Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions on Santana and Michelle Branch, Weezer, and Pearl Jam.

BRANCH-ING OFF

Keith,

I saw a video with Carlos Santana and a young lady the other day. I did not get the name of the song or her name. I believe it is probably a new one. Would you happen to know of any new song and video that Santana might have come out with? Your help is appreciated!

Thanks!
Carroll Bunch

Hello Carroll,

You saw the music video for Santana's "The Game of Love," featuring Michelle Branch. The latter is a singer/songwriter on Maverick, and her debut album, "The Spirit Room," was released in 2001. That album has sold 1.2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and reached No. 28 on The Billboard 200.

"The Game of Love" is from Santana's new album, "Shaman," which is due out Oct. 22. It's the follow-up to his 1999 Arista set, "Supernatural," which spent 12 weeks at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, sold 11.1 million units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and won the Grammy for album of the year.



WEEZING RIGHT ALONG

Keith,

Since the release of "Weezer" (2001) and "Maladroit," Weezer has experienced a resurgence in popularity, packing arenas with new and longtime fans. Many are seeking out their previous albums and I wondered what impact this has had on the exact number of copies sold of the band's critically acclaimed but commercially failed "Pinkerton" (1996). It went gold in July 2001, but how close is it to achieving platinum (1,000,000 units shipped) status? I, and millions of Weezer fans, want to know.

Thanks,
Michelle Hijar

Hello Michelle,

1996's "Pinkerton" has sold 668,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. So it's a bit far from hitting a million in order to achieve platinum status, which is based on U.S. shipments audited by the Recording Industry Association of America.

The sales history for Weezer's other Geffen albums shows this year's "Maladroit" has sold 460,000 copies, 2001's self-titled album (the "green album") has moved 1.4 million copies, and its 1994's self-titled debut (the "blue album"), 2.7 million copies.



THE SINGLE IS 'MINE'

G'day Keith,

I was just wondering when Pearl Jam's new single will be released? Also when is the new album "Riot Act" scheduled for release?

Adam Cook

Hi Adam,

Pearl Jam's latest single, "I Am Mine," debuts this week on Billboard's Modern and Mainstream Rock charts at No. 10 and No. 14, respectively. As previously reported on Billboard.com, the track is the lead cut from the forthcoming "Riot Act," due Nov. 12 on Epic. A commercial CD version of the single is due out Oct. 8, while a 7" vinyl version will be released Oct. 22.

The band produced the new album with Adam Kasper. Pearl Jam is aiming to launch a world tour early next year, although a handful of domestic shows may happen later this year. The band, minus guitarist Stone Gossard, was on hand Monday night (Sept. 23) in Chicago to open for the Who at a benefit concert. To read a review of the show, click here.

Pearl Jam's last Epic studio album, 2000's "Binaural," debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 715,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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