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

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2000 – Britney Spears – Oops!… I Did It Again

She really did it again. Spears is the only artist ever to get the biggest female album of the year two years in a row with her first two albums. It’s hard to be more efficient. The title track was a huge smash for the singer, confirming her immense appeal. The album debuted with insane numbers, shifting over 1,3 million units in its first week in the US alone.

Oops!… I Did It Again came close to its predecessor with nearly 19 million pure album sales. Its singles moved 4 million copies while it generated over 2 million sales of compilations for a gran total of 23 million equivalent album sales. That’s more than 50 million albums of value produced in 18 months, a stunning achievement.




The year 2000 was as busy as the year 1999. Enya had one hell of an era with A Day Without Rain which sold over 14 million pure copies. Madonna‘s Music topped 10 million album sales too. Both added a few more millions from remaining formats, although the bulk of their success happened in their original form.

Ayumi Hamasaki pursued her successful road with the album Duty. It registered similar numbers than its predecessor with nearly 4 million album sales, 3,5 million physical singles and a huge contribution into zillions of strong selling compilations and remix albums. At a slightly lower scale, Love Is the Message by Misia had a similar trajectory, just like Delicious Way by Mai Kuraki.

The strong US debut of the rookie P!nk with Can’t Take Me Home concluded on more than 5 million equivalent album sales Worldwide. Not That Kind by Anastacia did exactly the same but outside of the US. Whoa, Nelly! was an even more successful debut for Nelly Furtado. In less than 2 years, the female music scene was completely renewed.

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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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