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Ask Billboard: Jonas Brothers, Beyonce, Court Yard Hounds

Readers check in on sales for Nick Jonas and Beyonce solo projects, plus why Court Yard Hounds aren't on the Country Albums chart.

Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com. 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 billboard.com, 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.OUT OF THE COUNTRY

Hi Gary,

I was pleased to see that the Court Yard Hounds, aka Dixie Chicks minus one, debuted at No. 7 with their self-titled debut album on last week’s Billboard 200. When I flipped to the Country Albums chart, I expected to see them ranked second after Lady Antebellum‘s “Need You Now,” but, alas, they were nowhere to be found.

Why is the Court Yard Hounds’ album not on Country Albums? And, who at Billboard decides what albums falls under certain genres and which titles are eligible for which charts?

Thanks for your help.

David Sheatsley
Washington, D.C.

Hi David,

In act of transfiguration that would likely impress Hogwarts’ Professor McGonagall, three Chicks turned into two Hounds. Martie Maguire and Emily Robison’s new album, without Natalie Maines, opened with sales of 61,000, according to SoundScan. It added 29,000 in its second week, ranking at No. 12 on the current Billboard 200.

Billboard’s chart managers “flag” hundreds of titles – albums for our album charts and now songs for our new digital genre charts – each week for specific genres, based on sound and texture. Consideration is also given to radio airplay activity and record labels’ promotion and marketing plans.

The Court Yard Hounds’ debut release has been categorized as a rock, not country, album by Billboard. It debuted on the Rock Albums chart at No. 3 last week, this week dipping to No. 6. A cut from the set, “The Coast,” is receiving airplay at the triple A (adult album alternative) rock radio format.

I asked Billboard country charts manager Wade Jessen to explain the process that went into “Court Yard Hounds” not appearing on Country Albums:

“The Court Yard Hounds’ album isn’t being marketed to country buyers, with the notable exception of country placement on iTunes. There is no single being worked to country radio stations and Sony’s Nashville division isn’t involved in the project at all.

“In terms of our stylistic evaluation of the album, the overall content doesn’t make a compelling case for a rank on the Country Albums chart on that basis alone. Our assessment of the album at this time is that it isn’t appropriate based on marketing thrust or style.”

Jessen points out that such decisions are always subject to change. The “Hannah Montana: the Movie” soundtrack did not appear on Country Albums until a month after it debuted on the Billboard 200, as airplay for the single “The Climb” did not immediately resonate at country radio.

“If substantial music from ‘Court Yard Hounds’ begins to develop at country radio or other country-specific platforms, we are open to reconsidering the project for inclusion on the Country Albums chart.”


“‘Airplanes’ does not feature Eminem anymore? What is up with that?”

MikeM (commenter on billboard.com regarding the artist credit on B.o.B‘s song that rises 5-3 on the Hot 100).


Eminem was listed as a guest, along with Paramore‘s Hayley Williams, on B.o.B’s “Airplanes” as of last week, but the credit now reads B.o.B featuring Hayley Williams.

Billboard director of charts Silvio Pietroluongo explains why the listing was changed:

“The artist listing for this track has been adjusted due to label request, removing Eminem. The version with the rapper isn’t the dominant one at radio, nor is it available digitally a la carte.”


Hi Gary,

Fun Hot 100 fact I noticed: At No. 61 is T.I. with “I’m Back.” One rung down is Kenny Chesney with “Ain’t Back Yet.”

Similarly opposite-looking titles rank at Nos. 4 and 5 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, by Monica and B.o.B, respectively: “Everything to Me” and “Nothin’ on You.”

From me to you,

Pablo Nelson,
Berkeley, California

Hi Pablo,

You never know which discordant song titles will co-exist on Billboard charts. One title this week even manages to mix “Hell” and “Church” into the same listing: at No. 79 on the Hot 100 is “Hell on the Heart” by Eric Church.

At Nos. 7 and 8 on Rock Digital Songs, Muse‘s “Uprising” fittingly charts higher than the Swell Season’s “Falling Slowly.” The latter track debuts with sales of 19,000 (up from 1,000 last week) after Crystal Bowersox and Lee DeWyze performed the song together May 11 on “American Idol.”

And, ahead of the series’ ninth season finale Wednesday (May 26), last year’s runner-up Adam Lambert now ranks above a “Winner”: on the Hot 100, Lambert’s “Whataya Want From Me” places at No. 28, a notch above “Winner” by Jamie Foxx (last week’s mentor on “American Idol”).