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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about the "Fame" soundtrack, Jody Watley, and Def Leppard.


Dear Keith,

I just recently heard that the soundtrack to the film "Fame" will be re-released in a remastered version. When will it be released? It's about time.

Thank you,

Hi Tony,

As recently reported by, the "Fame" soundtrack was re-released April 22 with three bonus tracks. Its release is timed to coincide with the DVD debut of the film in June. Warner Strategic Marketing and Turner Music released the disc, which also boasts new liner notes.

The original soundtrack album reached No. 7 on The Billboard 200 and spawned Irene Cara's hit title track, which went to No. 4 on The Billboard Hot 100.


Hi Keith,

I wrote to you a while ago about Jody Watley, and I was just wondering how many copies of her "Midnight Lounge" CD has sold. Is it on charts now?

I just lost my Dad recently and thanks to the album's "Don't Give Up" it is really helping me to deal with my father death.

God bless,


Hi Brandon,

Jody Watley's latest album, "Midnight Lounge," has sold about 6,500 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Avitone/Shanachie album debuted at No. 49 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart on March 29. So far, that has been its lone week on the charts.


Dear Keith,

I am a huge Def Leppard fan. I was wondering if you could tell me how many copies their last three albums ("X," "Euphoria," and "Slang") have sold here in the U.S.

Johnny Adkins

Hi Johnny,

Def Leppard's latest album, "X," has sold 223,000 copies in the U.S. since its July 2002 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Previous set "Euphoria" (1999) sold 575,000 copies, and "Slang" (1996) sold 358,000.

The band is currently on tour, but will take a break from the road in the U.S. until May 25, when Def Leppard will play Nextstage in Grand Prairie, Texas.