Contributed by Potpot:
It gets pretty annoying right now how some people ridicule Britney Spears for selling millions of copies of her album every time it comes out. Let me tell each one of you why album sales are more important than the, ahem, the Grammys and the opinion of the critics.
First of all, album sales are the ultimate vindication of an artist’s overall individuality and success. It is the viewing people, the common people, that buy an album. In other words, it is the viewing public that judges the artist by buying his or her album, not just a handful of hypocrites that hide under the skirt of being called that “music critic” or “music genius” who pretends to know everything and judges the artist based on his own personal taste.
Come to think of it: Which is more substantial – the will of the millions of people or the opinion of about a hundred individuals who decide whom shall receive that “rotating golden trumpet” known as the Grammy.
It is kinda ironic how some people blast Spears for winning over Christina Aguilera in terms of album sales claiming that Spears relies so much in publicity to sell her albums. Its a free country. Why doesn’t Christina’s label market ‘Stripped’ the way ‘Oops!’ was marketed if they want to sell that much? Besides, the fact remains that Christina’s songs are heard on all radio stations more often compared to Britney’s songs, yet Spears continues to sell more albums.
So don’t belittle album sales. The number of albums sold by an artist reflect the amount of trust people have on that artist. So now let’s see who the common people would want to hear on their CD players…
Britney’s first album: ‘Baby One More Time’ sold 26 million copies worldwide against all of Christina’s album to date: ‘Christina Aguilera’ (1999 – 12 million worldwide) ‘Mi Riflejo’ (2000 – 4 million copies worldwide) ‘My Kind of Christmas’ (2000 – 3 million copies worldwide) ‘Stripped’ (2002 – 7 million copies worldwide)
Spears debut album even sold more than all of Aguilera’s combined. How about including the numbers for ‘Oops!’, ‘Britney’ and ‘In The Zone’? We might see a North pole-South pole gap!