Ask Billboard: Beck, Blind Melon, Danity Kane

Keith answers readers' burning questions on Beck, Blind Melon, Danity Kane and more!

Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S.


Hi Keith,

With the release of Beck's "Modern Guilt" (last) week, is it possible to have a run-down of his entire Nielsen SoundScan career, including his two independent releases, "Stereopathetic Soul Manure" and "One Foot In The Grave"? I was disappointed to see that 2006's "The Information" hadn't sold as swiftly as "Guero" - it was such a great CD. Perhaps he released them too closely together?


Brian Christie

Montreal, Canada

Hello Brian,

This week, Beck's "Modern Guilt" arrived at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, shifting 84,000. That's off from the 99,000 that greeted his last set, 2006's "The Information," when it bowed at No. 7. Overall, this is Beck's ninth charting album, which includes eight proper studio sets and one remix album ("Guerolito" in 2005). "Modern Guilt" is Beck's fourth studio set to debut in the top 10.

Collectively, Beck's catalog of albums have sold 7.4 million in the U.S. since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.

No surprise, his biggest seller is 1996's "Odelay," which has moved 2.3 million. That album is home to the hit singles "Where It's At," "Devil's Haircut," "The New Pollution" and "Jack-Ass."

"Stereopathic Soul Manure" (1994; 146,000)
"One Foot in the Grave" (1994; 168,000)
"Mellow Gold" (1994; 1.2 million)
"Odelay" (1996; 2.3 million)
"Mutations" (1998; 586,000)
"Midnite Vultures" (1999; 743,000)
"Sea Change" (2002; 680,000)
"Guero" (2005; 868,000)
"Guerolito" (2005; 76,000)
"The Information" (2006; 434,000)



Longtime reader, first time writer. My question deals with Blind Melon, Faith No More and Primus. I'm a huge fan of all three bands, probably my top three favorite of all time. I'd like to know how many records they've sold over the years, particularly Faith No More and Blind Melon since their worst selling albums are my favorite records of all time.

Thanks a lot,

Pete Crigler
West Point, Virginia

Hello Pete,

Hmm, well, Faith No More has sold 2 million albums since 1991, but the band's biggest success was actually released before then. That was "The Real Thing," which came out in 1990, so that 2 million figure is missing a good chunk of sales that happened in 1990.

Primus has actually sold quite a bit more: 5 million albums. And that's without the complete sales for the band's "Frizzle Fry" and "Suck on This," both of which came out before 1991.

Blind Melon has moved 3.2 million, with the bulk of that coming from one album, 1992's self-titled set, which has sold 2.5 million.

Which albums are your favorites? Maybe they aren't actually their worst selling?


Hi Keith,

I have heard that Danity Kane's new album "Welcome to the Dollhouse" has been certified gold and then I heard from somewhere else that it was certified platinum. Do you by any chance know how many copies the album has sold so far?

Thank you,
Ashley Todisco

Hi Ashley,

The gold and platinum certification program is administered by the Recording Industry Association of America. For further information about it, visit

That said, Danity Kane's newest release, "Welcome to the Dollhouse," has indeed been certified gold.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album has sold 517,000 to date.

The group's 2006's self-titled debut has shifted 934,000.