Answers to readers' questions about Natasha Bedingfield, Kevin Federline and SoundScan sales.

CHARTING AS EASILY AS 'BRUISING?'

Hello Keith,

I'm a big fan of your column.

My question is in regards to Natasha Bedingfield. Her second single from her debut album, "Unwritten", was such a huge hit -- probably bigger than most had expected. Then she released the third single, "Single," which didn't do all that well on the charts due to its quick release while "Unwritten" was still playing all over radio.

Her fourth single that was released over in the Europe was "I Bruise Easily" which happens to be my favorite song from her album. Is there any word on "I Bruise Easily" being released here in the U.S. as the fourth single?

Thanks for any answers,

Marwin Gillett
Los Angeles


Hello Marwin,

It's unlikely that "I Bruise Easily" will surface as a U.S. single. Bedingfield is actually putting the finishing touches on her new studio album, which is due early next year. The set boasts a tune she wrote with Adam Levine, of Maroon 5. Additionally, the first single is slated to be a number titled "Babies."

In the meantime, fans can pick up her new DVD release, "Live in New York City," which will be released Nov. 21. The two hour concert, recorded at the Nokia Theatre, features hits like "Unwritten," as well as a cover of Coldplay's "The Scientist."

Also, be on the lookout for her musical contribution to the new "Rocky Balboa" film. She recorded a new song for the movie, "Still Here," which was written by Diane Warren.



FIRE ON 'FIRE'

Keith,

It wasn't mentioned in this week's album news story at Billboard.com, but please tell me how few albums Kevin Federline sold. I'm dying to know. I would wager to say less than 5,000…

Thanks,
Matthew Moyers


Hi Matthew,

Interesting how you would ask how "few" copies the album sold… and not how "many."

"Playing With Fire" sold 6,000 in its first week, enabling its debut at No. 151 on The Billboard 200. It also opened at No. 2 on the Top Heatseekers chart.



WHAT'S SOLD IN LAS VEGAS DOESN'T STAY IN LAS VEGAS

Hi Keith,

When artists like Celine Dion, Barry Manilow and Toni Braxton sell CDs at their shows in Las Vegas, are those numbers reflected in their SoundScan sales?

Thanks,

Vincent DeTiberiis


Hi Vincent,

SoundScan accepts sales figures from pretty much anywhere you can buy an album. A retail store like Virgin Megastore, or mass merchants like Best Buy, or places like Wal-Mart, iTunes or Amazon.com -- that also includes when you buy a CD at Celine Dion's boutique at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. It's whatever venue or store that opts to report their sales to SoundScan.