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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Jewel, Kylie Minogue and Sarah McLachlan.


Dear Keith,

I have been a very avid Jewel fan for quite some time now, however I have no idea what her album sales [have been]. Could you please get back to me on sales for her five releases (including her Christmas collection, "Joy")? I'd appreciate it.


Hi Jason,

Jewel has released five albums in the U.S. through Atlantic -- and all have reached the top-40 of The Billboard 200. Four of the albums reached the top-10, with only her Christmas set, "Joy: A Holiday Collection," peaking outside.

According to Nielsen SoundScan, Jewel's 1996 debut, "Pieces Of You" has sold 7.1 million copies in the U.S, while 1998's "Spirit" has moved 3.6 million. The following year's "Joy" has sold 975,000 copies, 2001's "This Way" has shifted 1.5 million and this year's "0304" 624,000.

Jewel is currently on an acoustic tour that will visit Las Vegas on Nov. 22, Temecula, Calif., Nov. 23 and Palm Desert, Calif., Nov. 24.



Just a quick question, if you please. I was wondering what the buzz is on Kylie Minogue and her chances of success here in the U.S. with her new CD "Body Language"?

Thank you,

Doug Frye

Hi Doug,

Kylie Minogue's "Body Language" album was released Nov. 17 internationally. As previously reported by, the U.S. edition of the album will be released Feb. 10, 2004, by Capitol.

The first single is titled "Slow," and was written by Minogue with Dan Carey and Emiliana Torrini. Carey and Torrini also produced the track.

While the U.S. album release is far off, the single is already doing well at dance radio stations in America. This week, "Slow" is at No. 11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Radio Airplay chart.

How will the single do at U.S. mainstream top 40 stations? Considering that her last set, "Fever," saw three top-30 singles on the Mainstream Top 40 chart, it's a safe bet that "Slow" will properly support the upcoming "Body Language" album.

"Fever" has sold 1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.


Hi Keith,

I noticed Sarah McLachlan's new CD debuted at No. 2 this week. I was hoping you could provide me with her sales from past albums: "Touch," "Solace," "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy," "Freedom Sessions," etc.

A huge Sarah fan,

Mason Jacob Roberts

Hi Mason,

Sarah McLachlan has released seven albums in the U.S., with "Afterglow" achieving the highest one-week sales total of her career. The Arista album debuted at No. 2 on The Billboard 200 in the magazine's Nov. 22 issue, and sold more than 361,000 copies in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Here is a recap of her six previous albums:
• "Touch" (1989; 450,000 since SoundScan's debut in 1991)
• "Solace" (1992; 671,000)
• "Fumbling Towards Ecstasy" (1994; 2.8 million)
• "The Freedom Sessions" (1995; 370,000)
• "Surfacing" (1997; 5.5 million)
• "Mirrorball" (1999; 3.0 million).


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