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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Nelly, Mis-Teeq, Clay Aiken and more.


Hi Keith,

I briefly heard a song in a club by Nelly that was mixed with AC/DC's "Back in Black." Do you know what song it is, and what (if any) CD it's on?


Tom Finn

Hi Tom,

Producer Jason Nevins refashioned Nelly's "Work It" into a dance/rock single that utilizes an interpolation of AC/DC's "Back in Black." The remix actually garnered a good deal of U.S. radio airplay, peaking at No. 68 on Billboard's Hot 100 and No. 24 on the Mainstream Top 40 chart.

The original version of "Work It" appears on Nelly's 2002 Fo Reel/Universal album "Nellyville." The remixed track is not available commercially.

Nelly's latest albums, "Sweat" and "Suit," have sold 469,000 and 556,000 copies, respectively, since their release in September.


Hi Keith,

I saw the video for Mis-Teeq's new single "One Night Stand" and I was wondering if the song will be commercially released. Also I was wondering if you had any sales figures for their hit "Scandalous" and debut album "Mis-Teeq."

Kind regards,


Hi Josh,

Mis-Teeq's "One Night Stand" will be released on Nov. 2 as a maxi-single by 456/Reprise.

The trio's self-titled U.S. debut has sold 36,000 to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan, since its release in July. The set's first single, "Scandalous," has sold 31,000 units.

"Mis-Teeq" peaked at No. 125 on The Billboard 200, while "Scandalous" reached No. 35 on the Hot 100.


Hi Keith,

I noticed an asterisk by the title of Clay Aiken's "The Way/Solitaire" on Billboard's Hot 100 Single Sales Chart this week on, indicating a bullet and that the single had increased sales. Yet he is No. 4 after being No. 3 last week and No. 2 the week before.

There has been a real horse race this month among Clay Aiken, Diana DeGarmo and Fantasia. Could you give us the total sales numbers for these three "American Idol" singles?

Thanks for your help,

Judy Stein

Hi Judy,

Well, it's not as tight between the three as you think. Most likely, the trio will be the three best-selling commercially available singles of the year. However, Fantasia's "I Believe" is far out ahead, with 392,000 units sold in the United States to date, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Clay Aiken's "Solitaire" is second, with 322,000 and Diana DeGarmo's "Dreams" is third with 180,000.


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