Is this only for releases after 1991? Because it would be fishy for Madonna not to make it considering how huge The Immaculate Collection was and how consistent her back catalog is.
According to UKmix, she's in the top 30. The Immaculate Collection sold less than 6 million copies through Soundscan but keep in mind that its first four months of sales took place prior to Soundscan as well as another 1 million or so through BMG which counts towards RIAA but not here.
These things we do to keep the flame burning
And write our fire in the sky
Another day to see the wheel turning
Another avenue to try
This is the rest of the top 40 (Soundscan numbers only):
21) Aerosmith (30,637,000)
22) Eagles (30,611,000)
23) Eric Clapton (30,432,000)
24) Reba McEntire (29,896,000)
25) Rod Stewart (28,811,000)
26) Toby Keith (28,761,000)
27) Tupac (28,559,000)
28) Jay Z (28,470,000)
29) Frank Sinatra (28,216,000)
30) NSYNC (28,096,000)
31) Elton John (27,256,000)
32) Creed (27,079,000)
33) Dixie Chicks (26,941,000)
34) Madonna (26,935,000)
35) Enya (26,623,000)
36) Kenny Chesney (26,344,000)
37) Santana (26,331,000)
38) Jimmy Buffett (26,141,000)
39) Nirvana (25,698,000)
40) Guns N' Roses (25,453,000)
THE TOP SELLING ALBUM ARTISTS* IN THE US OF THE SOUNDSCAN ERA**:
*updated this week
**since 1991 (the BMG Music Club sales are included)
The King & Legend slaying
MICHAEL JACKSON The King of Pop
Over 750 Million Records Sold | 17 #1 Singles | 736 + Presidential Awards Won | CAREER Lasting 4 Decades | Most Successful Artist Ever | Influenced Millions |31 GUINNESS World Records| Greatest Performer Ever | Ultimate Icon/Legend | Best Selling Album Ever |
~Humanitarian :Donated over $300 million to charities
~Most Iconic Dance Ever : Moonwalk
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Bey. Drake. Nicki. Bon-Qui-Qui.
BANKS - Justin Timberlake - Ariana Gande - Sean Paul - Janet Jackson - Ciara - Whitney Houston - Cassie - Lady Gaga - Destiny's Child - Missy Elliott - Mariah Carey - Lana Del Rey - J. Cole - Mary J. Blige - Frank Ocean - Rihanna - Pitbull - Ameriie - Britney Spears - Eve - Trina - Madonna - Khia - Kanye
Adele is not even close to making this list. Her 19 album is near 2 million and her 21 album is at 7.3 million. Total: not even 10 million. Can't even go on this website without seeing Adele's name a million times. Not a hater, just stating the truth!