Britney Spears’ Career Sales

According to Nielsen Music and Billboard, these are the Britney’s best-selling albums in the U.S. and song downloads (while remembering that her 1998 career launch predates the digital download era).


  • …Baby One More Time (1999) — 10.6 million
  • Oops!…I Did It Again (2000) — 9.2 million
  • Britney (2001) — 4.4 million
  • In the Zone (2003) — 3 million
  • Circus (2008) — 1.7 million
  • Greatest Hits: My Prerogative (2004) — 1.5 million
  • Blackout (2007) — 1 million
  • The Singles Collection (2009) — 260,000
  • Femme Fatale (2011) — 794,000
  • Britney Jean (2013) — 272,000

With 33.4 million albums sold in the U.S., Spears is the 17th-best-selling album artist since Nielsen began tracking sales in 1991. Among women, she’s fourth, after Mariah Carey (55 million), Celine Dion (52.6 million) and Shania Twain (34.7 million). After Spears, Reba McEntire rounds out the top five among women (30.5 million).


  • Womanizer — 3.5 million downloads sold
  • Circus — 3.2 million
  • Till the World Ends — 3 million
  • 3 — 2.4 million;
  • Toxic — 2.3 million
  • Piece of Me — 1.9 million
  • Gimme More — 1.84 million
  • I Wanna Go — 1.78 million
  • Hold It Against Me — 1.6 million
  • If U Seek Amy — 1.3 million
  • Work B**ch! — at 967,000

Plus, they have also predicted that “Make Me” will likely debut on the Top 10 Billboard Hot 100.


Radio programmers agree, considering the immediate reception for “Make Me.” With three days of airplay in the tracking week (which closes at the end of today, July 17), the track should debut on Billboard’s mainstream top 40-based Pop Songs airplay chart (dated July 30), due to be compiled early tomorrow. Hourly airplay on participating iHeartMedia-owned stations Friday helped drive the song’s radio launch.

What size hit might “Make Me” become? “The honest read is big,” iHeartMedia WHYI (Y100) Miami program director Alex Tear told Billboard Friday. “Today on Y100, it’s a whole lot of BS!,” as the station played the new single at the top of the hour and Spears throwbacks at the bottom of the hour. Among her classics aired: “…Baby One More Time,” “(You Drive Me) Crazy” and “I’m a Slave 4 U.”

Tear’s overall take on “Make Me”: “Strong listener feedback, really positive. G-Eazy also complements the song. A good partnership and vibe.”

Having been released Friday, “Make Me” isn’t likely to debut on the new, July 30-dated Billboard Hot 100, the top 10 of which will be announced tomorrow.

But, following a full first week of sales and streaming (ending July 21), “Make Me” should blast onto the Aug. 6-dated Hot 100, whose top 10 will be revealed a week from tomorrow, on Monday, July 25. It could arrive as Spears’ first top 10 since early 2013, when “Scream & Shout,” with, reached No. 3.

Spears’ last Hot 100 No. 1 (her fifth) as a lead artist? “Hold It Against Me,” which debuted at No. 1 on Jan. 29, 2011. She landed her last No. 1 overall as featured on Rihanna’s “S&M” (April 30, 2011).

“Make Me” looks likely to battle for a lofty debut on the Aug. 6 Hot 100 with that other notable song released Friday, Katy Perry’s Olympics anthem “Rise.” Stay tuned for sales and chart projections this week on