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Madonna is the best selling female recording artist of all time. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Madonna is the most successful female solo artist, having sold around 120 million albums and 40 million singles (estimation); a combined total more than any other female singer worldwide, since 1982.

Madonna is also the top selling female in the USA, that is if we combine both her albums and singles sales. However, when counting only albums, Barbra Streisand is the best selling female artist in the United States, with over 71 million albums shipped. Madonna is second, with 63.5 million albums shipped.

Source: riaa.org

Madonna also holds the record for most Hot Dance Club Play #1 in the US, with 39; more than any other female artist.

Source: Billboard.com

In the UK, the best selling album artists, (up to 2007) are; The Beatles (28.745m), Queen (20.665m), and Madonna (18.328m.).
In Europe, the best selling album artists are, The Beatles (92.5 million), Queen (80.05 million), and Madonna (74.6 million), including Hard Candy.

There is no true way to verify who is actually the best selling female singer. Most sources state that Madonna and Celine Dion are the two best selling female artists, with record sales exceeding 200 million, worldwide.

1. In 2004, Celine Dion was awarded the Chopard Diamond Award at the World Music Awards for 175 million albums sold, and given the accolade of best selling female artist of all time. In April 2007 Sony BMG announced Dion had sold over 200 million albums, worldwide.
Sources: http://www.cbc.ca/arts/music/story/2007/11/05/worldmusic-awards.html
Sources: http:/www.sonymusic.ch/Celine-Dion/Releases

2. Numerous sources state that Madonna is also the best selling female singer, with record sales in excess of 200 million. They also state she is the richest female singer.
Sources:http://www.reuters.com/article/musicNews/idUSTRE49E2IA20081015
Sources:http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-407501/Queen-Pop-Madonna-crowned-highest-earning-female-singer-earth.html
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