Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Celine Dion, Pearl Jam, and the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack.

DRIVING WITH CELINE

Hi,

I heard a dance re-make of the Roy Orbison/Cyndi Lauper song "I Drove All Night" the other day. It was by Celine Dion. Is she about to drop some new material for us to coincide with her lavish Las Vegas show-opening?

Much appreciated,

Chris Metivier

Hi Chris,

Dion recorded "I Drove All Night" for her upcoming album "One Heart." The album is due out March 25 in the U.S. and a day earlier internationally. "Drove" was originally recorded by Roy Orbison in 1988, and then a year later by Cyndi Lauper, who took the single to No. 6 on The Billboard Hot 100.

Not coincidentally, "Drove" is also the song heard in Chrysler's new TV commercials. Dion is the spokesperson for the carmaker's new "Drive & Love" campaign, and can be seen in the new TV spots.

And, for even more synergy action, Dion's lavish Las Vegas show "A New Day" begins its three-year run at the Colosseum at Ceasars Palace on March 25 -- the same day as her new "One Heart" disc is unleashed.



NOT A 'RIOT'

Keith,

I'm a huge Pearl Jam fan, but I'm a bit discouraged to see the group not reaching the sales numbers that it used to. The band's seventh studio album, "Riot Act," was released back in November, but I've noticed that it's been sliding down the charts. I was wondering if you could give me up-to-date sales numbers for that album? Is it still present on The Billboard 200? Is it on pace to reach platinum status? And what about sales numbers on Pearl Jam's prior studio album, "Binaural?"

Thank you very much,

Bill Hahn

Hi Bill,

Pearl Jam's "Riot Act" has sold 379,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Epic album debuted at No. 8 on The Billboard 200 in November. 2000's "Binaural" has moved 720,000 copies -- it peaked at No. 2 on The Billboard 200.

"Riot Act" was at No. 124 on the Jan. 18 edition of The Billboard 200, down from No. 103 the previous week.



O BROTHER, MILLIONS OF THOU

Dear Billboard,

The soundtrack to the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" was released in late December 2000. Can you give me some idea of exactly how many units have actually sold as of now? I have heard 8 million. Some say 6 million. People like Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, and Shania Twain are tracked by SoundScan down to the last CD. I would like to know this information for "O Brother." Bluegrass music is no less important than country. Since it has been a history-making soundtrack for bluegrass music, many people are curious.

I believe it still may have a comeback to the album charts. The movie has not been released to TV yet and I believe there are many people out there who haven't seen the movie, video, or DVD.

Thanks,

Norma

Hi Norma,

Nielsen SoundScan tracks all music, regardless of genre. In fact, "O Brother, Where Are Thou?" reached No. 1 on The Billboard 200 last year, following its win at the Grammy awards. The album was No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart for 35 non-consecutive weeks, and set a record by leading the Top Soundtracks chart for a total of 34 weeks.

The Lost Highway/Mercury album has sold 6.2 million units in the U.S., according to SoundScan.

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

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