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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about Cyndi Lauper, Def Leppard and Bruce Springsteen.


Dear Keith,

I have read that Cyndi Lauper will have a new CD out on Daylight/Epic by year's end. I was curious what her sales were for her SoundScan era releases ("Hat Full of Stars," "Twelve Deadly Cyns ... And Then Some" and "Sisters of Avalon").


Tim Patterson
Mesa, Ariz.

Hi Tim,

Indeed, Lauper has been signed to Daylight/Epic. Billboard's Melinda Newman recently wrote about it, reporting in August that the artist is working on a new album of torch songs, titled "Naked City," due out Nov. 18.

Here are the Nielsen SoundScan U.S. sales totals for the three albums you mention: "Hat Full of Stars" - 119,000, "Twelve Deadly Cyns" - 551,000 and "Sisters of Avalon" - 56,000. Additionally, Lauper released the "Shine" EP (40,000), "The Essential Cyndi Lauper" (15,000) and "Merry Christmas ... Have a Nice Life!" (26,000).



Can you tell me how Def Leppard's latest CD, "X", is doing on the charts? Also, how about the band's concert tour? They're so great, especially in concert, and I really think they're not getting support from their label (even though) their recent releases ("Slang" and "X") are excellent.


Sparta, N.J.

Hi Lisa,

Def Leppard's "X" debuted and peaked at No. 11 on The Billboard 200. Released in 2002, the album has sold 238,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

The band has been on the road since June 2002, when its tour began in Kansas. The U.S. portion of the trek will wrap later this month before they head off to Europe in October. That leg is slated to end Nov. 24 with a performance at Luzhniki Hall in Moscow.


Hi Keith,

Having just attended my first Bruce Springsteen concert and having been wowed by his songs off of "The Rising," I began to wonder just how well that album has done on the charts.

I know the album hit No. 1 in the U.S., but how many copies have been sold? And did any of the songs have any impact on the Hot 100, rock, adult contemporary or other charts? It's a fantastic album, but certainly didn't seem to generate much radio play. How has Bruce done, and is there any news of a new album from Bruce anytime in the near future?

Many thanks,


Hi Richard,

"The Rising" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 last year, and has since sold 2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

As for how Springsteen did on Billboard's singles charts, he made respectable showings on some. The album's title track went to No. 52 on the Hot 100 and No. 16 on the Adult Top 40 tally. Both "Lonesome Day" and "Waiting' on a Sunny Day" also appeared on some of the charts published by sister publication Airplay Monitor, such as Heritage Rock and Triple-A (Adult Alternative).

At the present time, nothing has been announced regarding an upcoming album from Springsteen. He and the E Street Band will wrap their more than yearlong world tour Oct. 4 at New York's Shea Stadium.