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SHAKIRA SALES

Hi Gary,

I'm a big Shakira fan. With her new album, "Sale El Sol/The Sun Comes Out," due Oct. 19, I'm hoping you could please update us on her total U.S. album sales.

Thanks,

Manny Portillo
Tempe, Arizona

Hi Manny,

Shakira has sold 9.6 million albums in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Here is a look at her five best-selling sets:

3,488,000, "Laundry Service," 2001
1,694,000, "Oral Fixation Vol. 2," 2005
1,001,000, "Fijacion Oral: Vol. 1," 2005
892,000, "Donde Estan Los Ladrones?," 1998
584,000, "Pies Descalzos," 1996

Shakira is seeking her 18th top 10 on Latin Songs, as "Loca," the first single from "Sale El Sol/The Sun Comes Out," bounds 18-12 this week. In the history of the chart, which launched this week in 1986, the only women with more top 10s are Gloria Estefan (22) and Ana Gabriel (20).

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In a span of seven days last month, I attended concerts featuring two acts that seemingly couldn't be more different: Linkin Park and Judy Collins. Despite their obvious contrasts in styles, I was most awed by the singers' equally striking vocals.

At the Best Buy Theater in Times Square, Linkin Park's Chester Bennington acrobatically changed volume and registers, screaming melodically into the mic one minute and hushing the mesmerized crowd with a ballad the next.

A week later, Collins' soprano that commanded the audience (a slightly different demographic than Linkin Park's fan base) was as clear as the sparkling reflecting pool in the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Spackler Wing, where the folk icon performed against the backdrop of the ancient Egyptian Temple of Dendur.

Both concerts reinforced the power of live music, no matter the genre.

What shows have you seen, recently or in years past, that rank among the best you've attended? Which artists' vocals more than delivered live? And, what concerts are you looking forward to next?

E-mail askbb@billboard.com and we'll publish your recollections next Friday.