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Hi Keith!

I always look forward to reading your column. I am a huge Mariah Carey fan and was just wondering if there is any information on (which) producers Carey is working with for her new album. I know Jermaine Dupri will be heavily involved. Any ideas?

Another question I have is if you have any information or know of a possible release date for a new Kylie Minogue album?

Any help is much appreciated!


Angelo Henschel
Omaha, Neb.

Hi Angelo,

Here's what we know about Mariah Carey's new album, as reported in Billboard's July 14, 2007 issue: "Longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri and songwriter Bryan-Michael Cox have chipped in on the follow-up to Carey's everlasting 2005 album 'The Emancipation of Mimi,' which has sold more than 5.8 million copies. Some sessions have taken place on the Caribbean island of Anguilla." Carey's album is slated for a Nov. 20 release.

Meanwhile, Kylie Minogue's upcoming tenth studio album is likely to be released by December. She's been working on the set for over a year now with various collaborators, including Groove Armada.



Christina Aguilera is one of my favorite artists. I was wondering if you can help me find out why she has not released any other singles off her latest album "Back to Basics." I was surprised that she only released three singles off the album, especially because it is a two-disc album.

Thank you for your help.

New York

Hi Gabe,

RCA Records, Christina Aguilera's record label, didn't elaborate as to why there will be no further singles promoted to radio in the U.S. from "Back to Basics." Perhaps it has something to with the lackluster performance of the set's second and third singles? While the album's lead track, "Ain't No Other Man," reached No. 6 on The Billboard Hot 100 and No. 8 on the CHR/Top 40 radio airplay chart, the follow-ups didn't do as well.

"Hurt," a ballad, peaked at No. 19 on the Hot 100 and No. 10 on the CHR/Top 40 chart. The uptempo throwback "Candyman" stopped at No. 25 on the Hot 100 and No. 23 on CHR/Top 40.

"Back to Basics" has sold 1.6 million copies in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her previous effort, 2002's "Stripped," has shifted 4.1 million.



I love your column each week. When Tina Turner retired (which she actually did, unlike Cher, Elton John, Garth Brooks, etc.), she disappeared from the music scene. I saw her perform in the late '80s during her comeback and was blown away.

How has her record sales been since she retired? Do you think she will ever have a new CD?

Thanks for your time.

Jeff Gilbert
Calhoun, Ga.

Hi Jeff,

To be clear, Tina Turner retired from large scale touring, not from recording. In fact, since she left the road in December 2000, she released the successful greatest hits album, "All The Best," that included two new songs. It debuted and peaked at No. 2 on The Billboard 200, giving the legend her highest charting album ever. The double album has sold 616,000 in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Additionally, she contributed a song to the 2003 soundtrack to the Walt Disney film "Brother Bear" and will be featured on the upcoming Santana greatest hits album "Ultimate Santana." On the latter set, she'll be heard singing a new version of "The Game Of Love," a 2002 hit for Santana with Michelle Branch.

By the way, why are you accusing Cher of not retiring? I know that she said she would never do a big tour again, but that was only a few years ago - and she hasn't toured since. So it's not like she's broken any promises.

Will Turner have a new studio album soon? That's unclear. She was working on new material at the end of 2006, but there have been no new reports about a new album since then.