In our newest mailbag, insight into the minds of artists as to how they decide to end recordings. Plus, sales updates on Selena Gomez and Avril Lavigne and ... Is Lady Gaga's new single on the way soon?
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REH-EH-EH-ADY FOR SELENA GOMEZ SALES?
Please, Can You Update Sales of Selena Gomez (& The Scene)? PLEEASE
With Gomez's "Come & Get It" bulleted at No. 2 on Pop Songs, and being perhaps the hookiest pure-pop hit of the summer, let's recap Gomez's sales history, according to Nielsen SoundScan:
908,000, "Kiss and Tell" (2009)
793,000, "A Year Without Rain" (2010)
671,000, "When the Sun Goes Down" (2011)
*129,000 "Another Cinderella Story" (2008; *Gomez sings five of the soundtrack's 14 songs)
2,472,000, "Love You Like a Love Song"
1,956,000, "Who Says"
1,491,000, "Come & Get It"
990,000, "Tell Me Something I Don't Know"
955,000, "A Year Without Rain"
917,000, "Round & Round"
566,000, "Falling Down"
500,000, "Hit the Lights"
"Stars Dance" will add to Gomez's album sales total when it's released on July 23 (a day after her 21st birthday). Pop Songs reporter WNOW (92.3 Now) New York is already playing the set's dubstep-tinged (a la Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble.") "Slow Down," having spun it 14 times since adding it last month, according to Nielsen BDS.
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