Madonna has today been named as the UK’s biggest-selling female singles artist of all time, but she better enjoy the accolade while she can.
The 54-year-old has sold 17.8 million singles over her 30-year-career with 1985’s ‘Into The Groove‘ shifting the most copies, as revealed in a new list published by the Official Singles Chart.
However, despite only arriving on the pop scene in 2005, Rihanna is already snapping at her heels in second place with a pretty impressive 11.4 million single sales to her name, the biggest of which is 2011’s ‘We Found Love.’
And considering she seems to release a new song every six seconds, it’s surely only a matter of time before she dethrones the Queen of Pop.
In the same year she celebrates her 25th anniversary as a pop icon, Kylie Minogue is placed third, Whitney Houston is the only artist in the Top 10 to no longer be with us at No.4, while like Rihanna, Lady Gaga will no doubt improve on her fifth place in the future.
Britney Spears, Beyonce, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey then follow, but the biggest surprise occurs at the No.10 position. Excluding the several Grease re-releases, Olivia Newton-John hasn’t scored a Top 40 hit of her own since 1982 and yet she has still somehow managed to surpass the tallies of the likes of Pink, Janet Jackson, Cher and Jennifer Lopez.