Being the Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera fan I am, I hate to see the pathetic bickering here at popdirt.com, but there’s nothing I can do about that. However, being the college math student I am, I wanted to give you all a fair comparison of these artists’ album sales. As you will see, not only has Britney outsold Christina on every album, but that each artist has seen an almost identical percentage drop in sales. This is not another dumb-ass essay of a fan’s opinions, these are facts.
These are the most accurate and up-to-date sales figures I have (collected from multiple sources). If they are incorrect, forgive me, it’s difficult to find official sales figures. If you have PROOF that these figures are wrong, please provide URLs (not to forums or fan sites with people saying how many copies they *think* the albums have sold). Here we go…
“…Baby One More Time”
U.S. Only: 13 million
Worldwide: 21 million
“Oops!… I Did It Again”
U.S. Only: 9 million (30% drop)
Worldwide: 19 million (9% drop)
(Two album total: 40 million)
U.S. Only: 5 million (60% drop from “BOMT” – 44% drop from “OIDIA”)
Worldwide: 14 million (33% drop from “BOMT” – 26% drop from “OIDIA”)
GRAND TOTAL: 54 million albums sold
Total sales drop: 60% in the U.S., 33% worldwide
U.S. Only: 9 million
Worldwide: 13 million
U.S. Only: 3 million (66% drop)
Worldwide: 9 million (30% drop)
GRAND TOTAL: 22 million albums sold (However, this comparison is a little unfair considering Britney has released one more album than Christina – unless you want me to count the figures of “Just Be Free” as well. But if Christina had another album released, it would have to be as successful as “Oops!… I Did Again” and “Britney” COMBINED in order to reach Brit’s numbers.)
Total sales drop: 66% in the U.S., 30% worldwide
The only Christina album to outsell one of Britney’s is “Christina Aguilera” which sold more than “Britney” did in the U.S. (but not worldwide). Other than that, every Britney album has done better than any Christina album.
I love BOTH of these artists, that’s why I hate to see you Christina fans make fools of yourselves by calling Britney the “Queen of Flop” when she has outdone Christina every time she has stepped up to the plate. How can you call Britney’s third album a “flop” when it sold more copies worldwide than Christina’s BEST selling album? Hmmm…
Bottom line: Both artists’ sales have dropped (almost equally with 60% vs. 66% and 33% vs. 30%). The difference is, it took three albums for Britney’s sales to drop, but Christina’s sales plummeted after only two albums.
You might say that sales don’t make a difference, you can try to tell me who is better and why, but the fact of the matter is – more people around the world would prefer to have Miss Spears in their CD collection. You can’t argue with that fact. I don’t mean to favor Britney, but it’s the truth.
As for Britney’s future, “Me Against The Music” has already been more successful than some of Britney’s previous singles, and I have no doubt that “In The Zone” will be far more successful than “Britney”, showing steady pre-order sales for a month now, and still weeks to go before its release.
“Stripped” in stores now! “In The Zone” available in November! Give it a chance Christina fans, you might not hate it. ;) Peace.