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First, I love Chart Beat!
Secondly, I was wondering if you could please provide the total album sales for the biggest artists discovered and nurtured by Disney in recent years, i.e., Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato.
Here is a look at the total U.S. album sales of the acts you cite, according to SoundScan:
4,414,000, Jonas Brothers
3,333,000, Miley Cyrus (not including "Hannah Montana"-branded albums)
1,354,000, Selena Gomez (& the Scene)
968,000, Demi Lovato
An area where the acts above have faced some resistance is pop radio, which traditionally takes a conservative approach to youthful TV-born artists, fearing that such acts' core fans are significantly younger than the format's target audience.
Of the four acts you note, only Cyrus has reached the Pop Songs radio airplay chart's top 10 (with three titles, including the 2009 No. 1 "Party in the U.S.A.")
Still, Gomez is off to a nice start with "Who Says," which bows on Pop Songs at No. 37 this week.
How do the new generation of Disney acts compare against their predecessors? In addition to notching 12 Pop Songs top 10s, Spears has totaled the 16th-highest U.S. album sales sum - 32 million - among all artists dating to SoundScan's 1991 inception.
Christina Aguilera (11 Pop Songs top 10s) has sold 16.5 million albums in her career and Justin Timberlake (13 solo Pop Songs top 10s, in addition to nine with 'N Sync), 8.1 million.