Only five female artists present on the Top 40 albums list for 2017

The half-way mark has passed and the U.K’s Top 40 albums list for 2017 has just been released. While there’s still a few months to go and a flurry of artists left to release albums, the updated top 40 list is a bit wild, considering there’s only five female artists.

  • At #40, we have Whitney Houston, whose greatest hits collection, The Ultimate Collection is still selling even while released a decade ago in 2007. The record has sold over 1.5 million copies in the U.K alone and successfully certified 5x platinum.

  • Up 7 spots at #33, Zara Larsson’s debut So Good appears. The so far silver certified album peaked at #7 on the U.K. albums chart. From the record, she’s amassed five top 20 U.K. singles including the number 1 collaboration with Clean Bandit (‘Symphony’) and the recording breaking double-platinum single ‘Lush Life’ – the first record from a Swedish artist to hit the double-platinum mark.


  • Hitting #20, the beloved Vera Lynn also became “the oldest living person and first ever centenarian to have an album chart as she had turned 100 four days prior to the album’s release”. The compilation album (Vera Lynn 100) peaked at #3, behind Ed Sheeran’s ÷ and Drake’s More Life.

  • Up 12 places at #8, Adele’s 25 continues to make huge strides with 136,000 sales across all formats this year. The album has sold over 20 million records worldwide with an 11x platinum certification in the U.K. as an accompaniment.

  • Rounding up the top 10 at #5 is Little Mix’s 2016 album Glory Days with 210,000+ copies sold so far this year. This year they’ve added two more top 20 singles to their catalog with ‘No More Sad Songs’ & ‘Power’ shifting the total tally to 17 consecutive top 20 hits. The record has also produced two platinum singles ‘Shout Out To My Ex’ & ‘Touch’.


Written by Dannii C.

girl group advocate. latino. prospective teacher. multi-instrumentalist. self-proclaimed Twitter-ologist @oscahhhhh.