Keith Caulfield answers readers questions about TLC, Nelly, and Shania Twain.

THE RETURN OF TLC

Keith,

I have heard some rumors as to the title of TLC's upcoming album. Could you clarify whether or not "3D" will be the title? Do you know when the album will be released or what the name of the first single might be? Also, how many copies did the last album sell in the U.S.?

Thank you,

Hi Velma,
Velma

TLC is due to release a new studio album before the end of the year, however, no release date or title has been announced. The Arista set will be the first for the act since the passing of Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes earlier this year. However, Lopes had finished a handful of songs for the upcoming disc, so she will make a posthumous appearance on the album.

TLC's last effort, 1999's "FanMail," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, spent five weeks atop the chart, and has sold 4.7 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.


B. SURE ABOUT YOUR SAMPLES

Keith,

Did Nelly sample Al B. Sure when he made the song "Dilemma?" If so, can you tell me which song? And if not, did he sample a song by any artist?

Tryin' to win a bet,

Erin

Hi Erin,

Nelly's "Dilemma" contains elements of the song "Love, Need and Want You," which was originally performed by Patti LaBelle. written by Kenny Gamble and Bunny Sigler, the song was a No. 10 hit on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for LaBelle in 1984.

"Dilemma" reached No. 1 on The Billboard Hot 100 last week, replacing Nelly's own "Hot In Herre" at the top of the chart. The rapper's album, "Nellyville," debuted at No. 1 last month, and has already sold 2.3 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.


COME ON 'UP' AND 'OVER'

Hi Keith,

How many copies of Shania Twain's "Come on Over" have been sold in the U.S. and can you track worldwide sales as well?

With her new CD "Up!" coming out on Nov. 12 in the U.S., how long will we have to wait for a U.K./international version and when will the single be out and what is it called?

Kind regards from Northeast Scotland,

Tom Waller

Hi Tom,

Shania Twain's will follow-up 1997's "Come on Over," with "Up!" due out Nov. 12. The set's first single will debut on radio stations in late September. The title of the single has not been announced.

While the international version of "Come on Over" came out later than the U.S. release, it's safe to assume that "Up!" will hit all territories around the same time. However, no international release dates have yet been released.

Mercury Nashville's "Come on Over" spent two weeks at No. 2 on The Billboard 200, and a record 50 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. While Nielsen SoundScan does not track worldwide sales, in the U.S. the set has sold 14.3 million units.

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