"American music fans are just as musically open-minded as their British counterparts," Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears told Billboard in the Sept. 30, 2006, issue. "Tons of Americans would love our music, but they don't know we exist."

Well, that was then. The dance-rock band gained a few more American fans
following its September 26 appearance on ABC's "Dancing With the Stars." The
group's sophomore Universal Motown album, "Ta-Dah," was released on the same
day in the United States (one week earlier in the United Kingdom via Polydor). In its first week on the Billboard 200, in the issue dated Oct. 14, "Ta-Dah" debuted at No. 19 and sold 42,000 copies that week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. To date, the album has sold 136,000 copies.

Come Feb. 8, Scissor Sisters may find themselves with additional fans in the United States. The band performs the ballad "Land of a Thousand Words" on NBC's daytime soap "Passions." The next day, the Sisters make another appearance on the show; this time, performing the effervescent "I Don't Feel Like Dancin'."

Indeed, according to Shears, he and his bandmates are fans of "Passions." And they are very likely aware that such back-to-back appearances on a daytime soap will surely boost sales of "Ta-Dah" in the United States.

Stay tuned.