Tue, 30 Oct 2012 13:30:00 GMT | By IANS

Madonna best-selling female singles artist

Madonna has been named the best-selling female singles artist in Britain's music chart history.

Madonna best-selling female singles artist (© Reuters)

The 54-year-old defeated Rihanna to take the title by selling more than 17.8 million (copies of her) singles in Britain since the release of her debut track “Holiday” back in 1984, Contactmusic reported.

Rihanna came in second with a sales figure of 11.4 million in seven years since she released her first single “Pon de Replay” in 2005.

According to The Official Charts Company, Australian superstar Kylie Minogue took third place with 10.2 million singles sales during her career of 25 years, while Whitney Houston grabbed the fourth spot with 8.5 million and Lady Gaga with 7.3 million.

Other artists to feature in the top 10 include Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Mariah Carey.

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