Britney Spears's 23-Year Career, As Seen Through Her Chart History


In anticipation of Britney Spears's upcoming court hearing on Wednesday, we decided to take a look back at her 23 year career through the ups & downs of her chart history, specifically on the Billboard Hot 100 for songs and the Billboard Top 200 for albums.

Spears has released numerous albums and singles throughout the years, so here is a look at how each one stacked up:

…BABY ONE MORE TIME (1999)

Spears’s first album, …”Baby One More Time”, was released on January 12, 1999, and instantly debuted at #1 with 121,000 copies its first week. It spawned 4 singles on the Hot 100, including “…Baby One More Time” (#1 peak), “Sometimes” (#21), “(You Drive Me) Crazy” (#10), and “From The Bottom Of My Broken Heart” (#14). “Born To Make You Happy” was also a single, but was not officially released in the U.S. The album has sold 10,693,000 copies in the U.S. to date.

OOPS!… I DID IT AGAIN (2000)

Britney’s second set, “Oops!… I Did It Again”, was released on May 3, 2000, with first week sales of 1.39 million copies in the U.S., at that time a new record for the highest debut-week sales for a female artist. It wasn’t broken until Adele’s “25” sold 3.38 million its first week in 2015. The album saw singles such as “Oops… I Did It Again” (#1 peak), “Lucky” (#23), “Stronger (#11) and “Don’t Let Me Be The Last To Know”. The album has sold 9,267,000 copies to date in the U.S.

BRITNEY (2001)

For the third straight year, she released another studio set, with “Britney” releasing October 31, 2001. The album was her third straight #1 album, selling 746,000 copies its first week. The album even received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Pop Vocal Album at the 2003 Grammy Awards. “I’m A Slave 4 U”, the album’s first single, peaked at #27 on the Hot 100. “Overprotected” then peaked at #86, while “I’m Not a Girl, Not Yet a Woman”, “I Love Rock N Roll”, and “Boys” all missed the chart. To date, that album has sold 4,390,000 copies in the U.S.

IN THE ZONE (2003)

Britney took a bit of time off between albums, with “In The Zone” releasing November 12, 2003. It was her 4th #1 in a row, selling 609,000 copies its first week. This album gave Britney her first GRAMMY award win, with “Toxic” winning Best Dance Recording. “Me Against the Music”, the album’s first single, featuring Madonna, peaked at #35 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Toxic” was the album’s biggest hit, peaking at #9, followed by “Everytime” (#15) and “Outrageous” (#79). The album has sold 3,052,000 copies to date.

GREATEST HITS: MY PREROGATIVE (2004)

Britney’s first Greatest Hits set was released on November 3, 2004. “Greatest Hits: My Prerogative” debuted at #4 on the Billboard 200, with sales of 255,000 copies its first week. The set has sold 1,586,000 copies to date. While first single “My Prerogative” missed the Billboard Hot 100, “Do Somethin” managed to just scrape by, peaking at #100.

B IN THE MIX: THE REMIXES, VOLUME 1 (2005)

Britney’s first remix set was released on November 22, 2005. It debuted at #147 on the Billboard 200, selling 14,000 copies its first week. It has sold 138,000 copies to date in the U.S.

BLACKOUT (2007)

Britney returned to the scene in 2007 with “Blackout”, her first studio album in 4 years. The set debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200, being her first studio album to miss the top spot. The set topped the 1 million mark in the U.S., selling 1,058,000 copies to date. The album saw 3 singles on the Hot 100, including “Gimme More” (#3), “Piece of Me” (#18) and “Break the Ice” (#43).

CIRCUS (2008)

Britney’s 5th studio album was a triumphant return to the top of the charts, releasing November 28, 2008, and selling 505,000 copies its first week, topping the Billboard 200. The album has sold 1,734,000 copies to date. “Womanizer”, Britney’s ‘comeback’ single, topped the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #1. “Circus” (#3), “If U Seek Amy” (#19), and “Radar” (#88) also charted.

THE SINGLES COLLECTION (2009)

Britney’s second Greatest Hits set, “The Singles Collection”, was released on November 10,2009, with the brand new single “3”, which hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The album itself debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200, selling 27,000 copies its first week. The set has sold 270,000 copies to date.

FEMME FATALE (2011)

Britney scored another #1 album with her 7th studio set, “Femme Fatale”, released March 25, 2011. The album debuted with 276,000 copies and was the first time Britney had three singles from the same album hitting the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100: “Hold It Against Me” (#1), “Till the World Ends” (#3), and “I Wanna Go” (#7). The album’s fourth single, “Criminal”, reached #55. The album has sold 812,000 copies to date.

B IN THE MIX: THE REMIXES, VOLUME 2 (2011)

Britney’s second remix set, “B in the Mix: The Remixes, Vol. 2” was released October 7, 2011. It debuted at #47 on the Billboard 200, with sales of 9,000 copies its first week. The album has sold 30,000 copies to date in the U.S.

PLAYLIST: THE VERY BEST OF BRITNEY SPEARS (2012)

Another Greatest Hits set from Britney was released in 2012, with the popular “Playlist” brand that is usually found in sellers like Walmart. The set has sold 171,000 copies to date.

THE ESSENTIAL BRITNEY SPEARS (2013)

Yet another Greatest Hits set came from the pop star in 2013, this time under the “Essential” brand. The set was released on August 20, 2013, and is the most up-to-date Greatest Hits set for the singer. It has sold 63,000 copies to date in the U.S.

BRITNEY JEAN (2013)

Britney’s 8th studio album, “Britney Jean”, was released on Britney’s birthday, December 2, 2013. It debuted at #4 with 107,000 copies. The album has sold 284,000 copies to date. The album’s first single, “Work Bitch”, peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, while “Perfume” hit #76.

GLORY (2016)

Britney’s most recent studio album, “Glory”, was released on August 26, 2016. The album debuted at #3 on the Billboard 200, with 88,000 in pure album sales, and 112,000 album-equivalent units its first week. The set has sold 172,000 copies to date in the U.S. “Make Me”, the album’s lead single, featuring G-Eazy, hit #17 on the Billboard Hot 100. “Slumber Party”, Britney’s last official single to date, peaked at #86.

Sales figures provided by Nielsen/Soundscan/MRC Data. Chart positions sourced here.

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