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

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2002 – Norah Jones – Come Away With Me

A track list of 14 songs, 14 of which are over 10 million streams on Spotify. Come Away With Me is more than a couple of popular singles, it is a journey, a journey embraced by millions of persons since 2002. The album market was starting to slow down in that period, Norah Jones was immune to that as she recorded the highest selling female album since 1997.

The record debuted outside of the Top 100 in both the US and the UK. It climbed to #1 in its 46th week in the former country, in its 48th in the latter. The scenario was the same all around the World. It sold nearly 12 million units in the US, 8 million in Europe, over 1 million in each Canada, Asia and Oceania, some 23,9 million in total.

Expectedly, its singles haven’t sold that much, convincing consumers to go by the album instead. Their digital results still push its equivalent album sales to 26,9 million.


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The trend of Canadian singers getting global was confirmed one more time with Avril Lavigne. The teen pop-rock star debuted strong with her album Let Go. Pushed to the top by its single Complicated, it sold 16,2 million pure copies and created 3 million additional sales through remaining supports.

We stay in Canada with the 3rd and 5th top female albums of the year 2002. Up! by Shania Twain failed to do as well as Come On Over but still registered over 13,5 million equivalent album sales. A New Day Has Come was also some kind of a step back for Celine Dion but it still performed way, way better than all albums of the big 90s stars by that point with 11,1 million equivalent album sales. In-between these two legends is Christina Aguilera with her effort Stripped at 12,55 million.

In Japan, Ayumi Hamasaki and Hikaru Utada continued to smash with their new respective albums, I Am… and Deep River. Remaining successful albums for the year came from Ashanti (Ashanti) and Jennifer Lopez (This Is Me Then).

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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?
By the way, I Love This Website It Is So Well Thought and interesting.


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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