Barbara Streisand Extends Lead Ahead of Madonna & Mariah Carey As U.S. Best Selling Female With Newly Platinum ‘Partners’

Published: Tuesday 20th Jan 2015 by Rashad

That Babs reign just will not let up.

For, over 50 years after her debut album, Barbra Streisand saw her September 2014-released, #1 album ‘Partners’ deliver one of the year’s highest first week sales for a female – a feat all the more impressive as it was accompanied with news that it was her 10th chart-topper on the tally.

Extending her lead from nearest competitor Madonna (who has 8 number 1 albums), reports surfaced today that the album’s newly established platinum certification has helped her leave three other top-selling divas in the dust – Reba McEntire, Madonna and Mariah Carey.

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“With her latest album Partners reaching Platinum certification, Streisand extends her record for the most Platinum album certifications for a woman in RIAA history. Incredibly, Partners is her 31st album to ship more than 1,000,000 copies in the U.S. The closest competition? Reba McEntire, who has 19 Platinum-certified albums.

Partners debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 in Sept. 2014. It was her 10th album to top that chart, making her the only act to notch a No. 1 album in each of the last six decades.” – Billboard

Pushing toward the 74 million mark with U.S. numbers alone, the powerhouse diva extends her lead as best-selling female in U.S. history ahead of Madonna and Carey (whose numbers currently rest at 65 and 64 million respectively).

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  1. TheElusiveLamb January 20, 2015

    I’m confused. I thought (USA) Barbara was always number one, Madonna was second, Mariah was third, and Celine was fourth, so anyone care to tell me why TGJ singled Mariah Carey out?

    • BeyRihLiyah January 20, 2015

      you know they hate mimi if they are not shading mimi then they are shading rih ignore them they’re pressed as always

      • TheElusiveLamb January 20, 2015

        TGJ can’t hate her or Riri,b because if we be honest, Mariah, Rihanna, and Madonna are keeping their lights on. If they didn’t make articles on them, their 100+ comments wouldn’t exist.

    • BOOBIE January 20, 2015

      Because she’s fat

      • BeyRihLiyah January 21, 2015

        biitch your mother is a fat diabetes herpesss infested crack whoreeee who has multiple baby daddies and who prostitutes her body for a cheese burger from mcdonalds

      • TheElusiveLamb January 21, 2015

        I tell you the truth sis, I really don’t even mind the dragging of Mariah. I just don’t need the fake love when she passes like they did to MJ & WH. I used to want to attack everyone that shaded her, but now I just shrug my shoulders and let these people troll.

  2. Mark111 January 20, 2015

    oop! I don’t want to hear people saying an artist has too many albums. If people go out and BUY them, then that’s all that matters. Talk about a quiet storm.

  3. Slay_Hive January 20, 2015

    Wow! Barbara can get a platinum album but Mariah struggles for Gold now??

    • TheElusiveLamb January 20, 2015

      Cute, but she doesn’t struggle to pay her bills. That’s something that you will never be able to say.

      • Slay_Hive January 21, 2015

        B**** what? You don’t know a damn thing about me! Find a seat

      • TheElusiveLamb January 21, 2015

        You know what’s funny though… you go IN on how Rihanna makes all of this generic music and blah blah blah, then turn around and brag on how 4 went platinum and underperformed because it’s real music, then come in here and shade THE MARIAH CAREY when she makes real music, not to mention 99.8% of albums didn’t even sell 400k… B**** you need to have several seats. You spend all day living through Beyoncé because YOU have nothing else going for yourself. Beyoncé accomplishments will never be yours sweetheart.

      • Slay_Hive January 21, 2015

        First off you psychotic b****. What does Beyonce, 4, Rihanna and generic music have to do with my comment? Clearly you are bothered and have some issues that you need to take care of. Let’s get one thing straight, For the past few months I have barely been on this site. I have my OWN life and accomplishments. I don’t need nor want to live through Beyonce b****. I am only a fan! Ta but like I insinuated, Barbara went platinum and Ms. Carey can barely pull in copper! With all the bragging her fans do about her “status” I’d think she’d be pulling in the same numbers as Barbara. Guess not! The b****’s music is BASIC and her vocals died YEARS ago! DEAL! Don’t ever address me again you nobody ass b****!

      • TheElusiveLamb January 21, 2015

        WRONG. You tried it. First, it has to do with your comment because you’re a hypocrite. You can’t apply pure R&B to one artist and not do the same for others. Secondly, Mariah stans don’t go do anything. I specifically do not ever come for anyone’s fav, because most of the time, I love the same artist. Finally, you are ignorant ad f***. You brag through Beyoncé, because you have no life nor do you have s*** going for you. If Beyoncé had the status and vocal stamina you claim she has, you wouldn’t be constantly comparing her to “generic” Rihanna, nor would have that Mrs. Carter Tour I attended have been 70% lip sync and 20% reverb and 10% background singers. You don’t control a damn thing here, so when I feel like it, I will be in your reply box. You are a nobody f*****. You can dish, but you boo hoo and cry when someone replies. You can brag on your fav, but others can’t brag on theirs. Learn to STFU. You don’t have to like Mariah or her stans, but you will show us the respect that you want others to show you and Beyoncé.

        FYI: Babs has 6 times the platinum albums that B has, so sit.

      • Slay_Hive January 21, 2015

        Girl how am i a hypocrite? I simply stated “Wow! Barbara can get a platinum album but Mariah struggles for Gold!” and That is the MF truth. I’m sorry if that hurt your feelings sweetheart, but you will learn to deal. Because I am known to state my opinion and not give a f*** afterwards!
        Secondly SEVERAL Mariah fans have came for Beyonce over the years. Constantly shading Bey before she released her Double Platinum album and disappeared when Mariah released and FLOPPED!! Clearly you are new and irrelevant and you don’t know what you’re talking about. (SLAYRIAH, THE MAN) Just to name a few! Take that seat babygirl!

        B**** i do not live through Beyonce. I have not been on this site regularly in MONTHS! I have a Life, Job, friends and family that are more important to me than arguing with PRESSED b****** like yourself everyday. Like I said you do not know me personally babe. You are only bitter pressed b**** and you’re bothered by my comments. Stop worrying about my life and get ya bitter ass life together. When I am here though, I don’t mind getting a b**** together and won’t shed a tear about it. Get that right!

        The nerve of you to tell me to learn to STFU, but here you are replying to EVERY one of my comments in TWO posts. Because you are pressed that I shaded your fave in my comment. #TheIrony Make sense boo. You are contradicting yourself and looking like a damn fool. Show me some respsect first idiot! Also LET’S NOT SPEAK ON LIP SYNCING, when you are a fan of the vocally declined lip syncing diva HasBeenRiah. Wasn’t she just 100% lip syncing on her little tour btw?? 😀 😀

        P.S. Beyonce does have the status and vocal stamina that I claim. It only pisses some Hive members off when Bey is constantly compared to mediocrity

      • TheElusiveLamb January 21, 2015

        Not the “I say what I want” b*******. Save that s*** for someone else. If YOU say what you want, expect nothing less of others. That’s what I’m talking about, that hypocritical b******* you like to talk. That album can never go gold, aluminum, or copper, and it STILL wouldn’t hurt my feelings. Obviously judging by the essays, one little shady comment towards Beyoncé gets you off your knees and running to the nearest public library to say your little shade.

        If they disappeared, why didn’t the shade? Do you ever see me come for anyone? No so they do not represent the Lambily.

        B****, you DO live through Beyoncé. You can’t go a day without bragging on her accomplishments. You don’t have more important things to do, because look where you are f** lol. You’re all over this site shading and trying to drag to avoid the fact that your welfare hasn’t been approved yet. You’re going off on me, but I pay my taxes so you can receive that welfare check boo. 🙂

        Sweetheart, I will reply to you in three posts if I feel like it. It’s my iPhone, and I will do with it as I please. If you can’t deal, go bury a grave. I showed you respect when I stooped down to your level to reply. Who are you to judge talent? Who are you to tell someone who they should and shouldn’t stan for? You’re a nobody.

        If anyone needs to show respect,it’s you. You are the one going to every post bringing up Mariah and Rihanna, not the other way around. #TheIrony

        And lastly, if Mariah’s voice is gone, then B has never had a voice, because let’s not pretend those choruses and harmonies of DC4, DC4 (2), & DC3 didn’t play a little bit too low. 🙂 Playback is our fav’s (B) best friend. I can talk about her LIP SYNCING because I’ve been to 5 different shows. And as for mediocrity, let’s not do that my dear, because it’s YOU continually doing the same old Beyoncé vs. Rihanna b******* debate you’ve been doing for the 14 years you’ve been on this site. LMAOOOOO. You’re so f****** dumb boo.

      • Slay_Hive January 21, 2015

        Girl I’m Done!!!!! LMAOOOOO If I’m not mistaken you wrote the first ESSAY tho! You are the one that’s PRESSED and BOTHERED off one little shady comment! I’m done with you and your lame attempts at reading. B**** go through the archives and you will see that I BARELY comment hunny. I have a LIFE to live babe. Get you one! Weren’t you in the top commentators list with 200 comments several times before? 😀 #DEATH It seems like you are the one with no life. DEEEAAATTH @ you telling me I live through Beyonce, yet you’re about to tear your Acer Keyboard up and have a STROKE over lil ole me shading Ms. Piggy. B**** you a MF joke! You’d think you were Mariah the way you’re offended. You are not her baby! You haven’t accomplished a dam thing. I GOTS to be someone important the way you chasing my comments from post to post! 😀 I keep a b**** seething!!!! 😀

        BTW what library you know is open at 2am?? #DumbBitch

      • Slay_Hive January 21, 2015

        Since you want to post videos.. Can’t forget about this disaster. 😉 All of those notes you listed and the granny bish can’t hit ONE live???? kii No wonder that album hasn’t been certified concrete!! DEATH!!! The bish is DONE! Stick a fork in ha! 😀 😀

      • TheElusiveLamb January 21, 2015

        Lol who is trying to “read” you. I simply was having a convo. I’ve been the top commentator yet you comment three times the amount the I do? Let’s use our brains, not our imagination shall we? I never have been the top commentator, and I never will be. 99.8% of the time I come on this site, I’m at work at my desk or in class. I can’t say the same for you. You reply to everyone who even has comments the letter “B”. I will reply to you, because just like you said, I can say whatever I want and give ZERO f**** afterward. Also, just because you didn’t use a public library and went to a 24/7 McDonald’s for that free Wi-Fi doesn’t mean you won’t be the first one in line with your library access card tomorrow morning checking to see who said something about Beyoncé. If I really was not worth your time, you wouldn’t have commented after my first reply dumb b**** lol. 🙂

        Your video is unavailable. I guess you just have horrible luck. No welfare check and no video… 🙁 Good Night.

      • Slay_Hive January 21, 2015

        Speaking of no life and welfare. Do you not see yourself in the top commentators list with 166 comments? Yet I’m the one with No life living thru Beyonce?? B**** I’ve never mad that list. I just simply don’t have that amount of time to spend on TGJ arguing over HasBeenRiah!! You are officially a JOKE gurl! 😀 😀 BYYYYYEEEEEEE!!!

      • TheElusiveLamb January 21, 2015

        You keep calling her a has been and claiming you wouldn’t argue about blah blah blah but yet you’re here with four Comments to my one. 🙁

      • Slay_Hive January 21, 2015

        4 comments to your 1?? kii B**** you can’t count EITHA??!! I’m done with you, you no life having b****! I’m sure by tomorrow you’ll be up to 200 comments. 😀 Arguing with someone over their opinion on LipSyncRiah! Some amazing life you must have kii GN I have to get my beauty rest so I can enjoy my off day!! toodles! 😉

      • Al January 21, 2015


    • Mark111 January 20, 2015

      How many albums went plat last year?

      • Slay_Hive January 21, 2015

        I’m not sure but if Barbara(a legend) can still get a platinum album, I don’t see why Mariah can’t. I mean she is this “diamond” album selling diva according to her fans.

      • blackcat+rhythmnation January 21, 2015

        Mariah Carey Music Box>>>>>>Beyonce’s discography

      • Terny January 21, 2015

        Dayumn! One man/woman army! I’m impressed! U dragged it for filth.. Löl

  4. Stephy Jackson January 21, 2015


  5. FutureCIARA January 21, 2015

    Slay BABZ!!!! Grandmadonnasaurus could NEVAH!

  6. Kitty January 21, 2015

    Slay them all!

  7. Stephy Jackson January 21, 2015

    The Elusive Lamb , they didn’t even single Mariah out… They said, Mariah & Madonna. Just except the fact that MC’s new music (voice & marketing skills) is shitttty NOW & that’s why no-ones buying it sis.

    Until Mariah, stops the diva antics… Recover at-least 70% of her voice & act like a decent legend (that she is)… She will CONTINUE to flop. That’s the truth.

    Madonna will struggle for Platinum as well. Hell, she will struggle for GOLD considering she haven’t seen a Platinum Plat since 2006. But, her WW sales should get her too 1,000,000 overall. Which is FAR better than Mariah’s pathetic 250K sales WW for Elusive Flopteuse!

    • TheElusiveLamb January 21, 2015

      You know sweetheart, if you don’t like Mariah anymore, you don’t have to pretend to be a fan. There is nothing wrong with her voice, nor is there nothing wrong with the way she acts. She is a normal person going through ups and downs like everyone else. She hasn’t even been out anywhere except the Xmas performances, because she’s sick of ‘fans’ like you. Who cares if she flops? Everyone underperforms. It’s not a big deal

      • Stephy Jackson January 21, 2015

        Honey, I stopped reading when you said “There is nothing wrong with her voice”. Girl, you’re a delusional MC stan. I will always love MC but I’m not delusional…

      • TheElusiveLamb January 21, 2015


  8. The One January 21, 2015

    Barbar Streisand has 32 albums and the rest of those ladies dang near out sells her with less than half or less. This is nothing to brag about!!

    People are so simple minded!!

  9. SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) January 21, 2015

    And Beyonce struggles for a #1 so what’s your point? B***** you don’t even belong on this post. Barbra, Madonna, and Mariah all Shitt on your fave in album sales department – CLEARLY.

    DEATH… Not you being here when Bey’s sales are below Britney, Christina, and Alicia Key’s. You’re dismissed. #Diamondless

    • Slay_Hive January 21, 2015

      B**** where is Britney Christina and A. Keys at now #CareerLess


      Bey is doing just fine in 2015 (18 years later) without a diamond album hun! 😉

      • Susan Boyle Stan January 21, 2015

        12 Years*

      • killa bey January 21, 2015

        no he is right. Bey debuted in 1997 as the lead vocalist of DC. Do the math

      • Susan Boyle Stan January 21, 2015

        As a SOLO artist u dumbfuck

      • Truth January 21, 2015

        A. Keys outsold Beyonce as a solo artist. Chart news clocked that tea a month ago. Soo don’t bring up A. KEYS unless she is relevant to the topic which she isnt. Thanks

    • Krista January 21, 2015

      A Keys has not sold more in total than Beyonce.

      • SMH January 21, 2015

        A Keys total albums sales is 18 million. Beyonce is only at 15 million.

  10. SLAYRIAH CAREY (TOUR DE FORCE) January 21, 2015

    Anyway, congrats to Ms.Streisand (although she released like 1000 albums).

  11. Mark111 January 21, 2015

    But the fact that Mariah came out years after and to be back and forth with them says a lot. But I thought Whiney was the 3rd highest selling female tho?

    • TheElusiveLamb January 21, 2015

      I always thought Celine was? I wish albums were certified back in their debuts.

      • Mark111 January 21, 2015

        Maybe it’s RECORDS sales that it’s Madonna, MC and Whitney, Celine. For a bit, Granny and MC were neck and neck. Somehow Granny sold an extra 100 million records… somehow.

      • TheElusiveLamb January 21, 2015

        I always thought Madonna total sales were a little bit inflated, but we can’t deny her. I personally think Madonna is at 275 million… maybe 280. Mariah is probably 230 maybe close to 240 if all singles are updated. Celine is at 200-220 and Whitney finishes with 180-200 million. Very hard to tell for Whitney bc her first two albums are mega sellers, but they can’t be certified.

    • Royalkev January 21, 2015

      For US albums
      Madonna 64.5 million
      Mariah 63.5 million
      Whitney 57 million
      Celine 50 million


      Madonna 300 million
      Mariah 200-220 million
      Celine 200-220 million
      Whitney 200 million

      • JOHNVIDAL January 21, 2015

        Wow it´s been some time since I saw that list of best selling people in the US cause the gap between Madonna and Mariah was bigger and I swear Celine was over Whitney? Maybe the extra millions Whitney has sold after her death are the reason? Anyway, total slayage from all of them.

    • Royalkev January 21, 2015

      Oh, btw Babs is now claiming 245 Million. So now she’s under Madonna with ww sales.

  12. Susan Boyle Stan January 21, 2015

    Lol Elusive lamb i feel sorry for what you just did to Troll_Hive’s edges

  13. Susan Boyle Stan January 21, 2015

    I hate it when stans come for other stan bases just because their fave is currently at the top people keep forgetting that you can’t stay at the top forever

    • TheElusiveLamb January 21, 2015

      Exactly. Why can’t we just congratulate Babs and keep it going. Everyone flops. Everyone goes through ups and downs. This just happens to be Mariah’s down. I don’t care what people say. I’m not a weak minded stan who changes their opinion every time the chart position moves. I just don’t understand these people.

      • JOHNVIDAL January 21, 2015

        I agree. Being a bandwagoner is the worst thing. Either you like an artist or you don´t. If the artist stops having commercial success you shouldn´t stop liking them, they are the same and normally still releasing great music.

  14. blackcat+rhythmnation January 21, 2015

    I really laugh when some people compare Beyonce to the legendary Mimi. Although Mariah’s Elusive Chanteuse underperformed, she is still million miles away ahead to Beyonce when it comes to sales and accomplishments. Even Beyonce knows that. Don’t compare Beyonce to the legend. Its unfair. Its insulting. Its embarassing.
    Oh by the way, they are friends so what’s the shade?

  15. blackcat+rhythmnation January 21, 2015

    Congratulations Barbara Streisand!!!!
    I love her duet with Celine “Tell Me”

    • JOHNVIDAL January 21, 2015

      That was unbelievable! Those voices… and while Celine was at her absolute peak commercially. Total slayage, a real one.

  16. innocent bystander January 21, 2015

    lmao at elusive and slayhive.. slayhive drug that lamb especially with the top comment read. i had my laugh for the night

  17. AJ January 21, 2015

    TGJ singled Mariah out because people wrongly assume she’s the best selling female in the US. Though she is the best selling worldwide I believe. Expect hate and excuses from the Lambley.

    • JOHNVIDAL January 21, 2015

      In what world what TGJ reported leaves Mariah in a bad position? Who thinks she is the best selling female in US history? The fact that she is 3rd is amazing and everybody knows Barbra is first. Plus she is incredibly close to the second one. If anything I think you are mixing up this list and the best selling artists in the soundscan era (since 1991), where Mariah Carey is the best selling female.

  18. Al January 21, 2015

    We could all sit here and argue all day who is the best selling female artist?! Madonna Marian Celiene are defo passed the 200M sales mark, Whitney’s got to be near 175 M I wish labels would stop being tight do an audit and than tell us what is what

  19. Theman January 21, 2015

    Lol Beyonce only has one album that sold over four million copies. That eliminates you and her from this convo. Mariah’s is in pretty good shape vocally, she was belting very damn good. You’re stuck in the past.. It’s impressive that Mariah has moved so many units when she came out later than both.. #Singleless Beyonce fans are one to talk about flops, when her last four singles bombed like none other..

    • Krista January 21, 2015

      Beyonce has two platinum singles from this era try again.

    • Krista January 21, 2015

      And 7/11 is gold and still in the top 20. Nice try thooo!

  20. JOHNVIDAL January 21, 2015

    Congrats to Barbra! Her voice in the 60s is absolutely legendary. I mean, unbelievable, out of this world. We have not seen anybody since the 90s slaying vocally in such trememndous way. Pure perfection, like Whitney´s crystal clear voice in the 80s for example. You can count with your fingers the number of voices like those ones.

    PD: damn it! I thought the gap between Madonna and Mariah Carey´s album sales in the USA was bigger. So suprised, last time I checked it was bigger I´m sure. Where are the basic girls in all this? In this “real-deal” list? 🙂

    • S****** Blonde January 21, 2015

      When was that last time, cuz it’s been awhile since they are that close, probably more than 5 years, anyway both Madonna and Mariah needs to be re-certified, Madonna has 3 albums waiting for it, i doubt that would happen anytime soon since she’s not longer signed to the label in which she released those albums, in 2008 warner bros stated that she sold 75 million in the US alone, time will tell.

  21. #1Lamb January 21, 2015

    Facts people. MC is SoundScan’s biggest selling artist since 91′
    She is a two time DIAMOND certified artist
    And she is a living legend. Mariah does not have to be #1 today to be respected for what she did. Especially when there are no NEW pop and or r&b girls doing what she did. She made a huge portion of her money off MUSIC alone. While these girls have to do other activities to keep relevant.
    Barbara (I love her) she is in a totally TOTALLY different ball park with music. First she caters to the adults (the ones that spend) and she is Barbara f#cking Streisand! Fact-she is bigger than Mariah Carey.
    I promise if MC cut out the HipHOp R&B and toned down her image she would pull another platinum album. It’s all about who you cater too. The audience is key

    • #1Lamb January 21, 2015

      To not too (freaking fast fingers and auto correct)

  22. #1Lamb January 21, 2015

    I can not speak for other lambs but, me, I know Mariah is not the best. She is just my favorite who happens to be one the best. See, I know there are other artist that are bigger than Mariah. you all like to live in the NOW, but what about tomorrow and the day after that. Will your fave have longevity and legend status?
    Legends like Barbara, Diana, and Areatha. What real stamp has your fave made (not including Beyonce) ? Beyonce is the only one that really will have that longevity, that’s for real, because she pushes for it and has that power and respect.
    All the others have some more work to do.

    • Terny January 21, 2015

      Uh uh honey.. Mariah Carey is the best. And I say that not cos imma fan, but analysing critically. The best voice, the best control, the strongest lungs (Duh? we belong Together), the best lyrics,melodies & the best songs, the biggest hits 18 of them so far, the only Millennium artist (a title she’s gonna hold till yr 3000), record breaking 1sts,2 Billboard song of the decade hits… It’s endless… Make no mistake, Mariah Carey is QUEEN!!

  23. rihanna is groupie January 21, 2015

    Beyonce will have a career like Babs and Sade. She will sell even after 50 or 60. Rihanna will be done by 30. Rihanna needs youth, s** appeal and gimmicks and PR stunts. Beyonce like Babs, U2, Rolling stones, Sade has sheer talent . Even if Europe and their ow album sales are not here for her. THE USA WILL ALWAYS MAKE SURE BEYONCE ALBUMS WILL BE Multi platinum, something RIHANAN will never have.

  24. rihanna is groupie January 21, 2015

    Gaga, Taylor, Katy, Rihanna……out of all the new b******. It will be BEYONCE THAT will have a career like this.

  25. S****** Blonde January 21, 2015

    Barbra has always been the best selling female artist in the US, she’s more of a US thing tho, worldwide both Madonna and Celine leave her in the dust, to the people claiming Madonna sales are inflated, ask yourself why certification exists and to what is used, she’s the most certified artist in the UK, worldwide her sales stand at 220+ million albums and 120+ million singles sold, do the math, it’s that hard to believe, look at Rihanna’s sales how hight they are thanks only to singles sales, facts are facts, certifications don’t lie, you will deal with the fact that she’s the best selling female artist in the world, it hurts right?

  26. Theman January 21, 2015

    Mariah is the best. Mariah has sold many many albums in such a short span. In terms of vocal versatility & sheer artistry MARIAH >>>>.. Barbara is not greater than Mariah, it’s just that this feat is wildly impressive.. Especially for a woman !! Baby is a great though. And it’s not about single certifications, it’s about their placement on the charts..

  27. Michael January 22, 2015

    @TheElusiveLamb draaaaaaaaagged @SlayHive wow LOL

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