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Keith Caulfield answers readers' letters about "Queer As Folk," Dana Glover, and Bette Midler.



I'm wondering how many copies the season three soundtrack to "Queer As Folk" were sold its first week, its current progress to date, and how many copies the first two season soundtracks have been sold thus far.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.



Hi Rich,

Thus far, the "Queer As Folk: Season Three" soundtrack sold 6,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Total, the Tommy Boy album has sold 10,000 in its two weeks in stores.

The first two editions of the soundtracks to the U.S. series (as opposed to the releases that accompanied the U.K. original) have sold 125,000 ("Season One") and 66,000 ("Season Two").


Dear Keith,

I recently discovered an artist named Dana Glover. After weeks of searching, I finally managed to find a copy of her debut album, "Testimony," for sale in a record store. Though her music has been featured in such films as "Shrek," "The Wedding Planner," "Tuck Everlasting," and "Two Weeks Notice," I actually stumbled upon her first single by accident.

I was surprised to find that her music is not only commercially appealing, but also truly genuine. She has an exceptional voice and even writes her own material and plays a slew of instruments including the piano and saxophone -- which is why I was surprised that I didn't already know of her, seeing how similar artists such as Norah Jones and Vanessa Carlton have had huge radio hits.

My question is how many copies of "Testimony" have been sold? I imagine it's not many, seeing that Dana hasn't had any major radio play and her record label has put little to no promotion into marketing her. Also, what are the chart positions for her two single releases, if any? Thanks in advance.


Will Ward

Hi Will,

Dana Glover's album "Testimony" has sold 38,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The DreamWorks set was released in October 2002.

The single "Thinking Over" reached No. 17 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart in March, while her album peaked at No. 41 on the Heatseekers tally in February.

Currently, she is making inroads at radio with her latest single, "Rain." This week, the track is at No. 31 on the Adult Top 40 chart.

Glover is touring the country right now, and playing June 15 at San Francisco's Cafe Du Nord, June 17 at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, and June 19 at the Lion's Lair in Denver.

For further information about Glover, visit her official Web site,


Dear Keith,

Do you have any information confirming the rumor that Bette Midler has signed on to Sony with her first CD there being a tribute to Rosemary Clooney produced by Barry Manilow? I think it's great news that she and Barry will be reuniting after 30 years, but I wanted to make sure this was true.

Thank you in advance,


Don Bradshaw

Hi Don,

Bette Midler does have a Rosemary Clooney tribute album coming out later this year. While there have been reports that it will be released through Sony, no official word has been issued yet. Barry Manilow is on board, producing and mixing the album. Midler and Manilow have famously worked together in the past, dating back to the 1970s when Manilow played piano for Midler during her gigs in New York bathhouses.

Last year, Manilow released his "Ultimate Manilow" greatest hits album. The disc has sold 1.2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and peaked at No. 3 on The Billboard 200. Midler's last effort was 2000's "Bette," which has sold 225,000. The album reached No. 69 on The Billboard 200.