France Album Sales: Britney Spears

Blackout (2007) Era

The four years hiatus between In The Zone and fresh new album Blackout was more due to… Britney blackout than for production or recording purposes. During all this time her image suffered a lot from various scandals with the general public almost forgetting she was a music singer before being a public star.

Even if lead single Gimme More debuted at #5, it was far from being a successful track as the dying physicals market was downgrading a lot Single Chart relevance. The lack of appeal of the song was obvious in the album side as Blackout debuted at #2 but with only 13,659 sales. Worst, the album legs were inexistent as it was all the way down to #56 a mere three weeks later.

Selling barely 40,000 units during 2007, Blackout left the Top 100 at the start of 2008 and never came back into it for the year as no other single was able to gain traction. Its sales were under 20,000 units for that year. Surprisingly, after an awful start and an awful middle-run, the album remained alive for most of 2009. It peaked higher than the previous year (#70 against #90) and charted in more different months (six against five). All together, the album sold 80,000 units by the end of 2009.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Gimme More – 21,412,000
  2. Piece Of Me – 19,204,000
  3. Radar – 9,928,000

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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Well first of all, this article is outdated.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.