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HELLO? McFLY?

Hello Keith,

I was wondering -- especially with the abundance of British music acts coming into the United States (lately) -- if you know anything about any other British acts trying to crack the Unites States, such as Girls Aloud.

I'm a big fan of U.K. music acts such as McFly, Blue, Girls Aloud, etc., and I would really like to see Girls Aloud make an attempt at the United States.

John Yang
Los Angeles

Hi John,

I can tell by your question that you are really pushing for a U.S. invasion by Girls Aloud. Unfortunately, we have no knowledge of the Girls getting imported to America at this time. The same goes for Blue.

But with the recent influx of successful U.K. acts into America -- like James Blunt and Natasha Bedingfield -- it may bode well for more U.K. acts to get a shot at cracking the U.S. market.

Have said that, while Blue and Girls Aloud aren't on tap for a U.S. release in the neat future -- McFly is. The band is prepping for two big U.S. events in 2006.

The quartet will appear in the upcoming Lindsay Lohan film "Just My Luck" and release its U.S. debut album of the same name May 9 via Universal. The set will feature some new songs as well as tracks culled from two earlier chart-topping U.K. albums.

The group -- made up of Danny Jones, Tom Fletcher, Dougie Poynter and Harry Judd -- has already had enormous success in the United Kingdom, racking up eight top 10 singles (including four No. 1s) and two No. 1 albums.

For further information about McFly, visit the group's official Web site at mcflyofficial.com.



KEEPING THE BEAT

Hi Keith!

With this being the 25th anniversary of the Go-Go's No. 1 album "Beauty and the Beat," I heard a rumor that they may put out an album this year to celebrate the silver anniversary of that accomplishment. Have you heard anything related to this matter?

Also, do you know how many CDs were sold of the group's 2001 set "God Bless the Go-Go's?" I thought that was their best work so far.

Thanks!

John Heiman
Fishers, Ind.

Hello John,

Right now, Universal -- the record company that distributes "Beauty and the Beat" -- has no plans at this time to commemorate the anniversary. However, things could always change down the road.

Who knows? Someday we may see a "Deluxe Edition" of "Beauty and the Beat." (Though, I'd imagine most fans who would be interested in outtakes and rarities might be sufficiently served by the solid 1994 IRS compilation "Return to the Valley of the Go-Go's.")

"Beauty and the Beat" made chart history as the first No. 1 album on The Billboard 200 by an all-female rock band. The A&M set famously spawned the massive hits "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat."

Shifting back to the present day, as far as we know, the Go-Go's will not release a new studio album this year.

But, the band is on tour. Their trek began on March 24 in Tunica, Miss., and has dates lined up through June 30 in Chicago. Visit the Go-Go's official Web site at gogos.com for more information.

Finally, 2001's "God Bless The Go-Go's" has sold 85,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.



THE AXL CODE?

Hi Keith,

There have been a lot of rumors going about about the soundtrack to "The Da Vinci Code," which may include a track by Guns N' Roses. With the movie's release date nearing, I have yet to see any "official" news by the movie's studio. Is there going to be a soundtrack to "The Da Vinci Code" and if so, who will be contributing to it?

Thanks!

Kyle Strodtbeck
Cleveland

Hi Kyle,

The Guns N' Roses/"Da Vinci Code" rumor must be just that -- a rumor. The soundtrack to the Tom Hanks film will be released on May 9, but it only includes the movie's original score by Hans Zimmer.

"The Da Vinci Code" will be released in U.S. movie theaters on May 19. The next Guns N' Roses album doesn't have an announced release date yet.