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Keith Caulfield answers readers' questions about LL Cool J, Mariah Carey, and Elvis Presley, and clarifies a previous question about Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini.

KEEPING TABS ON '10'

Dear Keith,

I am a longtime fan of LL Cool J, and I was just curious as to how many copies his latest release, "10," has sold in the U.S. It seemed that his first single off of the album -- "Luv U Better" -- received a great deal of airplay early on but it didn't seem to translate into big sales for the album.

TT

Hi TT,

LL Cool J's latest, "10," has sold 872,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, since its October 2002 debut. "10" has already sold more than each of his last two studio albums. 2000's "G.O.A.T. Featuring James T. Smith The Greatest Of All Time" album has sold 815,000 copies, while 1997's "Phenomenon" has moved 755,000.

"Luv U Better" was the set's first single, and it became his biggest hit in years. It went to No. 4 on The Billboard Hot 100 and No. 1 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.



FLOP TALK

Hello Keith,

I was wondering what is considered a "flop?" I just picked up the new Mariah Carey CD ["Charmbracelet"] but I didn't realize that the album is being called a flop. How well has this CD sold? I noticed it wasn't on The Billboard 200, but I thought I had read about a different CD of hers from a movie ["Glitter"] not selling well awhile back. I think this one is really good!

Thank you for the information, I appreciate it!

Brandon James Roberts

Hi Brandon,

Everyone has a different definition for "flop." Mariah Carey's latest CD may be viewed as less successful as some of her earlier efforts, but it's certainly doing much better than "Glitter."

"Charmbracelet" (MonarC/Island) has sold 1 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. That's a good deal more than what "Glitter" has sold thus far. To date, the 2001 Virgin soundtrack has shifted just 573,000 copies.

Carey is current enjoying a top-10 hit on Billboard's Hot 100 with her collaboration with Busta Rhymes, "I Know What You Want." It is No. 8 on this week's chart.



WHERE'S ELVIS?

Keith

I understand that "ELV1S 30 #1 Hits" sold over 20,000 copies last week. Is there a reason that it didn't chart in the top-100 on The Billboard 200?

Thanks,

Dean

Hi Dean,

The information you have is incorrect. Elvis Presley's "ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits" sold around 10,000 copies in the U.S. last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan, bringing it in at No. 106 on The Billboard 200.

To date, the RCA compilation has sold 2.8 million copies. The set debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 last year.



KELLY & JUSTIN'S 'TIMELESS'-NESS

Last week I answered a question regarding a duet between Kelly Clarkson and Justin Guarini that was screened on U.K. television. Ron, another British reader, has a suggestion about the duet's origin:

"I think the Scot is referring to 'Timeless,' which was shown on 'American Idol' [as a clip from "From Justin to Kelly," due June 13 in U.S. theaters] this past February and re-shown in the U.K. a few days later. It was not released to radio, but it got good play on many Adult Contemporary stations anyway, until the movie release date was pushed back from April to June."