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Note , this is about sales, NOT cultural impact. An artist might do not sell a lot but still has a lot of cultural impact, vice versa. I use Chartmaster number, not wikipedia inflated number.

 

1. Celine Dion 1996-2000: Falling into you (1996) sold 30 million,  Let's talk about love (1997) sold 32 million, Titanic OST sold 35 million, Christmas album (1998) sold 15 million and her greatest hits album (1999) sold 21 million copies.  But Celine didn't have any cultural impact, maybe she revived Vegas residency i think.

 

2. Adele 2011-2012 , 2015-2016: selling a 22 million and a 30 million album in digital era.

 

3. Whitney Houston late 1992 to early 1994: The Bodyguard ost sold 42 million copies, though Whitney only sang half of the songs in the album.

 

4. Britney Spears early 1999 to early 2002:  Her debut sold 24 million, Oops sold 20 million, Self-Titled (2001) sold 10 million and would have sold a lot more if she hadn't been blacklisted on the US radio. But of course in terms of cultural impact, Britney is #1 or #2, tie with Madonna.

 

5. Mariah Carey 1993 to 1996: Music Box sold 30 million, Daydream sold 23 million, her Christmas album sold 15 million and spawned the legendary AIWFCIY.

 

Madonna and Taylor Swift also sold a lot but both of them never got massive peaks like 5 women above.

 

Do you agree?

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You forgot Shania Twain.

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Titanic doesn’t count for Celine Dion. :sorry:

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If @TaylorSwiftLover are going add Britney ST then you got to add Mariah's Butterfly and #1s

 

Edit: Add Waiting to Exhaled (1995) to Whitney if you have Titanic OST for Celine. 

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I think Madonna had a pretty huge peak during 1984-1990. 

 

- Like A Virgin (21 Million)

- True Blue (23 Million)

- Like A Prayer (16 Million)

- Immaculate Collection (27 Million) 

She had three records sell over 20 million and a handful of number ones. 

 

Also Lady Gaga had a pretty huge sales peak:

- The Fame/Monster (15 Million)

- Born This Way (6 Million)

During the beginning of album sales decline.

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1 minute ago, Lemonaade said:

I think Madonna had a pretty huge peak during 1984-1990. 

 

- Like A Virgin (21 Million)

- True Blue (23 Million)

- Like A Prayer (16 Million)

- Immaculate Collection (27 Million) 

She had three records sell over 20 million and a handful of number ones. 

 

Also Lady Gaga had a pretty huge sales peak:

- The Fame/Monster (15 Million)

- Born This Way (6 Million)

During the beginning of album sales decline.

Madonna had a couple of decline sales in between. Like a Virgin and True Blue are her. 

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32 minutes ago, Eternium said:

You forgot Shania Twain.

Ok. I did forget her. But she is more local than Celine Dion.

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14 minutes ago, Lemonaade said:

I think Madonna had a pretty huge peak during 1984-1990. 

 

- Like A Virgin (21 Million)

- True Blue (23 Million)

- Like A Prayer (16 Million)

- Immaculate Collection (27 Million) 

She had three records sell over 20 million and a handful of number ones. 

 

Also Lady Gaga had a pretty huge sales peak:

- The Fame/Monster (15 Million)

- Born This Way (6 Million)

During the beginning of album sales decline.

Agree with you everything except about Born this way. 6 million in 2011 is normal, that album is frontloaded too.

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23 minutes ago, 1DES said:

If @TaylorSwiftLover are going add Britney ST then you got to add Mariah's Butterfly and #1s

 

Edit: Add Waiting to Exhaled (1995) to Whitney if you have Titanic OST for Celine. 

oh yes. Butterfly  #1s or even Rainbow

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3 minutes ago, TaylorSwiftLover said:

Agree with you everything except about Born this way. 6 million in 2011 is normal, that album is frontloaded too.

6 Million wasn’t normal, even in 2011 lol. 

It was the second best selling album behind only Adele. The only album that sold close to Born This Way, that was released on 2011, was  Michael Buble’s ‘Christmas’. Other than that it also outsold Rihanna, Bruno and Katy’s albums that were released the previous year.  

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Where's Camila?

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2 minutes ago, Lemonaade said:

6 Million wasn’t normal, even in 2011 lol. 

It was the second best selling album behind only Adele. The only album that sold close to Born This Way, that was released on 2011, was  Michael Buble’s ‘Christmas’. Other than that it also outsold Rihanna, Bruno and Katy’s albums that were released the previous year.  

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Kylie Minogue was massive in the UK from 1988 to 1990 and 2000 to 2002.

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1 hour ago, TaylorSwiftLover said:

1. Celine Dion 1996-2000: Falling into you (1996) sold 30 million,  Let's talk about love (1997) sold 32 million, Titanic OST sold 35 million, Christmas album (1998) sold 15 million and her greatest hits album (1999) sold 21 million copies.  But Celine didn't have any cultural impact, maybe she revived Vegas residency i think.

 

This will forever be SUPER impressive and unmatched. Literally one of if not the biggest commercial peak for any female artist. 

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Janet Jackson 1986 to 2001. 15 years straight. 

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Just now, IBeMe said:

This will forever be SUPER impressive and unmatched. Literally the biggest commercial peak for any female artist. 

:jonny5:

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Celine, you already posted the receipts 

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Madonna was kinda massive from 1985 to 1991 atleast. Sure there were dips at some point but she was fighting her own league.

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33 minutes ago, IBeMe said:

This will forever be SUPER impressive and unmatched. Literally one of if not the biggest commercial peak for any female artist. 

Celine really stomped on everyone from 1996-1999. While she may lack the cultural or media impact, she makes it up with those astronomical sales no one could ever reach. The way she tops every chart with ease (Lets Talk About Love's preorders in late 1997 was 8-9 million I- :deadbanana4:

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1 hour ago, TaylorSwiftLover said:

 

3. Whitney Houston late 1992 to early 1994: The Bodyguard ost sold 42 million copies, though Whitney only sang half of the songs in the album.

How many singles from this album were solely Whitney's? :coffee: 5/6. 

 

Don't pull this revisionist history now that Gaga had to share the singular hit from her soundtrack. 

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I actually think Whitney's first 4 projects were a legendary run. 3 Diamond albums, a string of 7 consecutive #1 singles, other #1s, additional top 5s. 

 

- You could arguably also say Beyonce from 1999-2009 was pretty striking: A Diamond group album, the highest first-week sales for a Columbia Records artist at the time, 17 weeks at #1 for her first two solo singles, 9 #1s and another co-written #1, Grammy hauls, a string of #1 albums, etc. 

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No one will ever beat the 1985 to 1992 slayage Whitney had :jonny4:

Alanis Morisette's Jagged Little Pill sold over 33M albums too and Norah Jones' Come Away With Me did over 25M too, so the female artists with the biggest peaks are: Whitney, Alanis, Shania Twain, Adele, Celine, Norah Jones and Madonna.

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3 hours ago, TaylorSwiftLover said:

Janet Jackson 1986 to 2001. 15 years straight. 

A true queen

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