American recording artist Britney Spears has released eight studio studio albums, seven compilation albums, 42 singles, two promotional singles and three other appearances. In 1997, Spears signed a recording contract with Jive Records to launch her career. Spears has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and more than 28.6 million digital singles in the United States only, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Billboard ranked her as the 8th overall Artist of the Decade, and also recognized her as the best-selling female album artist of the first decade of the 21st century, as well as the fifth overall. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) also recognized Spears as the eighth top-selling female artist in the United States, with 34 million certified albums. Currently, Spears is the only artist in history to have a number-one single and a number-one studio album in each of the three decades of her career (1990s, 2000s and 2010s).
Spears made her chart debut in November 1998 with "...Baby One More Time", which attained global success and reached the top position of every major countries charts. It was followed by the release of her debut studio album, ...Baby One More Time, which opened at number one on the Canadian Albums Chart and US Billboard 200, being later certified fourteen-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Spears' second studio album, Oops!... I Did It Again, was released on May 16, 2000, and became the fastest-selling album ever by a female act in the US with 1,319,193 units sold in its opening week. It spawned four singles: "Oops!... I Did It Again", "Lucky", "Stronger" and "Don't Let Me Be the Last to Know". In November 2001, Spears' self-titled album spawned worldwide hit "I'm a Slave 4 U", which is notable for being a musical departure from her previous material. After a two year break, Spears' fourth studio album, In the Zone, was released in November 2003. The album featured...
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