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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Cher, "Verve//Remixed," and Queen Latifah.

CHER AND CHER ALIKE

Hi Keith,

Cher's latest single, "When The Money's Gone," is No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play chart. Are there plans for a commercial release for this and what is your opinion on why her latest CD hasn't gone platinum?

Thanks,

Danny Burger

Hi Danny,

Actually, "When The Money's Gone" has been released as a commercial single in the U.S. It reached No. 2 on Billboard's Hot Dance/Maxi Singles Sales chart. "Money" is her third No. 1 Hot Dance/Club Play single from her "Living Proof" album, following "A Different Kind of Love Song" and "Song for the Lonely."

Released in February 2002 "Living Proof" debuted at No. 9 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 477,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. It certainly hasn't sold as well as it could have, but without major radio or music video support, it's not surprising that the disc hasn't flown off shelves.

However, this week on NBC, Cher's "Farewell" concert special will air. Perhaps that will help spur sales of the "Living Proof" disc.



REMIXING VERVE

Keith,

One disc that almost always seems to stay in my CD car or home player is "Verve//Remixed." I fell in love with it the day I bought it. I'm wondering if there are any plans for a volume two?

Everett Johns
Salisbury, Md.

Hello Everett,

In fact, there are plans for a second edition of the popular "Verve//Remixed" album, which, as the title suggests, features remixes of jazz classics from the archives of the venerable Verve label. Currently, the new set is aimed for a late summer release.

The first "Verve//Remixed" album came out in May 2002 and has sold 95,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The collection featured classic jazz songs from the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Nina Simone remixed by such artists as MJ Cole, Masters At Work, and Tricky. The album reached No. 2 on Billboard's Contemporary Jazz Albums chart and No. 4 on the Top Electronic Albums tally.



ALL HAIL THE QUEEN

Keith,

How many albums has Queen Latifah sold? And what's her biggest seller?

Thank you,

Simon
Los Angeles

Hi Simon,

Queen Latifah has released five albums so far. Her first set, 1989's "All Hail the Queen," was issued before Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data. Therefore, I cannot provide accurate sales figures for that particular disc.

Since then, here is a list of the Oscar-nominated actress' albums, and how much each has sold in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan: 1991's "Nature of a Sista'" (273,000), 1993's "Black Reign" (500,000), 1998's "Order in the Court" (100,000), and 2002's hits album "She's a Queen" (10,000).

This summer should bring us a new studio album from the "Chicago" co-star, though details and an exact release date have not yet been announced.