Meghan Trainor Becomes 13th Female Artist With Top-Selling Debut, But How Were These 7 Ladies Not On The List Too?

LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 20: Recording artist Meghan Trainor performs onstage during the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 20, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
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Looks like Meghan Trainor's status as one of music's hottest new artists just rose to an unbelievable new level. According to Billboard, the "All About That Bass" singer's debut album Title has helped Meghan Trainor top the Billboard 200 chart. Amazing news, yes — but that's not all. 

Now, I must warn you, this next bit of news will probably elicit extreme shock, brow-raises and audible gasps — or, at least, it should. Deep breath; here we go: Apparently, this impressive chart-topping move makes Trainor only the 13th female artist to score a No. 1 debut album and a No. 1 debut Billboard Hot 100 hit. Yep, that's no typo: Trainor is only the 13th woman to ever break this record. 

While you allow that information to have a few moments to sink in, consider this as well: Trainor is only the 13th woman to break this record in Billboard's history, and the Billboard 200 and 100 charts have simultaneously existed for more than 56 years.

The fact that only a measly 13 female singers over the past five-and-a-half decades can claim this feat completely boggles my mind. Don't get me wrong here, though, the list itself includes definite greats — it reaches back to 1963, and includes musical legends like Christina Aguilera, Beyoncé (obviously, she's Queen Bey!), Lauryn Hill, Kelly Clarkson, Mariah Carey, and more. But, how is that it? I mean, over the past 10 years alone, there have been so many exceptional musical contributions from some really spectacular female, new performers.

It's wild to think that Trainor is only the 13th female artist to break this record. I, for one, definitely thought these 7 singers were on it, and, considering their fanbases, I'm sure I wasn't the only one:

Taylor Swift

T. Swift 1989 album basically shattered every available record there was in 2014, and it was no surprise because her debut album, Taylor Swift, pretty much took the world by storm thanks to "Teardrops On My Guitar." I'm totes shocked that she's not included on this list.  

Madonna

Considering the fact that she's a musical legend who's still releasing hits after having been in the industry for decades upon decades, it's absolutely shocking that Madge isn't on this list. 

Rihanna

Oh, nah, nah — Rih Rih didn't make the cut either, which is especially shocking considering her debut album, Music Of The Sun, included the hit that you still can't get out of your head..."Pon De Replay."

Shakira

The Colombian singer had the best-selling song of the 21st century with her 2006 hit "Hips Don't Lie," but her debut album Ojos Así is what really put her on the map. I'm no math genius, but the fact that Shakira isn't on this list just doesn't compute.

Janet Jackson

First of all, her last name is Jackson. That should count for something, right? Her recent albums may have fallen short of commercial success, but there's no denying that Ms. Jackson is a music icon who many totally thought was on this list.

Lady Gaga

It was beyond difficult to maintain my poker face once I discovered that not even Lady Gaga has earned a spot on this list of butt-kicking female performers — especially considering her first album, The Fame, pretty much took over the radio in 2008.

Nicki Minaj

Pink Friday? "Your Love"? How Nicki Minaj isn't on this list just doesn't make sense.

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