Keith Caulfield answers readers questions about Britney Spears, Kelly Clarkson, and Brandy.

BRING BACK BRITNEY!

Hey Keith,

How are you? I am a huge fan of Britney Spears. She's been out of the spotlight for a while now. I was just wondering if you have any information on the release of her fourth album. And while I'm at it, how many copies have Britney's three previous albums, "...Baby One More Time", "Oops! ... I Did It Again," and "Britney" sold in the U.S.?

Thanks a lot for your help,

Marwin

Hi Marwin,

Britney Spears is in the studio working on her fourth studio album, due out later this year on Jive Records. There is no definitive word on what producers she has enlisted for the set.

Her last album, "Britney," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 on Nov. 24, 2001. It has sold 4.1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her previous two albums, "Oops! ... I Did It Again" and "... Baby One More Time" have sold 9 million and 10.4 million copies, respectively.



'THANKFUL' IDOL

Keith,

How is Kelly Clarkson's new album selling? I see it's been in the top-3 on The Billboard 200 and I know how hard it was to find a copy around my area. I just wondered if she had a gold or platinum record yet?

Thanks,

Bill

Hi Bill,

Kelly Clarkson's "Thankful" has sold 530,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The RCA set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 on May 3.

The lead single from the set, "Miss Independent," recently debuted at No. 61 on Billboard's Hot 100.



'FULL MOON' RISING

Keith,

I was just curious about how many copies Brandy's last album, "Full Moon," sold?

Thanks,

Chalvic

Hi Chalvic,

Brandy's "Full Moon" has sold 1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Atlantic album debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 on March 23, 2002.

The R&B singer is on a break right now, and no immediate plans for a new single or album are on the horizon.

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

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