France Album Sales: Britney Spears

Britney (2001) Era

Putting her student clothes into the closest, Britney Spears returned in late 2001 with her third album Britney and an image way hotter than during her first two eras. If she obviously lost some of her younger fans, this move was needed at some point and was completed with some success.

In fact, Britney wasn’t as big as its two predecessors but still moved some healthy amounts. Polemical lead single I’m Slave 4 U was a consistent #8 hit and paved the way for the album that was poised to met strong competition due to its November release date. This is exactly what happened as Britney started and peaked at #2 in France, blocked by the second week of Michael Jackson album Invincible.

As I’m Slave 4 U managed solid airplay for various weeks, Britney held rather well during the Christmas season too selling 170,000 units by the end of the year. Second hit Overprotected, which peaked at #15 helped well the album too, just like follow up I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman. Top 50 until August, Britney sold as much in 2002 as in 2001, climbing to 350,000 copies in total.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. I’m Slave 4 U – 18,499,000
  2. I’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman – 8,681,000
  3. I Love Rock N Roll – 8,211,000

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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Well first of all, this article is outdated.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.