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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Twelve Girls Band, Janet Jackson and Madonna.


Greetings Keith,

How come I cannot find the Twelve Girls Band on any of your charts? They are the hottest thing to hit the U.S. shores since the Beatles. All of their concerts on their current U.S. tour are sold out! Their newest CD (with DVD) is the best sound to ever come around in recent years.

They sold out 32 shows in 10 minutes in Japan. Their CDs sell in the millions in Asia. Their music is being widely accepted by Western audiences and listeners. Furthermore, they are highly educated musicians and their talent has no equals.

I highly recommend that you get on the Twelve Girls Band bandwagon, or you shall miss out. There is lots of money to be made in the U.S. with these girls.

Have a great day,
Eddie Perry

Hi Eddie,

I actually wrote about Twelve Girls Band last Wednesday (Aug. 25) in Billboard Chart Alert. The piece was prompted by the group's debut on The Billboard 200 at No 62.

Here is the item: "China's Twelve Girls Band debuts at No. 1 on Top World Albums and Top Music Videos and at No. 62 on The Billboard 200 (20,000 units). Already a huge hit in Asia, its album 'Eastern Energy' has sold more than 2 million units in Japan. The group comprises conservatory-trained musicians who play traditional Chinese instruments but combine them with modern music.

On the album, the group covers Coldplay's 'Clocks' and Enya's 'Only Time.' For a month previous to the Aug. 17 street date, TV spots ran touting the album on the History Channel, A&E, CBS and MTV. The group has been touring for the past month as well, playing UCLA's Royce Hall (Aug. 12), Moore Theatre in Seattle (Aug. 17) and Bimbo's Club 365 in San Francisco (Aug. 19). Print coverage of the band in the Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune and also helped the cause."



I was wondering if there is any truth to Virgin Records re-releasing Janet Jackson's "Damita Jo" album this November?

Thank you,

Hi Latricia,

As far as we know, there were rumors about "Damita Jo" seeing a re-release, but Virgin is issuing a DVD package instead. Of course, as with all things, a re-release of "Damita Jo" in the future could happen.

The DVD, titled "From Janet to Damita Jo," will include most of the music videos from her Virgin releases. It will be released on Sept. 7 in the U.S.



I've got a question. According to our local DJs, Madonna's tour isn't doing that well. They said she's had to cancel shows. I want to know if the Re-invention Tour is a huge success or what? I see one thing in the news but then I hear another.

Edward Kovalchik

Hi Edward,

Don't believe everything your local DJ tells you. According to Billboard's Box Score report, which runs in every issue of the magazine and on our Web site, Madonna has sold out all of the dates on her tour.

She postponed the second night of her trek in Los Angeles, as she was sick, but she rescheduled it for a day later. She has not canceled a show yet.

To date, the Re-invention Tour has grossed $79.5 million from the North American leg of her tour -- which concluded in Miami on Aug. 2. She's in Europe now, wrapping up the trek. She next plays Paris tonight (Sept. 1). The tour ends in Lisbon on Sept. 14.