Which one of these chart-topping, hit-making female artists sold the most records?
a. Lady Gaga
d. Whitney Houston
e. Mariah Carey
According to a list compiled on Wikipedia that sourced sales figures from reputable news organizations and highly regarded music industry organizations such as MTV, VH1, Billboard and Rolling Stone, Rihanna has sold more records than any of the other ladies on the list.
The Bajan artist has 257.6 million certified record sales, topping Mariah Carey’s sales (137.3 million certified) by over 120 million, Whitney Houston’s sales (114.9 million certified) by over 142 million, Lady Gaga’s sales (102.1 million certified) by over 150 million, and Beyonce’s sales (83.3 million certified) by 170 million units.
It’s important to note that certified sales are not 100% accurate, but are usually more accurate than record companies claimed sales, which are often inflated for promotional purposes.