Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Oasis, Faith Hill, and Nirvana.
In the British press we are always hearing how Oasis has failed to "crack" America, yet I am certain that "Wonderwall" reached No. 8 in the charts and all of their albums have charted on The Billboard 200 at some point. According to Nielsen SoundScan how successful is Oasis in America?
Oasis definitely cracked America -- a long time ago, in fact. The group's sophomore 1995 album, "(What's the Story) Morning Glory?," peaked at No. 4 on The Billboard 200 and spent 76 weeks on the chart. That Epic album's 1997 follow-up, "Be Here Now," debuted at No. 2 on the chart and was on the tally for 26 weeks.
Conversely, with albums since "Morning Glory" the band's chart success has been rather limited. This year's Epic album, "Heathen Chemistry," opened at No. 23 in July, but has since fallen off the chart.
"(What's the Story) Morning Glory" has sold 3.5 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen Soundscan, while "Be Here Now" and "Heathen Chemistry" have shifted 970,000 and 102,000 units, respectively.
The No. 8 position you mention regarding "Wonderwall" is where the single peaked at on Billboard's Hot 100. Only one other Oasis track, "Don't Look Back in Anger," reached that chart, climbing to No. 55 in 1996.
For a time between 1995 and 1998, Oasis was all over U.S. Modern Rock radio. The band racked up six top-10 hits on Billboard's Modern Rock chart, including "Live Forever" (No. 2), "Wonderwall" (No. 1 for 10 weeks), and "Champagne Supernova" (No. 1).
'CRY'-ING FOR FAITH AND ANGIE
Faith Hill's current release, "Cry," sounds very familiar. Is it a new song or a remake? If not a remake, what song is it that is out there that sounds so much like it?
Faith Hill's "Cry" is a cover of an Angie Aparo tune. The track, also written by Aparo, can be found on his 2000 album, "The American." The Melisma/Arista album has sold 36,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.
This week, "Cry" is No. 35 on Billboard's Hot 100 and No. 12 the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. Hill's new album, also titled "Cry," is due out Oct. 15 from Warner Bros.
WHO KNOWS WHO'S RIGHT?
I recently heard Nirvana's new single "You Know You're Right" on radio and was wondering: When is the single going to be available for commercial release? And when is the greatest hits album that the single will be on scheduled for release?
"You Know You're Right" is quickly moving up Billboard's Modern Rock chart -- this week it's the top debut at No. 22 on the tally. The track is one of the final songs that Nirvana recorded with singer Kurt Cobain before he died.
The song's inclusion on a self-titled Nirvana retrospective album, due Nov. 12 in the U.S. via Geffen, comes at the resolution of lengthy legal battles between Cobain's widow, Courtney Love and surviving Nirvana members Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic, as well as between Love and Universal Music Group.
The tracklist for the single-disc set has not been announced, but one can safely assume the band's biggest Modern Rock chart hits will be included. The group scored six top-10 hits on that chart, including the No. 1s "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Heart Shaped Box," "All Apologies," and "About a Girl."
As for an international release, the set is due out Nov. 11 in the U.K., and most likely, that date will hold for most territories outside of the U.S. A commercially available single for "You Know You're Right" will most likely not be issued in the U.S., though that does not mean it will not be released outside of America.