Ask Billboard: Lady Gaga's Career Sales, The Biggest No. 2 Hits & Ed Sheeran's Latest Chart Record

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Lady Gaga performs onstage during the MTV Europe Music Awards 2011 live show at at the Odyssey Arena on Nov. 6, 2011 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. 

Mother Monster's album & song sales, the 40 top songs that fell a spot shy of No. 1 on the Hot 100 & Sheeran's unprecedented run after "Shape of You" first led the list.

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"><a href="">@gthot20</a> can we get an update on Lady Gaga&#39;s U.S. sales? <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#AskBillboard</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; MATT (@Mattt9_) <a href="">February 20, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Hi Matt (and the rest of the Monsters who indicated that they might have just a bit of an interest in finding out the answer on Twitter this week),

Here's an updated look at the superstar's U.S. sales, according to Nielsen Music.

The Fame, 4.79 million; Born This Way, 2.42 million; The Fame Monster (EP), 1.64 million; ARTPOP, 775,000; Cheek to Cheek (with Tony Bennett), 760,000; Joanne, 616,000; The Remix, 315,000; Born This Way: The Remix, 62,000; A Very Gaga Holiday, 45,000

Top-Selling Songs
"Poker Face," 7.5 million; "Just Dance" (feat. Colby O'Donis), 7.2 million; "Bad Romance," 5.8 million; "Born This Way," 4.2 million; "Paparazzi," 3.6 million; "Telephone" (feat. Beyonce), 3.5 million; "The Edge of Glory"

3 million; "Applause," 2.7 million; "LoveGame," 2.66 million; "Alejandro," 2.62 million; "You and I," 2.4 million; "Do What U Want" (feat. R. Kelly), 1.3 million; and (fittingly), "Million Reasons," 1.1 million

"Judas" is next in line to become Lady Gaga's next million-selling download, as it's currently within a nominal amount from the milestone.

Lady Gaga's U.S. totals stand at 11.46 million albums sold and 56.2 million in digital song sales, as well as 2.6 billion on-demand song streams and 35.9 billion in cumulative airplay audience.


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Vienna was voted the best song to only reach #2 in the UK <a href=""></a> (Last Christmas was robbed btw) Best song to go #2 in the US? Dancing in the Dark. Express Yourself. We Are Family. Open Arms. But my winner - Gloria. Laura Branigan + killer song = robbed classic.</p>&mdash; DC Sheehan (@ChasedHen) <a href="">February 24, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Hi DC,

Fun story. What are the biggest No. 2 hits in the Billboard Hot 100's history? Going by our Greatest of All Time Hot 100 chart formula, the top 40 looks like this. Let's count 'em down, from No. 40 to No. 2 … I mean, No. 1.

The Biggest No. 2 Billboard Hot 100 Hits

40, "Party All the Time," Eddie Murphy, peak year: 1985
39, "Get Up and Boogie (That's Right)," Silver Convention, 1976
38, "Bird Dog," The Everly Brothers, 1958
37, "Bad Romance," Lady Gaga, 2009
36, "Exodus," Ferrante & Teicher, 1961
35, "Stay With Me," Sam Smith, 2014
34, "All That She Wants," Ace Of Base, 1993
33, "1, 2 Step," Ciara feat. Missy Elliott, 2005

32, "Woman," John Lennon, 1981
31, "It's All Coming Back to Me Now," Celine Dion, 1996

30, "Gloria," Laura Branigan, 1982
29, "I Love You Always Forever," Donna Lewis, 1996
28, "Dancing Machine," Jackson 5, 1974
27, "Twisted," Keith Sweat, 1996
26, "Nobody's Supposed to Be Here," Deborah Cox, 1998

25, "You Belong With Me," Taylor Swift, 2009
24, "Limbo Rock," Chubby Checker, 1962
23, "Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)," Backstreet Boys, 1997
22, "Since U Been Gone," Kelly Clarkson, 2005
21, "Y.M.C.A.," Village People, 1979

20, "Thinking Out Loud," Ed Sheeran, 2015
19, "I'd Really Love to See You Tonight," England Dan & John Ford Coley, 1976
18, "Trap Queen," Fetty Wap, 2015

17, "Dynamite," Taio Cruz, 2010
16, "From a Distance," Bette Midler, 1990
15, "I Wanna Sex You Up," Color Me Badd, 1991
14, "Need You Now," Lady Antebellum, 2010
13, "He'll Have to Go," Jim Reeves, 1960
12, "Hanging by a Moment," Lifehouse, 2001
11, "Breathe," Faith Hill, 2000

10, "Counting Stars," OneRepublic, 2014
9, "Nobody Knows," The Tony Rich Project, 1996

8, "You Make Me Wanna…," Usher, 1997
7, "Hurts So Good," John Cougar, 1982
6, "Waiting for a Girl Like You," Foreigner, 1981
5, "You're Still the One," Shania Twain, 1998
4, "Whoomp! (There It Is)," Tag Team, 1993
3, Apologize," Timbaland feat. OneRepublic, 2007
2, "You Were Meant for Me"/"Foolish Games," Jewel, 1997 (yes, the No. 2-biggest No. 2 hit of all time; and, of course, it's a two-sided hit)

and …

1, "How Do I Live," LeAnn Rimes, 1997

And, DC, all great choices for your personal favorite No. 2 hits, with your top pick, "Gloria," on the list above.

As for Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark," it could be the No. 2 Hot 100 hit that most felt destined to be a No. 1, as The Boss' highest-peaking Hot 100 hit was his clearest turn toward commercial pop-rock, as well as the lead single from his landmark album, Born in the U.S.A. Duran Duran's "The Reflex" and Prince's "When Doves Cry," however, kept it at No. 2 for four weeks in 1984.

Hey, this is fun, so some of my favorite No. 2 Hot 100 hits: The Monkees' "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You" (1967), Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" (1973), Eagles' "Lyin' Eyes" (1975), The Bangles' "Manic Monday" (1986), Belinda Carlisle's "I Get Weak" (1988), Breathe's "Hands to Heaven" (1988), Roxette's "Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)" (1991), Patty Smyth's "Sometimes Love Just Ain't Enough" (1992) and, an ethereal classic that just marked 20 years since its release, Madonna's "Frozen" (1998).


Hi Gary,

Here's another record that Ed Sheeran's "Shape of You" has set: the most time consecutively on the Hot 100 after hitting No. 1. The song debuted atop the Hot 100 dated Jan. 28, 2017, and just spent its 58th week on the chart dated Feb. 24, 2018, or its 57th straight week after its first week at No. 1.


Brian C. Cole‏

Hi Brian,

A great stat, on top of the song's record-breaking 33 weeks in the Hot 100's top 10, that shows its historic success, and longevity.

"Shape of You" passes two songs that each spent 53 consecutive weeks on the Hot 100 after their first weeks on top: LMFAO's "Party Rock Anthem," featuring Lauren Bennett and GoonRock, in 2011-12, and The Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling," in 2009-10.

Sheeran himself has cautioned, however, that his follow-up album to ÷ (Divide), which houses "Shape," might not be packed with record-breaking singles.

"The next record that I'm making is not a pop album," Sheeran told fellow British singer-songwriter George Ezra in the debut episode of the George Ezra & Friends podcast. "I've been working on this one since the same time as [2012's] +. Every year I write a song that will go on it. So, I have about six, seven at the moment. I don't think there'll be any hot radio songs on it this time. It's a very acoustic record.

"The pop world [is] gonna be like, 'Oh well, maybe the next one.' "