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

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2003 – Beyoncé – Dangerously In Love

During her years with the Destiny’s Child, it was already difficult to miss Beyoncé. Her solo debut was heavily anticipated and it didn’t disappoint. Her first single as a lead artist, Crazy In Love, was #1 during 8 weeks in the US. The second, Baby Boy, during 9 weeks.

She wasn’t anticipated only in this country. The album Dangerously In Love debuted at #1 there indeed, but also in the UK for 5 weeks and Top 20 in all relevant market. Its hits maintained its sales high for one year.

The record sold 9,9 million units, its physical singles nearly 3 million. A cult record in its genre, Dangerously In Love has stunning digital figures. On Spotify, it has 465 million streams to date. It is up to nearly 3 million equivalent album sales from TEA and SEA alone. Beyoncé also sold nearly 2 million live albums and music videos on the back of these songs. The era produced over 15,5 million worth of album sales.




Dido‘s Life For Rent sold about 1 million more units than Beyoncé‘s Dangerously In Love. It did so because it was successful of course, but its advantage is also due to its appeal being concentrated on its album format. Dido never issued compilations so the original album was never cannibalized. It also sold less than 30% equivalent album sales from downloads, ringtones and streaming than Dangerously In Love. It ends at over 11 million still, good enough for #3 of the year.

It isn’t the second biggest album because slightly higher comes SpearsIn The Zone which enjoyed great sales in all formats to close its counts on nearly 12 million. A fourth album broke the 10 million barrier in comprehensive sales, The Diary of Alicia Keys.

No other album reached 5 million equivalent album sales for the year, let alone 10.

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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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