Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Fleetwood Mac, U2, and an En Vogue/Alicia Myers connection.
WAITIN' ON THE MAC
I have learned that Fleetwood Mac's tour is kicking off in April 2003. Are there any exact dates yet? I live in Boston, and I'm wondering when the band is coming here. I also live close to Providence, R.I., and dates for that would be good to.
Well, the Fleetwood Mac tour is still a long way off, and tour dates have yet to be announced. Most likely, they won't surface until early next year, because the tour is not slated to begin until April 2003, as has been previously reported by Billboard.com.
In the meantime, while you are waiting for the new studio album from the band -- due out next spring -- a two-disc hits set will be released Oct. 15 by Warner Bros. Titled "The Very Best Of," the compilation covers the band's entire career, and it includes the top ten Billboard Hot 100 hits: "Go Your Own Way," "Dreams," "Don't Stop," "Hold Me," and "Little Lies."
I was reading Rolling Stone magazine's top-100 albums article and I found it hard to believe some of the albums sales reported on U2. Only 10 million for "The Joshua Tree," 8 million on "Achtung Baby," and only 3 million for "All That You Can't Leave Behind?" Hell, I bought four copies myself.
Is there anyway to find out where you can get albums total sales? I heard that U2 has sold more than 100 million albums. Just going by Rolling Stone's total and throwing in the other albums, they fall way short of a 100 million. Any information or direction on this subject would be great.
SoundScan, the company that provides Billboard with its sales information, began in 1991. U2's five releases since then have sold a combined 16.3 million units in the U.S. As for the band's pre-SoundScan albums, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) has certified those for 28 million units sold. That gives the band a grand total of about 44.3 million albums sold in the U.S.
Judging by this alone, it's safe to say that U2 has probably sold near 100 million albums worldwide, but there is no one firm that tabulates global sales.
A second best-of from the band is due out Nov. 5. This compilation will concentrate on the band's output from 1990 through the present. The set's lead single, "Electrical Storm," is at No. 85 on the Hot 100 this week.
'JUST CAN'T STAY AWAY' FROM THE CHARTS
En Vogue made a song in early 1990's called "Just Can't Stay Away." Who sang this song before them? I think this was the only song by this person.
Alicia Myers originally sang the tune back in 1984. The track was featured on her MCA album "I Appreciate," which reached No. 186 on The Billboard 200, and No. 12 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart.
En Vogue's version is from the group's 1990 debut, "Born To Sing." That Atlantic set hit No. 21 on The Billboard 200 and No. 3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tally.