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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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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