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

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2005 – Madonna – Confessions On A Dancefloor

One can only respect such a career. Starting in 1983, Madonna had her share of ups and downs, but the way she recovered so strongly so many times is outstanding. In 2005, she recorded one more time the most successful female album of the year, her fifth. She was 47 at the time, making her the oldest female to appear in this list of top annual albums, topping herself and her annual #1 in 1998 at 40. By hitting #1 in 1984 and in 2005, she also breaks the record for the largest span of years between yearly top albums previously held by Barbra Streisand (1964-1980). Madonna is also the only diva from the Big 4 of the 90s to dominate a year from the start of the new generation in 1999 up to now.

She won all these rewards thanks to the massive Confessions On A Dancefloor and its classic single Hung Up. Both records were huge, especially in Europe where they went through the roof. Selling more than 9 million pure albums and producing over 12 million equivalent album sales overall, Confessions On A Dancefloor has beaten stiff competition from several major female stars…




The fourth winner of American Idol Carrie Underwood smashed hard with her debut album Some Hearts. As a country record, it sold almost exclusively in North America. It was still enough to sell upwards 8 million albums and a dozen of millions of downloads and ringtones. The single Before He Cheats went 5xPlatinum in the US while Jesus, Take the Wheel reached 3xPlatinum. The era tops 10 million equivalent album sales in total.

Almost as high comes another revival, the one of Mariah Carey with The Emancipation of Mimi. The Top 3 is separated by a mere 2 million units.

Below, Shakira confirmed her global appeal with two sets, one in Spanish Fijacion Oral, Vol 1, and one in English, Oral Fixation, Vol. 2, they moved 12,7 million equivalent album sales combined, over 5 million each. Enya followed her golden path with Amarantine. Mary J. Blige got one more hit album with The Breakthrough.

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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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