Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Lil' Kim, Kelly Rowland, and Limp Bizkit.
BUZZIN' 'BOUT THE QUEEN BEE
I love the new Lil' Kim song "The Jump Off," and I can't wait until she releases her new album. I was wondering how many albums she sold to date, and what's the name of the new record? I hope you can help me.
Huge Queen Bee fan,
Lil' Kim's third studio album, "La Bella Mafia," is due March 4 from Atlantic. As previously reported by Billboard.com, producers helping out with the disc are Timbaland, Swizz Beatz, Scott Storch, Havoc, and Kanye West. Also along for the ride are a number of guest artists, including Missy Elliott, Method Man, Styles P., Governor, Twista, and Mashonda Tifere.
Her last album, 2000's "The Notorious K.I.M.," peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and No. 1 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The set has sold 1.3 million units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"The Jump Off" (featuring Mr. Cheeks) is at No. 22 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks this week, and at No. 60 on Billboard's Hot 100.
SINGLING OUT KELLY
I was just wondering about the sales of Kelly Rowland's album "Simply Deep." I've heard it's gone gold. Is that true, and are there any plans to release a third single?
Kelly Rowland's "Simply Deep" has sold 493,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. This week, the Music World/Columbia set is at No. 132 on The Billboard 200.
The third single from the set is "Can't Nobody." The track is at No. 3 on the Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, and is poised to debut on the main list in the next week. "Nobody" follows the album's first two singles, "Dilemma" (with Nelly) and "Stole."
CLOCKIN' THE BIZKIT
I'm a huge fan of Limp Bizkit. I'm just asking how many copies "Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water" has sold.
"Chocolate Starfish and the Hot Dog Flavored Water" has sold 6.4 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Flip/Interscope album spent two weeks at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 in late 2000.
As previously reported on Billboard.com, the band's next album, "Lessismore," is due out in May. The band will hit the road this summer with Metallica and Linkin Park for the "Summer Sanitarium Tour." The trek begins July 4.