France Album Sales: Britney Spears

Britney Jean (2013) Era

By 2013, it had been 10 years that Britney Spears hadn’t reach 200,000 units sold with one of her albums and the market has collapsed ever since. If she survived thanks to hits and airplay, she was definitely under threat of a terrible flop in the case of unsuccessful singles.

That’s exactly what happened with Britney Jean album. The only single that got some airplay was Work Bitch, but it came out months before the album and was definitely flagged clubbing hit, hardly an album booster. Thus, when Britney Jean came out a few days only before Christmas, while tons of other albums were selling like hot cakes, it debuted at an unreal #22 position despite selling nearly 13,000 units. One can expect a rebound once all Christmas cash-ins drop out but the album had hardcore drops every week going from 22 to 56 to 101, lasting only six weeks inside the Top 200 ranking and never coming back. When all was said and done, the album was on 30,000 units, a total insanely low considering the artist fame.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Work Bitch – 79,218,000
  2. Perfume – 17,336,000
  3. It Should Be Easy feat. Will.I.Am – 4,428,000

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Debbie

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

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Well first of all, this article is outdated.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 »

Stephen

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.

Stephen

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.

Debbie

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 »

Sam

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

http://fanofmusic.free.fr/Site-Charts-Top150album2001France.htm
http://fanofmusic.free.fr/Site-Charts-Top150album2002France.htm

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.

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