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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Madonna, Kristine W. and Tori Amos.



I wanted to inquire on the chart position/sales of Madonna's "Remixed & Revisited." I love the album, and I appreciate how the mixes are constructed -- great party album!


Dora Johnson

Hi Dora,

Madonna's "Remixed & Revisited" EP debuted at No. 115 on last week's Billboard 200 chart. It sold 22,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's pretty good for a seven-track set considering it consists mostly of remixes from the "American Life" album.

Her current radio single is "Nothing Fails," while dance clubs are spinning both "Fails" as well as "Nobody Knows Me." This week on Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play chart, Madonna has two titles on the chart. She's No. 9 as a featured artist on Britney Spears' "Me Against the Music" and No. 4 with "Nobody Knows Me."

Both "Nothing Fails" and "Nobody Knows Me" appear in remixed form on the "Remixed & Revisited" EP. On Dec. 9, Madonna released a maxi-single with remixes of "Nothing Fails" and "Nobody Knows Me."

Earlier this year, "American Life" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. It has since sold 608,000 copies.


Hello Keith,

I recently purchased Kristine W.'s new CD "Fly Again." Can you tell me how many albums she has sold to date? I know she recently went through a lengthy battle with cancer and am hoping she is doing well.

Shawn Marcoux

Hi Shawn,

Kristine W.'s "Fly Again" (Tommy Boy) has shifted 5,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, since its release in October. She has issued two previous RCA albums, "Stronger" (2000, 30,000) and "Land of the Living" (1996, 61,000).

The dance diva has a perfect batting average on Billboard's Hot Dance/Club Play chart, where all seven of her entries have reached No. 1: "Feel What You Want" (1994), "One More Try" (1996), "Land Of The Living" (1996), "Stronger" (2000), "Lovin' You" (2001), "Some Lovin'" (2003) and "Fly Again" (2003).

Kristine W.'s acute myeloid leukemia is now in remission, thanks to a stem cell transplant. She's currently on tour promoting her album. You can catch her at Spatz in Hauppauge, N.Y. (Dec. 13), Sound Factory in New York (Dec. 14) and the Roxy in Boston (Dec. 17). For more information, visit her official Web site at


Hello Keith,

I recently picked up Tori Amos' "best-of" collection, "Tales of a Librarian," and find myself absolutely loving it. In light of this I've realized I've never seen any sales statistics for Tori in the U.S. beyond Recording Industry Association of America certifications -- could you please tell us how much each of her eight albums and her "Crucify" EP have sold?


Dustin Sparks

Hi Dustin,

Tori Amos' debut solo album continues to be her best seller. The 1992 Atlantic release "Little Earthquakes" has sold 1.9 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here is a rundown of sales for all of Amos' subsequent albums and EPs:

"Crucify" EP (1992, 413,000)
"Under the Pink" (1994, 1.4 million)
"Boys for Pele" (1996, 1 million)
"Hey Jupiter" EP (1996, 168,000)
"From the Choirgirl Hotel" (1998, 753,000)
"To Venus and Back" (1999, 446,000)
"Strange Little Girls" (2001, 381,000)
"Scarlet's Walk" (2002, 549,000)
"Tales of a Librarian" (69,000)

All but one of Amos' solo works were released by Atlantic. The exception is last year's "Scarlet's Walk," which was her first for Epic.

Released in November, the 20-track "Tales of a Librarian" collects material from her Atlantic catalog, two new songs ("Angels," "Snow Cherries From France") and re-recorded versions of the 1992 B-sides "Mary" and "Sweet Dreams."

As previously reported on, Amos has also contributed covers of the early 1950s songs "Murder, He Says" and "You Belong to Me" to the Epic soundtrack to the film "Mona Lisa Smile."