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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Green Day, Alanis Morrisette and more.


Dear Keith,

We are having trouble finding a song title from around 1984 or 1985 that was an R&B hit. The only thing I know about it is that a female DJ says "request line" and several listeners call in. Any idea what the song title and artist are?

Thank you,

Tim Burritt

Hi Tim,

I posed your question to some members of our charts and editorial team, and Silvio Pietroluongo (who manages our Hot 100 chart) has an answer.

He believes it is "Request Line" by Rock Master Scott & the Dynamic Three. It peaked at No. 21 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart in early 1985.

I hope that helps.



Green Day has been quite successful with its "American Idiot" album. I was wondering if you can provide the latest sales data for this release along with all of their prior releases including the two "indie" albums, "39/Smooth" and "Kerplunk."

Also, I've noticed that a lot of past album releases are being re-released either in remastered or deluxe formats. Are these releases counted separately or counted toward the overall figure?



Hi Walt,

Thus far, "American Idiot" is Green Day's second-biggest selling album, with 3.6 million copies sold in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The trio's top-seller remains its 1994 breakthrough, "Dookie," at 7.5 million. The full list of the band's to date sales is below.

As for your other question, depending on the content, title and pricing of a reissue, remaster or expanded/deluxe edition of an album, it may or not have its sales merged together with the original release.

Here are the rest of Green Day's SoundScan-era sales (1991-present):

"Shenanigans" (2002; 183,000)
"International Superhits!" (2001; 1.2 million)
"Warning" (2000; 1 million)
"Nimrod" (1997; 1.9 million)
"Insomniac" (1995; 1.9 million)
"Kerplunk" (1991; 680,000)
"1,039/Smoothed Out Slappy Hours" (1990; 55,000 - inclusive of the album's 2004 reissue)


Hi Keith,

I've been a big fan of Alanis Morissette since her "Jagged Little Pill" came out 10 years ago. Yesterday, I got her "Jagged Little Pill Acoustic" from Starbucks and it was great and different. My question is: Since all of the tracks for the "acoustic" version are identical to the original, will the number of copies sold for the acoustic version counts separately or be added to the 14.4 million that the original "Jagged Little Pill" had sold?



Hi Sean,

The new "Jagged Little Pill Acoustic" will not have its sales merged together with the original disc. It's really not the same album as the original, despite the fact that she is singing the same songs, albeit acoustically.

Because the "Acoustic" album is currently available exclusively at Starbucks, the title will only appear on Billboard's Top Comprehensive Albums chart, which lists all albums (both catalog and current) that are both available at all retailers, as well as those offered exclusively through certain sellers.

Until the availability of "Acoustic" expands to other retailers, it will not be eligible to chart on The Billboard 200.