Keith Caulfield answers readers questions about Pink, Blondie, and LL Cool J.
A PORTRAIT OF PINK
When will Pink's fourth single from "M!ssundaztood," "Family Portrait," be aired on the radio or be released? I heard it was Oct. 1 and then I also heard Sept. 17.
"Family Portrait" has already been sent to U.S. radio outlets for airplay consideration and should be heard soon. It's the fourth single from Pink's "M!ssundaztood" album, which has sold 3.5 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The first three singles from the Arista set all hit the top ten on The Billboard Hot 100. They are: "Get the Party Started" (No. 4), "Don't Let Me Get Me" (No. 8) and "Just Like a Pill" (No. 8).
MORE OF BLONDIE'S GREATEST
I heard that Blondie has another greatest hits CD coming out in October. Is that true? Also when will Deborah Harry and the guys release a new album? It was reported that the new CD was to be released in early 2002. What happened? I would also like to know how many copies of Blondie's CD "No Exit" were sold in the U.S.
"Blondie Greatest Hits" will be released on Oct. 1 through Chrysalis/Capitol. The 19-track set features all of the group's top-40 hits on Billboard's Hot 100, including its four No. 1s: "Heart of Glass," "Call Me," "The Tide Is High," and "Rapture." The group's most recent Hot 100 entry, 1999's "Maria," is also included on the set. That track reached No. 1 in the U.K. and No. 82 on the Hot 100.
1999's "No Exit" has sold 407,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. The Beyond album debuted and peaked at No. 18 on The Billboard 200.
Blondie has been at work on new songs for a forthcoming studio album, though a release date has not yet been announced.
LUV LL MORE
It's nice to see LL Cool J back on Billboard's Hot 100 with his hit "Luv U Better." Is this his first entry since his 1998 hit "Father?" Is an album on its way too?
"Luv U Better" is at No. 45 on the Hot 100, and it's his biggest hit since 1998's "Father" went to No. 18. That wasn't his last chart placing, however, as 1998's "Imagine That" stalled out at No. 98 and his appearance on 2001's "Fatty Girl" (with Ludacris and Keith Murray) helped it to No. 87.
"Better" is from LL's upcoming album, "Ten," which is due out Oct. 10. His last set, 2000's "The G.O.A.T.: The Greatest Of All Time," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and has sold 811,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.