Ask Billboard: Robin Thicke Makes Chart History

Robin Thicke

Steven Taylor

Our mailbag is back, with readers discussing Robin Thicke's unprecedented family feat, the bevy of current dance covers, Jennifer Lopez's career sales and more

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Hi Gary,


@JLo's U.S. album and digital song sales need an update, kind sir!

Zachary Theriault

Hi Zachary,

With Jennifer Lopez rumored to be in the mix to return as an "American Idol" judge, and her currently rising to No. 26 on Pop Songs with "Live It Up," featuring Pitbull, let's rank her top-selling albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan:

3.8 million, "J.Lo" (2001)
2.8 million, "On the 6" (1999)
2.6 million, "This Is Me…Then" (2003)
1.5 million, "J to the L-O! The Remixes" (2002)
744,000, "Rebirth" (2005)
342,000, "Love" (2011)
213,000, "Como Ama Una Mujer" (2007)
168,000, "Brave" (2007)

Lopez's career U.S. album sales stand at 12.4 million.

As for her song sales? "Live It Up" has sold 190,000 downloads, while 2011's "On the Floor," also featuring Pitbull, is her best-selling digital song, having sold 3.8 million.

Here are her five best-selling downloads (keeping in mind that several of her hits were released before the digital era):

3.8 million, "On the Floor" (featuring Pitbull)
1.2 million, "Dance Again" (featuring Pitbull)
692,000, "Get Right"
601,000, "I'm Into You" (featuring Lil Wayne)
538,000, "Do It Well"

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