The truth about Britney Spears’ album sales in American continent

LATIN AMERICA – Brazil

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 Chartmasters.org 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 Britney.com’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 Thus, the gap is as much due to intervals being outdated than figures being over-estimated.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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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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