This week's mailbag looks at when we might expect Spears' next full-length, how big a radio hit Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' could be, Miley Cyrus' career sales and more
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FROM HANNAH TO FRENCH MONTANA
Could you please update Miley Cyrus' U.S. sales?
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As "We Can't Stop" (No. 3) ranks as Cyrus' second-highest charting Hot 100 hit (after 2009's "Party in the U.S.A.," which reached No. 2, and ahead of the release of her fourth studio album, the title and release date for which are still to be determined (Billboard, June 22), here's a look at how Cyrus has sold in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. (And, since she told Billboard, "I want to start as a new artist; I consider my upcoming album my first, really," we'll look at just her albums billed to Miley Cyrus, excluding her "Hannah Montana" efforts, in this recap.)
Her three studio albums:
1,603,000, "Breakout" (2008)
1,452,000, "The Time of Our Lives (EP)" (2009)
346,000, "Can't Be Tamed" (2010)
And, her seven songs to sell more than 1 million downloads each:
5.26 million, "Party in the U.S.A."
3.65 million, "The Climb"
2.45 million, "See You Again"
1.69 million, "7 Things"
1.33 million, "When I Look at You"
1.3 million, "Hoedown Throwdown"
1.18 million, "Can't Be Tamed"
With another hefty sales week, "We Can't Stop" could also pass the 1 million mark this week, (See tomorrow's story on Billboard.com running down highlights of the new Hot 100's top 10.)
As Cyrus' chart history includes both pop and country success, she told Billboard that, on the new set, "I'm moving over to a more urban side. It's not a hip-hop album, though. It's a pop album. We've been calling it 'count-step,' because it's like country, dubstep and a little trap.
"I love the Lumineers but I also love French Montana, Juicy J, Wiz Khalifa and Dolly Parton … that weird balance."
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