- 07 Mar 19
Today, the album ‘Love Tattoo’ from Irish superstar Imelda May has officially been announced as the bestselling album of all-time by a homegrown female artist in Ireland.
To celebrate International Women’s Day, Friday 8th March, the Official Charts Company have released their list of The Top 50 biggest female artist albums of all time in Ireland.
Imelda is the highest Irish artist, placed at No.15, with her critically acclaimed album, Love Tattoo.
Released in 2008, the record is a timeless collection of original tracks from the inimitable songstress. Imelda May has since gone on to release three more albums, Mayhem in 2010 (which can in at No. 28 on the list), Tribal in 2014, and most recently, the stunning Life Love Flesh Blood in 2017.
Born and raised in The Liberties area of Dublin, Imelda May has become one of Ireland’s most famed female artists in history. Discovered by Jools Holland, who asked Imelda to support him on tour, Imelda May has gone on to perform alongside legendary artists including Lou Reed, Bono and Smokey Robinson, and has most recently featured on Hollywood legend Jeff Goldblum’s debut album, ‘The Capitol Studio Sessions’.
One of the most celebrated voices of our generation, Imelda May can count high profile artists including Bob Dylan and Bono amongst her fans, and her album ‘Life Love Flesh Blood’ topped the UK Americana chart and also landed at No 5 in the UK official album chart spot - her second career Top 5 album.
While most of the Top 50 for best-selling albums by female artists were from international stars like Adele and Lady Gaga, several other Irish artists also appeared on the list. Sharon Shannon's acclaimed Best Of album, The Galway Girl, came in at No. 46, while Enya's Paint The Sky With Stars - The Best Of, came in at No. 49.
The highest selling album in Ireland by a female artist was 21, by English singer-songwriter Adele.
Adele has a further two entries on the Irish Charts Top 50 All Time Biggest Female Albums with her most recent album 25 at Number 11 and her 2008 debut 19 at Number 27.
For the full list of top 50 albums in Ireland by female artists, click here.