Saturday, September 11, 2010

Britney 6th Top Selling Artist in Australia

More incredible news. Britney has just been announced as Australia’s 6th top selling artist from the last three decades (80′s, 90′s & 00′s).

Britney is also the 3rd biggest selling female artist in this country – beating out the likes of Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera, Rihanna, Delta Goodrem, Beyonce and Pink. The female artists that beat Britney to the top spot are Australia’s own Kylie Minogue and the Queen Of Pop, Madonna.

In so many ways, Britney Spears has defied everything that we know about pop music. Childhood stars are never popular beyond their first few years. Cross. Personal controversies affect music sales. Cross. A performer who blatantly mimes during her live performances loses much of her fan base. Cross. It’s a bit of an odyssey, really, but no matter how good or bad Britney’s life is, her musical career has reflected an amazing consistency that even outdoes Madonna.

In 1999, a fresh-faced Britney Spears with a few more teenage years to get through yet, was topping the charts all over the world. “…Baby One More Time” was the smash the 90′s were waiting for. Amongst all the novelty, the ballads, and that Elton John song, Britney’s pop debut would be the highest seller of her genre during the decade, and signal what was in store for us in the 2000′s.

While Hanson may have woken the world up to a new wave of teenage artist in 1997, it was Britney Spears who would really spearhead the new arrivals. 1999 also saw the debut for Christina Aguilera and Mandy Moore, and then joined by Jessica Simpson, Samantha Mumba, and so on and so on. Perhaps that is way she has remained the favourite, she was the first. It’s funny to think that Britney Spears is a relative old hand when it comes to music these days, and still in her late 20′s, would be one of the oldest acts to grace the charts of recent years, both career-wise, and age-wise.

Britney Spears has an appeal that has obviously crossed over from her original fan base, to a new generation of music lovers. I mean, seriously, would those 20 year olds who bought “…Baby One More Time” really been the same ones who bought “3″ 10 years later? But one thing is for sure, Britney has a good 30,000 to 50,000 fans in this country to consistenly have her singles go Gold at the very least. In fact, only three Britney Spears singles have failed to be accredited. Sure she hasn’t had anything as big as “…Baby”, or for that matter, the second release, “Sometimes”, but those steady sales of the following 23 singles are the reason Britney Spears finds herself in the Top 10 of the Biggest Singles artists of the last 30 years.

So where’s Britney at 11 years after “…Baby One More Time”? I reckon she’s sitting pretty good at the moment. I mean, Britney can literally count to 3 in a song, and bingo, another Top Ten hit. Maybe that’s why she’s so popular. Australia loves an underdog, and Britney would seem to be the epitimy of that. I think Britney’s career will only get better before it gets worse again, as her “legendary” status is starting to shine through. It may not be “legendary” for all the right reasons, but Britney Spears has certainly brought something different and exciting to the charts, and for that, we applaude.

In the Top 5 are Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Elton John, Michael Jackson & Black Eyed Peas.

Source: Gimme Britney

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