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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Duran Duran, Aaliyah, Missy Elliott, and Mariah Carey.

ARE THEY IN RIO?

Hi Keith,

I remember reading in Billboard back in 2001 that the original members of the 1980s pop band Duran Duran were working on a reunion CD. It is now 2003, and it is nowhere to be found. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
Nicky

Hi Nicky,

Duran Duran is still in the studio, writing and recording even more new material for its forthcoming reunion album. The group has been taking meetings with major record labels for months now, but no official word has come down regarding which the band will sign with.

Nile Rodgers is back on board, producing the new set. He previously worked with the group on such hit singles as "The Wild Boys" and "Notorious."

Duran Duran's last album to reach The Billboard 200 was 2000's "Pop Trash." The Hollywood release peaked at No. 135 on the chart. The group's highest charting album was 1984's "Arena," which peaked at No. 4. Duran Duran has also placed 15 singles in the top-40 of The Billboard Hot 100, including the No. 1s "The Reflex" and "A View to a Kill."

For further information about the band, visit its official Web site at duranduran.com.



LOVING AALIYAH

Hey Keith,

Since her debut in 1995, I have been in love with Aaliyah. I think she always made her music so different and cutting edge, but still mainstream and entertaining. Her latest album, "I Care 4 U," is amazing, and I was wondering, how many copies has it sold since its release? What is the next single for it? I hope it is "Don't Know What To Tell Ya." Is there any news on what Missy Elliott is doing for the final tribute LP for Aaliyah?

Thank you,

Maseeh

Hi Maseeh,

Since its release in December, Aaliyah's "I Care 4 U" has sold 884,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Blackground/Universal album debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200. The set's lead cut, "Miss U," is No. 1 for the second week on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. The second single from the album will indeed be "Don't Know What To Tell Ya."

Missy Elliott is, as far as we know, still contributing to an Aaliyah tribute album. Since the set is still in the works, no release date has been announced yet.



SECOND BIGGEST 'CHARM'

Hi Keith,

I was wondering how Mariah Carey's ninth studio album "Charmbracelet" is doing. I know that it was her second-highest debut album, but didn't "Daydream" and "Butterfly" both debut at No. 1? I don't understand how it can be her second-highest album debut if it debuted at No. 3.

Also, where is "Through the Rain"? Is it a commercial single? I also saw the video for "Boy (I Need You)"; will it be a commercial single as well?

Thanks for your time!

Trae

Hi Trae,

It's easy to see why there is confusion as to what "second-highest debut" means with regards to "Charmbracelet." The album had Mariah Carey's second biggest debut sales week -- not chart position debut. Her "Rainbow" set was the only one of her albums to open with a bigger sum. It sold 323,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, while "Charmbracelet" moved 241,000. To date, the latter MonarC/Island album has sold 829,000 copies.

The single "Through the Rain" is No. 95 this week on Billboard's Hot 100. However, with the commercial single bowing on Feb. 4 in stores, the title is bound to move up the chart.

"Boy (I Need You)" was released as a 12" vinyl single in November 2002. There is no word yet on if the track will be released as a CD single in the future.