Yearly Most Successful Female Album: The New Generation (1999-2017)

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2008 – Lady Gaga – The Fame (Monster)

With the explosion of social Medias, wars between fans of Divas reached a new level. To be fair, females got so big in 2008 that talking about them was inevitable.

The flagship of this madness is no other than Lady Gaga. Her single Just Dance needed several months to break the main audience but when it did, the hit machine was on. Pokerface was soon a ground breaking smash. LoveGame, Paparazzi, singles from the Monster reissue Bad Romance, Telephone and Alejandro, everything was massive. A true golden era full of hits and creator of sales from all fronts in insane amounts. All versions of the album went on to sell more than 16 million units while its singles moved over 70 million downloads and ringtones. Nearly 4 million albums were also sold on the back of its songs through EPs and Remix efforts.

This bonanza closed in more than 32 million equivalent album sales, making it the biggest female era since the pair of blockbusters from 1997, Let’s Talk About Love and Come On Over by Celine Dion and Shania Twain. Impressive!




For the second time in a row, a huge success of Beyoncé had to settle for #2 because of heavy competition. This time the album blocked at the runner up spot is I Am… Sasha Fierce. Possibly the most iconic urban female album since The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, its tally of 17 million equivalent album sales will keep going up thanks to the impressive lasting appeal of songs like Halo, Single Ladies and If I Were A Boy.

Taylor Swift extended her success to the World after dominating the US with the album Fearless. At more than 15 million album sales created, this era could have been easily #1 in other years. Around 12 million and a half there is Adele with 19 and P!nk with Funhouse. Katy Perry debuts big with over 9 million comprehensive sales for her One of the Boys era. Circus by Britney Spears follows. Gaga, Beyoncé, Swift, Adele, P!nk, Perry, Spears… they were all there, what a year!

There was more, Madonna recorded her last 5 million plus era with Hard Candy in 2008 too. Duffy sold tons of albums, especially in Europe, with her album Rockferry. The lead single Mercy was a huge hit.

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Hello, why are there no female band listed?


The article is solely based on solo female albums, female bands are not included…not that many would feature, even if the scope was extended to female acts in general.


i hope you can update the article! doesn’t Blackpink have a chance in 2020?


Britney’s Greatest Hits, My Perogative sold 6 million albums in 2004, that puts her on this list since you include album sellers from 2004 that were only selling 5 M.
Britney had 5 albums in a row that made this list, plus Circus gives her 6, all in less than 1 decade!

Last edited 3 months ago by Tru

Greatest Hits are included in Studio albums as CSPC’s formula. You can check this in Britney’s article.


Can you do a update on Jennifer Lopezs? Since ya last did her she’s had many more certified sales and streams etc

Cameron Tracy

Can you please update this or re post this article (top female albums 2018-2020) please?


yes please. also would you count gaga’s a star is born


Shouldn’t Britney hold the position for 2003 or 04? In the zone had already sold 8 million copies by the end of 2004


Sorry to bump this old topic but isn’t there a chance that Colbie Caillat’s debut Coco has done 5 million CSPC?

It’s double Platinum in the US, Bubbly did well in 2007 and seems to remain relevant on streaming. Realize did decently if I remember well too.


If I Counted Right the Stream:

In 2017, Right now Both Reputation , Dua Lipa passed 5 Million EAS By Far, and sitting in the 7-8 million area.
. In 2018 Sweetener Is very close.
In 2019, When We ALL Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, and Thank U,Next Already Got There, While Lover is Pretty Close.

Could you Please Update this Amazing analysis of women?
By the way, I Love This Website It Is So Well Thought and interesting.


The Sweet Escape By Gwen Stefani may reach 5m CSPC 2006
The Album Sold at least 3.5m WW I Thought
Digital Song Sales should be around 4m in united states (The Sweet Escape 3m digital downloads in U.S.)
WW Digital song sales at least 6m
And some other formats
5M is enough for it

djdj Avex reported LOVEppears by Ayumi Hamasaki shipped 2.8 million copies by June 2000. Then, recently, since the 20th anniversary version of LOVEppears is going to release, Avex updated that LOVEppears shipped 3.2 million copies up to date. That is huge improvement at 400k! So, I doubt whether the 400k comes from catalog sales. Maybe the 3.2 million figure also include Southeast Asian sales? LOVEppears actually released in very few countires in Asia, for example, a google book said that all Ayumi Hamasaki’s CDs were only legitimately available since 2004 in Indonesia. I think 400k catalog sales in 19… Read more »

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