Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga’s Career Sales & Streams; Ariana Grande Takes ‘7’ to 1

Plus, a tribute to late R&B legend James Ingram.

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Hi Gary,

Could us Little Monsters please get an replace on Lady Gaga's album and single gross sales?

Thank you,

Jorge L.
Phoenix, Arizona

Hi Jorge,

With Gaga probably needing to create extra trophy area due to the Grammy Awards tonight (Feb. 10) and the Academy Awards (Feb. 24), with a number of nominations for her Bradley Cooper duet "Shallow," amongst others, let's replace her profession U.S. gross sales and streams, in response to Nielsen Music.

Notably, 17 chart weeks in, the A Star Is Born soundtrack, that includes "Shallow," is already her fifth-best-selling album.

The Fame, four.eight million; Born This Way, 2.four million; The Fame Monster (EP), 1.6 million; ARTPOP, 781,000; A Star Is Born (soundtrack), 780,000; Cheek to Cheek (with Tony Bennett), 773,000; Joanne, 649,000; The Remix, 316,000; Born This Way: The Remix, 62,000; A Very Gaga Holiday, 46,000

Top-Selling Songs
"Poker Face," 7.5 million; "Just Dance" (feat. Colby O'Donis), 7.2 million; "Bad Romance," 5.9 million; "Born This Way," four.three million; "Paparazzi," three.6 million; "Telephone" (feat. Beyonce), three.5 million; "The Edge of Glory," three million; "Applause," 2.7 million; "LoveRecreation," 2.67 million; "Alejandro," 2.63 million; "You and I," 2.four million; "Do What U Want" (feat. R. Kelly), 1.three million; "Million Reasons," 1.1 million; "Judas," 1 million

Most-Streamed Songs (on-demand U.S.)
"Bad Romance," 395 million; "Poker Face," 322 million; "Million Reasons," 234 million; "Applause," 232 million; "Just Dance," 197 million; "Shallow," 178 million; "Born This Way," 158 million; "The Cure," 142 million; "Paparazzi," 118 million; "Alejandro," 103 million

As for the best-selling and most-streamed songs to-date from A Star Is Born after "Shallow" (which has bought 596,000): "Always Remember Us This Way," 248,000 bought/71 million streams, and "I'll Never Love Again," 226,000 bought/66 million streams.

No radio follow-up single to "Shallow" has but been introduced from the set. If a second tune is promoted, what do you suppose it ought to be? Is "Always Remember Us This Way" the most secure, and finest, selection, given its consumption totals and hook? "I'll Never Love Again"? Another monitor? ("Remember" appears smartest, though a private favourite is "Hair Body Face," however unsure how effectively that might match on radio in a time of largely low-tempo pop.)


Hi Gary,

In phrases of the numeral "7" by itself, the highest-peaking Billboard Hot 100 hit earlier than Ariana Grande's present No. 1 "7 Rings" was "7 Years" by Lukas Graham, which reached No. 2 in 2016.

With "7 Rings" ruling, songs with numbers one by means of 9 have now led the Hot 100 within the chart's historical past. Let's depend backwards, from the latest such No. 1s to the earliest (and utilizing numerals or numbers spelled out. I thought of particular person numbers solely, so "Nothing Compares 2 U" counts for quantity two, however "21 Questions" would depend for 21, not two or one. I additionally didn't embody any titles with "half 1" or "half 2," and many others. And, once more, solely numbers by themselves, so "No One" counts for primary however "Someone Like You" doesn't).

Appropriately, the primary has appeared in probably the most No. 1 hits of all numbers.

1: "I'm the One," "One Dance," "One More Night" (two such No. 1s, by Maroon 5 and Phil Collins), "No One," "...Baby One More Time," "One Week," "One Sweet Day" "One More Try" (two, by Timmy T and George Michael), "The One That You Love," "Another One Bites the Dust," "Do That to Me One More Time," "You're the One That I Want," "One of These Nights," "One Bad Apple"
2: "Nothing Compares 2 U," "Two Hearts," "Torn Between Two Lovers"
three: "three", "Three Times a Lady," "Knock Three Times," "Quarter to Three," "The Three Bells"
four: "four Seasons of Loneliness" (by Boyz II Men, which, fittingly on the time, was a quartet, now a trio), "All four Love"
5: "9 to five" by Dolly Parton and later that very same yr, 1981, "Morning Train (Nine to Five)" by Sheena Easton; the latter's title was reportedly modified to keep away from confusion with Parton's
6: "Like a G6"

7: "7 Rings"
eight: "Eight Days a Week," "I'm Henry the VIII, I Am" (sure, Roman numerals depend!)
9: Again, "9 to five" and "Morning Train (Nine to Five)"

You like my tri? Gee thanks, I simply researched it,

Pablo Nelson
Oakland, California

You all the time present a variety of enjoyable stats, Pablo!

Meanwhile, the quantity 10 in a tune title has reached a excessive of … No. 11 on the Hot 100, due to The Presidents' "5-10-15-20 (25-30 Years Of Love)" in 1970. (The tune ranked at Nos. 15 and 30 throughout its chart run.)

Beyond that single, The-Dream's "Shawty Is a 10" hit No. 17 in 2007.

Plus, Pablo, you had beforehand famous that Prince and the New Power Generation's "7" reached No. 7 on the Hot 100 and No. 61 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, the latter peak additionally acceptable since … 6+1=7. Meanwhile, this yr marks the 61st Grammy Awards, excellent for a efficiency of "7 Rings" … or, sadly, not.


Dear Gary,

It was a shock to learn the information that James Ingram had handed away. He had such a soulful voice that I actually beloved.

As a tribute, I'd wish to share my high 10 favorite songs from the R&B singer, who has gone too quickly.

1, "I Believe in Love," with Sally Yeh
2, "The Day I Fall in Love," with Dolly Parton
three, "Somewhere Out There," with Linda Ronstadt
four, "One Hundred Ways," with Quincy Jones
5, "I Don't Have the Heart"
6, "When You Love Someone," with Anita Baker
7, "Where Did My Heart Go"

eight, "Just Once," with Quincy Jones
9, "What About Me," with Kenny Rogers and Kim Carnes (with all three additionally a part of the USA for Africa supergroup; and, Richard Marx co-wrote this tune, launched three years earlier than his personal breakthrough as an artist)
10, "Baby, Come to Me," with Patti Austin

Jesper Tan
Subang Jaya, Malaysia

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