The truth about Britney Spears’ album sales in American continent

Born In The USA

 North America – USA

As mentioned in the introduction, we already have enough information from the US to get a precise idea of sales of each of Britney’s albums. Additionally, for the US, rather than translating real sales into certifications, Britney.com has been listing official RIAA awards to avoid controversy.

The most efficient method to estimate Britney’s US album sales is to add together Soundscan sales plus BMG Music Club, then estimating Columbia House figures for her first two records, thanks to the previous addition, compared to her RIAA awards. This results in the following already known sales figures:

  • Baby One More Time – 14,200,000
  • Oops!… I did It Again – 10,500,000
  • Britney – 5,200,000
  • In The Zone – 3,300,000
  • Greatest Hits, My Prerogative – 1,650,000
  • Blackout – 1,050,000
  • Circus – 1,800,000
  • The Singles Collection – 275,000
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GaryHuston

where is the 2006 archive? Please Post that! Thanks

GaryHuston

where is the 2006 archive

Jase

Where does the 14 million RIAA certification for BOMT in the US come from? The album sold 12 million combined with both Nielsen and BMG Music Club sales. I thought albums which were big sellers on BMG tended to not be on Columbia House and vice versa, indeed, were Britney’s albums even available from Columbia? So where does the extra two million from BOMT come from?

trish

You were wrong. 12 million is from nielsen alone and almost 2 million came from BMG music club. It is widely reported already and it is widely reported that BOMT was certified 14 times by the RIAA

Danny

Why is there never a “bottom line” to these summaries? So how many albums did she sell?

GaryHuston

Hello MJD,Would you please give me the link of web archive for the sales by 2006 .I Only found the 2007 version.which said she sold 83 million units worldwide

Trish

It’s crazy how she’s bigger in South America than many bigger divas like Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Barbra Streisand

Darie

Wonderful idea. Keep up the good job 🙂

Eternium

Wow, this is a very nice thing to do, thanks you very much 🙂

Would you say her sales in Mexico+South America are weak, good, or great?

cyrus

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Chrysalynne Lingling

Highly anticipating the update of the Asian sales! 🙂 Thanks so much for doing this!

Stephen

Hi MJD! Thank you for doing this article! I’ve always been confused about the sales/certifications provided on Britney.com, so I really appreciate that you’re explaining this to us, and the fact that you’re providing figures for the majority of her albums. She’s had a very big career in Latin America, even if some figures have been inflated in the past (like the Brazilian sales for “…Baby One More Time” and “Oops!… I Did It Again”), the real figures are also very impressive. Could you please post your estimations for “Femme Fatale”, “Britney Jean,” and “Glory” in Latin America? Not only… Read more »

Stephen

Fair point about the CSPC article! And thank you for fixing the typo! 65,000 definitely seems accurate.

I’d love it if you could do Asia first and then Europe. 🙂 Thank you so much again!

Luminator

MJD, could you later do the same for Mariah? I would eternally be thankful for an overview over her stats in Asia, since that is her personal “region of controversial figures”.

Thanks in advance and massive props to your work and this nice idea of “gifting” fans and chart-followers with further insights!

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