Born in the U.S.A.: Top 50 Stars of the 50 States

Alaska: Jewel was born in Utah, but her family soon moved to Homer (and a home without indoor plumbing). When asked by Larry King in 2010 her opinion of Sarah Palin, Jewel responded, "I can't say we agree on everything (politically). But, Alaska women are can-do women. I love the state I'm from."

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Hi Gary,

I was wondering if you could please run a sales analysis on Ciara. With her currently back with new music on R&B radio, I would greatly appreciate finding out her top-selling albums.

Thank you,

Shaun Ashford
Long Beach, California

Hi Shaun,

Ciara adds to an already impressive resume on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week. Here's what Billboard R&B/hip-hop chart manager writes in the new issue of the magazine:

"Ciara logs her 12th top 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, as 'Ride,' the lead single from her forthcoming album 'Basic Instinct,' cruises 18-9. Since notching six weeks at No. 1 with her debut single 'Goodies' in 2004, the singer is tied with Beyonce for the most top 10s by a female in that span."

("Hey guys!! I just want to thank u guys for all your support!! 'Ride' is now top 10 because of u! Let's keep it going!!," Ciara Tweeted Monday).

Here is a look at the album sales to-date of 24-year-old Ciara Princess Harris, according to SoundScan:

2,748,000, "Goodies," 2004
1,326,000, "Ciara: the Evolution," 2006
193,000, "Fantasy Ride," 2009

In her career, Ciara has sold 4.3 million albums and 6.9 million digital tracks, according to SoundScan.


Hi Gary,

Sports fun on the charts! (Yay for the Lakers!) Regarding the several World Cup-related songs that impact this week's Billboard surveys, as noted in yesterday's Chart Beat, I recall that Ricky Martin's World Cup ode "The Cup of Life" peaked at No. 45 on the Hot 100 in 1999. Now, Shakira's "Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)" bests Martin's chart performance with the debut of her new soccer song at No. 43.

Regarding another singer, like Martin, who entered show business at a young age, yes, my favorite, Stevie Wonder, it's amazing to see that the "Glee" cast has now surpassed his total of Hot 100 hits, 64 to 63.

Unlike on their show, on Billboard charts, those "Glee" folks are bullies ...

Pablo Nelson
Berkeley, California

Hi Pablo,

Good stuff, as always (except for the basketball reference ... Enjoy your team's hard-fought win, though. I'll, meanwhile, console myself with this great song originally released during Larry Bird's heyday ...)

As Shakira posts a higher Hot 100 peak than Martin with a World Cup song, the latter's official theme song for France in 1998 is enjoying renewed popularity amidst 2010 World Cup excitement. "The Cup of Life" re-enters Billboard's Latin Digital Songs chart at No. 20 with an increase of 136% in sales, according to SoundScan.

Regarding "Glee," the series' Journey-centric season finale June 8 not only resulted in its third Billboard 200 No. 1 and more Hot 100 headlines for the ensemble, but also a jump in sales for the venerable rock band. "Journey's Greatest Hits" bounds 104-57 on the Billboard 200 with a 62% sales gain to 8,000.

The original versions of Journey's songs that the "Glee" cast performed on the episode likewise benefit: "Don't Stop Believin' " jumps 15-8 on Billboard's Rock Digital Songs chart (23,000 downloads sold, up 23%) and "Faithfully" enters the list at No. 31 (9,000, up 162%). Below the 50-position survey, Journey's "Any Way You Want It" sold 6,000 downloads in the chart's tracking week (up 139%) and "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' " shifted 3,000 (up 58%).

The original recordings of the other "Glee" songs from the show's season finale soundtrack also surge: Israel "IZ" Kamakawiwo'Ole's "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" (27,000, up 88%; the program's Will Schuester performed the song in the style of the late Hawaiian singer), Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" (13,000, up 99%) and Lulu's "To Sir With Love" (4,000, up 557%).