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Demi Lovato’s Career Sales & Streams, From ‘Sorry Not Sorry’ to ‘Skyscraper’ & More: Ask Billboard Mailbag

Plus, more songs that ended artists' hit chart streaks … but are still good songs.

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Hello Gary,

In honor of Demi Lovato‘s triumphant comeback performances at the Grammy Awards and Super Bowl, could you please recap her sales and streaming numbers in the U.S.?

A big thanks in advance!

Estenio Netto
Curitiba, Brasil


Hi Estenio,

For Lovatics everywhere, here is a look at the singer’s career U.S. album sales and her most-streamed on-demand songs, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data (through Feb. 13).

Album Sales
551,000, Don’t Forget; 532,000, Unbroken; 516,000, Here We Go Again; 490,000, Demi; 249,000, Tell Me You Love Me; 245,000, Confident

Most-Streamed (on-demand) Songs
895 million, “Sorry Not Sorry”; 402 million, “Solo” (Clean Bandit feat. Lovato); 359 million, “Heart Attack”; 358 million, “Confident”; 328 million, “Echame La Culpa” (with Luis Fonsi)

313 million, “Tell Me You Love Me”; 291 million, “Cool for the Summer”; 290 million, “No Promises” (Cheat Codes feat. Lovato); 247 million, “Stone Cold”; 225 million, “Let It Go”

192 million, “Really Don’t Care”; 170 million, “Give Your Heart a Break”; 159 million, “Sober”; 156 million, “Skyscraper”; 128 million, “Neon Lights”

As for “Anyone,” Lovato’s newest single that debuted at No. 34 on the Billboard Hot 100 dated Feb. 8, it has so far drawn 18.2 million on-demand streams. It has sold 54,000, having arrived as her first career No. 1 on the Digital Song Sales chart.


Hi Gary,

Fun topic in the last “Ask Billboard” about songs that snapped act’s streaks of hits on the charts.

Here’s another: After the Bee Gees released six Hot 100 No. 1s in a row in 1979-81, “He’s a Liar” came along. A Billboard review noted that it looked like another No. 1, but it didn’t come close, peaking at No. 30.

It took years before the Bee Gees had another top 10: “One” hit No. 7 in 1989.


DW (and four kids …)

Hi DW (and next generation of music and chart fans), great example. At that time, the Bee Gees were synonymous with disco, which was facing a backlash, so “He’s a Liar” was facing seemingly unfair odds no matter its quality. Still, the song combines the talents of two of the biggest acts of the ’70s, as Don Felder, then of the Eagles, was recruited to play lead guitar on it.

How about two more, both from 1991:

Whitney Houston’s “The Star-Spangled Banner” peaked at No. 20 on the Hot 100, ending a string of 12 solo top 10 hits for her, although it’s an iconic rendition. (Earlier, in 1988, “Love Will Save the Day” ended Houston’s streak of No. 1s at seven, although that’s a great song, too, and with great production.)

Around the same time as “The Star-Spangled Banner,” George Michael’s “Waiting for That Day” ended an 11-song top 10 streak of his on the Hot 100, peaking at No. 27.


Two more great cases. Interestingly, Houston’s version of the national anthem reached a No. 20 Hot 100 high in its original run in 1991, but returned to soar to a No. 6 peak in October 2001, following 9/11. (Houston’s next two singles in 1991, “Miracle” and “My Name Is Not Susan,” reached Nos. 9 and 20, respectively, the latter halting her career-opening run of 13 consecutive properly-promoted top 10s without any accompanying artists.)

As for Michael’s “Waiting,” it became his first solo Hot 100 hit to miss the top 10. Perhaps it wasn’t a complete surprise, as he was clearly chafing at the demands of pop superstardom by then and, per the video above, the song’s mix of R&B and folk was a bit of a sonic experiment, and one built more upon its production than a trademark typical hook.

Still, the song, via its coda, brought The Rolling Stones’ “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” to the Hot 100’s top 40 at last, after the group’s original classic peaked at No. 42 in 1973.

Here are five other songs that ended artists’ hit chart streaks … but are still good songs!

Speaking of the Stones, they linked eight top 40 Hot 100 hits, including their first three No. 1s, in 1965-66 before the lyrically controversial “Let’s Spend the Night Together” stopped at No. 55 in 1967 … Daryl Hall and John Oates wrapped a run of 23 consecutive top 40 Hot 100 hits when “Don’t Hold Back Your Love” peaked at a most unfortunate No. 41 in 1991 … Mariah Carey’s “Can’t Let Go” peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in 1992 following a record five career-opening No. 1s … George Strait’s “Lovesick Blues” stopped at No. 24 on Hot Country Songs, also in 1992, after 31 top 10s in a row, including 22 No. 1s …

And, Lady Gaga’s “Judas,” accompanied by its “biblical betrayal”-themed video, hit a No. 15 barrier on Pop Songs in 2011 after eight career-launching top 10s, including seven No. 1s.

2 ‘GOOD’


With Future’s “Life is Good,” featuring Drake, spending its fifth week at No. 2 on the Hot 100 from its debut, an unprecedented feat, could you please share the list of all the songs that have debuted at No. 2 so far?




Hi GuS.,

Billboard keeps a running tally of the 35 singles to have debuted at No. 1 on the Hot 100, so how about the No. 2s, 32 in all?

Unsurprisingly, the list of songs to have launched at No. 2 includes several from superstars with enough cachet to make such grand entrances. (Songs that went on to hit No. 1 after debuting at No. 2 are noted below with an asterisk.)

April 6, 1996, “Always Be My Baby,” Mariah Carey*
May 11, 1996, “Tha Crossroads,” Bone Thugs-N-Harmony*
April 26, 1997, “Hypnotize,” The Notorious B.I.G.*
Sept. 27, 1997, “4 Seasons of Loneliness,” Boyz II Men*
May 9, 1998, “My All,” Mariah Carey*
June 28, 2003, “Flying Without Wings,” Ruben Studdard
July 9, 2005, “Inside Your Heaven,” Bo Bice
Feb. 3, 2007, “This Ain’t a Scene, It’s an Arms Race,” Fall Out Boy
Aug. 30, 2008, “Crush,” David Archuleta
June 27, 2009, “I Gotta Feeling,” The Black Eyed Peas*
Aug. 29, 2009, “Party in the U.S.A.,” Miley Cyrus
Feb. 6, 2010, “Today Was a Fairytale,” Taylor Swift

Feb. 27, 2010, “We Are the World 25: For Haiti,” Artists for Haiti
May 29, 2010, “California Gurls,” Katy Perry feat. Snoop Dogg*
July 10, 2010, “Love the Way You Lie,” Eminem feat. Rihanna*
April 14, 2012, “Boyfriend,” Justin Bieber
Aug. 10, 2013, “Best Song Ever,” One Direction
Nov. 14, 2015, “Sorry, ” Justin,” Bieber*
Aug. 13, 2016, “Cold Water,” Major Lazer feat. Justin Bieber & MO
April 22, 2017, “Humble.,” Kendrick Lamar*
Oct. 7, 2017, “Rockstar,” Post Malone feat. 21 Savage*
March 10, 2018, “Psycho,” Post Malone feat. Ty Dolla $ign*
July 14, 2018, “Nonstop,” Drake
Oct. 13, 2018, “Mona Lisa,” Lil Wayne feat. Kendrick Lamar
Oct. 27, 2018, “ZEZE,” Kodak Black feat. Travis Scott & Offset
Feb. 23, 2019, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored,” Ariana Grande
May 18, 2019, “If I Can’t Have You,” Shawn Mendes
May 25, 2019, “I Don’t Care,” Ed Sheeran & Justin Bieber
June 29, 2019, “You Need to Calm Down,” Taylor Swift
July 6, 2019, “Senorita,” Shawn Mendes & Camila Cabello*
Jan. 18, 2020, “Yummy,” Justin Bieber

Jan. 25, 2020, “Life Is Good,” Future feat. Drake

Of those 32 songs, 13 have ultimately risen to No. 1. Will “Life is Good” become the 14th? For now, Roddy Ricch’s “The Box” continues to sport a sizable lead in overall metrics, but both songs are gaining in airplay.

So, no need yet to pour cold water on any hopes for a potential ascent for “Life Is Good,” and the party in the U.S.A. that would surely follow. (Sorry.)