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

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2006 – Amy Winehouse – Back To Black

During the last 20 years, the only female albums which sold near 10 million units in Europe or more are 21 by Adele and Back to Black by Amy Winehouse. it shows the amazing impact of the latter in the region, while also selling very well in remaining continents. Sadly, she joined the likes Patsy Cline, Tammi Terrell and Janis Joplin among female stars who left us way too young, but her music will be forever remembered.

In fact, all songs from Back to Black have at the very least 20 million streams on Spotify. This is huge for a 2006 album, which shows how cult it is. Songs Back to Black, Rehab and You Know I’m No Good are all well over 100 million. The record continues to sell extremely well, as an example while I’m writing down these lines, it stands at #42 in French Album Chart on its 413th week charted. The album sold 14,9 million pure units and nearly 20 million equivalent album sales overall.


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In decreasing order from 12,5 million to 9 million equivalent album sales there is the confirmation album B’Day by Beyoncé, the huge solo debut The Dutchess by Fergie, the revival I’m Not Dead by P!nk, the eponymous debut of Taylor Swift and the career peak of Nelly Furtado, Loose.

This very dense year for female artists is completed with Back to Basics by Christina AguileraA Girl Like Me and Hannah Montana by two superstars in the making, Rihanna and Miley Cyrus and Corinne Bailey Rae‘s self-titled debut.

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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?
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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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