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

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2009 – Susan Boyle – I Dreamed A Dream

The most unexpected smash that have ever been. Susan Boyle‘s atypical profile brought her a lot of sympathy from the general public, but nobody seriously expected Boyle to sell millions of albums even after her widely hyped performance on Britain’s Got Talent. Truth is that she did.

The album I Dreamed A Dream debuted with 701,000 sales in the US, 412,000 in the UK and 165,000 in Australia. It moved more than half a million units in the US alone during 5 consecutive weeks. Released in November, it topped the IFPI annual list by a considerable margin with 8,3 million units shipped. It wasn’t an enduring seller nor it did well in remaining formats, but its over 9 million pure album sales are well enough to make I Dreamed A Dream the most successful female album from 2009. This makes Boyle the oldest female to ever top the list as she was 48 by the release of the album against 47 for Madonna with Confessions On A Dancefloor.


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With most popular female stars releasing albums in 2008, the schedule was fairly weak in 2009. A trio of well known divas sold over 5 million equivalent album units across all formats still. They are Rihanna with Rated R, Alicia Keys with The Element Of Freedom and Miley Cyrus with Hannah Montana: The Movie.

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Can u update this article please ?

Btw is Alicia Keys’ Girl on Fire ever going to reach 5M and joined this list ?


How well did Femme Fatale and Blackout do?

FF had 3 international #1 hits with TTWE, IWG, and HIAMe (#1 in 6 nations), plus she had sold pretty well with her album as well, letting her catchup to Blackout. Due to the lower sales expectations of 2011, I would be surprised if Britney wasn’t close to the #5 spot for 2011.

Blackout I assume would possibly be top 10 for 2007? But I understand you likely don’t bother listing that low for a years best.

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