Answers to readers' questions about Madonna, Maroon5 and Paula Abdul.

SORRY GET TOGETHER

Hello Keith,

After the inexplicable disappointment of Madonna's "Sorry" not being the huge hit in the United States that it's been in Europe, fan sites have been filled with conflicting reports and subsequent debates over what will (or should) be the next single release from "Confessions on a Dance Floor."

So will the next single be "Get Together" or "Jump?"

Thanks,

Scott English
New York

Hi Scott,

Ready?

The third single from "Confessions on a Dance Floor" will be (drumroll please)... "Get Together."

I was surprised. Even though I had heard Internet rumblings that "Get Together" would be the third single, I thought for sure that the very catchy "Jump" would have been next in line.

Interestingly, the third best-selling digital song from "Confessions" is "Get Together," with 20,000 downloads in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Jump" stands at 9,000 -- the fourth most downloaded song from the album. (The best-sellers? "Hung Up" and "Sorry," of course.)

"Confessions on a Dancefloor," which became Madonna's sixth No. 1 album upon its debut last fall, has sold 1.4 million in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's more than double what her last set, "American Life," has sold to date (665,000).

The album's first single, "Hung Up," hit No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100. That gave Madonna her 36th top 10 hit, tying her with Elvis Presley as the artists with the most top 10 hits in the rock era.

Follow-up single "Sorry" only managed a No. 58 peak on the Hot 100, but did spend two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart, where Madonna is in the undisputed champ. She's had 35 No. 1s on the Club Play chart, more than any other artist. (Janet Jackson's in a distant second place, with 17.)

Madonna's "Confessions Tour" begins May 21 at the Forum in Los Angeles. It makes its way across the country through the end of July, then she heads to Europe. First up though, Madonna will play the Coachella Valley Music Festival on April 30.



MAROONED

Hey there, Keith,

My question has to do with Maroon5, one of my favorite pop/alternative bands. I heavily enjoyed their debut album and I simply want to know if they are going to release a new album soon. I miss them!

Could you also tell me how many copies "Songs About Jane" and their other albums have sold?

Thank you for your help,

John Frame
Chicago

Hi John,

Maroon5 is currently at work on the follow-up to its super-successful album, "Songs About Jane." A release date hasn't been announced.

Billboard's West Coast Bureau Chief Melinda Newman caught up with Maroon5 frontman Adam Levine back in February, and he said that the new album will "be a little more adventurous" and that they "want to push (themselves) to do something new." He also said they've been listening to early Prince, Talking Heads and other non-obvious music that Levine terms "hyperactive pop."

"Songs About Jane" peaked at No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and spent 109 weeks on the chart. The Octone/J set has sold 4.2 million copies in the United States since its release in June 2002, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The band has since issued the "1.22.03.Acoustic" EP in 2004 (636,000) and CD/DVD set "Live: Friday the 13th" in 2005 (81,000).



WHAT'S PAULA'S NUMBER?

Keith,

I have been curious for some time about the cover of Paula Adbul's "Greatest Hits" album that I purchased.

On the cover photo, there is a sequence of numbers oddly printed horizontally in an oversized text box. These numbers are directly printed onto the cover art. I buy scores of CDs and have never seen this done before. It appears to be some type of merchandising number -- but surely not! It totally ruins the appearance of the CD artwork. I have written her Web site to get an answer, but nobody ever responded back.

Any ideas what those numbers are?

Thanks Keith,

Danny Collins,
Tulsa, Okla.

Hi Danny,

The string of numbers you see printed on the cover of Paula Abdul's "Greatest Hits" album (7-2438-48980-2-1) is its UPC code. Not a very exciting answer, I realize. (And the numbers are meant to be there - they are part of the album cover's design.)