The Best-Selling Female Musicians

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The girls are on their way! There are many successful female solo artists who have made a mark on the music industry. Madonna and Lady Gaga are two of the most popular female singers of all time, having sold millions of albums worldwide. Here is the list of best Selling Female Musicians

10. Adele

With singles like “Hometown Glory” and “Chasing Pavements,” Adele Laurie Blue Adkins has become one of the most successful female artists of all time. In 2008, she released her debut album 19, which was met with positive reviews and commercial success. At the 51st Annual Grammy Awards, she was named Best New Artist. Adele would release her second album, 21, four years later, which was inspired by a painful breakup. It was her third number-one single in the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first artist to simultaneously have a number one album and three number one singles.

9. Lady Gaga

“Lady Gaga” comes from Queen’s epic “Radio Ga Ga,” which Stefani Germanotta adopted as her stage name. As of 2007, she had a number one album with The Fame in Austria, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. When Just Dance and Poker Face hit the US top ten, Poker Face went on to sell over 100 million copies worldwide. Born This Way was the fastest-selling single on iTunes when it was released in 2011, selling more than a million copies in just five days.

8. Katy Perry

Katheryn Hudson’s path to musical stardom was not smooth. Katy Hudson, her first album, was released in 2001 and is estimated to have sold only 200 copies. To prevent problems with actress Kate Hudson, she changed her name to Katy Perry and released her debut album, One of the Boys, in 2008. Katy Perry’s debut single, I Kissed A Girl, was a huge hit and catapulted her to stardom. Teenage Dream, released in 2010, was one of her most popular albums, with hits like Teenage Dream, California Gurls, Firework, E.T., and Last Friday Night. Smile, her most recent album, was released in 2020.

7. Barbra Streisand

Over the course of more than 50 years, Barbra Streisand has appeared on Broadway, in films, and as a solo artist. Before long, she was working in the movies as well as the music industry. Guilty, her most popular album, was produced by Barry Gibb in 1980. Barry Gibb and Robin Gibb wrote the chart-topping song “Woman in Love” for the album. The Broadway Album, which Barbra Streisand released five years later, spent three weeks atop the charts. Since 1963, she has had 34 top 10 albums as a female recording artist, making her the most successful female artist of all time.

6. Taylor Swift

With her debut album, Taylor Swift, which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard 200, she began her musical career. Two years later, on the strength of the singles Love Story and You Belong with Me from her album Fearless, she would become a global sensation. Red, her fourth studio album, established her as a superstar by moving away from her country roots and embracing a more modern sound. Singles like I Knew You Were Trouble and We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together came out of this period in pop music history.

5. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston was born to break records. Both Whitney Houston’s debut album and her second album, Whitney, were the first albums by women to debut at number one on Billboard’s 200-album album chart. By the time she recorded Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You five years later, in 1992, Whitney had sold more records than any other female artist in the history of the music industry. The song was included on the soundtrack for Whitney Houston’s film The Bodyguard.

4. Mariah Carey

It is rare to match Mariah Carey’s range of soaring high notes. With a five-octave vocal range to match, Mariah regularly employs the human voice’s highest register, the whistle. First came her debut album in 1990, which made her one of the most sought-after artists of the era. After a lull in the early 2000s, Carey returned with a vengeance in 2005 with The Emancipation of Mimi, a chart-topping album.

3. Céline Dion

Initially, Céline Dion was known for being a French-speaking singer. Dion became a cultural icon around the world with the help of her husband, producer René Angélil, in part due to the success of her English-language album releases. For her residency shows in Las Vegas, she is the highest-paid resident performer, earning a cool $500,000 per performance.

2. Rihanna

It was in 2003 with Pon De Replay that Rihanna made her name as a pop music superstar. Umbrella, Disturbia, and Diamonds are just a few of her most popular singles. As a solo artist, she is the youngest to have 14 Billboard Hot 100 number one singles and 31 top ten singles to her name.

1. Madonna

The best-selling female artist of all time, in my opinion. There is only one female artist who has sold more than 250 million units in claimed sales: Madonna Louise Ciccone, better known as Madonna. Elvis Presley and The Beatles are among her peers, which is fitting given her role as a trailblazer for other women. For more than 30 years, Madonna has dominated the music industry by constantly reinventing herself and her sound.

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