Blondie – Parallel Lines (1978)
Claimed Sales – 20,000,000
Estimated Sales – 8,700,000
This classic Blondie album does hold a record – the most ridiculously inflated non-10 million selling album ever! Widely reported as a 20 million seller, including by Billboard’s website, this record sold just 3 million copies in the US and 4 million in Europe.
Just like Barbra Streisand, this doesn’t mean the album wasn’t successful. In fact, only about 40 studio albums released during the 70s managed to sell 10 million copies, 30 of which are rock albums by classic bands, which made it thanks to a decade of enduring catalog sales. If you wonder which female-led albums from that decade passed this milestone, well, there are only two – Carole King’s monster album Tapestry (22 million) and ABBA’s top seller Arrival. Both Parallel Lines and A Star Is Born are precisely #3 and #4 of the decade among female-sung studio albums.