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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about the Rolling Stones, Christina Aguilera and more.

THE FLIP SIDE OF THE STONES

Keith,

Can you give me any information on the Rolling Stones' b-sides CD that is about to be released by EMI? I believe it will be released in November. I am particularly interested in the track listing.

Trevor

Hi Trevor,

The Rolling Stones will release "Rarities 1971-2003" Nov. 22 in the U.S. through Virgin.

Here is the track list for the album:

"Fancy Man Blues,"
"Tumbling Dice" (live)
"Wild Horses" (acoustic version from Tokyo)
"Beast Of Burden" (live)
"Anyway You Look At It"
"If I Was a Dancer (Part 2)"
"Miss You" (dance version)
"Wish I'd Never Met You"
"I Just Wanna Make Love To You" (live)
"Mixed Emotions" (12" Version)
"Through the Lonely Nights"
"Live With Me" (live)
"Let It Rock" (live)
"Harlem Shuffle" (NY mix)
"Mannish Boy"
"Thru and Thru" (live)



LOOKING FOR XTINA

Keith,

Where has Christina Aguilera been hiding the last few months? I know she has been working on a new album for what seems like a very long time. Is there any word on what it's called or a release date?

Thanks,

Dan

Hi Dan,

Currently, there is release date for Christina Aguilera's forthcoming album. She's been at work on her third studio set for a while now, so it's likely that we can expect the effort to hit stores next year.

In the meantime, you can hear her sing on Herbie Hancock's new album, where she collaborates with the jazz legend on "A Song For You."

Aguilera's last album, 2002's "Stripped," has sold 3.9 million copies in the United States.



WHO'S THE BIGGEST?

Hi Keith,

Recently at the World Music Awards Destiny's Child was given an award recognizing them as the biggest selling female group of all time. I could be wrong but I recalled reading your column a while back and you mentioning that the Dixie Chicks is the number one selling female group of all time according to Nielsen SoundScan followed by TLC. If this is the case how could Destiny's Child receive this award and how do they compare in terms of worldwide record sales to other female groups?

Keep up the good work!

Dane

Hi Dane,

Remember, the World Music Awards are based on worldwide sales. So perhaps using whatever accounting firm the show employed, they arrived at Destiny's Child being the world's biggest selling female group.

However, in the United States the Dixie Chicks reign in terms of album sales. Their three albums (plus a live CD/DVD) have sold 23.3 million. R&B/hip-hop trio TLC is in second, with 15.2 million sold from their four studio albums.

Destiny's Child is hot on their tail in third place, with 15.1 million albums sold (four studio albums, a remix CD and a Christmas set). With Destiny's Child's "#1's" greatest hits set due out Oct. 25, it will likely push them past TLC before the end of the year.