Ask Billboard

Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Elvis Presley, TLC and Tyrese.


Dear Keith,

Last year "ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits" spent three weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, where it is still in the top-30. So why is "2nd to None", which debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and would have easily debuted at No. 1 on the country chart instead left entirely off?

If anything, "2nd to None" is more qualified for the country chart than "30 #1 Hits" was -- it has "Moody Blue," "Kentucky Rain," "Always on My Mind," etc. Please explain this to me if you can, because I do not understand your criteria.


James Hargis
Ada, Okla.

Hi James,

For all of Billboard's genre charts, if half or more of an album's content is of that genre, it will be considered for that particular tally. For Elvis Presley's "2nd To None" set, 14 of the 30 singles on the album charted on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart -- making it just shy of the 50% minimum needed.

Presley's "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" album contained 16 (out of 31) songs that charted on the country tally, including seven of his No. 1 country hits.

To date, "ELV1S" has sold 3 million copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. "2nd to None" debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 last week with 186,000 copies sold in its first week.


What's up, Keith?

TLC has released four albums. How many units has each album sold and is a greatest hits album on the way?


Hi Damien,

TLC does have a greatest hits package on the way, titled "Now & Forever ... TLC the Hits." The Arista set is due out Nov. 25.

The group has indeed released four studio albums: 1992's "Ooooooohhh ... On the TLC Tip," which has sold 2.5 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, "CrazySexyCool" (1994; 7.2 million), "FanMail" (1999; 4.7 million) and "3D" (2002; 667,000).


Hello Keith,

I am interested to know about the sales figures for Tyrese's three albums. Can you tell me how many units each his first ("Tyrese"), second ("2000 Watts") and recent 2003 album ("I Wanna Go There") have sold?

In an interview in June of this year he mentioned that his latest effort had reached platinum status, although I read somewhere that it sold over 600,000. I am not sure if he was referring to shipments or actual sales.


Ingrid Waldron

Hi Ingrid,

You figuring Tyrese's latest album, "I Wanna Go There," is nearly correct. The J Records album, released in December 2002, has moved 793,000 copies in the U.S, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. retail shipments of 500,000 units.

His previous two albums, "2000 Watts" and "Tyrese," have sold 617,000 and 1.3 million copies, respectively.

"I Wanna Go There" was buoyed on the charts by the hit single "How You Gonna Act Like That." The track reached No. 7 on Billboard's Hot 100 and No. 3 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. The song is his highest charting single on either tally.


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