American artists dominate the list with five (Pink, Madonna, Beyonce, Britney Spears and Lady Gaga), while Brits account for three of the leading ladies (Adele, Dido and Amy Winehouse). Barbadian Rihanna (at No. 4) and Melbourne born-and-bred artist Kylie Minogue (No. 7) also make the list.
Since the start of the millennium, the Top 10 female artists have sold 72 million albums in the U.K. combined (including streaming equivalents), according to the OCC.
Adele doubles up as her 2011 album 21 crowns the list of U.K.’s best-selling albums by women artists from 2000 until now. A monster CD seller, 21 has shifted just shy of six million combined copies in the U.K.
The “Hello” singer’s other albums 25 and 19 also appear, at No. 3 and No. 9, respectively.
There’s no news yet on when the followup to 25 will materialize. Last August, when a fan asked the question on everyone’s lips -- "Adele where's the album?" -- the Grammy-winning star gave the answer no-one wanted to hear. "I honestly have no idea," she wrote on Instagram.
Later, in October, the Brit gave a hint that new music could be on the way in 2021. “I’m going back to my cave now to be the (single) cat lady that I am! Peace out til next year,” reads a social post.
The U.K.'s Official Top 10 women album artists – 2000 to 2021
6. Amy Winehouse
7. Kylie Minogue
9. Britney Spears
10. Lady Gaga
The UK's Official Top 10 albums by women artists – 2000 to 2021
1. 21, Adele
2. Back To Black, Amy Winehouse
3. 25, Adele
4. Spirit, Leona Lewis
5. Fame, Lady Gaga
6. No Angel, Dido
7. Life For Rent, Dido
8. Come Away With Me, Norah Jones
9. 19, Adele
10. Our Version Of Events, Emeli Sande