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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Paul McCartney, Dixie Chicks, Fleetwood Mac and Mick Fleetwood.

MACCA RETURNS

Keith,

I heard Paul McCartney is going on tour this year. I think it was reported on billboard.com, but I didn't see it there. What cities is he coming to? Is he coming to Portland, Ore.; or Seattle or Tacoma Wash.?

Please let me know! Thanks!

Gregory Hickman

Hello Gregory,

Just last week, Billboard.com reported that Paul McCartney is aiming to play a North American tour towards the end of 2005, beginning in September. Although a full itinerary has not yet been confirmed, the trek is aiming to begin Sept. 16 in Miami and hit 38 cities before wrapping up in November. Tickets are expected to go on sale in late February.



DIXIELAND

Hello Keith,

I am a huge fan of the Dixie Chicks and am wondering how their sales have been after the fallout from Natalie Maines comment [about President George W. Bush in March 2003]. How many copies of "Top of the World" have sold in the United States?

Thanks for your help.

Bill Bradley

Hi Bill,

The Dixie Chicks' concert album "Top of the World" has sold 792,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, since its November 2003 release.

The group's latest Monument/Columbia studio effort, 2002's "Home," has shifted 5.8 million and spent four weeks at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and 19 weeks at No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart. The trio is the top-selling female act of all time in America, having sold more than 23 million albums.





Hi there,

I check your column weekly and really enjoy the questions asked and answered, so thank you for that. My questions are regarding Fleetwood Mac and Mick Fleetwood.

Both released albums in 2004. Fleetwood Mac with "Live In Boston" DVD and CD, and the Mick Fleetwood Band's "Something Big."

I was just wondering how well these two releases are doing sales-wise and whether or not you can provide any sales numbers for Fleetwood Mac's albums during the Nielsen SoundScan era.

Thanks for your time.

Peter Taylor

Hi Peter,

Fleetwood Mac's "Live in Boston" (Reprise) has sold just 58,000 in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan, since its bow in June 2004. The Mick Fleetwood Band's "Something Big" (Sanctuary) hasn't faired even as well -- its total stands at less than 3,000 units.

The Mac's biggest SoundScan-era (1991-present) release is 1997's "The Dance" (Reprise), which has sashayed through 4.3 million units.