Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Toni Braxton, O-Town, and the Prodigy.
I was wondering if you had any information on Toni Braxton. It was said that her album "Amplified" will be released Oct. 29 with collaborations with Kelly Price, Whitney Houston, and Irv Gotti. Is this true and when could we expect to hear her songs on the radio?
Thanks so much,
Toni Braxton's fourth studio album, "Amplified," will be released on Oct. 29. The album's first single, "No More Love" (featuring Irv Gotti), was sent to radio recently and should debut on Billboard's various charts soon. So far, we're not sure about the other collaborations you mention.
Braxton will make a bevy of public appearances in support of the disc, including stops on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno," "The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn," "Live with Regis & Kelly," and "The View." Additionally, she is scheduled to perform on "The Today Show" in November.
Her last studio effort, 2000's "The Heat," debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Just wondering can you give us any more info on O-Town's "O2?" Like, when it will be out, and what can we expect from it? Especially from song "From the Damage."
O-Town's second album, "O2," is due Nov. 5. The album will be preceded by the single "These Are The Days," which should appear on radio in the coming weeks. The group's J Records 2001 self-titled debut has sold 1.6 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard 200.
You can listen to three tracks from the new O-Town album (including "From the Damage") on the group's official Web site: o-town.com.
SMACK MY MEMORY UP
I was reading an online column the other day and they were talking about Prodigy's past singles from "Fat of the Land." They only mentioned "Firestarter" and "Smack My Bitch Up." I remember the song and video for "Breathe" more than either of those two songs however. Was this song ever released as a single, or was it just played a lot (like Madonna's "Into the Groove," which was never an official single)? If it was released, could you tell me its peak on the Billboard charts?
Actually, "Breathe" is Prodigy's biggest hit on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart. The song peaked at No. 18 and spent 23 weeks on that list. Only one other Prodigy single, "Firestarter," entered the Modern Rock chart. It reached No. 24.
On The Billboard Hot 100, however, "Breathe" did not chart. "Firestarter" climbed to No. 30, while "Smack My Bitch Up" climbed to No. 89.
Prodigy's new single, "Baby's Got a Temper," was commercially released in July and debuted at No. 21 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Sales chart. The XL/Mute/Maverick track is from the act's upcoming new album. A release date for the set has not been announced.
Prodigy's last studio set, 1997's "The Fat of the Land," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 2.6 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.