Madonna, Rihanna biggest-selling female singles artists of all time
Published Oct 27 2012, 00:01 BST | By Lewis Corner Madonna
has been named the biggest-selling female singles artist in UK chart history.
The iconic singer has sold over 17.8 million singles in the UK since her chart debut with 'Holiday' back in January 1984.
The track peaked at number six and it wasn't until 1985 that Madonna claimed her first UK number one single with 'Into the Groove'.
However, Rihanna is quickly catching up with the legendary performer after shifting 11.4 million singles in the UK in just seven years, reports The Official Charts Company
The Bajan star has sold over 3 million singles in the UK over the last year alone and could realistically overtake Madonna's lead within the next two and half years.
Kylie Minogue is at number three will 10.2 million singles sold across her 25-year career, while Whitney Houston is at four (8.5m) and Lady GaGa is at five (7.329m).
The Official Biggest Selling Female Singles Artists of All Time are as follows:1.
Kylie Minogue (10.2m)4.
Whitney Houston (8.5m)5.
Lady GaGa (7.329m)6.
Britney Spears (7.324m)7.
Celine Dion (6.7m)9.
Mariah Carey (6.62m)10.
Olivia Newton John (6.61m)
Watch Madonna perform 'Into the Groove' during her 'Sticky & Sweet' tour below: