Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Lindsey Buckingham, Olivia Newton John and Bruce Springsteen.
I'm really excited about Lindsey Buckingham's new CD, "Under the Skin," set for release on Oct. 3. I also heard that Rhino Records may be issuing a best-of CD for Stevie Nicks on Nov. 7. Can you tell me more about this release?
Another Nicks fan, Joe Becker, also wrote in about this supposed Nicks greatest hits set. While the album can be found at Amazon.com –- and you can even pre-order it -– it is not going to be released at this time.
Rhino Records told me that while there had been discussions regarding the album, it is no longer on the release schedule.
Nicks' first greatest hits album, "Timespace – The Best of Stevie Nicks," was released in 1991 and has sold 1.5 million in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Since that 1991 collection, she has issued two solo studio efforts –- 1994's "Street Angel" and 2001's "Trouble In Shangri-La."
GRATEFUL FOR GRATITUDE
Will Olivia Newton John's forthcoming CD "Grace And Gratitude" (exclusively available only in Walgreen stores) be registered with SoundScan and therefore be eligible to chart on Billboard's Comprehensive Album chart?
Sheboygan Falls, Wis.
If Walgreens chooses to register their sales with Nielsen SoundScan then the album can certainly chart on the Comprehensive Albums chart (which lists the best-selling albums of the week, regardless of exclusive availability at a retailer).
However, Walgreens could simply opt not to report their sales to SoundScan, and then Olivia's album would then not chart.
The singer's last major U.S. release, "Magic – The Very Best Of," has sold 173,000 since it came out in 2001. Since then, American audiences have also seen the bow of assorted other singles collections, including a Christmas-themed release and 2005's "Gold."
BORN TO BUY
I have two questions about the "Born to Run – 30th Anniversary Edition" box set Bruce Springsteen released last year. First of all, how many copies did it sell, and secondly, are those sales counted toward "Born to Run's" cumulative sales, or are they regarded as a separate entity, distinct from the original release?
Also, are there plans to remaster any other titles in Springsteen's back catalog? I've long thought they could use it (it's funny that the outtakes on the 1998 "Tracks" box set sound better than the original albums for which they were recorded).
The sales of the two different "Born to Run" packages are kept separate. The anniversary edition has moved 217,000. It debuted and peaked at No. 18 upon its debut in Nov. 2005.
We don't have any word on whether Springsteen's catalog is due for a freshening up. There is nothing on SonyBMG's release schedule at the moment, but of course, that could change. If we hear anything, we'll let you know.
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