Answers to readers' questions about Britney Spears, Charlotte Church and Kiss' Paul Stanley.
REMIXED AND UNHEARD
Supposedly Britney Spears' remix set, "B in the Mix," was released as an "underground" album -- basically, with little to no promotion. Why is this? Also, the first single, "And Then We Kiss," is nowhere on radio, how come? "And Then We Kiss" is only available right now remixed by Junkie XL. Will a regular version of this song be released?
St. Louis, Mo.
We dropped Britney Spears' publicist at Jive Records a note, but at deadline the label had not yet commented on this particular question.
However, it is not unusual for releases to come and go with little no fanfare. Look at Spears' fellow Jive act 'N Sync. The group released a "Greatest Hits" set just a few weeks ago that flew completely under the radar. Sometimes, for whatever reason, record labels decide to issue some titles with a lot of fanfare and others with little or no publicity.
A specialty remix album that probably only appeals to die-hard Spears' fans didn't warrant a lot of hype in Jive's opinion. Granted, this is only speculation.
Another remix release that came and went with little publicity was Madonna's 2003 EP "Remixed & Revisited," which also happened to feature Spears' on one track. Timed to come out just before the busy Christmas shopping season, the title spent one week on The Billboard 200 at No. 115.
Through Nov. 24, only one U.S. radio station -- WNCI Columbus, Ohio -- was playing "And Then We Kiss" in regular rotation. So far, nothing has been announced regarding the un-mixed version of "Kiss" seeing a commercial release.
SEPARATION OF CHURCH & STATES
I listen to a lot a lot of stations off the Internet, especially ones from the United Kingdom. I love the new Charlotte Church album "Tissues and Issues" and I was wondering if there was a U.S. release date pending.
Long Beach, Calif.
Right now, Sony doesn't have Charlotte Church's "Tissues and Issues" on its release schedule in America. Only known in the United States as an opera singer, the new set casts Church as a pop singer. The album features ballads, Motown-lite numbers, dance floor stompers and other pop-friendly tunes.
The album was released in the United Kingdom in July. You can listen to the set and find out more about Church through her official Web site, charlottechurch.com.
There has been talk of a solo album from Kiss' Paul Stanley due out this year. Do you have any information to back this up?
Earlier this month Billboard.com reported Paul Stanley is finishing up work on his second solo album (click here to read the article). The as-yet-untitled set does not yet have a label or announced release date.
Stanley's first solo album, a 1978 self-titled Casablanca set released along with solo albums by Kiss' Gene Simmons, Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, peaked at No. 40 on The Billboard 200 and has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for U.S. shipments of 1 million copies.
Kiss' last studio album was 1998's "Psycho Circus." That Mercury album is the band's highest charting set, as it debuted and peaked at No. 3.