Britney Spears’ albums and songs sales

CSPC Britney Spears albums and singles sales art

Britney Spears is the best-selling female artist who debuted in the past 25 years. She shaped an entire generation with her debut album, however, did the pop icon ever manage to replicate that success? We’ll find out shortly!

Years 1998/1999 were massive years for first generation divas. Madonna was recovering in a big way thanks to Ray Of Light. Whitney Houston got her biggest hit in years with My Love Is Your Love.

Mariah Carey was enjoying her seventh consecutive 3 million selling album in the US with Rainbow. Celine Dion was killing it with My Heart Will Go On and related albums. Even Cher made a surprise comeback thanks to Believe song, while Janet Jackson broke the last resisting markets thanks to Together Again.

If this period looked like the golden age of those divas, it was actually a pivotal era, some kind of swan song of 80s-90s superstars.

Time told us all of them were going to face hard flops within’ a few years. By 2003, female stars were named Dido, Avril Lavigne, Norah Jones, Jennifer Lopez, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Shakira, Beyonce or P!nk.

The singer leading this new army of female superstars yet was no other than Britney Spears, arguably the first of them to explode and the one who did it in the biggest way.

This was just the beginning of such a trend as through the following years many more divas would come out like Kelly Clarkson, Rihanna, Duffy, Leona Lewis, Nelly Furtado, Amy Winehouse, Taylor Swift Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Lana Del Rey, Miley Cyrus and, of course, Adele.

As usual, I’ll be using the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept in order to relevantly gauge her results. This concept will not only bring you sales information for all Britney Spears albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming. In fact, it will also determine their true popularity.

If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, below is a nice and short video of explanations. I fully recommend watching it before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free to skip the video and get into the numbers directly.

The Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept (CSPC)

There are two ways to understand this revolutionary concept. In the first place, there is this Scribe video posted below. If you are unaware of the CSPC method, you will get the full idea within just a pair of minutes.

If you are a mathematical person, and want to know the full method as well as formulas, you can read the full introduction article.

Now let’s get into the artist’s sales figures in detail in order to apply this concept and define the act’s true popularity!

Britney Spears Album Sales

Original Album Sales – Comments

As we can see above, Britney Spears‘ first two albums were clearly massive. Her debut album, …Baby One More Time, pulled a massive 24.18 million while her sophomore album, Oops!…I Did It Again, came fairly close with a whopping 19.3 million.

That success is often hard to replicate, which is why her sales declined by 47% by her third album, Britney.

Spears‘ fourth studio album, In the Zone, was also a decline, although to a lesser extent. This record would later benefit from the transition to downloads and streaming, putting it pretty much on par with Britney.

After dominating the tabloids during her difficult years, her comeback to the music industry, Blackout, was deemed a failure. The album was a massive decline for Spears, selling just below 2.5 million.

The singer managed to bounce back with her sixth studio album, Circus, which was released a year later and has since shifted 3.78 million to date, marking a increase of 53% from her previous album.

Recent years haven’t been too kind for her, at least as far as pure album sales go. Her seventh studio album, Femme Fatale, was a sharp decline from Circus.

Britney Jean and Glory mark new career lows for Britney Spears.

Britney Spears songs sales

Physical singles

Physical Singles

CSPC Britney Spears physical singles sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 3 ratio between one album and one physical single.

Britney Spears enjoyed a bunch of complete eras during the physical period to sell some records through this format.

Of course, the US had mostly given up them already by 2000, just like Canada, Latin America, Asian countries minus Japan and Taiwan, among other markets.

The rest of Europe and Australia still made it possible to shift a million units of a successful single.

Her debut single, …Baby One More Time, was a gigantic hit, and became one of the few songs in history that sold over 5 million proper singles in one shot.

Half of that tally was achieved in the US and the UK combined.

Later singles from her debut album didn’t benefit from a physical release in the US, and would chart solely on strong airplay alone.

Sometimes, (You Drive Me) Crazy and Born to Make You Happy were all big enough in Europe and Australia to help them shift at least 1 million units.

From the Bottom of My Broken Heart was released physically in the US, where it was certified platinum for shipping 1 million units, although it fails short from reaching that mark.

In 2000, Spears scored another massive global hit with Oops!…I Did It Again, although it suffered from having no physical release in the US, much like its follow up, Lucky.

Stronger was the only song from Spears‘ second album to be released physically released in the US.

By 2001, physical single sales were on a step decline everywhere, and none of the singles from Spears’ third album, Britney, were released in the US. The songs were big enough in Europe and Australia to shift nearly 2 million units combined.

During 2003, 233 million physical singles were sold, 47% less than in 1999. In many countries the market was holding well, but it had disappeared completely in the US in-between. Thus, it is quite normal to see all songs routinely shifting around half a million units instead of over 1 million.

Interestingly, singles from In the Zone outsold singles from Britney in spite of fewer songs being issued and a market going down 27% between both periods, which highlights the success of songs like Toxic and Everytime.

With physical singles markets in all countries quickly vanishing, albums from 2004 onwards had very little impact in this format. In spite of the release of more than 10 singles, they failed to even reach a million sales combined!

Due to this dreadful market context. The success itself of those songs was also obviously lower than their predecessors from the early years.

In total, Britney Spears moved 18,6 million physical singles, which is a very good figure given her time frame and lack of physical singles issued in the US.

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Digital Songs

CSPC Britney Spears digital singles sales

As a reminder, the weighting is done with a 10 to 1,5 ratio between one album and one digital single.

If in one side she benefitted from the last whisper of the physical single market, in the other side Britney Spears was unable to enjoy a digital market during her best years.

In spite of this situation, she always managed to achieve strong digital sales. Many of her catalog songs aren’t doing that well, but everything she releases always manages to debut big.

Toxic was her first such digital hit, but the market was only starting at that point.

From 2007 to 2011, Spears managed to get several digital hits to her name, despite the fact her album sales were a far cry from what they used to be.

Blackout, Circus and Femme Fatale were home of singles that sold upwards 10 million units combined. During this period, every single she released sold at least 1 million downloads, with the exception of Radar and Criminal, both which came fairly close.

Overall, Britney Spears has moved 83 million digital singles, a total including both downloads and ringtones, quite an incredible total considering the supposedly bad period the artist was facing when the context was favorable.

Streaming platforms numbers

Streaming

Streaming is made up of audio and video streams. Our CSPC methodology now includes both to better reflect the real popularity of each track. The main source of data for each avenue is respectively Spotify and YouTube.

As detailed in the Fixing Log article, Spotify represents 157 million of the 272 million users of streaming platforms, while YouTube is pretty much the only video platform generating some revenue for the industry. Below is the equivalence set on the aforementioned article:

Audio Stream – 1500 plays equal 1 album unit
Video Stream – 11,750 views equal 1 album unit

Equivalent Albums Sales (EAS) = 272/157 * Spotify streams / 1500 + YouTube views / 11750

Top hits

CSPC Britney Spears tracklist top streaming hits

When it comes to streaming, Britney Spears is definitely in a tricky situation. She’s not old to be compared to the likes of Madonna, Mariah Carey or Celine Dion, whose audience refuses to stream, but at the same time, she’s not young enough to be placed next to streaming monsters like Ariana Grande, Rihanna or Taylor Swift.

Her streaming numbers are both good and bad in the sense that her classic hits are doing well enough for someone who debuted 21 years ago, but her overall streams aren’t that good in comparison to some of her peers, like Beyonce or Eminem.

This is understandable as hip hop, rap and R&B are dominating streaming these days, leaving little room for pure pop records.

Britney Spears‘ first two albums are doing quite well on streaming. Reaching 200 million streams on Spotify with 20-year old hits that have been widely flagged as teen pop, such as …Baby One More Time and Oops!…I Did It Again, is rather outstanding.

Both albums have reached 1 billion streams across all audio and video platforms, which is quite impressive given their teen pop nature.

On a negative note though, considering how well both albums and their singles sold upon release, one would expect better streaming figures overall. Sometimes and (You Drive Me) Crazy perform well with over 100 million views on YouTube each.

In spite of selling over 10 million copies in physical format, the pop icon’s third studio album, Britney, displays disappointing streaming results.

Unlike her first two albums, this one registers no song above 100 million streams, let alone 200 million.

That’s not to say, however, figures are atrocious, as I’m a Slave 4 U performs well with 56 million streams on Spotify and no less than 140 million views on YouTube.

Other songs perform well, too. I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman has 100 million views on YouTube while Overprotected is extremely close. Surprisingly enough, the album tracks perform much better than those from her first two albums.

If there’s one album from Spears‘ early career that truly benefits from streaming is her fourth studio album, In the Zone.

With only three global singles, this album is the diva’s most streamed on Spotify, at over 400 million streams. Toxic has an impressive showing at nearly 300 million streams on Spotify and nearly 500 million views on YouTube, while Everytime also does well with 57 million streams on Spotify and 124 million streams on YouTube.

Deemed a failure at the time of its release, Blackout performs just okay on streaming. Gimme More is the top track, with 72 million streams on Spotify and 173 million views on YouTube. Piece of Me performs similarly with 53 million streams on Spotify and 143 million views on YouTube. Overall, the album has 200 million streams on Spotify.

The American superstar’s comeback album, Circus, also performs just okay on streaming. Womanizer performs quite well with 137 million streams on Spotify and 301 million views on YouTube, proving to be more than just a quick little hit.

The title track, Circus, also performs well at 77 million streams on Spotify and 205 million streams on YouTube. Despite not being a big hit, If U Seek Amy has more streams than one of Spears‘ number one hits, 3, which was released later that year. Overall, the album has more than 1 billion streams across all audio and video platforms.

At 900 million YouTube views, Femme Fatale remains Britney Spears‘s best performing album on the platform for now. All of its four singles have no less than 100 million views, which is definitely a nice result.

On Spotify, although no tracks have reached 100 million streams yet, this will change soon as Till the World Ends is getting fairly close at 93 million.

It’s hard to comment on this album’s streaming figures, as albums released in 2011 are naturally much more connected to the streaming era, so one may expect results of those records to be much higher than previous albums, but Femme Fatale is only Spears’ 5th most streamed album on Spotify.

The 8th studio album of her discography, Britney Jean, proves to be a massive bomb in every aspect, and streaming is no exception.

About 66% of this album’s 215 million Spotify streams are coming from Work Bitch alone, which does decently on its own at 143 million streams on Spotify and 331 million views on YouTube.

Given the year it was released in, Glory‘s streaming figures are rather disappointing, to say the least. Make Me does decently enough with 105 million streams on Spotify and 116 million YouTube views.

Compared to other Britney Spears cuts, the album tracks reach high figures, with the least streamed track having no less than 4 million streams.

The paradox is that this album sold so few copies in pure album format at 390,000 units, that its 339,000 equivalent album sales from streaming represent a solid addition.

When it comes to orphan songs, the will.i.am collaboration, Scream & Shout, is her second most streamed track on Spotify, only behind Toxic. The song’s video remains Spears‘ most viewed on YouTube.

Another song that shows impressive results is My Only Wish (This Year), which will surely reach 100 million streams on Spotify later this year.

Full catalog breakdown

If you are familiar with the artist’s catalog and want to check details of each and every song, you can access to all of them right here.

Britney Spears compilations sales

It sounds fairly logical to add together weighted sales of one era – studio album, physical singles, downloads, streams – to get the full picture of an album’s popularity. For older releases though, they also generate sales of various live, music videos and compilation albums.

All those packaging-only records do not create value, they exploit the value originating from the parent studio album of each of its tracks instead. Inevitably, when such compilations are issued, this downgrades catalog sales of the original LP.

Thus, to perfectly gauge the worth of these releases, we need to re-assign sales proportionally to its contribution of all the compilations which feature its songs. The following table explains this method.

The distribution process

CSPC Britney Spears compilation example

How to understand this table? In the example of Greatest Hits: My Prerogative, these figures mean it sold 6,145,000 units worldwide. The second statistics column means all versions of all the songs included on this package add for 1,574,459 equivalent album sales from streams of all types.

The second part on the right of the table shows how many equivalent streams are coming from each original album, plus the share it represents on the overall package. Thus, streaming figures tell us songs from the …Baby One More Time album are responsible for  28% of the Greatest Hits: My Prerogative track list attractiveness.

This means it generated 441,166 of its 6,100,000 album sales and so forth for the other records. We then apply this process to all compilations present on the table.

CSPC Britney Spears compilations sales list

As a bonus, please find below the sales breakdown of Britney Spears‘ top compilation albums.

CSPC Britney Spears compilation sales breakdown

Full Length related records Sales – Summary

CSPC Britney Spears compilation sales dispatch

Here is the most underestimated indicator of an album’s success – the amount of compilation sales of all kinds it generated. Due to the dependency of sales of the original studio albums on these releases, they are a key piece of the jigsaw.

Total Album (all types) Sales per Country

Please note country-specific numbers may miss sales of a few minor releases, although totals are complete.

Britney Spears Career CSPC Results

CSPC Britney Spears albums and singles sales art

So, after checking all the figures, how many overall equivalent album sales has each album by Britney Spears achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all of the figures defined in this article!

Albums CSPC results

In the following results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

*Pure sales figures updated on 04/28/19.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/6750 for Video stream)

See where the artist ranks among remaining singers


And there we have it! Hardly anyone would be surprised by the fact …Baby One More Time remains Britney Spears‘ biggest album to date.

The question was on the album being over 30 million or not, a figure it indeed reaches at 31 million. Low digital and streaming figures, plus low catalog album sales, imply that this tally won’t be climbing all that much in the upcoming months or years.

Among her earlier albums, the one impressing the most is likely In the Zone. As pointed out earlier, this album greatly benefits from streaming and digital sales.

Incredibly, its CSPC total nearly matches the one of Britney, and no doubt it will surpass it at some point thanks to the huge success of Toxic.

This is one of the reason we can appreciate CSPC so much as it gives back justice to various albums that had their success spread over many formats, making their popularity look lower due to album sales not fully covering it.

Upcoming years will be good for In the Zone as it is her album with the highest strength and streams, thus with streaming and digital sales pushing the bar faster but also compilations being sold thanks to its songs.

A similar situation happens with albums Blackout and Femme Fatale. They benefit from downloads more than anything else, as they both heavily underperformed in physical format and have been deemed as failures more often than not.

The results of Spears‘ last two efforts mark new career lows for the artist, with Glory being a small blow of fate at 874,000 equivalent album sales.

While the difficulties of Britney Spears to break the streaming market can be worrying for her future albums, the highlight of today is the eye catching total of 103,3 million equivalent album sales she managed since her debut.

She is the first female artist to break the 9 digit milestone since Mariah Carey, although it’s likely that Rihanna will also reach that milestone by the end of the year.

Singles CSPC results

The list is compiled in album equivalent sales generated by each song. Therefore, these figures are not merged units of singles formats. Instead, it includes weighted sales of the song’s physical single, download, ringtone and streaming as well as its share among sales of all albums on which it is featured.

1. 1998 – Britney Spears…Baby One More Time […Baby One More Time]18,640,000
2. 2000 – Britney SpearsOops!… I Did It Again [Oops!… I Did It Again]14,310,000
3. 2003 – Britney SpearsToxic [In The Zone]8,560,000
4. 2001 – Britney SpearsI’m A Slave 4 U [Britney]4,560,000
5. 1999 – Britney Spears(You Drive Me) Crazy […Baby One More Time]4,470,000
6. 1999 – Britney SpearsSometimes […Baby One More Time]4,080,000
7. 2000 – Britney SpearsStronger [Oops!… I Did It Again]3,850,000
8. 2000 – Britney SpearsLucky [Oops!… I Did It Again]3,560,000
9. 2008 – Britney SpearsWomanizer [Circus]3,220,000
10. 2008 – Britney SpearsCircus [Circus]2,180,000
11. 2001 – Britney SpearsOverprotected [Britney]2,160,000
12. 1999 – Britney SpearsBorn To Make You Happy […Baby One More Time]2,010,000
12. 2001 – Britney SpearsI’m Not A Girl, Not Yet A Woman [Britney]2,010,000
14. 2003 – Britney SpearsEverytime [In The Zone]1,940,000
15. 2012 – Will.i.am & Britney SpearsScream & Shout [Orphan]1,690,000

If you feel inspired by this list, we just created this CSPC Britney Spears playlist on Spotify!

Discography results

Thanks to our new ASR (Artist Success Rating) concept, we know that her sales represent 30.3 million times the purchase of her entire discography. Coupled with their total sales, it translates into an ASR score of 317. This puts her below Adele, and just above Backstreet Boys. The ranking of all artists studied so far is available too at this link.

Records & Achievements

  • At 103,351,000 EAS, Britney Spears is the most successful female artist who debuted in the last 25 years. She is second overall.
  • At 31,662,000 EAS, …Baby One More Time is the second most successful album from 1999.
  • At 31,662,000 EAS, …Baby One More Time is the most successful album of all-time by a minor (under 18).
  • At 23,807,000 EAS, Oops!… I Did It Again is the third most successful album from 2000.
  • At 18,640,000 EAS, …Baby One More Time is the most successful song from 1998.
  • At 14,310,000 EAS, Oops!… I Did It Again is among the Top 3 most successful songs from 2000.
  • At 8,560,000 EAS, Toxic is among the Top 5 most successful songs from 2003.
  • At 14,2 million pure sales, …Baby One More Time is the second highest selling album of the last 20 years in the US.
  • Britney Spears broke several records of fastest selling albums in the US including highest debut ever by a female with Oops!… I Did It Again at 1,319,000, the first female with 4 albums debuting with over 500,000 units as well as the youngest to register 3, 4, 5 and then 6 #1 albums. All these records have been broken since except the very last one.
  • Both …Baby One More Time and Oops!… I Did It Again sold 100,000 copies or more in 21 different countries.

NB: EAS means Equivalent Album Sales.

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To improve your navigation we created several amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector article. Click on it to see the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far!

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As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

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Damaetro93

Good work! If I read it correctly, she had 103.3 M in April 2019 and is today at 111.9 M. Not bad considering she hasnt released or promoted anything mayor herself during that time frame.

Meca76

After its update, the number will be even higher.

Amber

I loved and admired Britney for twenty-two years in a row. She was like a god to me. I defended her for years, months, days, nights against the haters who attacked her on social networks. To finally realize that it wasn’t worth a moment. Britney destroyed her image since she had those crazy outings in public. Since then, the world has been left with a very bad impression of her. This is the truth! The general perception of people about her is that she is a failed celebrity who has completely compromised her career, even if it is not true.… Read more »

Kris

Honestly, these types of posts aren’t even relevant to what this website is about. It’s about sales, as in numbers, not personal opinions of perceived success or failure.

Last edited 3 months ago by Kris
Amber

Britney Spears was surpassed in records sales by Taylor Swift and very soon by Rihanna and Adele, female artists who debuted almost a decade after her. Britney Spears is a disappointment to most of her fans. If she would have released at least one album in all these years since she stopped releasing music, she could have pushed the numbers further. Britney is the biggest loser in the history of pop music. At one time she was compared to Madonna, and later she ended up being outranked in every way by a former ex fan of hers, Taylor Swift. In… Read more »

Nick

I can’t stand Britney but this isn’t true at all. Her streams have grown tremendously versus a few years ago. Younger people are still listening to her music, even if it is driven by the sensationalism over her mental state.

Martin

I find it funny and slightly ironic, that you mention her madness! Have you listened to yourself recently?

Kris

There really are so many problems in this post. Did you not hear all the news about her conservatorship last year? She was not in control of her career for 15 years so I really don’t think any blame can be placed on her personally, Also, her last album only added 1 million units to her tally, which is absolutely nothing for an artist over 100M sales. So her releasing more music likely would not have had much effect. I think it’s worth pointing out that an artist of Britney’s level of fame likely will never be forgotten. She’s a… Read more »

Amber

Yes. Thanks to Elton Johns’s old song remastered, Britney is still played on radio. That’s nothing. Britney has lost her last chance to make a big return in music. She could do it in all these years since she postponed her career. The music industry become a place similar to a jungle where the artists fights for supremacy and those who are producing more successful music will be the most remembered to posterity. Britney’s achievements started already to be minimized. Slowly all her accomplishments and influential claims starts to vanish from the most important references sources. The main music reference… Read more »

Nick

I don’t like Britney at all but you are forcing me to defend her lol. Here in America, her music is played on oldies radio all the time. Her peers are comparatively forgotten (except for Pink). Her tragic story has a huge part to do with that but it is what it is. She is still widely discussed and listened to by younger people. The fact that you don’t seem to believe it doesn’t change that.

Amber

US is not the entire world. Britney’s music is not played on radio stations from Europe, except rarely. Instead female artists as Pink, Shakira, Beyoncé , Rihanna, Kelly Clarkson, Lady Gaga, and Katy Perry are played often on radio stations. Nobody gives a shit about Britney’s music. She screwed her image so badly that people will remember only about shaving her hair.

Nick

Europe isn’t the rest of the world either. She is still loved in South America, South and Southeast Asia and North America.

Amber

Yes, but Europe is more important than the other continents you have mentioned, behind US. As we know, Britney sold around 20 millions albums in Europe, she sold more than her peers, even more than Gaga, and yet her peers and Gaga, Taylor Swift, Rihanna are everyday played on radio stations from whole Europe. That’s a shame, because Britney doesn’t promote her music anymore.

Clockingbell

She wasn’t selling that much more albums in Europe than in South America and Asia (18 vs 13,5 million) and considering the growth of those markets, Asia and South America will be more important than Europe for her

Amber

Britney sold more albums in Europe than South America, even if Europe is a smaller and a further continent compared with South America,. Europe is more important and relevant as musical market and as music charter than South America. Britney’s. Music has dominated European charts for a while, on latest 90s and early 2000s but she screwed badly after 2007. Her music become played less and less on EU radio stations beginning with 2013. And in what concerns her streaming on digital platforms she is a minor player. Shakira and Beyoncé her peers are pushing much more numbers everyday. Britney’s… Read more »

Clockingbell

Yeah, you keep repeating your story again and again, but I just mentioned that, while Europe may have been a bigger market for her, in the future especially Asia will be more important to her and most global artists

Analord

Kelly Clarkson is “played often on European radio stations”? Really…

Actual facts : Britney gets 30 million Youtube views monthly from Europe, Pink gets 20m and Kelly 5m.

Amber

Yes, maybe Britney gets more views on YouTube than Pink ,from Europe, but in what concerns her music played on European radio stations she is far behind Pink. Even a flop like Katy Perry has more radio music runs, than Britney. But who’s fault is? Britney doesn’t promote her music on radio anymore. You think if the young tik toker are dancing on her music, that’s make her be unforgettable? There are hundreds of popular songs played on Tik tok…Britney is just a minor player, as it is on YouTube, Spotify and the other platforms.

Analord

Right, she’s a “minor player” on Spotify with her 7.5 billion streams, as opposed to the legendary Kelly Clarkson and her 4.5b streams.

Comparing her with Katy Perry or Taylor Swift is even sillier, Britney peaked in 1999, not in 2012… A few of her contemporaries :

Céline Dion 3.7b
Destiny’s Child 2.8b
Shania Twain 2b
Dido 1.8b
Spice Girls 1.6b

Amber

Celine Dion has sold over 200 millions pure albums , twice more than Britney. Celine is the second best selling female artist of all time. Destiny Child+ Beyoncé also sold more albums than Britney. Beyoncé has a lot of more streams on music digital platforms than Britney. As I can see is hard for you to accept the truth. Britney Spears’s records sale dropped low after that madness episode from 2007. That’s the reason why she failed.

Martin

Can you please stop posting your stupid reasoning, which seems purely based on bitterness and hatred.

Celine sold way more than Britney, yet Britney out streams her, yet you think Britney has failed. Your just talking absolute shit.

Amber

Well. Britney can out streams Celine, but still cannot match her in album sales. That’s the point. I am not hateful, I am just realistic. Taylor Swift has both…high streaming on platforms and the equivalent of 126 millions albums. In a less then 4 years, from now one, Taylor will equalize Celine Dion’s albums sales, and Britney will be left far behind if she will not release music again. Britney is lost. Have you seen her post in Instagram lately ? Now she has an feud with Selena Gomez…Selena was a huge fan of Britney, but she isn’t anymore. In… Read more »

Martin

You’re not being realistic, you’re being biased. You say Britney cannot match Celines album sales, well neither can 99.99% of all other music artists that ever were…yet you choose to only fault Spears for this.

In my opinion, she should be lauded, that she manages to out stream artists such as Carey, Dion and Madonna, who have all been significantly more popular and successful than her.

I’m not defending Britney here, I’m attacking your reasoning and rationale on this. It seems clear to me your reasoning and rationale is too emotionally based, you’re just not being objective about her.

Amber

Beyoncé and Shakira were Britney’s peers on 00s right? They also managed to out stream Britney , and thats shameful, because with Celine is different. Celine start her career way before Britney, like in 80s. There is a big chance for Beyoncé and Shakira to surpass Britney in records sales but there is no chance for Britney to match Celine’s album sales. That’s the point. I am not biased I just accounting the numbers and the numbers doesn’t favor Britney, maybe only in a mediocre percent. So Britney has not high numbers of album sales like Celine Dion or Mariah… Read more »

Analord

If you think selling 80 million albums and having 10 billion streams (while peaking in 1999) is “mediocre”, then either you’re a troll or you’re completely delusional, which means arguing with you is a waste of time anyway.

Amber

Yes. Britney is super mediocre, since Madonna has managed to sell 130 millions albums in 80s. 75 millions in 90s and 40 million albums in 00s. Yes she is super mediocre since when an ex fan of hers named Taylor Swift managed to surpass most of her achievements in one short period of time. The same With Rihanna. Both Taylor Swift and Rihanna surpassed Britney’s records sell , and they even are not her peers. It is not about her debut being in 1998…it’s about her fall in disgrace since 2007. That’s why her records sells went down. If Beyoncé… Read more »

Analord

“it’s about her fall in disgrace since 2007. That’s why her records sells went down.”

In The Zone (which includes her most popular song) is the 8th best selling album from 2003 while Circus is #12 for 2008, what a huge drop.

Jazz

What is your problem? If Celine, Rihanna, Adele outsold her. So what? I dont understand what the issue is? Great for Rihanna, Adele, Celine, whatever. Great for Britney too for selling 111 million records. 99.99% of all professional singers in the world would dream to have just 10% of what Britney have. She achieved amazing success. She has nothing left to prove. Lets just end this silly debate.

Amber

This is exactly what I was trying to report. Britney was surpassed by some female artists who debuted almost a decade after her appearance. I’m sure there are many artists in this world who would like to have the success Britney had. But Britney’s competition is not at that low level. Britney started her career so strong and promising that analysts predicted she would reach a Madonna-like level of success, only to eventually be surpassed by some of her peers and even other female artists who came along in music industry a decade after her appearance. Britney fell from the… Read more »

Jazz

“This is exactly what I was trying to report. Britney was surpassed by some female artists who debuted almost a decade after her appearance.”

Ok so? What is the issue right now? I dont understand. So what if she was surpassed by some female artist who debut a decade after her? She has nothing left to prove and I think its better if you just shut up.

Kris

I think it’s worth noting that even tho Taylor Swift and Rihanna debuted later, they actually have released the same amount of albums (9) or more (10 Taylor), as Britney. Plus if you add in Rihanna’s millions of features, and Taylor’s re-releases, they actually have a higher output than Britney. A higher output in a shorter amount of time is the best way to maximize sales. Much like Britney did from 1999-2003 (4 albums). But then…things happened and her output decreased. But ya I agree Britney being passed in sales by other artists doesn’t just suddenly diminish her accomplishments. Taylor… Read more »

Mikko

That’s one downside of this site, we only focus on commercial metrics. The whole becomes blurred. It’s embarrassing if you sell less than the other, superficial i would say.

Nick

Agreed. Sales are very impressive coming from a statistical point of view but they don’t tell the whole story regarding how talented/creative an artist really is.

Martin

It’s because so many sadly make it a competition. People turn it into a sport, turn an artist into their team, turn other artists into rivals, turn a list into a league table etc

Having said that, you’re clearly missing the whole point of the website, it’s not meant to be a place for subjective discussion, about the merits etc of music artists, it is quite specifically a place to discuss and digest the numerical side of the music industry.

Amber

billboard named Taylor Swift one of the greatest female artists in top 10, place 7 beside Mariah Carey, Madonna and Barbra Streisand. Britney jumped into a shameful 38 positions of the rank. You see Taylor Swift surpassed Britneys achievements step by step. And is not only that, almost all Britney achievements are vanishing or are not mentioned anymore by specific sources. Because I was a hard fan of her always I searched for information regarding her career. Lately I been notice that she is not mentioned anymore as the best selling teenager artist of all times validate by the world… Read more »

Martin

How is being 38th shameful, its still higher than thousands of other artists and what does it matter that subsequent acts end up more successful?

Led Zeppelin became more successful than The Who, Michael Jackson more successful than Stevie Wonder, Madonna more successful than Streisand, Metallica more successful than Van Halen, it happens Amber.

Mikko

Yes, i am awere of the purpose of this site, who wouldn’t be? Numbers are pretty accurate, but not completely accurate, it’s worth remembering.

Martin

Then I do not understand the “downside” comment and nobody is saying the numbers are exact but I doubt you’ll find more accurate numbers anywhere else.

Mikko

Yes, i am chartmasters fan, only real site in the field.

Amber

What is Britney’s place in music history? As I have noticed her achievements are slowly disappearing from the main reference sources. I’m not a hater of hers, I’m a former fan very disappointed in her lack of career interest. The fans who remained loyal to her, see how they encourage her in all her publicly exposed madness. Does she really not realize that this kind of weird behavior is affecting her image? She always complains that she is traumatized by the past and that she doesn’t want to release music again, meanwhile she displays the same behavior of a mentally… Read more »

Martin

I’m not defending her, as said, I’m disagreeing with your reasoning etc.

“Weird behaviour”, could this not be as a result of her mental health issues and affect her behaviour in a multitude of ways.

You seem pissed off at her, because she’s not lived up to your expectations or done things how you wanted her to, which in my eyes, is pretty weird behaviour in itself. Attaching such personal attachment to a celebrity, who you have absolutely no personal attachment to, is not healthy in my opinion.

Amber

Britney is mentally ill and she doesn’t accept the fact. She keeps complaining about her past problems and blames everyone, except her. She doesn’t want to admit her own mistakes and learn something from it. Now I realize that without having the contributions of her parents she could never became a celebrity. Without someone like Max Martin she could never had successful songs. Britney could have achieved so much more if she would have focused more on career like Madonna did or Taylor Swift. That’s why I believe she is the biggest loser in the history of pop music…she started… Read more »

Martin

“Britney is mentally ill and she doesn’t accept the fact.” Amber, for God’s sake, did it never cross your mind that perhaps her mental health issues might actually impair her judgement or even alter her perception of reality. Maybe she doesn’t learn from her mistakes, but maybe she has problems with learning from her mistakes or they are not even “mistakes”, they are simply misjudgements/episodes etc brought on or about because of her condition. These exchanges I’m having with you, you’ve not taken on board one thing I’ve said to you, each reply is just you justifying and reiterating your… Read more »

Jazz

I believe she is the one having mental issues. She wants Britney to beat Madonna so badly but when Britney failed to do so she when on a tirade. lol

Analord

“I believe she is the one having mental issues.”

Yeah I’m sensing a lot of projection here… Especially calling Britney a “loser”, or saying “I don’t like looser people” (ugh). This combination of mental illness and douchiness probably explains the torrent of insults towards Britney, which might as well be trolling, i.e. worthy of a ban imo.

Jazz

“Britney could have achieved so much more if she would have focused more on career like Madonna did or Taylor Swift. That’s why I believe she is the biggest loser in the history of pop music” What is that even supposed to mean? She is not a loser, she sold a hundred million copies. She did what she had to do. She work like crazy ever since she was 4 years old. How much more does she need to prove? As in Britney’s own words, she has nothing left to prove. She doesn’t care if she is in Madonna’s league… Read more »

Amber

She has nothing left to prove because she has already proved the fact she is the biggest loser in the history of music. She had the chance to be on the same league with Madonna and Michael Jackson and she failed so hard that she was surpassed by someone like Taylor Swift. Britney would have liked to have the achievements of Madonna’s career, but she does not have the qualities of Madonna. She is a loser and even so, last year has received another huge chance in life, which she should have used to successfully relaunch herself in music, but… Read more »

Martin

FFS Amber, you’re just ranting now. All this vitriol for a person that has no direct impact on your life, is not healthy or normal. Give it a rest now, please, you’ve made your points.

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Amber

I am atheist, the only god I have ever had was Britney Spears and she disappointed me so badly , specially after she was released from conservatorship. She said that will do some music, by choosing a new team and releasing a new album. None of this was happening. Instead she praised Elton John as if she wasn’t capable to make a successful comeback without his contribution. She would rather choose embarrassing herself by giving totally credit to some other artist for collaboration, instead to try produce her own music.

Nick

[quote] I am atheist, the only god I have ever had was Britney Spears

Unhinged. This defines “stan” behavior (versus being a fan).

Martin

Yes Nick, I think we’d all deduced that already lol

Nick

HAHA! But it bares repeating though lol.

Amber

Lol. Britney has worshipers not fans and some people who likes her music. She has the strongest fan base behind Beyoncé. Even you who attacked me…you worship Britney without even realizing that . Is everything subconsciously. In what concerns me, I am out of her cult.

Jazz

Omg you really are sick. Britney Spears was your god? Like seriously? Now you are being so laughable. Haha

Amber

I am not sick because I choose to not support Britney anymore. But you can stay sick for Britney.

Jazz

Yeah but I dont view her as god. U did. Honestly it doesn’t bother me one tiny bit she doesn’t sell half as much as Madonna. It makes your life a living hell judging from your comment 😅

Amber

I don’t care anymore. She will end up crazy, poor and lonely. That’s the faith of all the losers

Amber

No..
You’re wrong I admire Madonna very much, she deserves all respect for her ambition and struggle to keep the crown for 40 years.

Martin

You might not support her anymore, but she sure as hell, still lives rent free in your mind, going by your comments in this thread.

Amber

She doesn’t live on my heart anymore. I feel disgusted by her. But instead she lives in your hart and mind as I can see that , by how much you defender her. One day you will be released from the spell and you will realize that she didn’t worth it. Mona Lisa got to fly…bye bye

Martin

Ha ha, you’re quite mad, aren’t you.

Amber

No, i am not mad at all. Today I opened a bottle with champagne and I celebrated Taylor Swift new record. She become the only female artist in history who sold five albums with more than one millions copies in first week. Taylor is my new crush. I am sure that she will never disappointed me.

Martin

The equivalent in sport would be a “glory hunter”, a fickle individual, who switches their allegiance to who ever is winning the most.

Good luck with Taylor, hope she doesn’t drive you as crazy as Britney has.

Amber

Taylor Swift is not able to drive crazy anyone. She is insanely successful but she doesn’t have the witch power of Britney. Britney has totally charmed you, I know that, but you are to proud to admit that. At least I was honest.

Al

Wtf is this conversation? They’re singers, not deities. If you’re seeing anything more I suggest you’d seek some help, or at least keep it to yourself as this page is about music sales.

Martin

I started off being like “WTF”, but now, I’m just laughing at the madness and the crazy accusations being leveled at me.

Damaetro93

As an editor, you should delete the whole conversation. This legit counts as hate speech from a mentally deranged person. Disliking Britney Spears and her career results is fine, no one is obliged to like her or be a fan of her. But this is totally out of place and a hard read, since it is visible that the person needs help with their mental well being.

Martin

So I’ve been seduced by Britneys witch power, have I. Brilliant! You do make me laugh Amber and I’m loving these wild and some what off the mark assumptions, you are making about me!

Clockingbell

OK we get your point, hope you’re feeling happy about it. Let’s move on to numbers again so that we can see everyone here is worth it (just maybe not as much as we once hoped).

Amber

Since you defend Britney so hard, you may be the sick one here.You’re addicted to her. I am released from the spell

Pablo

Well, obviously you can’t compare Madonna or Celine with Britney Spears: Madonna debuted in 1982 and since then she has not stopped releasing new music and promoting it like crazy, she’s been active +40 years in a row. Also Celine Dion debuted in 1981 and like Madonna she has been releasing constantly new music since then. Madonna has a total of 14 studio albums, 90 singles and countless of compilations and soundtracks albums and also Celine has a total of 27 studio albums, 137 total singles… On the other hand Britney debuted in 1998, her latest studio album was released… Read more »

Denysanatol

I think Britney can wait if before they update MJ , Madonna , Celine Dion , Whitney Houston etc .

WV27

If it were up to me I’d love to see constant updates to Artist’s Sales, but I’m sure it’s a VERY detailed & time-consuming process. On top of that, physical & digital sales are a drop in the bucket compared with a few years ago. That leaves streaming & those numbers are updated on the Top Artists – EAS page.
Britney is an amazing woman, who has endured a lot of tragedy. Here’s hoping she finds healing so she can continue her career & record regularly again.

Ver

Can you update her sales!! Pretty sure she gained around 5-10M

Finwion

From what?
Her streams are already up-to-date, as they’re automatically updated every day.
And her sales were last updated 2 years ago. She hasn’t released any new album since then, so she wouldn’t get a big sales boost.

WV27

Hey Guys! If you click on “Top Artists – EAS” tab (it’s right under the LOG IN) Britney’s streaming numbers are updated daily. The most recent total is 111,327,000.

Denysanatol

Doja Cat and Lil Nas X also was updated automatically . They pages renewed with latest sales , that much low , then Britney had .

Denysanatol

Also that streaming artists do not release any new album since last analysis .

Denysanatol

Since April 2019 . Almost 3 years 5 months .

Byron

Please update sales

shanna martinez

Please update sales

AlicCat

Update the sales please! They have grown since last updated

Ludovico

Please update the sales!

Enes

Plus update the sales!!!!!