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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Rufus Wainwright, Phil Collins and Simply Red.



It was nice to see Rufus Wainwright's new album, "Want One," debut at No. 60 on The Billboard 200. Usually one would be disappointed with a number that "low," but since I think this is the highest he's ever gotten I'll consider it a good thing. Can you give me the total sale amounts and chart positions for all three of his albums?


Lindsey Wall

Hi Lindsey,

Singer songwriter Rufus Wainwright has released two albums previous to his latest, "Want One." The most recent set debuted at No. 60 and sold 21,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

In 2001, he released "Poses," which reached No. 1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart and went to No. 117 on The Billboard 200. That album has sold 164,000 copies to date. His 1999 self-titled bow reached No. 24 on the Heatseekers tally, but never reached The Billboard 200. It has shifted 150,000 copies.

For more information about him, visit his official Web site at


Dear Keith,

I was hoping you could tell me how well Phil Collins' "Testify" album has done. It is interesting to see that he has two songs on the Adult Contemporary chart (one being there for over a year) but the album fell quite quickly down The Billboard 200.



Hi Paul,

Phil Collins' "Testify" album debuted and peaked at No. 30 on The Billboard 200 in November 2002. The set spent 16 weeks on the chart, and has sold 354,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The "Testify" track "Can't Stop Loving You" spent a week at No. 1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart and just spent its 55th week on the list, where it is No. 13 this week. He has a another single on the same chart, "Look Through My Eyes," taken from the new Disney film "Brother Bear." That track is No. 15 on the chart this week.

Generally speaking, even if someone has a huge Adult Contemporary single, it doesn't mean that the album from which it comes is going to sell a lot. This week, "Drift Away" by Uncle Kracker featuring Dobie Gray is spending its 20th week at No. 1 on the AC tally. But Uncle Kracker's album, "No Stranger to the Game" (on which "Drift Away" appears), is No. 153 this week on The Billboard 200 and has sold 405,000 copies since it was released a year ago. That's certainly nothing to scoff at, but on the surface, one might expect an artist who had a No. 1 single for 20 weeks to have sold a bit more in 12 months.


Hello Keith,

I have been hearing a song that seems to be a remake of a Hall & Oates tune [and I] thought I heard the DJ say it was Simply Red. I love it, but can't locate it.



Hi Debbie,

The song you are thinking of is actually by Simply Red. "Sunrise," which samples the Hall & Oates song "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do)," is from Simply Red's new self-released album, "Home." The set is available through the band's official Web site