general accurate – although depends on how the label made up that specific fiugre, as they often count all discs, including singles – and when they report a claim from an artist manager, the figure has no reason to be more accurate than anything you may read on Wikipedia. The point is that Billboard has no responsability on those figures, they are barely reporters, so again they are not “Billboard figures” as you claim but instead industry-owned / label-owned / manager-claimed figures which is very different. Billboard always carefully mention the source of the figures they report precisely to let us gauge the accuracy or not of it.

      Then again you do the same mistake about the OCC. They do NOT scan all sales, their figures are based on calculations. It is not “me” that contradicts Stripped OCC figure, it is the BPI and Aguilera own label. The fact they audited and certified the album for 1,5 million copies shipped while OCC was claiming over 1,8 million copies sold at retail prove their calculations were purely wrong.

      The “discrepancies” are fully yours. You argue that I put “certification figures” as to date totals and that I do it only for Aguilera. This is plain wrong. There is tons of albums, especially those released during the holiday season, that never got additional shipments after the initial release. Over all articles we can see such examples – including in the new one coming today – so you are the one being biased and doing different interpretations of the same facts depending on what you would like to be true.

      Born This Way is actually one such example. Billboard indeed reported 8 million copies shipped as of October 2011. By the end of the year, on Universal Vivendi 2011 Report, it appears the album was only on 6,8 million. Then on Universal Vivendi 2012 Report, 2011 sales were reported at 5,9 million. You can see that not only “Billboard figures” is not the bible, as 8 million were obviously not sold to consumers, which on such a case makes a huge difference, but also that album sales do not go necessarily up – when initial shipments are not sold, copies are returned. BTW got tons of certifications upon release that it took months / years to reach, if ever.

      If your point is to go by the first thing you read, I agree with you that Chartmasters.org is pointless – Wikipedia perfectly fills the job already.

      1. No one is actually ranting. Anyway, that’s quite ironic, considering you don’t bring evidence to the table either, just guesstimates. However, this is not an attack. It’s sad and disappointing that you took it that way. I’m just trying to understand how you work, because everyone here seems to take your word as the factual truth without questioning anything. Which would be ok if you actually delivered factual proof of each and everyone of your claims, but you don’t.

        Music Canada states the certification for double albums as “double platinum/diamond album”, yet BTB’s certification is tagged as “platinum album”. It’s obvious that it’s not awarded as a double album, otherwise they’d have simply tagged it as such, like they did with the rest. I asked for proof to back up your assumption, yet you failed to deliver it. It’s that simple.

        About her debut, I find extremely interesting how you chose to use that figure yet didn’t use Mi Reflejo’s, instead you went with 1.5m, 700K less. Stripped’s sales are also stated as 9.5m in that very same article, yet in your analysis you claim it’s only sold additional 50K copies in the 195 existing countries around the world, ever since that article was written, that’s more than a decade ago. When in fact, it has sold more than that in the last 5 years in the US alone.

        So, then what happens when an album is undercertified? Christina’s label claimed 46 million albums sold back in 2010, a figure that’s most likely mirroring shipments. And just to be clear, I’m not claiming she has sold that much, but she has definitely sold a little more than what you claim. By the way, Clive Davis, who was the head of RCA back then, claimed BTB had sold 5 million copies, also claimed 3 million copies for Mi Reflejo. Those are label figures.

        I suggest you read my comment again, and this time do it carefully, because I never claimed you do such a thing only with Christina, if so then please point out where I did. I guess you’re talking about the 1st paragraph, I was talking about your guesstimates for each country, which show no consistency regarding its methodology.

        If that was the case then I’d go by what her labels says (46m), which, for most people, might be more credible than what a guy says on a blog. But, my point is to understand how you came up with these numbers. If you can’t handle being questioned then why open your articles for discussion then? Again, this is not an attack. If you feel it is, then I apologize. But I still think, that you underestimated some figures. I already explained my reasoning behind that conclusion, it’d be nice if you took them into consideration but given that you are now predisposed to react negatively to anything coming from me, I doubt you will.

        Have a very nice day!

        1. Hi Selig,

          What is even the point of your comment ? Again, if you think the truth is in invented label claims, fine, you will enjoy reading Wikipedia.

          Your comment about Canada makes no sense at all. An album goes “Double Platinum” when it sells enough to be 2xPlat, this has nothing to do with it having one or two discs. Why do you ignore all evidences rather than sticking to your wishful thinking ? How has it ship 300k in 2006 if it sold nowhere near that amount ? If you don’t care about sales, what do you stick with wished certified amounts – which is this case is NOT the certified amount – and then add sales ? This is terribly inconsistent.

          I never “decided to use” Billboard figure, you keep on being delusional. I do not stupidly repeat figures I found here and there, one more time, Wikipedia does the job for that. You even say that it sold more than I added in the US alone, pointing this out as a contradiction, while it simply proves your view of me using as an amateur whatever claim I read is wrong. Breakdowns are completed in full without targeting a wished total. Then figures are compared with real official data, that is labels annual reports and IFPI figures, not unverified and wished interview claims from whoever working for the label.

          Rather than plenty of bad litterature, if you want to point an error, then do. Putting tons of paragraph of text with 0 figure and 0 evidence to tell us you wish figures to be higher is irrelevant.

          1. I’ve already stated that in each one of my comments, you’re free to go back and read again if you missed it. Well, labels have direct access to sales reports and any kind of information related to them, you don’t. It’s a no-brainer.

            You’re right about the “double” tag, I confused it, my bad. However, you still haven’t provided factual evidence of BTB being certified as a double album by CM. And it’s not wishful thinking, the album is certified as 3x platinum by 2007, which equates to 300K according to their system. I’m just asking for factual evidence about it being certified as a double album, can you or can you not provide it? It’s that simple.

            When questioned for your guesstimate about her debut album’s figure, you used Billboard’s report (which is actually a label report) as evidence to back up your own figures. Yet in that very same article, Mi Reflejo’s sales are stated at 2.2m and Stripped’s at 9.5m. You either consider the whole article credible, or you don’t. You can’t cherrypick which figures fits your agenda and which doesn’t when they all come from the exact same source, that’s just simply ridiculous and extremely biased.

            Where’s the evidence of that “real official data”? If you have it then I don’t see why you wouldn’t be willing to share it. And it’s funny you say this, yet when being questioned about CA’s figure you cited Billboard as your evidence, when it would have been better to cite these IFPI/label reports that you claim to have, no?

            I already pointed them out but your ego is too massive to handle it, it seems.

          2. Hi Selig,

            I see exactly the same as previously – a lot of bad literature, 0 figure. You just completely ignore all facts I posted, like Canadian Soundscan sales of BTB, then throw away your same moans. Who’s being ridiculous and extremely biased?

            As for the Billboard article, it is easy to say my comments aren’t consistent when you spend your time misquoting me. I used the figure as the roof figure, since if even on inflated claims they tell the debut album sold 12,5m units, so it can’t be higher. And one more time, I have NOT use that figure, else way I would have got it higher with catalog sales.

            You are the one claiming BTB certification was an exception to the multi-sets rule in Canada, which is plain ridiculous given Soundscan sales are in line with the 150k figure. If you wanna contradict both standard CRIA rules and Soundscan, you may wanna provide sources, it’s that simple.

            Now, no need to go in circles with the same bad literature as you don’t even seem to point out a single figure that is not correct. Your “from a Britney Spears fan” just tells how dumb you are acting as everyone know I’m very, very far from being a Britney Spears fan. Unlike you, when I study charts and sales, I can’t care less about the artist music, I just care about the facts. Thus, I won’t be losing time again to answer this kind of childish messages. If you have one specific erroneous country figure to point out just do, I’ll answer and explain or fix as I always do, if you just wan’t to whine because you don’t like the actual sales of your fave artist, it isn’t my issue.

  13. Sorry but IFPI had some wrong figures in the past so the 3.9 million and 3.5 million figures of stripped could be wrong too

    1. Hi Nurturer,

      IFPI is the most accurate source out of all. They can do typos as everyone, it is definitely not the case of Stripped as both the ranking / the figures / major reports fit perfectly together.

  14. Hi! Moves Like Jagger’s digital sales are really 20M or does it include streaming? Because if not then wow.
    Thank you!

  15. God, Christina Aguilera has sold more records than this website tells us. Anyone knows that and there is real confirmation about it.

    Christina Aguilera= 18 m
    Mi Reflejo= 4m
    My Kind of Christimas= 1,8m
    Just Be Free= 0,250
    Stripped= 13,5 m
    Back to Basics=5,5m
    Keeps Gettin’ Better= 2,5m
    Bionic= 1,8m

    1. Hi Sophie,

      Those Wikipedia-like figures are pure wishful thinking, anyone with a shadow of knowledge on charts and sales will tell you how ludicrous they are. Do not believe everything you read.

  16. Christina may not have succeeded well sakes-wise but for me, she is the best in running melismas. Mariah is only second to her. Mariah’s melismas are easy to imitate and don’t really run in multiple notes. But Mariah is the best on using and controlling whistles though Georgia Brown can hit higher notes and more difficult to imitate.

  17. All this data just proves that it doesn’t really matter how much you sell, talent always wins. And that’s why Xtina >>> Britney.

    Good for Britney that she had a better team to make her sell more!


  18. Christina could have taken advantage of her peak by releasing many albums in a row, as Britney did. If she had followed Britney’s strategy, most likely their numbers would be these:
    CA: 14 M
    Second album in 2000: 12 M *
    Third album in 2001: 10 M *
    Stripped (2002): 9.5 M
    Fifth album in 2004: 6 M *
    Greatest hits album in 2005: 6 M *
    Back to basic (2006): 4M
    Seventh album in 2008: 2 M *

    Christina could have sold almost 70 million pure albums.

    1. As much as I love Christina. Lets face it. Her music is never really that well received by fans as much as Britney does. Therefore I dont think she can consistently sell as much as Britney does. Her music is pretty weird come to think of it. One moment she’s a bubblegum teen pop singer, then she moved towards a more R&B type album, then she made a classical type album, then elecctronics, etc. She would never be able to retain her fans as much as Britney does, because she herself doesn’t know her true identity as a singer and she doesn’t know what type of music she’s supposed to sing.

      1. It’s so dumb to think that Xtina changes her sound because she doesn’t know who her musical identity… It’s called talent, she like to try new things instead of always be safe.

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