From pop icon to bestseller: Britney shines with million sales, but one book is even more popular

Written by Jeppe W

Nov.02 - 2023 2:20 PM CET

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Britney Spears' much-awaited autobiography, "The Woman In Me," released last week, has made a significant splash in the book market.

Renowned for her pop anthems like 'Gimme More,' Spears has sold an astonishing 1.1 million copies in the United States within the first week of its release, according to a press release from Simon and Schuster's Gallery Books, cited by TMZ.

"I have poured my heart and soul into my memoir, and I am grateful to my fans and readers across the globe for their unwavering support," Spears commented in the press release.

In Denmark, the book is released under the title 'Min egen stemme' (My Own Voice) by Politiken Publishing. While specific sales figures are not disclosed, the book has reportedly had a strong start, clinching the top spot at Saxo and second at Bog & idé during the release week.

Additionally, the publisher notes that the memoir was among the top-10 online purchases in both English and Danish, anticipating a surge in sales at supermarkets and foreseeing its popularity upon its streaming release in December.

In "The Woman In Me," Spears unreservedly discusses her vibrant life's experiences, including the famed 2003 MTV Video Music Awards performance, where she shared an on-stage kiss with Madonna, making headlines worldwide.

Despite the impressive sales figures, Spears' memoir has not outsold Prince Harry's autobiography, "Spare" (Danish: 'Reserven'), which sold 1.6 million copies in its first week of release in January.

Remarkably, Spears' substantial sales come with minimal promotion, consisting of Instagram posts and a sole email interview with People Magazine. In contrast, Prince Harry engaged in numerous high-profile interviews for his book launch.

In a satirical twist, the animated series "South Park" took aim at Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan, who, despite their expressed desire for privacy, remained highly visible with a Netflix series and autobiography. "South Park" creators highlighted this perceived contradiction in a dedicated episode, humorously critiquing the couple's public narrative.

"The Woman In Me," released on October 24, continues to garner international headlines with its frank disclosures.

The 41-year-old pop icon reveals personal struggles, including an abortion during her relationship with Justin Timberlake, her public breakdown in 2007, and her aversion to her role as a judge on 'X Factor.' Spears also discusses her battle with postpartum depression and her encounters with substance use, providing an unflinching look into her life's trials and triumphs.

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