France Album Sales: Britney Spears

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While recent years have been difficult for American singer Britney Spears, she is still the biggest selling artist under 40, as believe it or not she is still only 34. Some younger acts are chasing her strongly – Hello Adele – but sales Britney Spears achieved will remain massive nevertheless. If her comeback is rumored for this summer, it is time to review her past results.

After the iconic 1999 Baby One More Time she managed to record several more huge hits and stay one of the most hyped acts until 2003. Later years saw more band than good but along the way her records kept selling.

Baby One More Time was #1 in almost every country with an official Single charts, France included. It is very rare when a debuting foreign act get a #1 single. The few who did it, for example at the time Eiffel 65 or Lou Bega, sold very poorly their respective albums.

Was Britney Spears an exception that was popular enough among the youngest audience to drop a #1 physical single but also among older people to sell albums? This is the question we will be answering during the next pages while reviewing her complete discography. Please be aware all Spotify figures refer to worldwide streaming as they only aim to display which albums still have strong catalog hits as of now. Let’s go!

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Debbie

Its a pretty disappointing figure for some of her standard. Guess she wasnt really that big in France, and Europe as a whole.

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Well first of all, this article is outdated.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… Read more »

Stephen

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.

Stephen

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.

Debbie

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… Read more »

Sam

Hi! Great job! That’s a great total. However I have a little question.

http://fanofmusic.free.fr/Site-Charts-Top150album2001France.htm
http://fanofmusic.free.fr/Site-Charts-Top150album2002France.htm

According to this “Britney” sold 196,000 2001: 196,000 and 209,000 in 2002, making a total of 405,000. Which one is more accurate?

Either way, thanks a lot for doing this! I’m surprised The Singles Collection sold that much.

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