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Keith discusses Amerie, Rush, Coldplay and more!

Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Keith Caulfield at

First off, a quick update on Rachael Yamagata, who was the subject of a question in the last edition of "Ask Billboard." At the time we posted the column last Friday (Aug. 17), the singer's publicist had not gotten back to us about when her new album was due out. However, on Wednesday (22), she responded and said that while Yamagata's new album is completed, it won't be released until 2008.

Now, on to this week's batch of questions.


Hello Keith,

I just wanted to know if you have heard anything about Coldplay's new album?

I read something a few months ago, but haven't seen anything related to that since.

Also can you please tell me (how) Coldplay's (albums have sold) so far?


Andres Escobar
Miami Beach, Fla.

Hi Andres,

Coldplay's new album won't be out until 2008, but you can keep up with the band via its official Web site, On the site, the band has written about working with producer Brian Eno and recording in Barcelona, for example.

The group's last album, "X&Y," has sold 3.1 million copies in the U.S.

according to Nielsen SoundScan. The album debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart upon its release in 2005 and spent 64 weeks on the chart. The group's three other albums -- "Parachutes," "A Rush of Blood to the Head" and "Coldplay Live 2003" -- have sold 2.7 million, 4.4 million and 686,000, respectively.


Hi Keith,

Do you have any information regarding the very-underrated Amerie? I've been hearing the track "Take Control" online for months now, and I know her latest CD "Because I Love It" was released (in Europe), but I haven't heard much buzz about it over here in the United States. Any clue what's going on?


Dave Riley
Columbus, Ohio

Hi Dave,

Though Amerie's album "Because I Love It" has been released outside of the U.S., its American release is still pending. It's not currently on Columbia Records' release schedule, though the label is aiming to issue it early next year.

"Because I Love It" peaked at No. 17 on the Official U.K. Albums Chart and at No. 56 on Billboard's Euro Albums Chart. The set's first single, "Take Control," topped out at No. 10 on the Official U.K. Singles Chart. On the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, it hit No. 66 in December 2006.

Her last U.S. album, 2005's "Touch," debuted and peaked at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 400,000 in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.


Dear Keith,

I am a huge Rush fan, and was glad to see its latest release debut so well on the charts.

Could you give me their album sales figures during the SoundScan era?


Jose Cassella
Orlando, Fla.

Hi Jose,

Rush returned in fine form to The Billboard 200 earlier this year, as "Snakes & Arrows" bowed at No. 3, selling 93,000 in its first week. So far, the album has shifted 240,000 copies in the U.S.

Here's a quick run down of all of Rush's albums that have charted on The Billboard 200 since 1991, the year SoundScan began tracking sales data.

"Roll the Bones" (1991; 1.1 million)
"Counterparts" (1993; 774,000)
"Test for Echo" (1996; 492,000)
"Different Stages/Live" (1998; 278,000)
"Vapor Trails" (2002; 341,000)
"The Spirit of Radio: Greatest Hits 1974-1987" (2003; 543,000) "Rush in Rio" (2003; 145,000) "Feedback EP" (2004; 163,000)