The truth about Britney Spears’ album sales in American continent


Challenging the sparse information we have for various countries is already great, but this source of data becomes truly priceless for markets with absolutely nothing available. Here Britney’s figures get revealed in full with fairly small intervals, thus meaning a tiny margin of error.

Among observations, two are interesting on this list. I mentioned several times how useful the linearity of an artist’s career is to interpret figures. I said Britney sold amounts closer to In The Zone than to its predecessors. Here we can see the In The Zone album under 10,000 units, which is under five times the sales of Britney. An error? No. The Year 2002 was infamous in Venezuela due to April’s failed Coup d’Etat and then the general strike later that year. That disastrous situation led the industry into free fall. There was a 59,4% drop in sales in 2002 to 2,1 million albums sold. In 2003, an unreal 750,000 albums were sold in the country. The market started to rebound in late 2004 with a +263% increase. However, by that time In The Zone’s promotion had ended.

The second observation is related to catalog sales. Going over several countries and albums, we see very few cases of LPs moving from one interval to a higher one between 2006 and 2011. These rare such cases are almost always achieved by Greatest Hits, just like here in Venezuela, moving from uncertified to Platinum, which means it broke the 10k barrier between both dates.

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

  • Baby One More Time – 70,000
  • Oops!… I did It Again – 60,000
  • Britney – 50,000
  • In The Zone – 10,000
  • Greatest Hits, My Prerogative – 12,500
  • Blackout – 6,000
  • Circus – 8,000
  • The Singles Collection – 4,000
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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!