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    ARTIST /// COMBINED SALES TOTAL /// BIGGEST SELLING SINGLE

    01 MADONNA 17.8m INTO THE GROOVE
    02 RIHANNA 11.4m WE FOUND LOVE FT CALVIN HARRIS
    03 KYLIE MINOGUE 10.2m CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD
    04 WHITNEY HOUSTON 8.5m I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU
    05 LADY GAGA 7.329m POKER FACE
    06 BRITNEY SPEARS 7.324m BABY ONE MORE TIME
    07 BEYONCE 6.9m IF I WERE A BOY
    08 CELINE DION 6.7m MY HEART WILL GO ON
    09 MARIAH CAREY 6.62m ALL I WANT FOR XMAS IS YOU
    10 OLIVIA NEWTON JOHN 6.61m YOU'RE THE ONE THAT I WANT

    Itís Rihanna VS Madonna as we reveal The Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Female Singles Artists Of All Time to celebrate 60 years of the Official Singles Chart!

    Thereís less than a month to go before weíll be donning our party hats and getting set to blow out the candles (all 60 of them) as we celebrate 60 glittering years of the Official Singles Chart. To whet your appetite for this poptastic occasion, the Official Charts Company today reveal The Official Top 10 Biggest Selling Female Singles Artists Of All Time!

    Madonna tops the chart with a combined UK singles sales total of 17.8 million. The Queen Of Pop made her British chart debut in January, 1984 with Holiday, which peaked at Number 6. However it wasnít until a year later that she scored her first Official Singles Chart Number 1 with Into the Groove, which incidentally, is her biggest ever selling track. To date, as a lead artist, Madonna has enjoyed 59 Top 10 hits (including 13 Number 1s).

    However, her Madge-sty might soon have a contender for her crown. With a combined singles sales tally as a lead artist of 11.4 million, Rihanna is at Number 2 in our chart. However, given that the 24-year-old Bajan superstar has sold 3 million singles in the last twelve months alone, if Riri continues selling singles at this rate, she could realistically overtake Madonna in the next two-and-a-half years. And she would still only be 27! Bonkers!

    Rihanna is of course known for her prolific collaborations, and while the above figures focus solely on her sales as a lead artist, if you were to add in her collaborations, that would bring her total to a staggering 15.1 million!

    Kylie Minogue, who is celebrating her 25th year in music this year, is at Number 3 in the chart with a combined singles sales total of 10.2 million copies. To date, Kylie has scored 35 Top 10 hits (including seven Number 1s). Her biggest selling track is 2001's Canít Get You Out Of My Head.

    Whitney Houston, who tragically passed away in February of this year, is at Number 4 with a sales total of 8.5 million singles, while Lady Gaga has overtaken Britney Spears in the last four months to take fifth place with 7.329 million UK singles sales.

  • #2
    It is being said, ('The Sun' etc.), that none of
    the Top 10 Females are British. This is not strictly
    true. Olivia Newton-John was born in the UK, (Cambridge),
    in 1948. In 1954, she moved to Australia. From 1964
    to 1975, she lived in the UK again. Since 1975 she
    has mainly lived in the USA.

    Zeus555

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    • #3
      Why are the OCC always bringing out these best selling singles lists? :-?

      When can we expect the best selling albums acts list? They did the best selling 100 albums in the UK so they must have done research on album sales?

      A combined singles/albums sellers list would be much appreciated and give a more accurate picture of an act's overall popularity.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by EdWood
        Why are the OCC always bringing out these best selling singles lists? :-?

        When can we expect the best selling albums acts list? They did the best selling 100 albums in the UK so they must have done research on album sales?

        A combined singles/albums sellers list would be much appreciated and give a more accurate picture of an act's overall popularity.
        TRUE.
        There's only one Queen
        and that's MADONNA.

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        • #5
          EdWood, Denise - The OCC are doing these Singles
          Acts Lists, because November 2012 is the 60th Year
          since the UK Singles Chart began. (November 1952).

          The 60th Anniversary of the Album Chart is not
          until July 2016! (It began on W/E 28th July 1956).

          Bear in mind, that some of the Acts in the Top 10
          Albums Artists List, are also in the Top 10 Singles
          Artists List - The Beatles, Queen, Madonna, ABBA,
          Elvis Presley, & Elton John.

          Meaning that, we already know 60%, of a combined
          Singles + Albums Acts List - those 6 Acts.

          Zeus555

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          • #6
            For the sake of truth, I actually enjoy these single list a lot, I didn't say the contrary.....impressive to see Rihanna numbers .

            I just stated I agree on a certain point with Edwood as well: the part I made in bold.
            There's only one Queen
            and that's MADONNA.

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            • #7
              A combined album + singles list would be awesome, however, I donīt think 1 single sale should be weighted the same as 1 album sale. They should weight something like 1 album = 5 singles, and then make a points based list.

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              • #8
                I hope they do a 'group' list next time.

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                • #9
                  Yes HUR i'd like to see an updated Queen figure. I'm sure they'll still be number 2 behind The Beatles

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                  • #10
                    raise your hand if your fave made the list!!
                    My Chart

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                    • #11
                      Some fantastic names in that top 10!

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                      • #12
                        for me personally, it's still worth more to have sold many physical singles than downloads.. i mean, when i look at my whitney, celine and mariah singles i cherish them.. when i look at my Gaga downloads (legal ones) i just think that i could have waited for the album leak instead..
                        My Chart

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                        • #13
                          Singles in the UK in the 90's usually cost between £1.99-£3.99 if I remember correctly - so if you retail a single at £2.50 and sell 400,000 copies, it grosses exactly £1,000,000.

                          However, you have manufacturing and shipping costs associated. In order to gross that same amount, a digital single would usually have to sell at least 1m units. Now cost wise, Apple reportedly keep 30% of a track gross on iTunes, with other companies probably retaining slightly less [if I remember correctly!].

                          Point is, that even though the profit margin is probably higher on a digital single, you'd have to sell considerably more copies to amass the same gross as you would do with a physical single, and overall, a single that sells 400,000 copies in 1997 would probably make a label more money than a single that sells 1,000,000 copies in 2012.

                          This is not anything we didn't already know though!

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                          • #14
                            it's way more comfortable for the fan to just open a window on your computer at home and buy a song instead of dressing up.. looking hawt, go to the store and buy the damn thing.
                            My Chart

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                            • #15
                              i'm surprised Mariah's 9th, she was always ok in sales over there

                              Stevyy, Sam gets me so in the mood!
                              Oh I won't ask for much this Christmas, I won't even wish for snow

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                              • #16
                                Anyone has the list for albums????
                                I'm guessing its...

                                1. Madonna (25million)
                                2. Whitney (12million) counting Bodygard and Preacher's Wife
                                3. Celine (11million)

                                Not sure someone help me out.
                                Diva!!!

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                                • #17
                                  UK's Best Selling Female Singles released in 90's -

                                  1.Mariah Carey - ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU (1994) 3,756,440
                                  2.Cher - BELIEVE (1998) 2,400,000
                                  3.Spice Girls - WANNABE (1996) 2,035,000
                                  4.Whitney Houston - I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU (1992) 2,030,000
                                  5.Britney Spears - BABY ONE MORE TIME (1999) 1,900,000
                                  6.Celine Dion - MY HEART WILL GO ON (1998) 1,870,000
                                  7.Puff Daddy & Faith Evans - I'LL BE MISSING YOU (1997) 1,865,000
                                  8.Natalie Imbruglia - TORN (1997) 1,800,000
                                  9.TLC – NO SCRUBS (1999) 1,800,000
                                  10.All Saints - NEVER EVER (1997) 1,570,000
                                  11.Celine Dion - THINK TWICE (1994) 1,425,000
                                  12.Spice Girls - 2 BECOME 1 (1996) 1,315,000
                                  13.B*Witched - C'EST LA VIE (1998) 1,200,000
                                  14.Gala – FREED FROM DESIRE (1997) 1,135,000
                                  15.Sinead O’ Connor – NOTHING COMPARES 2 U (1990) 1,075,000
                                  16.Toni Braxton - UN-BREAK MY HEART (1996) 1,030,000
                                  17.Spice Girls - SAY YOU'LL BE THERE (1996) 1,030,000
                                  18.Spice Girls - SPICE UP YOUR LIFE (1997) 1,020,000
                                  19. Christina Aguilera – GENIE IN A BOTTLE (1999) 1,012,000
                                  20.Gabrielle – DREAMS (1993) 1,000,000
                                  21.Shania Twain - THAT DON'T IMPRESS ME MUCH (1999) 1,000,000
                                  22.Spice Girls - GOODBYE (1998) 950,000
                                  23.Bryan Adams & Mel C – WHEN YOU’RE GONE (1998) 905,000
                                  24.Whitney Houston – IT’S NOT RIGHT BUT IT’S OKAY (1998) 900,000
                                  Last edited by Carlito; Thu January 13, 2022, 13:03.

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                                  • #18
                                    ^Don’t think Puff daddy and Brian Adams singles should be there, even though they feature a female artist?
                                    C h e r
                                    51 singles on Billboard Hot100~Top 10 albums in 5 decades~110+ million records sold
                                    Oscar~Grammy~Emmy~Golden Globe winner
                                    Touring force
                                    Legend

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                                    • #19
                                      14.Gala – FREED FROM DESIRE (1997) 1,135,000
                                      didn't know it has sold that much!
                                      KUBA'S CHART

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by alfiebot View Post
                                        ^Don’t think Puff daddy and Brian Adams singles should be there, even though they feature a female artist?
                                        it Puff Daddy is there, all Teletubbies should be as well.
                                        KUBA'S CHART

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