Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini, Amber, and Bon Jovi.
IT TAKES TWO... 'IDOLS'
I am from Scotland and wonder if you could help. My wife would like a video or CD of a love song duet sung by Kelly Clarkston and Justin Guarini which was supposed to be a big hit in the U.S. and recently shown on British television. Even a title would be helpful.
George B Robertson
Last year on U.S. broadcaster Fox's series "American Idol," finalists Justin Guarini and Kelly Clarkson sang the Marvin Gaye and Kim Weston hit "It Takes Two." Perhaps that is the song of which you are thinking? Their rendition of the No. 14 Billboard Hot 100 hit has not been released commercially -- either on a CD or video.
Clarkson's debut album, "Thankful," was released on April 15. The RCA set's first single, "Miss Independent," was co-written by Clarkson and Christina Aguilera.
NEEDS MORE FROM 'NAKED'
Are there any plans to follow up "Anyway (Men Are From Mars)" with a fourth single from Amber's latest album "Naked?" I've read rumors that the track "He" was a possibility. Can you also please summarize how well Amber's U.S. albums have sold in the SoundScan era?
Auckland, New Zealand
Currently, plans for a fourth U.S. single from Amber's "Naked" album have not been confirmed. So far in the States, three tracks from the Tommy Boy set have reached Billboard's charts: "Yes," "The Need To Be Naked," and "Anyway (Men Are From Mars)." The first two reached No. 1 on the Hot Dance/Club Play chart, while the latter stalled at No. 12 on the tally.
The "Naked" album has sold 30,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
A BON JOVI 'BOUNCE'?
I enjoy reading your column every week on Billboard.com. My question is regarding to Bon Jovi's latest album, "Bounce." The band is going to be on [television retail channel] QVC for three non-consecutive hours to sell the album with a DVD and special B-sides CD. I am under the impression the group can sell around 20,000 copies.
My question is will this be an accurate number in sales and won't this make the album break records by jumping up like over 100 spots on The Billboard 200? They are ready to fall off now (it's No. 181).
Thanks for your time in reading my E-mail!
Rockland County, N.Y.
Since QVC reports its album sales to SoundScan, those sales due to Bon Jovi's April 12 appearances on the channel count towards the placing of "Bounce" on The Billboard 200. The Island/IDJMG album debuted at No. 2 last October and has since sold 619,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
According to QVC, the channel took more than 21,000 orders for the Bon Jovi limited tour edition "Bounce" CD & DVD/VHS package offered during the promotion, generating more $528,000 and more than 7,500 new customers. On this week's edition of The Billboard 200, the album jumps 21 positions to No. 160.
Even if the album would have jumped 100 spots on the chart -- or even 150 -- it still wouldn't have the largest leap on the chart. Though this query is more suited for Fred Bronson's "Chart Beat" column, I can say that the largest leap on The Billboard 200 belongs to the Notorious B.I.G.'s Bad Boy album "Life After Death," which prematurely debuted at No. 175 in April 1997, and then sailed to No. 1 the following week.