Answers to readers' questions about the Beatles, Garbage and that one song you heard on the radio in Germany.

WHAT FOLLOWS "1"?

Keith,

I remember reading a while back that EMI was going to release a new Beatles compilation, a follow up to "1." What has happened? Also, how have their compilations and back catalog

faired since Nielsen SoundScan began to track sales in 1991?

John Boylan
Hertfordshire, England


Hello John,

I thought I had read or heard something about a sequel to "1" as well. But we are either mistaken or it has been put on hold.

We asked the Beatles' publicist for a comment about if there was any truth to the compilation rumors, and here is their statement:

"The next Beatles record will pertain to the current Cirque du Soliel production, 'Love.' Sir George Martin and his son Giles will go back into the studio in London for July and August and prepare the music they have mixed for this show for an album. Apple has no other projects being prepared for immediate release at this time."

So, there you have it.

The Beatles most recent chart entry, "The Capitol Albums Vol. 2," debuted at No. 46 on The Billboard 200 in April. The four-disc set has sold 50,000 in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"1," released in 2000, collected all of the band's U.S. and U.K. No. 1 singles. The album has sold 10.5 million copies in America. Since its debut, not a week has gone by where the album has sold less than 5,000. The set is the tenth biggest-selling album of the SoundScan era, right behind Celine Dion's "Falling Into You" (10.7 million).

Collectively, the Beatles' catalog of albums has sold 51.3 million since 1991 according to Nielsen SoundScan. "1" is the biggest seller, followed by "Anthology 1" (3.7 million), "Abbey Road" (3.6 million), "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" (3.5 million) and "The Beatles (White Album)" (3.0 million).



RELEASING GARBAGE

Keith,

Since Garbage released their last album "Bleed Like Me" back in April 2005, there has been no news on what is going on with them. I heard they will be releasing a "Greatest Hits"

album in November -- is this correct? Or is it that they are not going to release nothing at all? And can you tell me their sales with each of their albums are up to this date?

Thanks,

Andres Escobar
Miami Beach, Fla.


Hello Andres,

You've heard right - for the most part. There is a Garbage greatest hits set on the way, but a release date hasn't been nailed down yet. It's likely to be released later this year, probably close to Christmas. While talk of this album has been rumbling around the rumor mill for a while, we got this information directly from their U.S. record label, Geffen, so it sounds like it's a go.

There's no word on what the set may contain,or if the band is working on any new material for the project.

The band's last album, 2005's "Bleed Like Me," peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 267,000 in the U.S. to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here are the chart peaks and sales of the band's other three albums:

"BeautifulGarbage" (2001, No. 13; 397,000)
"Version 2.0" (1998, No. 13, 1.7 million)
"Garbage" (1996, No. 20, 2.3 million).

In its career, Garbage has notched 11 Modern Rock chart hits, including the top 10 singles "Stupid Girl," "#1 Crush" (from the "Romeo + Juliet" soundtrack), "Push It," "I Think I'm Paranoid" and "Why Do You Love Me."



THE GIRLS OF GERMANY

Dear Keith,

I heard a song constantly on BFBS radio in Hameln, Germany in December 2005 but I never found out who the singer was. She sounds a lot like Ashlee Simpson but I have listened to

Ashlee's songs and I haven't heard that song. I can't remember exactly how it goes but if I hear it again I would know. Would you be able to possibly help me with some ideas or

clues?

Regards,

Talitha Rabie
Hameln, Germany


Hello Talitha,

That's a tough one, especially considering the few clues you have given me.

However, I have some decent guesses on what could have been playing on BFBS radio at the time. BFBS Radio (British Forces Broadcasting) is a service for the British Armed Forces, and it beams radio programming to various places around the world where a significant amount of British Armed Forces personnel are stationed.

That said, because the network plays a lot of contemporary pop music, we can somewhat whittle down what you may have heard on the radio back in December.

Joanne Bell, Head of Music for BFBS, suggests Kelly Clarkson's "Because of You." Bell said the track was added to BFBS' playlist on December 7, 2005.

Also, considering what was popular in the United Kingdom back in December, there were not that many female pop acts that could have been confused with Ashlee Simpson. The only ones that come to mind (after having checked what was ranking on the top 40 chart in the U.K. in December) are Clarkson, Charlotte Church, Girls Aloud, Sugababes, the Pussycat

Dolls and perhaps even KT Tunstall.