Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Fleetwood Mac, Duran Duran and Pat Benatar.
MICK VS. FLEETWOOD
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 have released albums this year. Fleetwood Mac with "Live In Boston," 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 us with any sales numbers for Fleetwood Mac's albums during the Nielsen SoundScan era.
Thanks for your time.
Since its release in June, Fleetwood Mac's "Live In Boston" (Reprise) has moved 50,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Mick Fleetwood Band's Sanctuary album "Something Big" has shifted less than 2,000 copies since it bowed in late September.
Here is a list of Fleetwood Mac's other Nielsen SoundScan-era major U.S. releases, with their sales-to-date:
"25 Years: The Chain" (1995, 79,000)
"Time" (1995, 50,000)
"The Dance" (1997, 4.3 million)
"The Very Best of Fleetwood Mac" (2002, 958,000)
"Say You Will" (2003, 838,000)
ON THE AIR WITH DURAN DURAN
It looks as if [Duran Duran's] "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" is gaining more airplay every week all across the board. Why isn't the track in the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100, when it is obvious the single is ranked high in airplay?
While Duran Duran's "(Reach Up for The) Sunrise" has garnered a good deal of airplay at U.S. Adult Top 40 and Modern AC stations, it has not done as well at other formats. Because the Billboard Hot 100 is an all-format chart, it is more difficult for a song to reach the list without support from multiple radio formats.
However, support is growing and Duran Duran is on the verge of entering the Hot 100, so don't be surprised if the single bows on the chart soon.
The reunited band's Epic album "Astronaut" debuted at No. 17 on last week's Billboard 200. It has sold 79,000 units to date.
SALES ARE A BATTLEFIELD
I was hoping you could tell me the sales figures for Pat Benatar's CDs in the SoundScan era. She's released four studio albums since SoundScan began -- "True Love," "Gravity's Rainbow," "Innamorata" and "Go." Last year she also released a DVD of her videos. If you have sales figures for that as well, that would be great.
Thanks so much!
Here is a roundup of U.S. sales of Pat Benatar's Nielsen SoundScan-era studio efforts:
"True Love" (1991, Chrysalis): 339,000
"Gravity's Rainbow" (1993, Chrysalis): 160,000
"Innamorata" (1997, CMC International) 65,000
"Go" (2003, Bel Chiasso Entertainment): 34,000
Benatar's "Choice Cuts" (Capitol) music video collection has sold 10,000 units since its release in 2003.