Yearly Most Successful Female Album: The beginning (1960-1982)

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1973 – Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly

The famous cover by the Fugees almost made us forget that Killing Me Softly is a song by Roberta Flack, a successful one. The song was 5 weeks #1 in the US while the album climbed as high as #5. It has been certified 2xPlatinum for more than 2 million sales there in 2006.

As she isn’t widely known, she sold nowhere near as many compilations as someone like Aretha Franklin or Diana Ross. She still sold a few millions of them, most of which thanks to songs from Killing Me Softly. In total, this album generated over 5 million equivalent album sales, enough for the annual award in 1973 since the competition wasn’t strong. The aforementioned Ross did well with Touch Me in the Morning but not as well as Flack.

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For 1970 would Joni Mitchell’s Ladies of the Canyon. not be a contender as it contains her biggest hit “Big Yellow Taxi” which has over 117m streams on so would have a decent share of her compilation sales as compared to Diana’s debut as Ain’t No Mountain High Enough doesn’t even have 50m compared to Diana and Supremes tracks which have many more


Kind of disappointing how low Barbra Streisand stream is today considering how huge she was back then. Yet today even somebody like Cher and Tina Turner and Dolly Parton would outstream her by a significant margin, when I dont think any of those girls are even close to the total CSPC that she managed to produce.


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