Monday, June 17, 2024

Britney Spears’ New Album Sales Catastrophe: 209,000 Copies


There was a time, long ago, when Britney Spears did sell albums. Back in 1999, she sold 12 million of them from her debut CD. In consequent years, Spears sold 10 million, then 7 million. But tastes change- ask Justin Bieber. The audience grows up. And now Britney has a stinker on her hands.

“Britney Jean,” released November 29, 2013 is dead. RIP. The CD has sold a total of 209,000 copies through this week. Soundscan supplied the numbers. Last week, it moved 15,000 units. It spawned no hits and now it’s gone.

Spears is 31 and just made her debut in Las Vegas.

At least we know her sales figures. Justin Bieber, as I wrote earlier, didn’t even bother submitting his “Journals” album to Soundscan. No one knows how few copies it sold.

Britney’s last album, “Femme Fatale,” did sell 769,ooo in the US. She may get one more shot a record with Sony before she shuffles off to her own label with indie distribution. The party is pretty much over.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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