Ask Billboard

Keith answers readers' questions on Garth Brooks, Depeche Mode and PJ Harvey.

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Dear Keith,

I was hoping you could answer the following question about the Osmonds. Since Donny Osmond is ever-present in the media now riding the "Dancing with the Stars" blitz tied to his sister Marie, I was wondering if his current "Love Songs of the '70s" set is benefiting and what it has scanned to date?

Also, are the Osmond titles surging as well?

Tim Fitzgerald
Worcester, Mass.

Hi Tim,

For the week ending Nov. 18, Donny Osmond's album "Love Songs of the '70s" sold 1,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. That was its best sales week since June.

You have to figure that his appearance on the Nov. 9 episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" may have helped increase sales of the set. All told, the album has shifted 62,000. Meanwhile, Marie Osmond's "Magic of Christmas" album, available exclusively through Wal-Mart, QVC and Osmond's Web site, has sold 17,000 in just two weeks of release.

The Osmonds' 2003 hits set "Osmondmania" had a big increase during the week of the "Oprah" show as well, as it saw a 575% jump the week ending Nov. 11. The album has sold 13,000 to date.


Dear Keith,

I wonder if you can give me a comparison of the sales of Carrie Underwood's first album "Some Hearts" from its first week debut at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and the sales of her second album "Carnival Ride," which debuted at No. 1.

Also, how have the sales of "Ride" held up in the second and third weeks?

Thanks for your attention.

Bill G. Anderson
Longview, Texas

Hi Bill,

Carrie Underwood's "Some Hearts" started with 315,000, then sold 186,000 the following week. In its third week it moved 154,000 and during its fourth, it shifted 174,000.

As for "Carnival Ride," it began with 527,000 and then sold 170,000; 121,000 and 113,000 in its next three weeks.


Hi Keith,

Earlier this year, it was mentioned that neo-soul R&B singer Maxwell was recording a new album and its expected to be released later in the year. Would you know if this is still the case? How has his albums sales compare to the other neo-soul singers like D'Angelo and others? Thank you very much!

Julio E. Torres

Hi Julio,

Last we heard, Maxwell is still working on his long-gestating new studio album. It's due out sometime in 2008. His last album, 2001's "Now," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart and has sold 1.8 million in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.