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Here are the female recording artists who reportedly have sold the most records (i.e. physical and digital albums, vinyls, cassette tapes, physical and digital singles, videos, or any recorded commercial material aimed to sell music) worldwide of all time, as published and/or promoted by their labels through press releases:

 

Rank / Artist / Year Debuted / Reported WW sales / Source

 

1. Nana Mouskouri (1960) - 300 million records sold (as of Sept. 24, 2014)

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/11118765/Why-I-still-love-Nana-Mouskouri.html

 

1. Madonna (1982) - 300 million records sold (as of Dec. 2, 2014)

http://money.cnn.com/2014/12/02/luxury/richest-recording-artists/

 

2. Mariah Carey (1990) - 250 million records sold (as of Mar. 25, 2013)

http://www.channelcanada.com/canadian-channels/nets/ctv/etalk-gets-personal-with-mega-star-mariah-carey-in-canadian-exclusive-interview-airing-tonight-monday-march-25-at-7-p-m-et-on-ctv

 

3. Barbra Streisand (1962) - 240 million records sold (as of Jan. 17, 2013)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/home/books/article-2264026/Is-Barbra-Dame-Edna-disguise--HELLO-GORGEOUS-BECOMING-BARBRA-STREISAND-BY-WILLIAM-J-MANN.html

 

3. Rihanna (2005) - 240 million records sold (as of Nov. 2013)

http://rocnation.com/artists/rihanna/

 

4. Celine Dion (1981) - 220 million records sold (as of April 18, 2013)

http://time100.time.com/2013/04/18/time-100/slide/christina-aguilera/

 

5. Tina Turner (1974) - 200 million records sold (as of Jan. 25, 2013)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2268405/Tina-Turner-renounces-American-citizenship-Swiss.html

 

5. Whitney Houston (1984) - 200 million records sold (as of Nov. 11, 2014) 

http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/interviews/a609312/whitney-houstons-greatest-live-moments-remembered-by-mentor-clive-davis.html#~p5iUPfYtJFyAQN

 

5. Britney Spears (1998) - 200 million records sold (as of Aug. 8, 2012)

http://www.nme.com/artists/britney-spears

 

6. Taylor Swift (2006) - 170 million records sold (as of Feb. 23, 2015)

http://www.ifpi.org/news/Taylor-Swift-named-IFPI-global-recording-artists-of-2014

 

7. Lady Gaga (2008) - 157 million records sold (as of Feb. 12, 2015)

http://www.oscars.org/news/lady-gaga-perform-87th-oscarsr

 

8. Janet Jackson (1982) - 140 million records sold (as of May 16, 2012)

http://www.bet.com/music/photos/2012/05/the-evolution-of-janet-jackson.html

 

9. P!nk (2000) - 136 million records sold (as of Mar. 4, 2014)
http://www.rcarecords.com/news/pnk-re-signs-rca-records-multi-year-deal

 

10. Beyonce (1997) - 135 million records sold, including 60 million records sold as part of Destiny’s Child (as of Nov. 24, 2014)

http://www.sony.com/SCA/company-news/press-releases/sony-columbia-records/2011/beyonces-i-amworld-tour-full-length-concert-film-n.shtml?icid=pr-newswire-feed

http://www.officialcharts.com/chart-news/beyonce-s-surprise-album-1-year-on-10-amazing-chartfacts__7295/

 

11. Donna Summer (1974) - 130 million records sold (as of Dec. 11, 2012)

http://www.vervemusicgroup.com/donnasummer

 

12. Diana Ross (1962) - 100 million records sold (as of Jan. 9, 2015)

http://www.axs.com/diana-ross-headed-to-dfw-for-big-2015-concert-at-verizon-theatre-36333

 

12. Cher (1965) - 100 million records sold (as of Sept. 22, 2013)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cher-speaks-her-mind/

 

12. Dolly Parton (1967) - 100 million records sold (as of June 30, 2014)

http://www.axs.com/news/dolly-parton-honored-for-100-million-albums-sold-13398

 

12. Linda Ronstadt (1969) - 100 million records sold (as of Nov. 14, 2014)

http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2014/11/14/queen-of-rock-linda-ronstadt-not-silenced-by-parkinsons-despite-losing-ability-to-sing/

 

12. Olivia Newton-John (1971) - 100 million records (as of Dec. 15, 2014)

http://www.axs.com/olivia-newton-john-extends-flamingo-las-vegas-residency-through-septem-33085

 

12. Gloria Estefan (1977) - 100 million records sold (as of Apr. 25, 2013)

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/latin-notas/1559595/gloria-estefan-talks-career-new-album-at-billboard-latin-music

 

 

Bubbling Under:
Katy Perry (2008) - 92 million records (as of Nov. 6, 2013)

http://www.mtv.co.uk/katy-perry/news/katy-perry-to-headline-day-one-of-2013-jingle-bell-ball

Adele (2008) - 90 million records sold (as of Dec. 29, 2014)

http://beach-news.com/adele-legendary-singer/

Shania Twain (1993) - 75 million records sold (as of Jan. 28, 2015)

http://www.rollingstone.com/tv/news/shania-twain-las-vegas-concert-special-to-air-on-abc-20150128

Jennifer Lopez (1999) - 75 million records sold (as of Nov. 13, 2013)

http://abc.go.com/shows/american-music-awards/news/show-news/111313-jennifer-lopez-katy-perry-and-tlc-to-perform-at-the-2013-amas

Kylie Minogue (1987) - 70 million records sold (as of June 28, 2013)

http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1568570/kylie-minogue-to-be-honored-with-australias-top-live-entertainment-award

Shakira (1991) - 60 million records sold (as of Mar. 25, 2014)

http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/shakira-sings-dances-is-most-popular-person-on-earth-etc-20140325

Kesha (2009) - 57 million records sold (as of Apr. 12, 2014)

http://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/simon-cowell-keen-kesha-x-3407004

Christina Aguilera (1998) - 50 million records sold (as of Apr. 9, 2011)

http://variety.com/2011/music/news/can-the-voice-be-heard-1118035166/

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Logan

Never even heard of Nana Mouskouri. Just looked her up and her face doesn't even register with me either. 

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Melisandre

I personally feel even though Destiny's Child was Beyonce anyways it was a band and should not count as hers.

Give me the password to the ****ing wi-fi!

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craig

I own CDs by every single lady on that list except #1 Nana Mouskouri.

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Bloody

That is a great achievement for 6-7 years of career  :applause:

In some years Top 5 :bunny:

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Ladey Gagz

I was sure Madonna would be #1 :omg:

I don't know who the #1 is though :huh: Am I just not cultivated or am I not the only one :confused:

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craig

Never even heard of Nana Mouskouri. Just looked her up and her face doesn't even register with me either. 

She's Greek and born in 1930's, and 30 years ago when I was a kid they used to sell her records on cheesy late night TV infomercials.

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Lance

Its funny to see how Nicki Minaj is not on this list. Despite the fact that she gloats the **** out of her success.

 

 

i was expecting her to make it here.

Barbie elitist - Weaboo - Sissy

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Logan

She's Greek and born in 1930's, and 30 years ago when I was a kid they used to sell her records on cheesy late night TV infomercials.

 

What genre? 

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Bloody

Guys Nana Mouskouri is a Greek singer that she moved in Paris and made huge success.

She has recorded songs in more than 10 languages :legend:

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