best selling album of all time

Beyoncé Knowles: 20 times Grammy Award winner, the second most honored female artist by the Grammys and the most nominated woman in Grammy Award history with 52 nominations. She has sold over 100 million records as a solo artist, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. RIAA recognized her as the Top Certified Artist of the 2000s decade. As of December 2015, Beyoncé has sold 16 million albums and over 47 million digital songs in the United States as a solo artist. Critics hail her as one of the best entertainers in contemporary popular music. Forbes magazine listed her as the most powerful female musician of 2015.

Taylor Swift: 10 time Grammy Award winner, at 20 she became the youngest person ever to win Album of the Year at the Grammys with Fearless, a country album and at 26 she became the only female solo act in history to receive that award twice with 1989, a pop album. She has sold 27.67 million albums (March 2015) in the United States, making her the seventh-largest-selling female artist. She has written every single song of every album she has ever released. She’s the only artist in history to have three consecutive albums sold more than 1 million copies in its first week. Swift owns the most awarded country album in music history (Fearless) and the most awarded pop album in music history (1989). This year, BMI will present Taylor Swift with an award bearing her name in recognition of her incomparable creative and artistic talent and influence on music lovers throughout the world. (This is only the second time in BMI’s 76-year history that the company has presented an award in someone’s name. The first was to Michael Jackson in 1990).

Adele: Academy Award Winner for best original song in a motion picture with Skyfall (2013) and 10 time Grammy Award Winner. She and Beyoncé hold the record of most Grammys won by a female artist in one night with six each. With 21 non-consecutive weeks at number 1 in the US, Adele broke the record for the longest number-1 album by a woman in Billboard history, beating the record formerly held by Whitney Houston’s soundtrack The Bodyguard.21 spent its 23rd week at number one in March 2012, making it the longest-running album at number one since 1985 and it became the fourth best-selling album of the past 10 years in the United States. 25 is the first album to sell more than 3 million copies in a week in Nielsen history, and only the second to surpass 2 million sold in a single frame. Adele is easily the best voice in music industry nowadays.

Beyoncé, Taylor, Adele, Gaga, Rihanna… You know one thing they all have in common? They make art maintaining true to themselves, they are unique in what they do, and that’s the key to their success. All these women can be successful at the same time in the same universe, crazy huh? Stop pitting women against each other.

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Michael Jackson - Guiness Book of World Records (1984)

“I’ve always wanted to do great things and achieve many things, but for the first time in my entire career, I feel like I have accomplished something because I’m in The Guinness Book of Records” -Michael Jackson

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On January 12, 1999, 15 years ago, Britney Spears’ debut studio album “…Baby One More Time” was released. Five singles came from the album: …Baby One More Time, Sometimes, (You Drive Me) Crazy, Born to Make You Happy and From the Bottom of My Broken Heart. The album has sold over 30 million copies worldwide, making it one of the best-selling albums of all time and the best-selling album by a teenage solo artist.

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Happy 3rd Birthday to the album of the decade, Born This Way!

In celebration of Lady Gaga’s second studio album, let’s look back on some of its biggest accomplishments:
- The album has sold 8 million copies worldwide.
- Th album has sold 20 million singles to date.
- The era scored four top tens, two top 5s, and a huge #1 hit single on Billboard’s Hot 100.
- The tour supporting the album, The Born This Way Ball, grossed $181 million and had the largest set piece set to tour in history. The tour is also one of the most successful tours in music history.
- The album was nomiated for three Grammys.
- The album sold over 1 million copies in the United States and 2 million copies worldwide in its first week alone.
- The album is the sixth best-selling digital album of all time (with sales nearing 1 million digital sales alone) and the second best-selling pop album overall this decade.
- The album has a combined amount of 517 million views from all of its music videos.
- The album received a score of 71 on Metacritic making it more critically-acclaimed than the average pop album.

Born this way, born to slay!

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Miles Davis in his own television special The Sound of Miles Davis, which aired April 9, 1959 on CBS. It was directed by Jack Smight, who also directed the iconic television special The Sound of Jazz, which premiered two years earlier in 1957.

Davis featured songs from his upcoming album Kind of Blue, which was slated to be released in August of that year. It would go on to be the best-selling jazz album in history, being certified quadruple platinum in 2008. It is regarded by critics to be the greatest jazz album of all time and made it to #12 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the greatest 500 albums of all time.

The television special featured Davis’quintet which included John Coltrane, Jimmy Cobb and Wynton Kelly and arranger Gil Evans and his orchestra. Davis and Evans previously collaborated on the critically acclaimed albums Birth of the Cool, recorded between 1949 and 1950, Miles Ahead in 1957, and Porgy and Bess in 1958. They would both go on to record two more critically acclaimed albums with Sketches of Spain in 1960 and Quiet Nights in 1964.

Taylor Swift totally won 2014.

43 Reasons Taylor Swift Had the Best Year Ever

2014 In Review: Taylor Swift’s Best Year Yet 

Taylor Swift had quite a 2014! Even though her album didn’t release until the end of October, it still became the best selling album of 2014—beating out Disney's Frozen,which topped the Top Album Sales chart all year. 1989 has spent 7 non-consecutive weeks at number 1.   Billboard posted, “1989 is selling like no album has in the past 10 years. It has sold more than 200,000 copies in each of its first nine weeks on sale — a feat not managed since the spring of 2004." It’s the second time Swift has had the top-selling album of the year, having sold 3.22 million copies of her second album, Fearless, in 2009.   Having the best selling album of the year is an amazing feat, but it’s just one of many accomplishments Swift has had in 2014. Let’s take a look back at the Swift domination in 2014!   

  • She was the first artist to have an album go platinum
  • "Shake It Off” had the highest debut in the history of Billboard’s Adult Pop Songs Radio Airplay Chart
  • First woman in Hot 100 history to succeed herself at #1
  • Named Most Powerful Woman in UK Media 
  • Received 3 Grammy nominations with only 1 eligible song!
  • Only artist to ever have 3 albums sell 1 million copies the first week of album sales
  • First Woman to be named Billboard’s Women of the Year twice
  • First act since The Beatles to have 4 consecutive albums that have logged 6 or more weeks at number 1 in the US
  • First ever recipient of Dick Clark’s Award of Excellence
  • Musician Of The Year - USA Today
  • Album of the Year - Billboard and USA Today
  • Do Something’s Most Charitable Act of 2014
  • She set Guinness World Records for being the First Female Solo Artist to have two albums sell one million copies in the first week and having the Fastest Selling Single in Digital History with “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together”
  • She won awards at the: ACMs, ASCAPs, BMIs, BMI London Awards, BMI Pop Awards, CMAAs, CMCs, PCAs, Radio Disney Music Awards, Songwriter’s Hall of Fame,  Teen Choice Awards and others!
Here are a few of Swift’s other awards:  
  • Askmen Hot 100
  • 30th Barbara Walters’s The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2014
  • 3rd Billbord’s Music’s Top 40 Money Makers 2014
  • 1st 4Music Last Fan Standing
  • Forbes Highest-Paid Country Musicians
  • 2nd Forbes Most Powerful Celebrities
  • 18th MTV’s Hottest Summer Superstar
  • 8th People’s Best Dressed
  • 1st CapitalFm The SEXIEST Female Singers Of 2014
  • 6th Forbes Top Earning Women In Music
  • 2nd Forbes Highest Paid Celebrities Under 30
  • 3rd Forbes Highest Paid Musicians
  • 8th MTV’s Stars
  • Dosomething Top 20 Celebs Gone Good
Swift has been awarded and named the artist of the year by many other publications…what a year! 2015 is bound to be another year filled with honors, but—more importantly—it’s the year Swift sets out on her FOURTH major headlining tour! Seriously, the excitement 2015 has to offer is endless.   Swift spent her final months in 2014 growing closer to fans—inviting them to her home, flying them out to concerts, sending them presents. She has been trying to meet as many fans as she can who have never had the chance.   2015 is bound to be filled with more surprises and many more lives changed! I can’t wait to see it unfold! Thanks for a great year, Taylor Swift! See you in 2015!   Article

Kendrick Lamar was nominated for a total of 11 Grammys last night. The only person to surpass him in that regard was Michael Jackson in 1984 with 12. Mind you, the Thriller album is the best selling and most influential record of all time. This is the sort of company Kendrick has been catapulted into, only 5 or years into his career.

I find that so incredible and am really excited to see where his career is heading next.

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Happy Birthday Kerplunk!

Released January 17, 1992 Recorded May–September 1991 Studio Art of Ears Studios, San Francisco Genre Punk rock

Kerplunk is the second studio album by the American punk rock band Green Day. It was released on January 17, 1992 through Lookout Records.[1] Kerplunk was their last release on Lookout Records and was also the first album to feature Tré Cool on drums. The album has gone on to be among the best selling independently released albums of all time. After debuting the album to their fans in the Berkeley, California area and receiving much approval from the critical 924 Gilman Street crowd, the band packed up in a cramped, converted Book Mobile and headed east.

“Green Day is an American rock band formed in 1987 by lead vocalist and guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong and bassist and backing vocalist Mike Dirnt. For much of their career the band has been a trio with drummer Tré Cool. They are one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time, having sold more than 75 million albums and singles worldwide.”

when Taylor is

  • a seven-time Grammy winner
  • winner of 12 Billboard Music Awards
  • winner of 11 Country Music Association Awards
  • winner of 8 Academy of Country Music Awards
  • winner of 1 Brit Award
  • currently on her fourth sold-out headlining tour, filling stadiums worldwide
  • one of the best-selling artists of all time, having sold more than 40 million albums
  • the youngest recipient for the Album of the Year Grammy
  • the only artist to ever hit 1 million first-week sales three times
  • the youngest ever Billboard Woman of the Year, and the only artist to receive it twice (2011 & 2014)
  • the only female artist to have 6+ #1 weeks with three consecutive albums
  • one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People
  • the top selling digital artist in music history
  • winner of 24 special awards (e.g. IFPI Global Recording Artist of 2014, 2013 Pinnacle Award, 2014 Dick Clark Award for Excellence, and 2015 ELLE’s Woman of the Year)
  • the youngest solo artist ever to top the year-end sales chart
  • the performing artist for the best selling albums of 2009 and 2014 
  • People magazine’s Most Intriguing People of 2009 list topper
  • an NBC Person of the Year
  • one of Rolling Stone’s 100 People Changing America
  • the youngest songwriter ever hired by the Sony/ATV Music publishing house
  • winner of 281 awards out of 444 nominations
  • DoSomething’s Most Charitable Celebrity for 2012, 2013, and 2014

and OK! Magazine thinks the best way to label her is “Harry Styles ex girlfriend” and “Calvin Harris’ rumoured girlfriend”

Celebrity Substance: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a phenomenon. She’s sold over 22 million albums world wide and she’s one of the best-selling digital recording artist of all time. She has endorsement deals with Sony , Diet Coke and Covergirl. She’s number three on“The 10 Highest-Paid Women in Music 2013,” Forbes List. Mick Jagger thinks she’s a rock star. Though she has accomplished a lifetime full of achievements, she’s just 24. She is the girl you’d hate if you didn’t like her so much.

The last (but not least) remarkable thing about Swift is her ability to thrive and continue to maintain high album sales in an industry that’s technologically evolving, in an economy that hasn’t been kind to the entertainment industry.Major artists are seeing record and single sales suffer, but Swift isn’t feeling the effects.

There are many, many reasons why Swift is as successful as she is, but here are just a few that can apply to anyone, and that Swift can teach us:

Storytelling   

The crux of the country genre is storytelling. Most country songs are a narrative, and it is one of the major lyrical components to differentiate country music from other genres.

But storytelling isn’t just important because it’s a pillar of country music, it is important because the oldest and best way to engage people is by telling stories, and Swift is a master story teller. Storytelling is the oldest form of entertainment, it predates religion- and no one sings about being a young woman better than Swift. She writes about falling in love, and the messy, complicated feelings and situations it creates. She writes about her best friend, her family, growing up, figuring it all out and what she’s learned in the process.

On her latest album, “Red,” she writes about transitioning from adolescence into her early twenties (something many young entertainers fail to do well), writing, “We’re happy, free, confused, lonely at the same time. It’s miserable and magical, oh yeah,”  in “ 22.”

But Swift is most famous for writing about love, which is the main complaint of her critics, yet it is how she made her fortune. Whether people want to admit it or not, part of growing up and being young is having crushes, falling in love, figuring out how to play the dating game and dealing with the opposite sex. I think part of Swift’s genius is being able to write all of the confusion, hurt and ultimate clarity into a song. “I hope the sun shines and it’s a beautiful day/and something reminds you, you wished you stayed,” she writes in “Lass Kiss,” on her “Speak Now,” album.

Though more often than not in her music the other party is at fault, Swift is not without remorse. In her song, “Back To December” (again) on her “Speak Now” album, she writes about not appreciating the person she was with the way she should have. “So this is me swallowing my pride/ Standing in front of you saying, ‘I’m sorry for that night,’/ I go back to December all the time/It turns out freedom ain’t nothing but missing you/ Wishing I’d realized what I’d had when you were mine/ I’d go back to December, turn around and make it all right/ I go back to December all the time.”

There are many aspects to Swift’s success, but I think her genius as a songwriter and a storyteller is underrated, and it is only recently that other artists are starting to acknowledge her genius.

She Knows Her Audience

It does help to be a 24 year old girl when you’re writing for a 24 year old demographic (though Swift has transcended that). She is the best friend/sister figure who writes things more vividly than we feel them. Her songs have a television drama full of back-story, when paired with a catchy melody sells millions of records.

When Swift spoke to Jody Rosen in an interview for vulture.com, she explained her relationship with her fans. “There’s more of a friendship ­element to it than anything else,” she said. “Maybe it’s a big-sister relationship. Or it’s a Hey, we’re the same age—and we were both 16 when my first album came out, and we’ve both grown up together.”

She Protects Her Image

A big reason why Swift’s audience is loyal is that she’s never done anything drastic enough to turn them off, and remains uncontroversial enough that moms are comfortable letting their newly tween-aged daughters listen to her music. She’s as demure today as she was when she started out.

Tabloids never have pictures of Taylor Swift stumbling out of a club, no nude photos of her ever surface, she’s never been to rehab and horror stories of working with her are non-existent. She prides herself on being a role model and a non-controversial celebrity.  Ironically, it’s what rubs some people the wrong way- how pristine her image is.

That pristine image has served as a brilliant marketing strategy; she retains her initial fans and gains new ones that come of age every year. It’s hard to argue her straight edge image isn’t interesting when her album and tour sales show differently.

She Does Adulthood Differently

So how did Swift bridge into young adulthood? Swift took the road less traveled by her peers Katy PerryBeyoncé or Lady Gaga by not taking on a sexualized feminist persona.  Instead, wrote songs about what it’s like to be in your twenties. She didn’t rewrite “Fifteen,” or any of her other hits, and doesn’t sing the same story over and over again. Swift and her music have grown up together with her fans, any artist will say that is one of the most difficult things to do well as a musician. She hasn’t innovated her sound just for the sake of innovating, and she hasn’t been a slave to six-month beat trends. Her songs have reached across genre isles but are still unmistakably Swiftian.

She distinguishes herself by not taking the road many female entertainers do when they’re trying to enter a mature market.  Instead of changing her image, Swift changes the content of her music to reflect her maturity and how she’s evolved; she’s done it extremely well, especially for someone her age. It has made a huge difference in her staying power and in her success.

She’s An Oddball

She may be a fashion darling with a Victoria’s Secret model best friend, but you would never know it by listening to Swift’s music. Swift has made a career out of writing songs about what it feels like to be an outsider, like she singss in her hit “You Belong With Me,” “She wears short skirts/I wear t-shirts/she’s cheer captain and I’m on the bleachers.” She insists on playing the unpopular girl, and to be fair, many artists capitalize on being outsiders.

Swift has channeled those feelings into music since she was little, and is now one of the best songwriters working today. The lesson? What makes you weird is what makes you stand out.

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i’m just upset because so many people talked about how much f(x) suffered as a whole to get where they are this year & the fact that sm gives them about 2 weeks for a promotion? it makes me mad. luna was so excited for promotions & the other girls worked extremely hard. they will probably have the best selling female group album this year and they put so much work into this album. & yeah, sure. red velvet and snsd do work as hard as them but the difference is sm gives them proper promotions. red velvet had two comebacks and three music videos. their members get activities as well. don’t take this as hate bc lol snsd is my favorite group of all time. but snsd…snsd gets so much. & i didn’t actually realize how much they get?? they got 3 mvs. taeyeon went solo. tts is coming back soon. tiffany is rumored to get a solo early next year. they had a reality show as a group. they went on running man. they went on weekly idol. taeyeon has her own reality show (onstyle). and then let’s not forget the amount of modeling yuri, tiffany, sooyoung, taeyeon, yoona, tts, and hyoyeon have done this year. if sm put the same amount of effort they put in their other female groups maybe f(x) could be on the same popularity level as snsd. & btw lol where is their fandom name that was promised

Best selling musicians of all time.

10. Whitney Houston

  • Album sales: 170-200 Million 
  • Years active: 1977-2012 
  • Best selling album: The Bodyguard, 45 Million copies sold. 

9. Celine Dion

  • Album sales:200+ Million 
  • Years active:1981-Present 
  • Best selling album: Falling Into You, 32 Million copies sold. 

8. Mariah Carey

  • Album sales:200+ Million 
  • Years active: 1988-Present 
  • Best selling album: Music Box, 32 Million copies sold. 

7. Pink Floyd

  • Album sales:250 Million 
  • Years active:1965-1996, 2014 
  • Best selling album: The Dark Side of The Moon, 50 Million copies sold. 

6. Led Zeppelin

  • Album sales: 250-300 Million 
  • Years active: 1968-1980 
  • Best selling album: Led Zeppelin IV, 37 Million copies sold. 

5. Elton John

  • Album sales: 300 Million 
  • Years active: 1964-Present 
  • Best selling album: Elton John’s Greatest Hits, 16 Million copies sold. 

4. Madonna

  • Album sales:300+ Million 
  • Years active:1979-Present 
  • Best selling album: The Immaculate Collection, 30 Million copies sold. 

3. Michael Jackson

  • Album sales:400 Million 
  • Years active: 1964-2009 
  • Best selling album:Thriller, 65 Million copies sold. *Highest Selling Album Of All Time* 

2. Elvis

  • Album sales:500-600 Million 
  • Years active: 1954-1977 
  • Best selling album:? 

1. The Beatles

  • Album sales:600+ Million 
  • Years active:1960-1970 
  • Best selling album: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 32 Million copies sold. 
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Today marks five years.
Rest in peace, Michael. You will be missed.
Whether you are dead or alive.

You bring up so many issues and gain so much popularity that the hatred grows with it as well. It’s sad to see such a beautiful soul be judged by a society that doesn’t understand. Maybe he’s in a better place where he doesn’t have to tolerate such hatred anymore.
Stop hate… spread love.

Michael Jackson has set many records throughout his career and won many awards. From the early days of the Jackson 5 to the current day. Michael Jackson has been in a league of his own with his best competition being himself and trying to improve on what he has already achieved.

Here are a just a few of the record breaking achievements:

  • Biggest Selling Album Of All Time - Guiness Book Of World Records

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” Album is the biggest selling album of all time, with over 50 million copies sold worldwide. Thriller is also the biggest selling U.S album with sales of 25 million copies.

  • Most No.1 Hits in 1980’s

By The End of the 1980’s MIchael Jackson had more #1 hits than any other artist for the decade.

  • Greatest Audience - Guiness Book Of World Records

The highest-ever viewership was 133.4 million viewers watching the NBC transmission of Super Bowl XXVII on June 31, 1993. Michael was spotlighted during the half-time peformance.

  • Bad Tour - Guiness Book Of World Records

Michael Jackson’s world tour brought in a record gross revenue of over $124 million during September 1987-December 1988.

  • 100 Million Records

Michael has sold over 100 million singles and albums outside of the U.S.

  • Billboard Charts

Michael Jackson is the first person in the 37 year history of the Billboard chart to enter straight in at No1, with his single “You Are Not Alone”. The previous record “Earth Song” which had debuted at No5 and also Michael Jacksons.

  • Biggest Selling Video

Michael Jackson’s “The Making Of Thriller” is the biggest selling video to be released by an artist.

  • Billboard “Hot 100” Singles Chart

Most No1 Hits by Male Artist (13)

  • No.1 Debuts

Michael Jacksons “Bad”, “Dangerous”, and “HIStory” albums all debuted in at No1.

  • Awards

Michael has won more awards than any other artist.

  • No.1 On Charts

In 1983 Michael became the first artist to simultaneously hold the number one spots on Billboard’s rock albums and rock singles charts, as well as the R&B albums and singles charts.

  • Consecutive No.1 Singles

Jackson 5 were the first group to ever have four consecutive No1 singles.

You will find so many more at the bottom of this page.

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I gotta say thank you so much for coming to the Back To The Future Hearts Tour. We put this album out in April. It came out and it was like the number one best selling record in the country that month. In this day of age and as an independent artist, that is really fucking hard to do. It’s really hard to do and I give it all to you guys, because despite what the fucking radio says, despite what the major labels say and despite all the fucking mainstayers say, there is still a massive world of rock music out there. And you guys have proven it. You guys are the ones going out buying records, buying 5 copies of the records, giving them  to your friends, spreading the word the way it’s supposed to be spread, not because someone paid a million dollars to get you on the front fucking page of Spotify or something, but because you guys are doing it, you guys are spreading the word. That’s why I have to thank you guys so much from the bottom of my heart. And I know I’m saying it on behalf of the rest of my band and probably all the bands here tonight. Thank you guys for all the support you give us. Thank you for keeping us alive.
—  Alex being genuinely thankful to the fans (Back To The Future Hearts Tour - 101015)
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happy 32nd birthday, thriller! || the best [selling] album of all time

“I remember being in the studio once with Quincy and Rod Temperton while we worked on ‘Thriller’. I was playing pinball and one of them asked me, 'If this album is not as good as’ Off The Wall’, you will be disappointed? "I remember being angry. I told them that 'Thriller’ had to be better than 'Off the Wall’.

I admitted that I wanted this album to be the best selling of all time. They started laughing. Apparently, it was not realistic to want. ”

- Michael Jackson