The truth about Britney Spears’ album sales in American continent


Argentina appears to be a tricky case with sales officially certified higher than real sales. What happened there? Well, the fact is that the Argentinian database was a mess (it has been offline for years) showing different award levels for one album depending on the filter used for the search. “Britney” or “Oops” searches would show you both times the same Oops album, but one shown as 1xPlatinum and one as 2xPlatinum. Release dates entered in that CAPIF database were also highly erroneous, a real problem considering certification criteria was based on the album release date.

My assumption, given all we know, is that both BOMT and Oops were indeed only Platinum officially, but that entries of those albums with the wrong post-2001 release dates, after which the criteria was lowered from 60,000 to 40,000, resulted in the display of a 2xPlatinum award.

This poor database is responsible for both having too higher estimates, since we can see thanks to data that they sold under 120,000 units a piece. As always, after updating a figure the best thing to do is check if that makes sense. In all American continent countries, Britney sold at least half the sales of Oops, thus the original estimates were indeed looking flawed. So reducing the first two albums figures makes perfect sense.

In the same way Greatest Hits seems too high, given 40,000 units had still yet to be reached by 2006.

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

  • Baby One More Time – 110,000
  • Oops!… I did It Again – 90,000
  • Britney – 50,000
  • In The Zone – 50,000
  • Greatest Hits, My Prerogative – 50,000
  • Blackout – 20,000
  • Circus – 30,000
  • The Singles Collection – 15,000
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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!