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Among the many discussions online related to the music industry, Britney Spears’ album sales are likely the most debated of the last 15 years. The subject has reached unseen limits. It is fairly usual to see inflated or deflated figures from biased people, but seeing photoshopped certifications and fake emails to support made up claims remains a rare phenomenon. Most of these occurrences are related to Britney’s sales.
Ironically, while a lot of fake figures released by fans labelled as “according to Jive”, the diva did have an official website with the Copyright of her label, Britney.com, listing her sales and certifications.
Those lists of certifications were a bit tricky as no criteria for Gold or Platinum was mentioned. In fact they weren’t properly awarded certs but rather sales converted into certifications levels. Thus, depending on the date on which you accessed that list, you saw different awards when the criteria was changed. This trick of translating sales into certifications complicates the matter at first, but after investigating all level details, they reveal numbers far more precise than any unique award.
I’ve worked out all this information for you, country by country, and combined it with sales data from each country’s own certification organizations. Since those lists were last updated several years ago, it focuses on albums up to the release of The Singles Collection. For some countries like the US or the UK the approach isn’t relevant as we already have enough information to know the score, but for minor markets this is a gold mine with pretty outstanding results.
Want to know them? They are all presented here!
Today, we will start with Part 1 – sales from the American continent.