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Who are the top-selling female singers of all time as of 2015?

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In the United States, the top-selling female artists of all time are Barbra Streisand, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion as of 2015. In terms of U.S. chart success, the top female artists are Mariah Carey, Rihanna, The Supremes, Madonna and Whitney Houston.

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As of 2015, Barbra Streisand has sold an estimated 72.5 million units in her career, producing albums since the 1960s. Madonna has sold 64.5 million units in the United States and over 200 million units worldwide, which places her as the top-selling female artist internationally. Since the 1980s, Madonna has achieved 12 number one hits in the United States and 13 in the United Kingdom, where she is the most successful female artist in the U.K. chart's history.

Mariah Carey has sold 64 million units in the United States and has reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 18 times since her musical career took off in 1990. Whitney Houston has sold 57 million units in the United States and reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 11 times. Celine Dion has sold 50 million units in the United States.

Rihanna has achieved the number one slot in the Billboard Hot 100 13 times, which makes her the second-most successful female artist on the charts behind Carey. In the United Kingdom, the second-most successful female artist on the charts is the Spice Girls, an all-girl group.

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