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24 Times Female Artists Broke Records And Proved They Rule The Music Industry

Men could never.

1. Ariana Grande was the first artist to achieve the top three Billboard 100 spots since The Beatles did it in 1964.

Republic

2. Beyoncé was the top-selling artist of the 2000s.

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3. In 2019, Lady Gaga became the first woman to win an Oscar, Grammy, BAFTA, and Golden Globe in the same year.

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4. Adele's "Hello" was the first song to sell a million digital downloads within the first week.

XL Recordings

5. Katy Perry holds the record for the most consecutive No. 1 dance songs — her streak is currently 18.

Capitol

6. Billie Eilish is the youngest artist to win all four major Grammy categories: Best New Artist, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, and Record of the Year.

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7. Mariah Carey is the only artist to have her first five singles hit No. 1.

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8. Madonna is the highest grossing touring artist, like, ever.

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9. Madonna is also the only artist to have 50 songs reach No. 1 on any single Billboard chart.

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10. Bebe Rexha broke the previous record for most weeks on top of the Hot Country Songs chart with "Meant to Be (feat. Florida Georgia Line)". The song was up there for 50 weeks.

Warner

11. Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" was the first single ever to hit a million digital downloads.

Interscope

12. Taylor Swift currently holds the record for the most No. 1 digital debuts — she's had 19 so far.

Big Machine Records

13. Barbra Streisand is the only artist to have a No. 1 album in six different decades.

Columbia

14. Cher is the only artist to have a No. 1 single in six different decades.

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15. Whitney Houston is the first artist to win a BET Lifetime Achievement Award.

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16. Whitney Houston is also the only artist to have seven consecutive No. 1 hits on the Hot 100 chart.

Arista

17. Dolly Parton holds the record for the most Top Ten country albums — she has 41.

Columbia, RCA

18. Donna Summer is the only artist ever to have three consecutive double albums hit No 1.

Casablanca

19. Alison Krauss is the most Grammy-awarded female in history — she's had 27 wins so far.

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20. Shania Twain's Come On Over is the best-selling country album of all time.

Mercury

21. Britney Spears' ...Baby One More Time is still the best-selling album by any teenage solo artist.

Jive

22. Jennifer Lopez became the first Latin performer to win MTV’s Video Vanguard Award.

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23. Carrie Underwood is the best-selling artist in American Idol's history.

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24. And finally, Celine Dion is the best-selling Canadian artist of all time.

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The greatness doesn't end here! You can listen to all of these record breaking women (and more!) on Pandora's "Record Breaking Women in History" playlist.

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