Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Coldplay, Santana & Michelle Branch, and Michael Jackson.

COLDPLAYED

Hi Keith,

My question is regarding Coldplay's two albums. "A Rush of Blood to the Head" and "Parachutes." First, "Rush" has been in the top half of The Billboard 200 for weeks, even months now, but the RIAA status still only says platinum. The same goes for "Parachutes" -- [it has been] in the top portion of the Pop Catalog chart [for as long a time]. How many copies of both albums have been sold in the U.S.?

Thanks,

Shaun

Hi Shaun,

"A Rush of Blood to the Head" and "Parachutes" have each sold 1.6 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Therefore, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has properly certified each Capitol set. A platinum award indicates that 1 million units have been shipped to American retailers.

This week, "Rush" is at No. 26 on The Billboard 200, while the album's single, "Clocks," is at No. 29 on Billboard's Hot 100.



THE GAME OF LONGEVITY

Hi Keith,

I am surprised by the chart longevity of "The Game of Love" by Santana featuring Michelle Branch long after its chart peak and Grammy success. Is there a follow-up from either one of them in the foreseeable future? Also, could you provide sales and chart data from their current releases?

Thanks,

Eric Myers
Hampton Bays, N.Y.

Hi Eric,

The second radio single from Santana's "Shaman" album was his collaboration with Musiq Soulchild, "Nothing at All." The track never reached a Billboard chart, but did dent the R&B Adult radio airplay chart, published by Billboard's sister publication, Airplay Monitor. "Shaman" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 last fall, and the Arista album has since sold 1.9 million units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Michelle Branch's next single is "Are You Happy Now?" which is the lead track from her second album, "Hotel Paper." The Maverick/Warner Bros. set will be released on June 24. "Happy" will debut on Billboard's Adult Top 40 chart this week at No. 32. Branch's debut album, "The Spirit Room," has sold 1.8 million units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.



MICHAEL'S INVINCIBILITY

Hi,

I was wondering how many copies Michael Jackson's "Invincible" album has sold, because the last time I heard, it had sold 2.5 million in the U.S.

Tiffany

Hi Tiffany,

So far, Michael Jackson's "Invincible" has sold 2.1 million units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album bowed at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in November 2001. The Epic set spawned two Billboard Hot 100 hit singles: "You Rock My World" (No. 10) and "Butterflies" (No. 14).