Answers to readers' questions about Raven-Symone, Cassie, Darren Hayes and more.

QUOTH THE RAVEN, 'ANY MORE?'

Keith,

Raven-Symone released her third studio album in 2004, and it performed fairly poorly on the charts. I was wondering which of Raven's three albums -- "Here's to New Dreams" (1993), "Undeniable" (1999) and "This Is My Time" (2004) sold the most copies?

Do you know if Raven-Symone is going to be releasing a new album in 2007?

Regards,

David T.
California


Hi David,

Raven-Symone, star of Disney Channel's "That's So Raven" and the two "Cheetah Girls" movies, is currently at work writing songs for her next album. The Hollywood Records set, which may be released in the fall, is the follow-up to 2004's "This Is My Time." The latter album has sold 235,000 according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her previous releases, 1999's "Undeniable" and 1993's "Here's To New Dreams," have sold 2,000 and 73,000, respectively.

(In 2006, "Dreams" was retitled and reissued with an altered tracklist as "From Then Until." It has sold 8,000 copies.)

While talking about her album sales, we also need to address the tremendous success of the four soundtracks for "That's So Raven" series and the two "The Cheetah Girls" movies. All of them feature many songs performed by Raven, especially "That's So Raven Too!" and "The Cheetah Girls 2."

The first "Cheetah Girls" album has sold 2 million copies while the follow-up has moved 1.3 million. The first "That's So Raven" soundtrack has shifted 491,000 while the second volume has done 200,000.



CALLING CASSIE

Hey Keith,

I'm probably in the minority of people who actually enjoy Cassie's music... which is especially telling by her absence from The Billboard 200 chart since November.

Since she hasn't been on the The Billboard 200 for a long time, I can't find any sales figures for her. I was just wondering how much she has sold so far.

Also, are they still planning on a third single? There were rumors going around that it was between "Ditto" and "Kiss Me," but then nothing else was said with regards to it. Are they calling it quits on the album after "Long Way 2 Go" only hit No. 97 on The Billboard Hot 100?

Thanks for keeps us all so well informed!

Christian Delfin
New York, NY


Hi Christian,

I was told that the final single from Cassie's self-titled debut was indeed "Long Way 2 Go." Perhaps the soft sales for her album (300,000 in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan) encouraged Bad Boy and Atlantic Records to make this decision.

On the other hand, "Me & U" has sold 850,000 digital downloads, so it's not like no one was buying Cassie product. They just weren't buying the whole album.

"Me & U" spent a month at No. 3 on The Billboard Hot 100, while "Long Way 2 Go" peaked at No. 97. The album debuted and peaked at No. 4 and spent 13 weeks on the chart.



HOW'S HAYES?

...And for a change of pace, here's a follow-up to a question first asked last August.

Reader Joe Menna wrote in asking about Savage Garden's Darren Hayes. He wondered if he was working on a new album and if we had any news on his career.

At the time, we ran into a brick wall with regards to juicy news, but we received information this morning about his new album and wanted to share.

Hayes' new album "This Delicate Thing We've Made," will be released in the U.S. in August. The two-CD set is slated to consist of 25 songs partially inspired by Victorian-era science fiction.

Hayes found himself recording the album using a vintage 1983 Fairlight CMI synthesizer that provided him with such otherworldly sounds, it informed the recording of the set. (In the '80s, everyone from Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Duran Duran and Pet Shop Boys used a Fairlight synth to produce their
music.)

Hayes said in a press statement, "It's not a concept record, but there is a definite idea that it begins with a loss of consciousness and gives over to the notion that we are going to go deep into the psyche."

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