2007 – Rihanna – Good Girl Gone Bad
Good Girl Gone Bad is the first digital blockbuster at global scale. It got 7 multi-million selling singles including 4 over 7 million. Umbrella leads the way at more than 11 million. The #1 position of this album is a sign of the times, the illustration of how big smartphones and iTunes were getting in the lives of everyone. It is also the sign of a promising hit maker proving she is here to stay, Rihanna.
The album itself has been a tremendous seller with 8,9 million units. In other words, its pure album sales are nearly as much as equivalent album sales from is main competitors for the year. The appeal of the album and its songs on streaming platforms is still buoyant so expect the 17,45 million comprehensive tally of this era to grow more and more.
Early 00s stars were still going strong by 2007 with both Avril Lavigne and Alicia Keys recording albums which generated more than 9 million equivalent album sales, The Best Damn Thing and As I Am respectively. Leona Lewis did just as well with her debut album Spirit. The franchise Hannah Montana remained popular at more than 7 million for Miley Cyrus with its second volume. Carrie Underwood made the 5 million cut too with Carnival Ride.