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Official Singles Chart Name Biggest Selling Artists Of All Time

Published: Monday 4th Jun 2012 by David

Today saw the Official Singles Chart unveil their list of the ‘Biggest Selling Artists of All Time‘, shining a light on the tally’s top twelve.

A top twelve,who have sold a minimum of 10 million singles in the United Kingdom, published to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the 60th anniversary of the chart, first published in the ‘New Musical Express’ in 1952.

The ‘Diamond Dozen‘ below…

01 THE BEATLES 21.9m
02 ELVIS PRESLEY 21.6m
03 CLIFF RICHARD 21.5m
04 MADONNA 17.6m
05 MICHAEL JACKSON 15.3m
06 ELTON JOHN 14.8m
07 QUEEN 12.6m
08 ABBA 11.2m
09 DAVID BOWIE 10.6m
10 RIHANNA 10.4m
11 PAUL McCARTNEY 10.2m
12 KYLIE MINOGUE 10.1m

While all listed should be applauded for this feat, we can’t but praise Rihanna for her #10 position-spearheaded by her reign on a digital front since her 2005 debut.

However, above any other act , it is The Beatles position at #1 that may startle even their most loyal of fans.

For despite their label ‘Apple Records’ engaging in an intense trademark battle with ‘Apple Computer‘, which saw their albums made unavailable to purchase on iTunes up until 2010, the group has moved 1 million digital tracks in the space of two years.

Pretty iconic, considering the fact that they split up 32 years ago.

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  1. JJFan1814 June 4, 2012

    AND TO THAT IRRELEVANT “HAS RIHANNA’S REIGN LET UP?” ARTICLE BELOW, LET THIS POST BE THE FOOT IN IT’S MOUTH.

    NO THAT RIHANNA REIGN HASN’T LET UP. SHE SITS WITH THE GREATS!!!!

    HATERS WILL GAG, EAT IT, KILL IT, FLIP IT, TIP IT.

  2. S* June 4, 2012

    damn not even MJ or Beyonce are on this list, WTH!??

    • Peter Griffin June 4, 2012

      MJ is 5th!

      • Todd June 4, 2012

        no mariah?

  3. JJFan1814 June 4, 2012

    AND THE BEY-HIVE IS GONNA HAVE A FIELD DAY WHEN BEYONCE ISN’T ON THIS LIST. MAYBE SHE’S SOMEWHERE IN THE TOP 200 BUT THAT’S ABOUT IT.

  4. nana yaw June 4, 2012

    Rihanna is already a legend

  5. S* June 4, 2012

    oh my bad, didnt see MJ, he is on the list
    what about Janet Jackson??

  6. ? June 4, 2012

    I’m a beyonce stan but sam u. Shade rihanna a lot but guess what beyonce aint on this list I think its time u stop stan wars its pathetic

    • sisa sly June 6, 2012

      you not a beyonce stan b**** stop!

  7. The Corrector June 4, 2012

    this list is for the UK ppl! not the USA or WORLDWIDE!

  8. Cockiness June 4, 2012

    there you go you c**** at TGJ……now go and delete that stupid post about how long rihanna would be around for

    • Lax June 4, 2012

      @cockiness i heard that

    • Ayo June 4, 2012

      But the list is for the UK only

  9. nana yaw June 4, 2012

    where is beyawncey on the list. I can’t find her

  10. Lax June 4, 2012

    This is refreshing news and great to read i mean after all RIHANNA
    is bashed from sun up to sun down and she has had a blank year
    if you let the Bee Hive, Grape and XYZ tell it this is in deed amazing to
    see and read.
    Ps
    Rihanna is a relatively new comer and shes holding her own and shes
    still learning and being school right along with the others.

    • joseph June 4, 2012

      I believe these numbers are for the UK . Not here in the states or WW. I think US counts more

  11. PIECE OF WEAVE June 4, 2012

    JUST BECAUSE A PACK OF WEAVE IS POSITIONED NEXT TO THE BEST PACKS OF WEAVES IN THE HAIR STORE DOES NOT AUTOMATICALLY MEAN THAT THE WEAVE IN THE PACKET IS GOOD WEAVE.

    AND JUST BECAUSE A PARTICULAR WEAVE IS NOT SOLD IN A PARTICULAR HAIR STORE DOES NOT MEAN THAT THAT WEAVE ISN’T BETTER THAN A PARTICULAR PACK OF WEAVE THAT IS BEING SOLD IN THAT HAIR STORE.

    JUST SAYING.
    IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND THEN…SHAME ON YOUR EDUCATION.

    PIECE OF WEAVE HAS SPOKEN.

  12. nana yaw June 4, 2012

    this is for only singles.

  13. uhm June 4, 2012

    for singles in the UK. this list mean nothing. uk buy junk anyway

  14. mobwife June 4, 2012

    TRUTH BE TOLD:
    1) THE BEATLES
    2) ELVIS PRESLEY

    CONGRATULATIONS TO MICHAEL JACKOSN’S CHILDREN who own the RIGHTS to their CATELOGS…….YEAH 3X for the BRILLANT MICHAEL J. JACKSON who had the presence of mind to purchase the RIGHTS to their MUSIC….LOL

    **Stay mad WIFE BEATER Paul McCartney ( but of course we want discuss that now will we?)

    R.I.P. KING OF POP 🙂

    • mobwife June 4, 2012

      *wont……*catalog

    • lol June 4, 2012

      BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  15. THE TRUTH June 4, 2012

    RIhanna’s music is not real music it’s p*** BEYONCE IS TOO MUCH FOR RIHANNA TO HANDLE!!

  16. the real xoxo June 4, 2012

    singles sales, i thought it was album sales. cause i was wondering where are adele and spice girls

    • LindseyMari June 4, 2012

      I also had to read this post again because of that too. I was already expecting certain names, but it makes sense for Rihanna though because she is a singles seller, while Adele, the Spice Girls, and others can shift album sales much better.

      • Lax June 4, 2012

        YEEEEEAH BUT EVEN AT THAT AT LEAST SHE IS IN THE LINE
        UP AND ACCORDING TO GOLABAL CHARTS SHES SELLING ALBUMS ALSO AFTER 27 WEEKS SHES #31 ON
        THEIR LIST OF 40 WITH SALES OF HER ALBUM, TELL US WHY YOU STAY
        TRYING TO TALK HER DOWN ALL OF THE TIME THERE OR MANY NAMES THAT OR MISSING FROM THIS LIST AND THE QUESTION IS WHERE O THE OTHERS.

  17. White girl mob June 4, 2012

    WHAT NO KREAYSHAWN:( this list is wack as hell kreayshawn is one of the most respect artist in the music industry! @piece of weave
    Please shut up nobody really cares what you gotta say.

    Where has @cockiness been all this time f****** nobody always on here hating on my fave

    @mobwive shut the f*** up and suck a d*** with eggs on the tip

    @lax is a lame ass fool on this site for ATTENION Cus he has no f****** friends so he come on TGJ to find viral friends hahaha f****** b****

    • Lax June 4, 2012

      @WHITE GIRL DOO DOO
      YOU ORA WORTHLESS PILE OF S*** WHO LURKS AND TRIES TO BRING
      A ARTIST BACK FROM THE DEAD TO COMPETE IN THE REAL WORLD OF
      MUSIC AND YOU OR THE “SUDDEN DEATH”O FAVES WHOLE CAREER BY STEADY PUTTING HOLES IN HER COFFING, IDIOT
      PS I AM FROM A FAMILY OF 14 YOU WORTHLESS BYTCH!!!!

    • mobwife June 4, 2012

      @White girl mob

      You are a JOKE starting with your screen name! Put the crystal meth pipe down and close the door to the doublewide! You’re letting the pet FLIES OUT!

      Crackhead Kreyshawn is worth nothing alive and will be worth less when she’s dead! B*!ch have several –> _/_/

  18. mobwife June 4, 2012

    LOL, Rihanna get’s the treatement she deserves for the lies and omission of information she has used to gain popularity and fame within the music industry. With that said, I will say that I am surprised she has SURPASSED BEYONCE! Beyonce has been on the scene for 16 yrs while this chick gained popularity via femi-HAG support and media favor in 2009.

    Oh well, however she achieved it, you got to say WOW followed by 0_O? “Blue Ivy’s B-Day Is The next Generation’s Sasha Fierce” 🙂

  19. Bey Fan June 4, 2012

    Well damn…..Im impressed with Rihanna….congrats.

    Have no idea why so many feel like this list is some type of “validation”…. I mean I dont see Whitney, Mariah, Celine, Cher…..

    But I digress …..

    Still impressed with Rihanna…..WERKKKK!!!!!

    • joseph June 4, 2012

      YOu don’t see them because Rihanna sells singles and Whitney, Mariah,Celine.Cher,GaGa,Beyonce,Janet, are more albums sellers not single sellers. Plus I believe those numbers are just for the UK not the US

  20. I Judge Flops June 4, 2012

    I cannot fully give Rihana credit because she didn’t write or co-write any of her hit singles..

    So All The praise goes to Jay-Z for marketing an untalented girl into a superstar.

    I bet Jay and Bey have went on plenty of vacations on Rihanna’s dime. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK RIH!!!

    • mobwife June 4, 2012

      Rihanna has a much talent as that “shiter”,drug dealer, woman beater, & violent stabber Joe Camel! I give credit to her PR Team, the real geniuses behind her success!

      • joseph June 4, 2012

        I 100% agree @Mobwife

  21. Girrrl June 4, 2012

    That Rihanna reign just won’t let up. Tgj always tries to downplay Rih’s achievements but you can’t change the fact that Rih is breaking records and your faves are flopping.

  22. ha ha June 4, 2012

    all of you that is mad about beyonce you should know that she is far far away from rihanna.
    she is only in the 36th position.

  23. Shonda June 4, 2012

    Everyone needs to understand this is UK! And please stop comparing Beyonce. Beyonce did catchy singles back in the day and then she grew up!! Now she don’t make catchy records to sell she makes good music to hear. She is so different than Rihanna she has actually talent and she’s made a great path for herself. She’s a very hard working woman no matter what everyone says. She derserves to be mentioned with Janet and Mariah and Patti not RIHANNA. Rihanna is in with Katy Perry, Madonna, Nicki Minaj, and other people that just focus on Gimmicks and not raw natural talent or actually musicians. They only focus on little kids and teenagers to appeal to.

    Of course Rihanna sells singles!! She’s a gimmick right? Would she have all this fame if her name wasn’t dragged through everyone’s household after that Chris Brown incident, after all the s** images and campaigning started, after she started scewing everyone? Really though, mad props to Rihanna for screwing the industry and coming out on top.

    We gotta stop calling people who disagree and value real musicians HATERS.

    • Shonda June 4, 2012

      I mean really, did yall see that video above? It’s really sad 🙁

      Love Rihanna though. I’m one of the ones that bought the songs!! She beautiful and that’s about it.

  24. I Judge Flops June 4, 2012

    Another sad thing is… Even with all that “success ” .. She doesn’t have ANY respect from her peers or the public, she is a GIMMICK.

    PEOPLE are so quick to Jump on Beyonce for not being on the list…. But people she has 4 albums so that’s not fair to compare her to these people who hav 6+. Also, Janet Jacaon, Britney Spears, and so many other LEGENDS are not on here. Yet they are on a much huger platform.

    When people hear the name “Rihanna” they think ” s***, can’t sing, beautiful, stupid” . The AVERAGE person doesn’t know these stats so they will just see her as the gimmick she is.

  25. I Judge Flops June 4, 2012

    No Mariah ? I can’t take this list seriously

    • Todd June 4, 2012

      Me too! And no Bey?

      • Todd June 4, 2012

        But thats singles,not albums…anyaway

  26. Mad-On-Her June 4, 2012

    Surprised Robbie Williams/Take That ain’t on there. Rihanna done good… It’s weird that Cliff Richard really only has to have one more hit single to surpass The Beatles and Elvis(!) That’ll make the list look a bit silly if it happens…

  27. WHUT June 4, 2012

    “While all can be applauded we cant applaud RIhanna????” AHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    PRESSSSEDDDDDDDD!!!!!

    BTW!! Where is Methuselah-yonce on the LIST?????? LOOOOOOOOLLLLL!!!!

    • Meh June 4, 2012

      I looking for her too lol

    • Oh Baby(B****** Will Deal) June 4, 2012

      i see English is not your first language for you utterly failed to read and comprehend that statement! Sam said “WE CAN’T BUT PRAISE RIHANNA…” which means he’s praising her achievement. I swear the navy are the dumbest fan-base! SMH!

      • Meh June 4, 2012

        Sam edited.

  28. POP ROYALTY ( Révolution) June 4, 2012

    Rihanna is the Queen of the Singles World , that’s her Thing !! that’s her element.

    Congrats Rihanna 😀

    and Madonna is still toying with other B****** i see ……. 😉

  29. t June 4, 2012

    Lmao at the delusional rihanna stans who think she could ever be on queen beys level. Lmao! Bey is worth 300 million and has #1 singles albums and movies. Jow is battleshit doing? Where are her #1 albums. When is ttt gonna go platinum? Pleaae rihanna is a talentless singles artist who haa to release an album every year and screw everybody to stay relevant. Nobody respects rihanna. She will never get the praise that beyonce gets. Sucks to stan for a basic bish lmao.

  30. Honesty June 4, 2012

    FfUUUURRRRM WHERE IS MARIAH CAREY…..? TAKE THIS B******* BRITISH LIST DOWN….IRRELEVANT…!

  31. King June 4, 2012

    R****** Navy kills me lol Congrats to Rihanna first of all and second Beyonce coming in at 36th is good for her seing the Uk isnt her biggest market unlike Rihanna .So the Navy needs to hush

  32. EBONY CLAWS June 4, 2012

    Well, I don’t even take a damp on YOU-KAY singles for 2 cents but whatever.. Well done everybody, specially Madonna, Rihanna and Kyle.

    “All these b****** is Madonna’s sons”

  33. David June 4, 2012

    Rihana had 7 albums, she better be on that damn list lol

  34. beyonce has a d*** June 4, 2012

    “Suffocate You” – A remix of “Dance for You” tributed to the always beloved Blue Ivy Carter R.I.P. (2012-2012) who has just died after more than two months of suffering from being her claimed mother Beyonce Knowles’ ass-smothering doll.

    Tonight I’m gonna suffocate you (ow woaaow)
    Tonight I’m gonna suffocate you (ow woaaow)

    Tonight I’m gonna stick your nose up in my butty
    Girl I know it, you don’t want me

    Ah, but you know I don’t give a DAAAAAMMMNNNNN!!!!

    I’ll be smothering my babe
    Smothe- Smothering my babe

    I’ll be farting in your face
    Farti- farting in your face

    Baby lemme sit my ass all on your body

    Promise not to tell your daddy,

    cause
    He’s gonna shut me dowwwwwn

    I’ll never feed you two
    I really need the other one.

    My boobs are fat and all, I know, but
    Never fat as her #1’s

    That’s why I always turn to you
    Cause they do nothing but slay my ass

    B**** DID I JUST TELL YOU TO GET YOUR F***** NOSE DOWN FROM MY CRACK

    STIC
    STIC
    STIC
    STIC it all the way back

    Sniff me more one time … like I’m a flower

    Can’t take my stank????? Not my problem

    Drink my c**, till it’s POWDER, my love.

    ______________________
    //////////////////////

    We will always love you Blue Ivy Carter.

    Coming soon,

    “Where Have Mom Been All My Life”, a bedtime lullaby for Blue Ivy for the night she was delivered by police to her actual mom. (Pre-order Now!)

    • Todd June 4, 2012

      thats really ugly!

  35. //////////////////// June 4, 2012

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  36. commanderofthedancefloor June 4, 2012

    cant the haters just say congrats to rihanna and be done?

    she did this in 7 years, she is the only one who came out in the past decade who made the top 10, and she is the youngest one also. (those two go hand in hand though) rihanna wont be remembered she is irrelevant and so on is what the haters say, but this proves she will be remembered and that she isn’t as irrelevant as you would like to think. im just saying im not acting like this is huge, but it does prove several people wrong.

    oh and with the US sales this makes her about 60 miillion singles world wide with just the UK and US that doesnt even count the sales from any other country

  37. EBONY CLAWS June 4, 2012

    I expected to see KandyTits Perry on the list, since the UK is the #1 country when it comes to shitty taste in music, hands down!

    @BEYONCE HAS A D***

    Still nobody giving a rats ass on whatever you’re gonna say.

    • soulmusiclover June 4, 2012

      ummm uk has shitty taste in music but they got adele, amy winehouse, corinne bailey rae, emeli sande , rebecca ferguson…. and in the US you got, katy perry, lady gaga , and bieber is praised!! c’mon, you can’t be serious!

      • JohnVidal(RIP Whitney-truegreat) June 4, 2012

        But @ebonyclaws is right. The UK singles chart is absolutely laughable. At least for the last 10 years. They produce great and bad artists like every other country. We are saying the songs that top their singles charts are crap the last years. That´s why Rihanna is there with all those genious on that list. Nothing else

  38. DJ TAJ June 4, 2012

    MADONNA IS THE QUEEN!!!!!!

  39. SBC19 June 4, 2012

    This is for the UK. F*** the UK. Everybody knows that the UK has the shittiest taste in music, and the residents there are a bunch of eccentric fem bots.

    Get back to me when they compile a real (US-based) list. Until then…#Not Impressed.

  40. EBONY CLAWS June 4, 2012

    @TODD

    Agree! That’s really REALLY ugly and LAME as FUQ.

    *plays Rihanna’s “Your Love” (unreleased)*

  41. TeamBreezy June 4, 2012

    Congrats to all.. Rihanna ceases to amaze me!

    for those of u trying to dismiss the UK as if its not important … lest not forget Rihanna is still the highest selling digital artist in US …yes, the US!

  42. Gilberto June 4, 2012

    Congratulations. But there is a huge difference between Rihanna’s sales to the others’. Basically, Rihanna has only sold digital singles; the others, physical singles. I wouldn’t be surprised if until the end of the decade, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, Beyoncé, Black Eyed Peas and many other contemporary singers enter this list.
    Today we’re going through the boom of single sales. Selling a million physical copies in the entire world was extraordinary a few years ago, but today it isn’t.
    Physical singles were expencive and labels limited their release and distribution. Music industry forced people to buy the album instead of the single. There were many cases that they even cancelled the release of it after a few weeks of release just to boost the album sales, example: Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby”. Sometimes they didn’t even release it, like Destiny’s Child’s “Emotions”, No Doubt’s “Don’t Speak”, Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn”.
    It’s clear that singles were never the focus of labels, they were just a sub product. Album sales have unstoppably been decreasing since early 00’s, so they are focused on singles, tour and advertisements thesedays.

    • TeamBreezy June 4, 2012

      I guess this is a cute way to undermine Rihanna’s achievements …

      We are in the digital era, nothing we can do about that ..
      Music changes.. lets respect those who prosper and achieve instead of finding a loop hole to throw shade

  43. Suicide Blonde June 4, 2012

    This list is from the UK not worldwide, anyway i’m glad my favorites are part of the list, my favorites of the list:
    Elvis Presley
    The Beatles
    Michael Jackson
    Queen
    Madonna
    David Bowie
    Paul McCartney
    Kylie Minogue
    Rihanna

  44. Rob June 4, 2012

    Where is Queen B? I don’t see her on here. Oop

  45. theman June 4, 2012

    The only reason Rihanna is on this list is because of cheap digital singles. Most of these artists on this list had their fans purchse the actual physical product. Digital songs are very cheap. Thats what alot of her fans buy.

  46. MISHKA June 4, 2012

    UK huh? Okay.

    *exits*

  47. AzozB June 4, 2012

    this oust is S*** without Beyonce -__-

  48. AzozB June 4, 2012

    List*

  49. Junior in Jamaica June 4, 2012

    Go Rihanna…keep moving and proving…

    Stay mad irrelevants…Rihanna doesn’t see you. 😉

  50. whatsmyname June 4, 2012

    Beyonce can’t make it on the list Cuz her music is wack.she can’t sell singles or albums however she is a great live performer.

  51. mr.m June 4, 2012

    Well, Rihanna is still a FLOP!!!!

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