France Album Sales: Britney Spears

In The Zone (2003) Era

A duet with Madonna may seem a good idea to start a new promotional campaign. It resulted as a very good decision in the end.

The song, Me Against The Music, was used as the lead single of Britney Spears fourth album, November 2003 set In The Zone. The #11 peak wasn’t that bad but it was reached mostly due to the duet hype, after which the song went down and down. Once the album was released, it went straight at #1 thanks to the artist fan base but by week two In The Zone was down to #11 and to #21 on its third week highlighting the very little support got from the single.

If the decision to use this song as the lead single due to the famous collaboration was bad it’s because the album definitely had radio friendly material. In fact, both subsequent singles Toxic (#3) and Everytime (#2) were the American superstar biggest hits since 1999. The problem is that the album had already the image of a flop at that point – down to #76 by January before Toxic release -, which is very different to change. The low sales from January to August also prevented the album from sales as well as it should have done considering those successes. Had Toxic or Everytime been released as the lead single during the Christmas season, this album would have no doubt sold more copies by now. Still, with some 125,000 units sold in each 2003 and 2004, the album final sales were nothing to be ashamed of.

In late 2004, a first career compilation was released, Greatest Hits: My Prerogative. A #1 in Compilation front, this record sold over 160,000 units in its nine weeks of sales during 2004, plus 40,000 copies in 2005 as new songs used as singles failed to support this package.

As the artist was struggling with personal issues, her label Jive continued to exploit her catalog by releasing B In The Mix – The Remixes for 2005 fall. The set peaked at #32 in the compilation chart and sold 15,000 units.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Toxic – 79,068,000
  2. Everytime – 24,907,000
  3. Me Against The Music feat. Madonna – 7,251,000

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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Well first of all, this article is outdated.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.