Madonna has been named the biggest-selling female singles artist in UK chart history.

The popstar has sold 17.8 million singles in the UK since making her chart debut with Holiday in January 1984.

Rihanna has come in second place, having sold 11.4 million singles in the seven years of her career so far.

The We Found Love star sold 3 million singles in the UK in the last year alone, meaning she could overtake Madonna's lead in the next two and a half years.

Kylie Minogue takes third place with 10.2 million singles sold in her 25-year career, reports The Official Charts Company.

Whitney Houston came in at fourth with 8.5 million, while Lady Gaga rounds off the top five with 7.329 million.

The Official Biggest Selling Female Singles Artists of All Time are as follows:

1. Madonna (17.8m)
2. Rihanna (11.4m)
3. Kylie Minogue (10.2m)
4. Whitney Houston (8.5m)
5. Lady GaGa (7.329m)
6. Britney Spears (7.324m)
7. Beyoncé (6.9m)
8. Celine Dion (6.7m)
9. Mariah Carey (6.62m)
10. Olivia Newton John (6.61m)