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

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2014 – Taylor Swift – 1989

After coming close from getting the top female album of the year 3 times, Swift doesn’t want to give up her spot anymore. 1989 follows the footsteps of Red. The album was a real force, selling 10 million pure units while getting #1 hits after #1 hits.

This was made easier by the absence of the album from streaming platforms which increased her download sales. It doesn’t change the fact that it was undoubtedly the most successful female album of 2014. Shake It Off was especially massive. The once local star was now truly in a dominant position globally. Success-wise, this is the biggest album of her career, kind of amazing since her first 4 were all super successful already.

 

Ariana Grande

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Only one album came for 1989‘s wheels. It is Ariana Grande‘s My Everything, one of the biggest female albums ever in streaming platforms which are now becoming a major factor for the industry. Indeed, while the record sold less than 2 million units on its own, its streams are worth more than 3 million units while its songs’ downloads are valued in 4 million albums, a total of 9 million.

Sia has been releasing albums since 1997 but it’s her 2014 record 1000 Forms of Fear which broke the main audience thanks to the single Chandelier. A solid performer in album sales, downloads and streaming, the era reaches 5 million units.

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Kalmanta

Hello, why are there no female band listed?

Martin

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.

loniker20

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

Tru

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!

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KantClark

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

Danny

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?

ojd

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

William

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

Rihannon

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.

Guy

Hi MJD!
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.

GaryHuston

Hey,MJD
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

https://books.google.com/books?id=mQ8EAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA69&dq=avex+loveppears+2.8+million&hl=zh-CN&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwj_y4vE083kAhWzyosBHc45BO8Q6AEIJjAA#v=onepage&q=avex%20loveppears%202.8%20million&f=false Avex reported LOVEppears by Ayumi Hamasaki shipped 2.8 million copies by June 2000. https://www.nikkansports.com/m/entertainment/news/201909030000739_m.html?mode=all 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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