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

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1967 – Aretha Franklin – I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You

The obvious choice for 1967 would have been Barbra Streisand‘s A Christmas Album, a 5xPlatinum LP in the US. Its sales have been massively weighted towards the original album as no compilation of its songs ever came out. Aretha Franklin‘s I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You is nowhere near as big by itself, but it created far more value in the long run thanks to its cult single Respect.

Her album was a success upon release. It peaked at #2, shipping half a million units in its first 3 months. The title track went to #9, selling upwards of 1 million, a feat also easily achieved by Respect, a #1 single. An out-of-the-blue smash the song was milked to death from day one. In 1968 the live set Aretha In Paris was a Top 20 album while in 1969 it was the compilation Aretha’s Gold. Both albums were obviously fueled by Respect. Live at Fillmore West went to #7 in 1971 while Aretha’s Greatest Hits peaked at #19 the same year.

Franklin has no multi-platinum best of. This was because they were constantly replaced by new sets with similar track lists. During the 90s the diva was shifting half a million compilations per year in the US alone and at least as many elsewhere. Songs from I Never Loved A Man the Way I Love You are responsible for roughly 40% of the appeal of those compilations, powered by the 132 million streams of Respect. This represents anything from 10 to 20 million equivalent album sales, enough to crack Streisand‘s Christmas album.

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ojd

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

Jazz

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.

obro

what are your estimates for pat benatar’s crimes of passion

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