The truth about Britney Spears’ album sales in American continent

Latin AMERICA – Mexico

Please be aware that even if certifications were published in 2006 and 2011, they were using criteria last published by overall IFPI documents which were not up to date. Thus, by 2011 column uses criteria from 2009.

In the case of Mexico, we notice that all figures almost perfectly fit together – information, official certification and our own estimates.

In The Zone line is the only one with a bit of controversy as 160,000 is too high for the range as shown by 2006. Obviously, there is 10 years of catalog sales, but this album is unlikely to have sold as much as 10,000 units in that time span in Mexico, making the 160,000 estimate optimistic.

New information comes in for Britney as officially it was never certified, and the Mexican charts weren’t available by 2001. The album performed rather well with sales in the 240,000 to 320,000 units range. Given the lack of additional data to be more precise, the remaining tool we can use is the sales curve of the artist. In most markets, sales of Britney were closer to the level of In The Zone rather than BOMT / Oops which suggests a total in the lower part of the possible interval.

Merging all the data together concludes on the following album sales to date:

  • Baby One More Time – 425,000
  • Oops!… I did It Again – 350,000
  • Britney – 250,000
  • In The Zone – 150,000
  • Greatest Hits, My Prerogative – 100,000
  • Blackout – 50,000
  • Circus – 75,000
  • The Singles Collection – 50,000
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where is the 2006 archive? Please Post that! Thanks


where is the 2006 archive


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?


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


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


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


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


Wonderful idea. Keep up the good job 🙂


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?



Chrysalynne Lingling

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


Hi MJD! Thank you for doing this article! I’ve always been confused about the sales/certifications provided on, 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 »


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!


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!