The truth about Britney Spears’ album sales in American continent


If myths are hard to destroy, I hope this table will end the more than inflated figures that have been around for Britney’s first two albums in Brazil. All numbers posted here at have been almost spot on for this market.

The last two albums were too high, I have put the figures in orange rather than red since I added the CD+DVD edition to Circus and both albums had shipments after’s list, as well as latter digital sales as those albums were still rather recent by then. Thus, the gap is as much due to intervals being outdated than figures being over-estimated.

Just like in Mexico, the Britney album was in all likelihood bigger than expected since the estimate we had falls on par with the minimum. It failed to go Platinum upon release though, when certified Gold officially, so it can’t have sold too much higher than 120,000 units still as this album was frontloaded.

Using the same linearity logic mentioned on the page for Mexico, we do know that BOMT outsold Oops all over Americas, since both fit into the same interval, we are tempted to assume that BOMT is closer to the top level while Oops is closer to the bottom range.

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

  • Baby One More Time – 300,000
  • Oops!… I did It Again – 250,000
  • Britney – 140,000
  • In The Zone – 120,000
  • Greatest Hits, My Prerogative – 80,000
  • Blackout – 55,000
  • Circus – 70,000
  • The Singles Collection – 65,000
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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!