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

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2010 – Katy Perry – Teenage Dream

With downloads peaking, it is only natural to see one of the ultimate hit makers lead the year 2010. Katy Perry got 5 #1 hits in the US from the original version of Teenage Dream, 6 with the reissue. During 2 years she sold hundreds of thousands downloads every week with songs from this album. They ended up selling more than 65 million units, the second biggest era ever behind Lady Gaga‘s The Fame in this format.

The album sold over 6,9 million copies. One may say it isn’t that impressive considering the success of its singles, but the truth is clearly the opposite: it is amazing to see that Teenage Dream still sold so many units when its singles were already sold to so many people. Just think that the album sold more than 75% of Susan Boyle‘s LP, but with way more cannibalization from other formats.

Its streaming figures are also incredible, representing more than 2 million equivalent album sales. The total count of the era is on 19 million, on their way to break 20 million in the near future.


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For the second time running, Rihanna ends the year at #2. Loud was a huge smash thanks to hits like Only Girl (In the World) and S&M. At 13 million units overall, it is comfortably the runner up of 2010. In fact, Taylor Swift comes more than 3 million behind with Speak Now to take the third spot. Her previous albums were #5 of 2006 and #3 of 2008.

Much lower but still over 5 million equivalent album sales, Ke$ha gets a successful debut with Animal and its massive single Tik Tok, just like Nicki Minaj with Pink FridaySusan Boyle confirms her selling skills with the Christmas album The Gift.

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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?
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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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