Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Lauryn Hill, Sheryl Crow, and t.A.T.u.

LOVIN' LAURYN

Hello Keith,

I was just wondering if Lauryn Hill's "MTV Unplugged 2.0" album is being considered an actual album? After all, this was just her effort to reach out to her fans after being absent for so long. Is there an actual album expected from her in the near future, like "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill?"

Please let me know,

Leo

Hi Leo,

As far as we know, Lauryn Hill doesn't have an album slated for release anytime soon. There is no word on whether the new material you heard on the "Unplugged" set will be released on a studio album at a later date, either.

The two-disc "MTV Unplugged 2.0" set debuted and peaked at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 and No. 2 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in May. The Columbia album has sold 441,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.



SAVORING SHERYL

Hi Keith,

I know Sheryl Crow currently has a duet out with Kid Rock, but was wondering if any more singles are going to be released from her album "C'mon, C'mon?"

J.D.

Hi J.D.,

The latest single from the "C'mon C'mon" set is the title cut. This past week, it debuted on Billboard's Modern AC chart at No. 36 (that tally can be found in Billboard's sister publication, "Billboard Airplay Monitor"). It's the third single from Crow's fourth studio album, following the hits "Soak Up the Sun" and "Steve McQueen."

Currently, her duet with Kid Rock, "Picture," is at No. 46 on Billboard's Hot 100. In November, it reached No. 45 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Earlier this year, "C'mon C'mon" debuted and peaked at No. 2 on The Billboard 200. Thus far, the A&M/Interscope set has sold 1.6 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.



t.A.T.u. YOU

Keith,

Do you think that Russian girl group t.A.T.u. will do well in the U.S with their new English album "200 km/h in the Wrong Lane?" Or will it not be so popular on the charts due to the girls' sexuality and the messages of their songs?

Cassie

Hi Cassie,

Well, if history has taught us anything regarding pop music, sexuality can often help a new artist zoom up the chart. t.A.T.u.'s current single, "All the Things She Said," hit No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart in October, and is No. 34 on the Top 40 Mainstream chart (which can be found in Billboard's sister publication "Billboard Airplay Monitor"). The duo's debut Interscope album is expected to appear this week on the charts.