Ask Billboard: Jonas Brothers, Beyonce, Court Yard Hounds
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Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S.


Hi Gary,

With a new world tour, the Jonas Brothers don't seem to be going away anytime soon. In terms of album sales, how has Nick Jonas & the Administration's "Who I Am" performed?

Could you also please provide the album and single sales, respectively, for Selena Gomez & the Scene's "Kiss and Tell" and "Naturally"?

There are certainly many young musicians feeding the tween frenzy that has spurred an epidemic of Bieber Fever.

Thank you,

Jennifer Lee
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hi Jennifer,

In an exclusive live video interview this week on, the Jonas Brothers previewed their new tour, set to kick off July 27 in Dallas.

"We're bringing out special guests Demi Lovato and some friends from the cast of 'Camp Rock 2'," said Kevin Jonas. "It'll be a little bit different than what we've done before, because we'll have so many artists, as well as so much new content. We have songs from 'Jonas L.A.,' our television show, along with 'Camp Rock 2' songs.

"And, production-wise, we're trying to integrate video in a way we haven't done yet, so we're really excited about it."

Nick Jonas' side project "Who I Am" has sold 151,000 copies in the U.S. since its February release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album debuted and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Fellow Disney star Selena Gomez, who rose to fame on "Wizards of Waverly Place," has sold 573,000 copies of "Kiss and Tell." The album bowed and peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard 200 in October. First single "Naturally" has shifted 1.2 million downloads. It peaked at No. 12 on Digital Songs, No. 35 on Radio Songs and No. 29 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Hi Gary,

I was wondering if you could give me the total album and singles sales for Beyonce and Destiny's Child. As a solo artist, has she outperformed her work with the group?


Adonis Torrence
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Hi Adonis,

Let's compare the careers of Destiny's Child and Beyonce solo a few different ways, based on SoundScan and Billboard chart data:

Album sales:
16,975,000, Destiny's Child
11,277,000, Beyonce

Physical singles sales:
4,176,000, Destiny's Child
475,000, Beyonce

Digital songs sales:
23,376,000, Beyonce
4,353,000, Destiny's Child

Hot 100 No. 1s:
5, Beyonce
4, Destiny's Child

Hot 100 top 10s:
14, Beyonce
10, Destiny's Child

Destiny's Child has sold more albums and physical singles. Since the launch of Beyonce's solo career coincided with the advent of the digital era, however, she clearly leads in songs downloaded. She has also outshined Destiny's Child in terms of Hot 100 No. 1s and top 10s.

While there may be no definitive way to confirm that Beyonce's solo career has been more successful than her run with Destiny's Child, it's unquestionable that since the group arrived in 1997, Beyonce has grown into a multi-media superstar, encompassing acting and fashion in addition to music. In December, she earned the esteemed honor of Billboard's Female Artist of the Decade for the 2000s.

Beyonce is nominated for four 2010 BET Awards, including best female R&B artist. Winners, voted by viewers, will be announced live June 27.