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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Robbie Williams, Michelle Williams, and Lou Reed.

CAN'T ESCAPE ROBBIE

Hi,

I'm a big Robbie Williams fan and was wondering when his new album, "Escapology," will be released in the U.S.? Will there be a big marketing push behind him now that he's signed that multi-million dollar record deal with EMI? Does it still mean that he is signed to Capitol Records in the states?

Thank you so much,

Devin Kingdon

Hi Devin,

Robbie Williams' "Escapology" album is due April 1 in the U.S. via Virgin. That's a shift from Capitol, which released his previous two stateside albums. The first single from the upcoming set is "Feel," which debuted late last year in the top-5 on the U.K. singles chart.

As far as a "big marketing push," we know that Capitol is committed to making this album very successful. The set will be introduced with a low retail list price of $9.98 and will include previously unreleased bonus tracks. The inclusion of the new songs will encourage fans that bought the import version of the album to purchase the U.S. edition.

In the U.S., Williams' two releases were 1999's "The Ego Has Landed" and 2000's "Sing When You're Winning." They have sold 573,000 and 125,000 copies in the U.S., respectively, according to Nielsen SoundScan.



MICHELLE'S 'HEART'

Keith,

I was just wondering, did Michelle Williams' CD "Heart to Yours" sell well?

Thanks,

Alexis

Hi Alexis,

Michelle Williams' "Heart To Yours" has sold 191,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Music World/Columbia album reached No. 1 on Billboard's Top Gospel Albums chart last year. This week, it's No. 30 on that tally.



QUOTH REED'S 'RAVEN'...

Hi Keith,

Would you please tell me in which chart position "The Raven," Lou Reed's latest album, debuted? And which are Lou Reed's chart-toppers and how many copies did they sell?

Thanks,

Gustavo

Hi Gustavo,

Unfortunately, Lou Reed's "The Raven" has yet to reach any of Billboard's charts. Since its Jan. 28 release, the Warner Bros. set has sold less than 5,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Reed's last album listed on The Billboard 200 was 2000's "Ecstasy," which reached No. 183. That album has sold 43,000 copies. His highest charting album overall is 1974's "Sally Can't Dance," which peaked at No. 10.