Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Scissor Sisters, Stevie Nicks & More.
I'm a fan of the Scissor Sisters and I was wondering if you can give us some sales data for their United States releases. I know they've been far more popular in the United Kingdom than here in the United States where I think their singles have only charted on the Club Play/Dance charts.
In the United Kingdom, the Scissor Sisters' self-titled debut was the biggest-selling album of last year, moving more than 1.6 million units. Stateside, the set has sold 217,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album peaked at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers and Top Electronic Albums charts, and reached No. 102 on The Billboard 200.
The Grammy-nominated band has charted three singles on various Billboard charts. First, "Take Your Mama" peaked at No. 18 on the Modern AC tally and No. 23 on the Adult Top 40 list. "Laura" followed, and reached No. 36 on the Modern AC chart. Finally, "Filthy Gorgeous" is rising up the Hot Dance/Club Play chart, where it is No. 3 with a bullet this week.
Scissor Sisters are working on their next studio album, which could see a release before the end of the year. In the meantime, you can catch the group's Ana Matronic guesting on New Order's latest release, "Waiting for the Sirens' Call."
I'm excited about Stevie Nicks' Las Vegas extravaganza in May and combo tour with Don Henley this summer. Rumor has it that a new Nicks best-of CD and VH1 "Storytellers" DVD are in the works for June 7. Can you confirm this?
Stevie Nicks will mount a special four-night Las Vegas concert event at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace May 10, 11, 13 and 14. In a recent radio interview with KLOS Los Angeles, the singer said her team is working hard to create a set that will be able to fill the very large stage, and she intends to dig out old costumes for the show. She plans on performing all of her hits, as well as many chestnuts that are fan favorites.
During last month's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, Nicks wouldn't comment to Billboard.com about the reported tour with Don Henley later this year. "I can't talk about that because I'm not sure," she said. "I really don't know."
For what it's worth, during the KLOS interview, Nicks said that they were then auditioning for a drummer that would be with her for the rest of the year.
Nicks' record label, Reprise, has not announced any plans for upcoming releases. Nor have Rhino or Warner Strategic Marketing -- Warner Music's specialty release divisions.
There was a song that was released around the time that Annie Lennox' "Walking on Broken Glass" was popular. All I can remember from the song was that a female sang it and the video for it was in a hospital room. The singer was crawling around the room and every time she got close to the patient the latter would become critical. Can you name that song and/or singer?
After consulting with the other chart managers in my department, Patrick McGowan (who manages Billboard's video charts, as well as the Adult Top 40 and Adult Contemporary lists) thinks it may be "Stay" by Shakespear's Sister.
The single, which went to No. 4 on Billboard's Hot 100, was popular around the same time as Lennox' "Walking on Broken Glass." The video for "Stay" was set in a hospital room, and featured a woman crawling around the floor.