List of Madonna records and achievements

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American singer Madonna, throughout her career, spanning three decades, has obtained a remarkable series of statistical achievements, setting and breaking several world records with her participation in entrepreneurial activities, of acting and her performance in the musical scene for her videos, singles, albums, and tours.

Her first appearance in the Guinness Book of World Records was in 1986 with her third studio album, True Blue. Since then, she has earned multiple appearances, some 20 at least in February 2012, including her insigne record title as the top-selling female recording artist of all time. Madonna's commerciality has achieved scrutiny studies and analysis from different point of view in the academia world or by marketers, through her marketing strategies, controversies and reinvention, surpassing to others new or contemporary artists. In popular culture, many international artists have been called "Madonna", many times, by their impact and success in their respective countries or genres. Also, her presence in popular culture, has been led to create world records about Madonna. Dubbed as the most successful and most influential female artist of all time,[1][2]

Global and regional records and achievements[edit]

Key
Denotes record broken by another artist
*
Denotes record tied by another artist
Record Notes
Most successful female solo artist In 2000, Guinness Book of World Records listed Madonna as the most successful female solo artist of all time.[3]
Best-selling female recording artist Guinness World Records listed Madonna as the best-selling female recording artist of all time, with more than 300 million records sold during her career.[4] Previously, the 1998 edition of Guinness Book of World Records stated: "No female artist has sold more records than Madonna around the world... who has had total sales of more than 200 million".[5]
Best-selling album by a woman dagger According to the 1992 edition of Guinness Book of World Records, True Blue was the best-selling album of all time by a woman, with sales of more than 17 million until October 1990.[6] Currently, the title belongs to Shania Twain's Come On Over (1997).[7]
Best-selling remix album by a female artist You Can Dance (1987) has sold over five million copies worldwide.[8]
Best-selling compilation album by a solo artist The Immaculate Collection has sold over 30 million copies worldwide.[9]
Biggest selling album of the 1980s by a woman By the end of the 1980s, True Blue became the best-selling album of the decade by a female artist.[10][11]
Most expensive music video dagger Madonna held this record with "Express Yourself" (1989) and "Bedtime Story" (1995), with cost of $5 million each. The record was taken by "Scream" by Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson, which reportedly spent $7 million in its production.[12]
Most costume changes in a film In Evita (1996), Madonna changed costumes 85 times.[13]
Best-selling video single of all time[14] "Justify My Love" was certified four-times platinum by the RIAA[15] and selling unprecedented half million units in July 1992[16][17]
Song topping charts in the most countries She set this record with "Hung Up" topping the chart at 41 countries[18]
Album topping charts in most countries With Confessions on a Dance Floor topping the chart at 40 countries. Also her third studio album, True Blue held the record for number one in the most countries, topping the charts in a total of 28 countries around the world[19]
Longest stay at number one on the European Top 100 Albums Her third studio album True Blue it spent 34 consecutive weeks at the top, most for any other album in history[20]
Most number-one singles on the European Hot 100 Singles She had a total 17 number-one singles in chart, most for any other artist
Most number-two singles on the European Hot 100 Singles She had a total 7 number-two singles in chart, most for any other artist
Highest-grossing concert tour of all time by a female artist Originally she reach this record with the Confessions Tour grossing over US $194.7 million ($227,771,360 in 2015 dollars) from 60 shows with 1.2 million spectators and she surpass her own record with Sticky & Sweet Tour a performed to over 3.5 million fans in 32 countries, grossing a total of US $408 million ($448.5 in 2015 dollars)[21]
Highest-grossing tour by a solo artist dagger She set this record in 2009 with Sticky & Sweet Tour (2008–2009),[21] but was broken in 2013 by Roger Waters with The Wall Live (2010–2013).[22] Also Sticky & Sweet Tour was the second higuest-grossing music tour ever[21][23]
Highest-grossing music tour per concert Confessions Tour is recognized as the highest-grossing music tour per concert in the 2007 edition of the Guinness World Records, with $3.2 million ($3,884,582 in 2017 dollars)[24] grossed per concert.[25]
Highest-grossing concert in Scandinavia In Helsinki, Finland, Sticky & Sweet sold more than 85,000 tickets, making it the biggest single show by an artist in history for all of Scandinavia[23][26]
Highest-grossing woman in entertainment dagger In 1990, with more than $125 million since 1986 according to Forbes.[27] Oprah Winfrey has this record, including $290 million in earnings between May 2010 and May 2011 according to Forbes[28]
Highest annual earnings for a female pop star Her earnings of $125 million for June 2012 – 2013, breaking the Celine Dion record in 1998[29][30]
Highest earnings for a female performer in a year Similar record with a highest annual earnings for a female pop star, but she hold this for a female performer in general according to the 2007 Guinness Book of World Records.[31] She extended her record during 2009 with $110 million earnings.[32]
Highest-paid female singer on the planet Awarded by Guinness World Record in 2006.[33] Also in 2008, Forbes for her earnings declared as the richest female musician worldwide[34][35]
World's richest recording artist She has a net worth of $800 million, most for any other artist in the industry[36]
Biggest recording contract for a woman She set this world record in 2007 when signed with Live Nation Entertainment by just three albums for £120 million[37][38][39]
Most-watched Super Bowl halftime show of all time Her performer in 2012 was the most viewed Super Bowl halftime show ever, defeating Michael Jackson's previous record, with 114 million viewers throughout the world.[40] This record was later broken by Bruno Mars in 2014 and again by Katy Perry in 2015
Most tweeted about subject on the social network Twitter With 10,245 posts per second by her performance in Super Bowl 2012[41]
Highest-grossing documentary of all time She has this record with a worldwide gross of $29,012,935 of her In Bed with Madonna[42]
Fastest-selling children's picture book of all time With The English Roses and according to newspaper The Age in the children's best-seller list it is second only to the fifth Harry Potter, selling just 220 copies less than JK Rowling's book in its first seven days.[43]
Fastest-selling coffee table book of all time Moving 1,500,000 copies in just three days with Sex in 1992[44]
Best-selling coffee table book of all time[42] With her first book Sex (1992) at least, in just three days, the book had managed to sell more than 1.5 million copies worldwide[45]
Most MTV Video Music Award wins dagger Madonna has 20 awards, including the lifetime achievement Video Vanguard Award in 1986.[46] This record was later broken by Beyoncé, who has 24 awards.
Largest day of pre-orders ever in iTunes history With her 12th studio album MDNA in the pre-order charts on iTunes in 50 countries across the world[47]
Biggest live webcast of all time Her performance in London's Brixton Academy in 2000 was the biggest webcast of all time. According to Microsoft, an estimated nine million viewers logged watched the live webcast, mostly from the United Kingdom, Europe and United States, breaking the Paul McCartney record with his concert at The Cavern in Liverpool, which had 3 million viewers. Also, the performance received positive comments, generated as much fuss as the NASDAQ crash[48][49][50]

Records and achievements by country[edit]

United States[edit]

Record Notes
Greatest Billboard Hot 100 solo artist of all time Behind only The Beatles, making the most successful solo artist in the history of American singles chart[51][52]
Top Billboard Hot 100 artist of the 1980s Madonna is the biggest artist on the Billboard Hot 100 during the 1980s.[53]
Best-selling female rock artist of the 20th century According to Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA)[54]
Most number-ones on all Billboard charts combined She had 157 number-ones on all the Billboard charts for her multi-format, winning support at pop, dance and adult formats.[55] She extended her record in 2015 with "Ghosttown", became Madonna's 45th number-one song on the Hot Dance Club Songs.
Most number ones on a singular Billboard chart Madonna became the artist with the most number-one singles ever on a Billboard chart with "Ghosttown" (became her 45th number-one song on the Hot Dance Club Songs), breaking her tie with country singer George Strait who earned 44 number-ones on the Hot Country Singles chart.[56]
Most top-ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 She has 38 Top 10 entries, with "Give Me All Your Luvin'" in the last, from her 2012 studio album, MDNA[57]
Most consecutive top-five singles on the Billboard Hot 100 She reached this record with "Lucky Star" (for a female artist) in 1983 and surprass her own record in 1989 with "Cherish" surpassed The Beatles and became in the act with most consecutive top-five singles.[58][59]
Most number-two peaking singles on the Billboard Hot 100 She has the record with six number two hits "Material Girl" (1984), "Causing a Commotion" (1987), "Express Yourself" (1989), "Cherish" (1989), "I'll Remember" (1994), and "Frozen" (1998).[60] She held this record with "Frozen" in 1998, surpassing Elvis Presley[60][61]
Most number-one singles by a female artist on the Billboard Hot 100 dagger When she released "This Used to Be My Playground" breaking her tie with Whitney Houston to become the female artist with the most number one singles at that time[62] Her actual position is the third female, surpassed only by Mariah Carey (18) and Rihanna (14) and is the number six artist with most entries in the chart
Most number-one songs by a female artist on the Billboard Hot 100 during the 1980s * With seven reached number one –a number surpassed only by Michael Jackson's nine-[63] Whitney Houston also amassed seven number-ones during the decade.
Most number-one singles by a female songwriter on the Billboard Hot 100 dagger Madonna replaced Carole King when she released "Take a Bow" in 1994[64]
Most Top 40 entries by a female artist on the Billboard Hot 100 As of 2003, she had 44 singles[65]
The shortest amount of time to achieve 20 top 10 singles by a solo artist on the Billboard Hot 100 dagger Rihanna broke her record in 2011[66]
Most gold-certified singles by a female artist in the US With "Don't Tell Me" going gold, Madonna surpassed The Beatles for having most gold certified singles in the United States[67] She had 28th gold certified record in the United States with "Give Me All Your Luvin'" her last gold certified single[68]
Top Singles Sales artist of the decade (2000s) Madonna ended the 2000s as the best-selling physical singles artist of the decade in the United States[69]
Most number-one singles on the Hot Dance Club Songs She has a total of 46 number-one songs on the chart —the most for any artist[70]
Highest debut at the Hot 100 Airplay "Erotica" entered the chart at number two on October 17, 1992, due to strong radio airplay in its first week.[71]
Biggest first-week sales by a female artist in Nielsen SoundScan era dagger With Ray of Light debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 albums chart on the issue dated March 21, 1998 with 371,000 copies sold[72]
Biggest second-week percentage drop for a number-one debuting album in the Nielsen SoundScan era dagger With her 2012 studio album, MDNA. The album slid from No. 1 to No. 8 on the Billboard 200 with an 86.7% sales decline (falling from 359,000 to 48,000 according to SoundScan)[73] Katy Perry surpassed the record with her 2017 album Witness, which dropped 88.8% from its number-one debut.[74]
Most number ones on the Billboard Top Music Videos Her MDNA World Tour DVD topped the US Billboard Top Music Videos, becoming her sixth consecutive and tenth video to top the chart —the most for any artist[75]
Best-selling video single of the SoundScan era With "Ray of Light" when surpass in June 1998, 7,381 copies[76]
Highest-grossing concert of all time in Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena dagger She set this record with her Blond Ambition World Tour in 1990, grossing $456,720[77]
Highest-attended concert in Radio City Music Hall Her broke all attendance records when the show The Virgin Tour (1985) sold out in a breathtaking twenty-four minutes[78]
Fastest concert tickets sold in a single day for Chicago UIC Pavilion With her show The Virgin Tour 18,000 tickets being sold in a single day[79]
Fastest concert tickets sold in Philadelphia Spectrum arena Record breaking 31,000 tickets were sold in under four hours with The Virgin Tour[79]
Fastest concert tickets sold in Madison Square Garden With her show Re-Invention World Tour[80]

Billboard Hot 100 chart statistics[edit]

Madonna's number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100

  1980s: 7 singles (58.3%)
  1990s: 4 singles (33.3%)
  2000s: 1 single (8.4%)

When she reached number one with "Music" in 2000 at Billboard Hot 100, it made Madonna the second artist to achieve number one hits on the Hot 100 in the 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.[81] Also, when she released "Who's That Girl" in 1987 it became Madonna's sixth number-one single in the United States, making her the first artist to accumulate six number-one singles in the 1980s, and the first female performer to get that many number-ones as a solo act.[82][83] In 2012, with "Give Me All Your Luvin'" she became the second female with highest number of Billboard Hot 100 singles by female artists, only behind Aretha Franklin. The song is her 56th appearance on the chart.[84] In 1991, with "Rescue Me" when it debuted at No. 15 on the March 2, 1991 Hot 100 chart, it marked the highest-ever bow for a single by a woman. Further, it was —at the time— one of only four titles to debut in the top 20.[85] Madonna is the third oldest female to place a number one at the Billboard Hot 100. The single "Music" reached the number-one spot when Madonna was forty-two years one month old (September 2000). She holds the record with 38 singles within the Top 10, most for any artist.[85][57]

Madonna's top-ten singles in the United States
  • 1984: "Borderline" #10
  • 1984: "Lucky Star" #4
  • 1984: "Like a Virgin" #1
  • 1984: "Material Girl" #2
  • 1985: "Crazy for You" #1
  • 1985: "Angel" #5
  • 1985: "Dress You Up" #5
  • 1986: "Live to Tell" #1
  • 1986: "Papa Don't Preach" #1
  • 1986: "True Blue" #3
  • 1986: "Open Your Heart" #1
  • 1987: "La Isla Bonita" #4
  • 1987: "Who's That Girl" #1
  • 1987: "Causing a Commotion" #2
  • 1989: "Like a Prayer" #1
  • 1989: "Express Yourself" #2
  • 1989: "Cherish" #2
  • 1990: "Keep It Together" #8
  • 1990: "Vogue" #1

Dance Club Songs chart statistics[edit]

She has 46 number-one songs in the chart —the most for any artist.[70][86] Also, is the only active artist to chart continuously since 1982, spanning four decades. Billboard said: "comparing her chart champs by decade, Madonna scored nine Dance/Club Songs No. 1s in the '80s and 13 in the '90s. Since 2000, she has almost doubled her total, adding 18 No. 1s in that span".[87] In 2012, when she release "Girl Gone Wild", became her 42nd No. 1 on the record chart, Billboard said that she has the quickest span of back-to-back No. 1s.[86] Also, the magazine declared that "essentially, if Madonna releases a single and it charts on Dance/Club Play Songs, it's a safe bet to assume it'll go to No. 1. Since 2000, she's placed 26 hits on the survey. Of those, all but six have gone all the way to No. 1.[88] Also, Madonna is the only artist in history to achieve seven top-ten hits from one album (American Life) and the only artist ever to achieve seven consecutive number-one hits on this chart twice.

"Give Me All Your Luvin'" set a record chart, when it debuted at 24 in the Dance/Club Play Songs chart and rose to 9 the next week, having the fastest rising to the top 10 for a song ever[89] "Hung Up" became the most successful dance song of the 2000s in the United States, by topping the Dance/Club Play Songs Decade-end tally and "Music" became the second most-successful dance song of decade, reaching number two on the record chart.[90] Furthermore, "Music" was also the longest-running number one song on Dance/Club Play Songs in the 2000s, with a longevity of five weeks at number one.[91][92]

Madonna's number-one dance singles in the United States

Billboard 200 chart statistics[edit]

Madonna's number-one albums on the Billboard 200

  1980s: 3 albums (37.5%)
  1990s: 0 album (0%)
  2000s: 4 albums (50%)
  2010s: 1 album (12.5%)

She is the second female artist with most number ones albums, with 8, behind only Barbra Streisand, who has 10 number one albums.[93] Her other achievements on the record chart, tied with Beyoncé as the female artist with most consecutive number-one albums.[94] Also, in 1984 Madonna was the first female to sell over 5 million albums in the US in a single year with Like a Virgin.[95] Madonna is the artist with most top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, with 21 (20 in 2012, with MDNA)[88] George Strait places second with 17 top 10s, followed by Mariah Carey (16). Also, she is the female artist with most number-two albums on Billboard's Top 200 Albums, with six, tied with The Beatles and behind Frank Sinatra's seven

Her albums The Immaculate Collection, Like a Virgin and True Blue are among the top 100 certified albums according to the RIAA,[96] with The Immaculate Collection and Like a Virgin becoming in one of the best-selling albums in United States with a diamond status. As of 2015, she is the eighth artist with most number-one albums. However, she has a record for the biggest second week sales drop in history in Nielsen SoundScan era with her twelfth studio album, MDNA.

Madonna's number-one albums in the United States

Australia[edit]

Record title/Achievements Notes
Best-selling compilation album in solo artist category (Australia) With The Immaculate Collection, and is one of the best-selling album in Australia, having sold 840,000 copies with 12× Platinum.[97] Overall, is listed as the twentieth best selling album in the country
Most number-one albums on the ARIA albums chart * She has 11 number one albums, tied with U2[98][99][100]
Most number-one albums by a solo artist on the ARIA albums chart
Most number-one singles on the ARIA singles chart Excluding "Me Against the Music", Madonna is tied with Australian singer Kylie Minogue for having 10 number one singles as a lead artist.[99][100]
Most weeks at number one on the ARIA singles chart She accumulated a total of 38 weeks in the charts[100]
First soloist with self-replacement at number one on the ARIA singles chart In 1985, Madonna's "Crazy for You" replaced her another release "Angel"/"Into the Groove". She was the first soloist, and remains the only female act, to do this feat.[101]
Biggest concert ticket sales in Australia dagger Madonna set the record for the biggest ticket sales in Australia with 360,000 tickets were sold, worth US$21,9 million. This feat was later broken by the Rolling Stone's Voodoo Lounge Tour in 1995.[102]
Highest-attended concert at the Adelaide Oval stadium dagger Madonna's 1993 show at the Adelaide Oval stadium attracted 40,000 people, which remained the biggest attendance on the venue for 17 years until AC/DC's concert in 2010.[103]

Australia singles chart statistics[edit]

When she released "Open Your Heart" in Australia, it reached a peak of number 16, breaking a run of nine consecutive top ten singles for Madonna in that country.[104] She is tied with Australian singer Kylie Minogue, having 10 number one singles.[99][100]

Madonna's number-one singles in Australia

Australia albums chart statistics[edit]

She have debuted her albums at number one for nine occasions, with Rebel Heart her last album,[105][98] it became Madonna's 19th week atop the chart, ranking her at number 24 on the list of artists with most accumulated weeks at the top.[106] She has 11 number one albums, tied with U2.[98][99]

Madonna's number-one albums in Australia

Canada[edit]

Record title/Achievements Notes
Fastest rising single on radio in Canada She set this chart record in 2005 with "Hung Up" became the fastest rising single on radio in Canada, according to Nielsen Broadcast Data Systems[107]
Fastest selling song in the history of the Canadian music charts With "4 Minutes" in 2008[108]
Artist with most number-one singles She has a total of 25 singles number one in Canada —the most for any artist. Only two of this number one singles belong to Canadian Hot 100 and the rest of Canadian RPM singles chart
Show with fastest tickets sold in Montreal On April 8, 2006, Madonna sold 30,000 tickets in under 40 minutes in Montreal, breaking a record previously held by U2[109]
Fastest-selling concert in Canadian Tire Centre With The MDNA Tour sold 15,000 tickets for the show in Scotiabank Place in 21 minutes,[110] becoming the fastest-selling concert in the arena's 16-year history, beating out previous record holder AC/DC in 2009.[111]

Canadian singles chart statistics[edit]

She has a total of 25 #1 singles in Canada — the most for any artist in spanning four decades: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. Only two of these number one singles belong to Canadian Hot 100 and the rest of Canadian RPM singles chart. Her 2000 single "Music" was the last number one hit on the Canadian RPM singles chart. Also, she has sixty-eight Top 40, fifty-nine Top 20, fifty-one Top 10 and thirty-nine Top 5 singles.[112] "4 Minutes" debuted at the top of the Canadian Contemporary Hit Radio chart. This marked the first time any song entered at the top of the CHR chart in BDS history.[108] With "Music and "American Pie" was the first time in Canadian chart history that an artist held the top two positions on the year-end musical charts.

Madonna's number-one singles in Canada

Canadian albums chart statistics[edit]

She has to date, two album with diamond status in Canada with True Blue (in June 1987) and Like a Virgin (July 1992). Making her one of the few artists that have this certification.[113] Also, she has 21 albums in the Top 5, with only 3 on the Top 20.

Madonna's number-one albums in Canada

France[edit]

Record title/Achievements Notes
Largest crowd of any concert in French history She set this record in the Sceaux, Hauts-de-Seine with her Who's That Girl World Tour 1987, in front of 131,000 people[114][115]
Best-selling non-French speaking female artist in France Madonna is the 10th most artist successful in France.[116]
Most certified singles artist in France Madonna is the most certified singles artist of all time in France with 18 singles.[117]

French singles chart statistics[edit]

Madonna had only three number one singles in France,[118] but spanning three decades: 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. She has twenty-two Top 10 singles on the French Top 100 Singles charts and forty-nine Top 40, during four decades: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s.

Madonna's number-one singles in France

French albums chart statistics[edit]

She has eight number one albums in France.[119] Also, she has three albums with diamond status in France with True Blue (1,000,000), The Immaculate Collection (1,000,000) and Confessions on a Dancefloor (750,000).[b] Also, she has ten albums number-two and three number-three albums. Generally, her albums always topped the Top 10 places in France.

Madonna's number-one albums in France

Germany[edit]

Record title/Achievements Notes
Most successful singles artist in Germany At the 40th anniversary of Germany's GfK Media Control Charts, Madonna was listed as the most successful singles artist in the chart's history.[120]
Most number-one albums by a foreign artist in Germany Madonna is the foreign act with the most number-one albums in German chart history, and equalled Herbert Grönemeyer for the third rank overall, behind only Peter Maffay and James Last with 16 and 13 chart-toppers respectively.[121]

German singles chart statistics[edit]

Madonna had four number one singles in Germany, but has fifty-eight Top 40, thirty-seven Top 20, twenty-five Top 10 and nineteen Top 5 singles.[122]

Madonna's number-one singles in Germany

German albums chart statistics[edit]

She has one album in the top 40 best-selling albums ever in Germany, with Ray of Light sold 1.5 million units. She has number ones albums during four decades: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s

Madonna's number-one albums in Germany

Source: Media Control Charts[123]

Italy[edit]

Record title/Achievements Notes
Best selling foreign album in Italy With True Blue having sold 1,550,000 copies to date. It is also the eighth album best selling ever in Italy.[124] Alongside Italian singer Mina are the only female artist in the top 15
Biggest attendance in a concert in Turin, Italy Her Who's That Girl World Tour was watched by 65,000 fans[125]

Italian singles chart statistics[edit]

She has a total of twenty-five number ones singles on Italian charts, spanning for three decades: 1980s, 1990s and 2000s. Also she has sixty-eight Top 40, sixty-five Top 20, fifty-six Top 10 and forty-five Top 5 singles.[126]

Madonna's number-one singles in Italy

Italian albums chart statistics[edit]

She has a total of 15 number-one albums in Italy and 8 albums number two. Most of her albums have entered the top 5, with only two studio albums, topping the two.[127]

Madonna's number-one albums in Italy

Japan[edit]

Record title/Achievements Notes
Most Artist of the Year wins from the Recording Industry Association of Japan (RIAJ) She has a total of five awards, which was the most for any other international artist. Even, she has more this award for any other artist, including from Japan and the first singer with a consecutive winner.[128] The record was taken in 2018 by The Beatles.
Most top-ten albums by an international artist on the Oricon Albums Chart She has 23 albums, with The Complete Studio Albums (1983–2008) has accumulated 22[129]
Only international artist with number-one albums in three consecutive decades Like a Prayer in the 1980s, I'm Breathless in the 1990s, and Hard Candy in the 2000s.[130]
Only international female artist with two albums in the top ten of the Oricon Albums Chart simultaneously When she released The Complete Studio Albums (1983–2008) and MDNA, she became the first international female artist in Japanese chart history to have two albums in the top ten simultaneously and the first international artist in 20 years to achieve such feat, after Bruce Springsteen, who occupied two simultaneous top-ten albums in 1992 with Human Touch and Lucky Town.[129]
Oldest woman to reach the top ten on the Oricon Albums Chart With Sticky & Sweet Tour (2010), Madonna became the oldest woman to have a top-ten album in Japan at the age of 51. Her latest top-ten album was Rebel Heart (2015) at the age of 56.[131]
Best-selling album by an international female artist in Japan of the 1980s Like a Virgin[132]

Japanese chart statistics[edit]

In Japan, she was the only foreign artist with two albums into the best selling of the 1980 decade, with Like a Virgin (#33) and True Blue (#36).

Madonna's number-one albums in Japan

Spain[edit]

Spain singles chart statistics[edit]

She has a total of twenty-two singles number one and two number-two singles: "Angel", "The Power of Good-Bye", "Don't Tell Me", "American Life" and "Give Me All Your Luvin'".

Madonna's number-one singles in Spain

Spain albums chart statistics[edit]

She has ten number one albums in Spain, spanning during four decades: 1980s, 1990s, 2000s and 2010s. Also, she has twenty Top 5 albums and generally, her albums always topped the Top 20 in Spain.[136]

Madonna's number-one albums in Spain

United Kingdom[edit]

Record title/Achievements Notes
Most UK number-one singles by a female artist She has 13 number one hits in United Kingdom. 4 Minutes (2008) was her last number one[137][138]
Most UK number-one albums by a solo artist dagger She has 12 number-one albums with 9 studio albums. Like a Virgin, True Blue, Like a Prayer, The Immaculate Collection, Evita, Ray of Light, Music, American Life, Confessions on a Dance Floor, Hard Candy, Celebration and MDNA[139][140]
Most UK number-one albums by a female artist
Biggest selling female singles artist of all time She has a combined sales total of 17.8 million as of 2012, surpassed only by The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Cliff Richard[141]
Biggest selling female artist of the 21st century With cumulative sales of 7.65 million copies[142]
Most certified artist of all time in United Kingdom With 45 awards from the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) as of April 2013[143]
Biggest selling UK album by a woman dagger With The Immaculate Collection, selling 3,665,068.[144] Adele surpass this record with 21 in 2011[145]
Female artist with most albums simultaneous topping the Top 40 albums dagger She had three albums in the Top 40 in 1987, but was surprass in 2014 by English singer Kate Bush, having eight albums in the Top 40 at the same time.[146] This makes Madonna in the foreign female artist with most albums simultaneous in the Top 40
Woman with the most top 40 singles in U.K. chart history As February 2015, she had 71st Top 40 U.K. singles. Her last song was "Living for Love" in 2015[147]
Act with most consecutive Top 10 hits According to 1998 edition of Guinness Book of World Records Madonna amassed a record 32 successive Top 10 entries in the UK[148] She hold this record, with 36 Top 10 entries according to Official Charts Company in 2015[149] Journalist Ian Young said in 2003: "Madonna has more than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones put together"[150]
Album with the longest consecutive weeks at number one by a female artist dagger With The Immaculate Collection, topping the chart for 9 weeks. Record that would not be matched until 2011 by Adele's album 21 topping the charts for 10 weeks[145]
Most-played artist of the decade 2000–2009 Figure were compiled by Phonographic Performance Limited (PPL) for BBC Radio 2. She received most airplay and public performances of their recordings from 2000 to 2009[151]
Most searched artist of the decade 2000–2009 Study was elaborated by Liverpool Lime Street railway station and Madonna has accrued 45,633 mentions over the decade 2000–2009 with profile marriage and divorce, adoption bids and one of the most successful careers around[152]
Act with most number-one singles during 1980s She had six number ones: "Into the Groove" (1985); "Papa Don't Preach", "True Blue" (both 1986); "La Isla Bonita", "Who's That Girl" (both 1987); and "Like a Prayer" (1989)[153][154]
Female with most weeks on UK Singles Chart by decade 1980 She had 252 weeks and is the second act, only behind Shakin' Stevens with 254 weeks[155]
Female with most weeks on UK Singles Chart by decade 1990 She had 258 weeks and is the second act, only behind Oasis with 282 weeks[155]
Female with most Top 5 hits She has 44 Top 5 hits in the chart, the second act, behind only Elvis Presley with 54[155]
Female with most number ones written She has 13 hits singles, the second act, behind only Paul McCartney and John Lennon with 33 hits singles
Female artist with the most consecutive number one albums In 2012, Rihanna equals Madonna's chart record with Unapologetic, having both 3 number one albums[156]
Female artist with most number-one albums during the 1980s With three albums: Like a Virgin, True Blue and Like a Prayer. Also she was one of the artists spent 10 weeks or more at number one on the album chart during the 1980s[155]
Female artist with most number-one singles during the 2000s She had a total of 5 singles topping the chart: "American Pie", "Music", "Hung Up", "Sorry" and "4 Minutes". And was the artist number thirteen with 10 weeks by total number of weeks at number-one[155]
Female artist with most number-one albums during the 2000s With five albums: Music, American Life, Confessions on a Dance Floor, Hard Candy and Celebration. But spent only a total seven weeks at number one[155]
Highest-grossing concert in Wembley Stadium With her Sticky & Sweet Tour Madonna performed to a sell-out crowd of over 74,000 fans and grossed over $12 million USD, surpassing all previous grosses at both the old and the new Wembley Stadiums.[157] Since that date U2 and their 360° Tour has broken the attendance record at Wembley Stadium with a crowd of 88,000 people.[158]
Fastest-selling concert ever at Earls Court Exhibition Centre She set this UK record in 2001 with her Drowned World Tour, sold out her dates at Earls Court Exhibition Centre in record time – six shows in six hours. Madonna made history with the fastest-selling show ever at Earl's Court, as 97,000 tickets were sold[159]

UK Singles Chart statistics[edit]

Madonna has 13 number one hits in United Kingdom, a record for a female recording artist, spanning her number one for three decades: 1980s, 1990s and 2000s

In 1985, Madonna became the first female artist in UK chart history to hold the top-two positions of the chart simultaneously, with "Into the Groove" topping number one and "Holiday" the second place[160] By the end of 1985, Madonna achieved up another record with the song, becoming the first female artist to have eight UK top-ten singles in one calendar year.[161] In 1987 when she published "La Isla Bonita", she became the female artist with the most number-one singles in the British chart history[162]—a record that has since been maintained by Madonna to date[137] Every single reached the UK Top 20 until 2008's "Miles Away". Also, Madonna simultaneously topped the albums and singles charts 4 times in her career, which is unmatched by any other female artist. In 2014, Official Charts Company compiled her Top 40 biggest selling singles, with "Into the Groove" in the top with 870,000 copies.[163] Furthermore, Madonna had 71st Top 40 U.K. singles, the most for any female artist.[147] Her others milestones including, eleven Top 2 singles, sixty Top 10 and forty four Top 20 singles.

Madonna's number-one singles in the United Kingdom

Source: Official Charts Company [155]

UK Albums Chart statistics[edit]

She has 12 number-one albums with 9 studio albums —the most for any solo artist. Also, she has five number-two albums and twenty Top 5 albums, more than any other female artist. In 1986, True Blue opened at the top of the UK Albums Chart on July 12, 1986, making it the first album by American artist to debut at number one in British chart history.[164][165] In 2012, with MDNA she became the first female in have an album in the number one during the 1980, 1990, 2000 and 2010.[166] Also, Madonna and Kylie Minogue are the only artists ever to have a number-one album and a number-one single in three different decades.

According to New Musical Express her albums The Immaculate Collection and Confessions on a Dance Floor are one of the 50 fastest selling albums ever in United Kingdom, selling 340,000 and 217,610 respectively. Making in the female artist with most entries.[145] Both Michael Jackson, Madonna had two of the best selling albums of the decade 1980 with True Blue (#9) and Like a Virgin (#17). Also during the 2000s, she figured with two albums in the top 100 with Music and Confessions on a Dance Floor and she topped the UK chart Christmas with The Immaculate Collection, making the first to the decade 1990s and occupied the record number one during nine weeks.

Madonna's number-one albums in the United Kingdom

Source: Official Charts Company [155]

Other countries[edit]

Record title/Achievements Notes
Best-selling international album by a female artist in Brazil With True Blue having sold 1,800,000 copies to date. It remain as the second best selling album in Brazil, behind Hey! by Julio Iglesias, but making her the best selling English album ever in the country. Madonna has other albums in the top The Immaculate Collection (1,000,000), Ray of Light (830,000) and Like a Prayer (760,000)[167][168]
Best-selling international female artist in Brazil Having sold 6,100,000 records to date. She remains as the second best selling artist, behind Spanish singer Julio Iglesias, making the best English act in the country[167]
Highest grossing multiple shows in Sweden With her Sticky & Sweet Tour in 2009, seen by 119,000 fans[169]
Largest audience ever assembled for a show in Austria With her Sticky & Sweet Tour in 2009, she set an attendance record for the biggest crowds in history in Zurich, Switzerland with 72,000 people[169]
Best-selling single by an international female artist in Finland "4 Minutes" best-selling certified singles in Finland and is the number five for a foreign artist, but the first for a foreign female singer.[170]
Most platinum album by an international artist in Hong Kong during the 1980s During the 1980s, Madonna accumulated a total of six platinum albums in Hong Kong, the most of any international artist of the decade.[171]
Fastest-selling foreign album in Turkey Madonna set the record for a foreign album in Turkey, as MDNA sold over 30,000 copies within four days, outselling all Turkish domestic albums.[172]
First international artist in Russia to have best-selling album of the year MDNA became the Russian's best-selling album of the year with seven times platinum certification. This was the first time a foreign artist had achieved this.[173][174]
Highest-attended concert in Montenegro On The Sticky & Sweet Tour, Madonna's show in Montenegro was performed for almost 70,000 people, the biggest-ever event held in the small Adriatic republic.[175]
Fastest-selling concert tickets in United Arab Emirates In 2012, with The MDNA Tour, 22,000 tickets for her performance in Abu Dhabi sold in a record-breaking one hour.[176][177]
Largest audience ever for a concert in Switzerland With her Sticky & Sweet Tour in 2008, which was in front of 72,000 people[178]

Records about Madonna[edit]

In popular culture, Madonna has generated records titles by others ways in Guinness Book of World Records. They said: You might not be able to run as fast as Michael Johnson, or sell as many records as Madonna.[179]

Record title Notes
The most ever paid for an item of clothing belonging to Madonna £12,100 ($19,360), for a corset designed by Jean Paul Gaultier and sold at Christie's, London, UK, in May 1994, according to 1998 edition of The Guinness Book of Records[180]
Most people dressed as Madonna at a single event/largest gathering of people dressed as Madonna 440 people who were dressed as Madonna on August 30, 2014 attended the annual Fool's Paradise Drag Party at the Fire Island Pines, New York[181]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  • ^ Are the original cost
  • ^ Are only certified sales. Not real sales
  • ^ Certified sales as April 2015

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