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

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2001 – Shakira – Laundry Service

Among all artists who recorded the most successful female album of the year from 1960 to 2017, only one doesn’t come from an English-speaking country: Shakira. Of course, Laundry Service is sang in English, but it still requires an incredible success to climb the ladder from a Colombian city to the top of the World.

She stepped up to a global audience thanks to the smash hit Whenever, Wherever. Laundry Service sold strongly everywhere. Of course, her sales in Latin America were especially big, but she also did wonders in markets as diverse as India and Finland. The album climbed up to 12,7 million units sold plus over 6,5 million singles. With all formats, it produced 16,6 million worth of album sales, the lowest tally for an annual #1 album since 1982 and also just enough to edge out its competitors…




P!nk‘s M!ssundaztoodAlicia KeysSongs In A Minor and Britney SpearsBritney all sold from 13 to 16 million equivalent album sales. This creates a quartet of very young talents from fully different music genres.

From 5 to 10 million overall units there is a very dense roster which includes Jennifer Lopez J.LoKylie Minogue‘s FeverMary J Blige‘s No More DramaAaliyah‘s AaliyahJanet Jackson‘s All For You, Hikaru Utada‘s DistanceMisia‘s Marvelous and Anastacia‘s Freak of Nature.

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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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