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?
As always, submit your questions about Billboard charts, as well as general music musings, to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S. Or, Tweet questions to Gary Trust: @gthot20
HERE'S TO AVRIL
Hey Gary! How are you?
I'm a huge fan of Avril Lavigne and I wanted to know how many singles and albums she's sold since her career started with "Complicated" in 2002.
Have a nice day!
Mexico City, Mexico
And to you, as well!
Here's a look at Lavigne's U.S. album sales, as well as her digital song sales, to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (As she arrived with her debut album in 2002, the download era was just beginning, so earlier hits like "Complicated" and "I'm With You" might show lower totals than expected.)
6,841,000, "Let Go" (2002)
3,144,000, "Under My Skin" (2004)
1,715,000, "Best Damn Thing" (2007)
368,000, "Goodbye Lullaby" (2011)
1,972,000, "What the Hell"
1,505,000, "Keep Holding On"
1,211,000, "When You're Gone"
1,093,000, "My Happy Ending"
845,000, "Here's to Never Growing Up"
755,000, "Sk8er Boi"
556,000, "I'm With You"
Newlywed Lavigne's "Here's to Never Growing Up" appears to have peaked at No. 20 on the Hot 100 two weeks ago, marking her eighth top 20 hit. As of April, she was working on her fifth album. "I'm actually still in the studio. I'm still making my record," she told Ryan Seacrest. "I still have one more song left to write that I'm going to do by myself, because I love to do that. It's important for me."
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