Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Foxy Brown, Eric Benet and Kim Wilde.

FINALLY FOXY

Hello Keith,

I'm a big fan of rapper Foxy Brown. I read that her newest album, "Black Roses," will be released Aug. 23. Can you give me any more information?

Thanks,

Chalvic Simmons
Toledo, Ohio

Hi Chalvic,

Well, here is what we know. Foxy Brown's new album, "Black Roses," is slated to come out Aug. 23 via Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam. The set's first single, "Come Fly With Me," is No. 61 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart this week. The song features Sizzla, and is one of a number of collaborations on the forthcoming effort. Brown will also be joined by Jay-Z, among others.

As with most things, the Aug. 23 street date is subject to change. It could very likely be pushed to a later date (The promo CD single that Billboard received a short while back teased that her album was due July 26, so, frankly, stay tuned).

All three of Brown's albums have reached the top 10 of The Billboard 200; she garnered a No. 1 with 1999's "Chyna Doll." Her last set was "Broken Silence," which was released in July 2001.



WEAK 'HURRICANE'

Hello Keith,

I heard that Eric Benet had a new album released called "Hurricane" but I can't believe it didn't even debut in the top 100 of The Billboard 200. Is this true? Are people that immature that they won't buy the man's music just because of the problems he had with his ex-wife, Halle Berry? If people are that shallow in America I am just blown away by that. This album is very good. And I'm not even American.

Orville Lloyd Douglas

Hello Orville,

I doubt Eric Benet's personal life had that much to do with how well his new album did. I think it might have had more to do with the fact that "Hurricane" was under-publicized.

None of the songs from the album have yet to impact any of Billboard's charts -- nor the charts published by sister publication Billboard Radio Monitor. Additionally, when we wrote about Benet a few weeks ago, his official record label Web site had not even been updated to reflect a new release.

"Hurricane" debuted at No. 133 on The Billboard 200, and fell off the chart the following week. Over on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, it opened at No. 27.



WILD ABOUT WILDE

Hello Keith,

Since you know almost everything about what's happening in music, I would love to ask you something. In 2003 Nena and Kim Wilde released the single "Anytime, Anyplace, Anywhere," which was a big hit in Europe. Surprisingly, I fell in love with Wilde -- she has such a unique sexy voice. Unbeknownst to me, she had a few hits in the U.S. (like "You Keep Me Hangin' On") and a lot of hits in Europe. I was wondering if you know she is with any record label right now, and if she has plans to release new material anytime soon.

Melania Kostova

Hi Melania,

Our sources say that Kim Wilde has been discussing recording a new album, but she doesn't currently have a record deal with a label. Though she has been chatting up some record labels, no news has been officially announced. Nothing is set in stone, so even these very sketchy bits of information could change.

Wilde's last charting entry in Billboard came in 1995, with "If I Can't Have You." The single reached No. 10 on the Hot Dance Club Play tally that November.

Her biggest U.S. hit is her cover of the Supremes' "You Keep Me Hangin' On." The song reached No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 in 1987.

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