Digital Singles Sales – Part 3
Femme Fatale (2011) – 2,145,000 equivalent albums
Hold It Against Me – 3,700,000
Till The World Ends – 5,200,000
I Wanna Go – 3,400,000
Criminal – 800,000
Remaing Tracks – 1,200,000
Britney Jean (2013) – 450,000 equivalent albums
Work Bitch – 2,000,000
Perfume – 450,000
Remaing Tracks – 550,000
Glory (2016) – 128,000 equivalent albums
Make Me… – 600,000
Remaining tracks – 250,000
Orphan – 2,775,000 equivalent albums
My Prerogative – 1,000,000
Do Somethin’ – 600,000
Someday (I Will Understand) – 150,000
My Only Wish (This Year) – 650,000
3 – 4,750,000
S&M Remix – 1,700,000
Scream & Shout – 8,550,000
Ooh La La – 500,000
Pretty Girls – 600,000
If the success on the album front departed Britney during the dreadful Femme Fatale era, its singles performed surprisingly well. Obviously, the market was ridiculously high at the time with more than 1 billion songs sold per year in the US alone. Still, back to back to back 3 million sellers is a very nice achievement 13 years into her career. Interestingly, the 14,3 million singles sold during that era are worth more than the pure album sales of Femme Fatale, which stands at 1,66 million.
It must be said this album came out just after orphan songs 3 and S&M Remix smashed the digital rankings too.
This string of successful digital hits came to an abrupt end with Perfume. After four consecutive albums that saw their second single sell nearly 5 million on average, this song failed to reach half a million global sales. It also ended Britney status as a top selling singles act. Up until Perfume every new song was poised to debut at the top or close to on the Hot Digital Songs. Since then Britney has struggled to make the Top 10 even with brand new songs.
Nevertheless, over the course of a very dense decade of downloads and ringtones sales, Britney accumulated nearly 80 million sales in those formats.