Contributed by whatomat:
Some people on popdirt have been contending that Britney Spears new release has been a flop in its first week despite selling 609,000 copies in the US and topping the album charts. They argue that the sales are lower than the sales of her last album Britney, which sold 750 k in one week and less than half of what Oops I did it again sold (1.3 million) But these people like to forget is the general in music sales over the past years, which has affected all artists especially pop singers including Brit’s other successful peers Mariah Carey and Christina Aguilera.
The best and only way to judge sales of In the Zone is to compare them to this years other releases. And according to Associated Press newswire which did just this “In the Zone” is not only not a flop but a huge success.
Consider these facts from the AP article and the net:
1. In the Zone had the fourth best selling debut week of the year, behind only 50 Cent’s “Get Rich or Die Tryin”‘ (872,000 copies), Linkin Park’s “Meteora” (810,000) and Clay Aiken’s “Measure of a Man” (613,000).
2. In the Zone has had the biggest debut week sales for any release by any female artist this year.
3. It had the second biggest debut week of any POP album this year, behind only Clay Aiken which sold only 4,000 more copies in its first week and can expect almost no sales outside North America.
4. The album faced tough competition in its first weeks release from the Beatles who many people expected would easily take number 1 in the charts.
5. The 609,000 copies sold is far higher than the first week figures from artists who are often compared to Britney or associated with her.
Justin Timberlake Justified sold 440,000 in its first week
Christina Aguilera’s Stripped 330,000
Mariah Carey’s Charmbracelet 241,000
J.Lo’s this is me…Then 314,000
Now when you consider the sales in light of all these facts only someone truly hateful or blind could even begin to suggest that “In the Zone” was anything but a huge success in its first week.