France Album Sales: Britney Spears

Oops!… I Did It Again (2000) Era

Yes, she did it again. In May 2000, while the previous album was still rather hot, Britney Spears came back with a sophomore effort, Oops!… I Did It Again. Overall, singles of this era performed less well than singles of the previous record, bust mostly because the artist was already bigger with sales going right from the release to the album.

The title track still peaked at a strong #4 position, with the album debuting at an impressive #1 position. Shipping 200,000 units in its first month, during its first 18 weeks the album never dropped below #21, also helped by second single, #16 song Lucky.

Collapsing in October/November period until dropping out of the Top 75, the album was retrieved to the upper region thanks to third single, Stronger. Ironically, the album peaked at #20 in 2001 first week during this single era, very exactly the same peak of the single on the same week.

With already 320,000 sold during 2000, last single Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know struggled to push Oops!… I Did It Again as well as previous singles. Still, it added 90,000 units for the year.

Taking part of a large mid-price campaign, Baby One More Time returned to charts during the summer 2001, hitting an incredible #17 position. This late boost gave this album a second Platinum disc with 600,000 units sold.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Oops!… I Did It Again – 39,127,000
  2. Stronger – 14,056,000
  3. Lucky – 12,744,000

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


Well first of all, this article is outdated.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 »


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.


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.


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 »


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

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.