This week's mailbag looks at the top chart hits by ths week's Billboard cover act, Pharrell's rapid-fire rise to No. 1 on Radio Songs and Demi Lovato's career song and album sales
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DARREN LOING'S SALES
Demi Lovato is currently touring with Little Mix and Fifth Harmony on the Neon Lights Tour, and it's usual that when artists tour, their sales increase. So, could you please update us on Demi Lovato's U.S. sales?
Not only is Lovato gaining exposure through her tour, she's enjoying two current hit singles: "Neon Lights" has reached No. 36 on the Hot 100 and rises 17-16 on Pop Songs this week, while her version of "Let It Go," from "Frozen," climbed to No. 38 on the Hot 100. (Idina Menzel's "Go," also from "Frozen," pushes 18-17 on the Hot 100.)
And, just think, if Lovato, not Menzel, had performed "Go" on the Oscars Sunday, we'd likely be referring to her as Darren Loing.
Travoltafying aside (and probably completely passé by now; we gave props, by the way, to John Travolta in this week's Hot 100 rundown, recapping his solid track record on the chart in the '70s), let's look at Lovato's best-selling songs and her U.S. album sales, according to Nielsen SoundScan:
2,056,000, "Give Your Heart a Break"
1,901,000, "Heart Attack"
1,031,000, "Don't Forget"
899,000, "La La Land"
884,000, "This Is Me" (with Joe Jonas)
851,000, "Here We Go Again"
666,000, "Let It Go"
574,000, "Get Back"
433,000, "Neon Lights"
534,000, "Don't Forget" (2008)
496,000, "Here We Go Again" (2009)
492,000, "Unbroken" (2011)
352,000, "Demi" (2013)
Including movies in which she's starred, the 2006 "Camp Rock" soundtrack has sold 1,334,000, while the soundtrack to 2008 sequel "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam" has sold 265,000.
Lovato also shined on this week's episode of Fox's "Glee," as she, along with Adam Lambert and "Glee" regulars Kurt, Tina, Artie, Blaine, Sam, Rachel and Santana, covered Wilson Phillips' "Hold On."
Wilson Phillips' original version of "Hold On" marked the trio's Billboard chart debut 24 years ago this month, when it entered the Hot 100 dated March 17, 1990. The song – produced by and co-written with Glen Ballard, who, five years later, would co-write and -produce Alanis Morissette's "Jagged Little Pill" – topped the June 9, 1990, tally. That December, it was crowned Billboard's No. 1 song of the entire year.