The truth about Britney Spears’ album sales in Asia


Yesterday, you learned Baby One More time sold over 1 million units in Latin America while Britney Spears moved over 4 million albums in total to date in this region. The subject of today is Asiansales figures of the American pop icon.

The methodology and sources will remain the same, which means albums covered include all packages from Britney‘s debut to The Singles Collection. Countries studied in this article include Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines among others.

How much has Britney sold in all these countries? Place your bets!

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Isn’t 1xP=15.000 for foreign artists using the 2008 levels?


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Her numbers in big Asian market, such as Japan, Korea. Wasn’t really that impressive, however she did very well in the smaller markets such as Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia. It is somewhat disappointing to me to see her Japan sales.


Her numbers in Korea was impreasive. At that time Korean music market was significantly declined. And plus, there was no kpop boom yet. So the biggest local sales in 2001 was under 700,000 copies. Of couse, Britney was the biggest wester acts here.

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Where to check indian certifications for other artists?Thanks

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Just an FYI . Thalia’s Nandito Ako album which had the cut of the same title was certified as the best-selling album of all time in the Philippines by PARI (Philippine Association of the Record Industry). They have confirmed that indeed, it has sold more than 1 million copies in the Philippines during the height of her popularity. Ogie Alcasid, a Filipino singer-composer, who happens to be the original singer of Nandito Ako, jokingly said in an interview that his biggest hit (Nandito Ako) is the Philippines best-selling song of all time with over 1 million copies sold, and unfortunately… Read more »


Taiwan certification criteria for international artists are as below:
1996.8-2002.2 50,000(1P); 25,000(1G)
2002.3-2005.12 30,000(1P); 15,000(1G)
2006.1-2007.10 20,000(1P); 10,000(1G)
2007.11-2008.12 14,000(1P); 7,000(1G)
2009.1-Now 10,000(1P); 5,000(1G)
The market in Taiwan was at its peak from 1996 to 2001. Baby and oops estimation are way too less.


Hey MJD!

How would you say how successful beyonce is in asia?
Her first three albums was very successful there and also Destiny child was huge?
And compared with her peers like rihanna?
Rihanna vs Beyonce in Asia? Who is bigger ?


I am an Asian so I can answer these questions…
1.) Compared to her success in America, she is not that popular in Asia, being only successful in big commercial Asian markets like Japan but not the best sales in weaker markets like India.
2.) yes in Asia, he first three albums were huge successes in Asia, especially Sasha fierce era… however her fame and popularity in Asia began to simmer down when the 4 era started.
3.) Her peers are far more successful in Asia compared to her
4.) Rihanna is far more bigger and known in Asia


I am an Asian too and you are telling some lies. Beyonce is very popular in markets like Indonesia(2 albums sold past 100k) and Korea (millions of digital single downloads). Her songs Halo and If I Were A Boy are super super unbelivably huge in China. It is so so big. Beyonce is very popular in East Asia and Southeast Asia, and as you say, she may be not that popular in South Asia. I don’t know about that since I never been there. Beyonce’s peers are not far more pupular in Asia than her. Only Britney and Avril may… Read more »


Don’t understand why being Asian is too much of a criteria to answer this question.
In overall units Beyoncé is probably bigger than Rihanna in the region but she was around in the era of bigger album sales there. In recent years Rihanna is definitely the more popular one as she’s getting more YouTube views than her in every relevant market in the region except South Korea and Beyoncé’s album sales have been pretty poor there in recent years too, also in China Rihanna is up to 2.7m followers on QQ but Beyoncé only got 900k.


Yes you are right. That;’s because Beyonce’s popularity got big decline since 4 era. It actually has not too much to do with market size. Physical sales are dead in China now, but BTS new comeback already got 720k pre-orders physically in China(Korean imports, but bought by Chinese, the physical figures are all detailed everywhere). Even IZONE sold nearly 100k physical imports in China with their new comback. Taylor is still able to sell 250k physically with 1989 (locally issued, dont count imports since Chinese western music lovers never gather together to buy hundreds of copies each person and they… Read more »


If Beyonce has sold 83 million records, and Rihanna has sold 96 million records, then how can rihannas asian record sales by lesser than Beyonce? in fact, Chartmasters themselves have made a global heatmap of Beyonces popularity and if you look at the map, her popularity doesnt thrive in Asia compared to the US or Africa. Quote from the site- Overall, Beyoncé‘s popularity in Asia is not that strong. She underperforms in many major markets, such as the Philippines (#63), Singapore (#65). Taiwan (#83), Vietnam (#89), Hong Kong (#93), and as previously mentioned, Japan (#100). She sells a lot of… Read more »


The thing is that Beyoncé was huge in Japan and South Korea during the 2000’s. She just fell into irrelevancy in these markets during the 2010’s for some reason while Rihanna stayed decently popular to this day.


Even Britney who is consider irrelevant these days has better youtube views than her in Asia.


Beyonce ever since the end of the I am…sasha fierce era popularity has dipped worldwide. Her last lemonade managed to sell only 50k copies in its first week outside of the US. 60% of her lemonade sales came from the US (lemonade sold 1.5 million US units). If we subtract US sales, the album has managed only to sell 1 million WW. Whereas, for Rihanna, her songs like Umbrella, diamonds, stay, only girl, Whats my name, love the way you lie and many more hits have been so popular in Asia, She itself has sold most of her records from… Read more »