Keith and his readers discuss Pink, the Dixie Chicks and the upcoming Nov. 13 album release face-off.
'DEAD' THE UNDEAD
First off, I love your column and I read it every week.
Secondly, I have two questions about Pink. My first question is: Since she is having a remarkable comeback with two back-to-back Billboard Hot 100 top 10 singles this year ("U + Ur Hand" and "Who Knew"), does her record label have any plans to re-release her "I'm Not Dead" album to capitalize on this much deserved-success?
The album is still sitting in the top 50 of The Billboard 200 chart and a re-release with some new tracks would no doubt rocket the album back into the top 10 and maybe even help it cross the two million mark.
There has been speculation that a re-release may materialize ever since "U + Ur Hand" became a surprise hit in the U.S. Are any of these rumors true?
My second question is in regards to the fourth single off of "I'm Not Dead" (or fifth single, depending on how you look at it). I read somewhere that it will be "Nobody Knows." Is this true?
Thanks for the compliments. Glad you check in every week!
I spoke to Pink's publicist today and she told me that not only are there no plans to re-release "I'm Not Dead," but there will not be another single in the U.S. after "Who Knew."
I know. Take a moment. Breathe. I'm sure Pink fans are screaming "what the?!"...
Keep in mind that plans can change. Remember when "U + Ur Hand" was taking off outside of America? I wrote about that in Ask Billboard back in July 2006 and spoke to Pink's rep about "Hand" hitting our shores. They said that the single wasn't going to be released in the U.S.
Obviously, those plans changed. "U + Ur Hand" started to impact U.S. radio in November 2006 and ultimately hit No. 9 on The Billboard Hot 100 in May.
So far, "I'm Not Dead" has sold 977,000 in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. At the rate it is selling, it should blow pass the one million mark in the next month or so. It has soundly beat the sales of her previous set, 2003's "Try This," which has moved 724,000.
TAKING THE SMALL WAY
Can you please tell me how many copies each of the Dixie Chicks' albums have sold? For all the accolades and awards "Taking the Long Way" has received, I imagine this album has sold the least of their four albums.
If so, that would be a shame, as I think it is phenomenal album.
Also, can you shed any light on Keith Urban's new greatest hits album?
You are right in thinking that the Dixie Chicks' "Taking the Long Way" is the smallest seller of the trio's studio albums. Here is a roundup of the trio's releases and their Nielsen SoundScan sales to date (through Sept. 16, 2007).
"Wide Open Spaces," 1998 8.6 million
"Fly," 1999 8.3 million
"Home," 2002 5.9 million
"Top of the World Tour Live," 2003 1.0 million
"Taking the Long Way," 2006 2.3 million
As for Keith Urban, his first greatest hits album is due Nov. 20 in the U.S. I'm unsure as to when it will be released in Australia. A track list hasn't been announced yet, but it's probably safe to assume that it will include his seven No. 1 singles on the Hot Country Songs chart. They are: "But For the Grace of God," "Somebody Like You," "Who Wouldn't Wanna Be Me," "You'll Think of Me," "Days Go By," "Making Memories of Us" and "Better Life."
NOVEMBER DIVA FACE-OFF
As far as I know Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Alicia Keys are all releasing their new albums on November 13. So my question is: Who do you think will come out on top? I personally want Spears to, but I know Keys' albums sell very well too.
Also, do you think Britney's VMA performance will affect "Gimme More" in a good or bad way?
The Nov. 13 release schedule is a packed one. Aside from Spears, Dion and Keys, there are also new sets from Led Zeppelin, Duran Duran, Ashlee Simpson, Nelly, Trisha Yearwood and Aretha Franklin among many others.
Keys' last studio set, "The Diary of Alicia Keys," bowed at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with 618,000 in 2003. Dion's last proper studio album, 2001's "One Heart," started at No. 2 with 431,657. As for Spears, it's almost been four years since she last put out a studio album. "In The Zone" debuted at No. 1 with 609,000 in late 2003.
Keys is off to a fast start with her new album's first single, "No One." It bounds from No. 75 to No. 15 on The Billboard Hot 100 this week and was already ranked No. 19 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart.
Dion's single hasn't reached any Billboard chart yet, but it has yet to fully impact radio stations. So, give "Taking Chances" some time.
Spears' "Gimme More" is at No. 59 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, but it's doing well so far on Top 40 radio stations. Keys is much higher on the Hot 100 Airplay chart because she gets play from a wide array of stations, including Top 40, rhythmic and mainstream R&B stations, whereas Spears only really gets support from Top 40 outlets.
Spears definitely has the curiosity factor on her side, but will all of the tabloid coverage actually turn into record sales? Keys is a solid performer and still very popular and is embraced by a wide array of fans. As for Dion, even if she doesn't get lots of radio support, still has many fans -- the type of fans that don't necessarily listen to Top 40 radio. And don't forget she's spent the past few years cultivating a sizable fan base thanks to her seemingly endless run in Las Vegas.