Madonna – Madonna (1983)
Claimed Sales – 11,000,000
Estimated Sales – 9,600,000
Continuing on with female-led albums, we get into with 80s thanks to Madonna’s debut album. This album along with its follow up Like A Virgin are the only two albums by the artist which followed the old model of the music industry, highly focusing on English-speaking countries.
With over 5 million copies sold in the US, this album sold less than half this figure in both Europe and elsewhere. Catalog sales until The Immaculate Collection released pushed this record higher and higher, but not enough to reach the 10 million milestone. Had the 1990 compilation been released a few years later, it would have been a very different story by now!