France Album Sales: Britney Spears

Circus (2008) Era

With Britney Spears fully involved in recording and promoting again, the artist was back with a new album just one year after the previous one, November 2008 Circus.

The first extract from the record Womanizer happened to be a huge hit. A five weeks chart topper in the Single chart, four weeks #1 in Digital side, the song managed to put the focus on Britney Spears the singer, boosting incredibly well the album. During its first 16 days, Circus sold 63,000 units by charting 5-3-9 despite the release very close to Christmas with strong competition. After only six weeks of sales in 2008, the album sold 109,000 physical copies and over 5,000 digital units.

As following singles were much more modest (in the digital chart each Circus #16, If U Seek Amy #11, Radar #44) the album hasn’t remained as high during 2009 but still kept selling a few all year long, a total of 49,000 units in all formats.

In November 2009, to benefit from those new singles, a second career spanning compilation was released, The Singles Collection. The set went #10 in the Compilation chart and sold 32,000 units by year end.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Womanizer – 36,674,000
  2. Circus – 21,783,000
  3. If U Seek Amy – 16,672,000

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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Well first of all, this article is outdated.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.