Keith Caulfield fields readers' questions about Madonna, Christina Aguilera, and the Rolling Stones.

MAD FOR MADONNA

Hi Keith,

When is Madonna's new album coming out? I heard she is releasing a box set celebrating her 20 years in the music industry. Is this true? If it is, when will it come out?

Thank you,

A. Cebrero

Hello,

Madonna's ninth studio album is due out in the spring. The Warner Bros. set will be the follow-up to 2000's "Music." That set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 2.9 million units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

There are tentative plans to release a box set to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the release of Madonna's 1982 self-titled debut. However, at this point, there is no word on what the set may contain. If the package does surface, it would most likely be released at the end of 2003.

Currently, Madonna is riding the Billboard charts with her single "Die Another Day." The titled peaked at No. 8 on Billboard's Hot 100 and this week sits at No. 1 on the Hot Dance Music: Maxi Singles Sales chart for the ninth week in a row.



'BEAUTIFUL' MEMORIES?

Keith,

Christina Aguilera's song titled "Beautiful" sounds so familiar to me. I knew half the words the first time hearing it. Is this a remake? If so, who was the original artist?

Sincerely,

Carolyn Young

Hello Carolyn,

Linda Perry, the former lead singer of 4 Non Blondes, wrote "Beautiful," and as far as we have researched, Christina Aguilera is the only artist that has performed it. The RCA album cut is at No. 6 on Billboard's Hot 100 this week.

Aguilera's album, "Stripped," debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 in November and has sold 1.5 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.



STUPEFYING STONES

Keith,

Why is it that every time I check' Billboard's Box Scores' I fail to see any mention of the Rolling Stones tour? Is there bad blood between the Stones organization and Billboard or is the tour not generating enough income to rank in the listings of 'Box Scores?' or is it the situation where the different venues this time out by the Stones make calculating too difficult to reflect gross income?

Thanks,

John

Hi John,

There isn't any bad blood between the Stones and Billboard. The band and its Licks tour promoter Grand Entertainment (with Clear Channel Entertainment) simply opted not to report box office numbers.

In a Dec. 19 story in Billboard Bulletin, sources said that the tour had taken in about $90 million through mid-November and had played to 700,000 people. The tour is projected to gross $120 million in North America before it visits other countries early this year.

Questions? Comments? Let us know: @billboard

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