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Ask Billboard: Roxette, Whitney Houston, Interpol

January 16, 2009 06:09 PM ET
Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com. Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S.


ROX & ROLL


Hi Gary,
 
First, I would like to congratulate you on your new column. I look forward to reading your entertaining Q&A.
 
My question is, whatever happened to Roxette? Is the group planning to release new material, and what are its U.S. album sales since Nielsen SoundScan started?
 
Thank you!
 
Vasily S.
Phoenix, AZ


Hi Vasily,

Thank you, I appreciate the kind words. I'm just as excited to take on Ask Billboard, especially when a question centers on one of my favorite pop acts of all-time, Roxette.
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The Swedish duo of Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson was certainly a chart force in the late '80s and early '90s, racking up four No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1989 and 1991. Since the SoundScan era dawned in 1991, Roxette has sold more than 2 million albums. Its biggest sellers are:

"Joyride" (1991), 1,289,000
"Look Sharp!" (1989), 408,000
"Tourism" (1992), 278,000

Roxette last released an album of all-new material in the U.S. back in 1994 ("Crash! Boom! Bang!"). It released two more albums in 1999 and 2001 - but not in the States. Its most recent set available in America, 2006's "A Collection of Roxette Hits," has sold 36,000. The album included two new songs, the uptempo "One Wish" and ballad "Reveal."

As for whether we'll hear more new Roxette music, Gessle has stated in interviews that the door remains open. However, Fredriksson suffered serious medical issues earlier this decade, and though she has since recovered and released original solo material, it seems unlikely that she's ready to return to the rigors of the business full-time.

You can, however, get your fix of brand new music from Gessle! He's just released his second solo set, "Party Crasher," although it's not yet available in the U.S. Find out more at www.gessle.com. In November, the album's first single, the infectious dance-pop "Silly Really," debuted at No. 1 on the Sweden Digital Songs chart.



WHERE'S WHITNEY?

Hey Gary,

I was wondering if you know when Whitney Houston's next album will be out? It was supposed to be 2007, then Christmas 2008, and we're still waiting. Has she recorded anything yet? Her website has a link where you can add your e-mail address and receive updates, but I have been signed up for months and still, nothing!
 
I would be ever so grateful if you could find something out for me!
 
Many Thanks,
 
Al John
Toronto, Ontario


Hi Al,

It has been awhile since Whitney Houston graced the Billboard 200. She last appeared with "One Wish: The Holiday Album," which peaked at No. 49 in December 2003. Her last album of non-seasonal material, "Just Whitney…," hit No. 9 in December 2002.

As for a timetable for Houston's next release, I contacted a representative at her label, Arista/RCA Music Group, and here's the brief but informative response I received: "Whitney is in the studio recording, and we will announce a release date soon."

So, perhaps 2009 will bring new music from Houston - 25 years (!) since her first Billboard Hot 100 hit, 1984's "Hold Me" with Teddy Pendergrass.




INTO INTERPOL


Hello Gary,

I was hoping you could tell me how many copies Interpol has sold of each of its three albums in the U.S. The act is frequently touted as one of the most successful contemporary indie bands, but I haven't been able to find sales figures.

Thanks,

Mike Anderson
Chicago, IL


Hello Mike,

Interpol has been successful on the charts, too, climbing higher with each successive album release on the Billboard 200. "Turn on the Bright Lights" peaked at No. 158 in 2002 and "Antics" rose to No. 15 in 2004.  Both sets were released on Matador. In 2007, the group's first major label release, "Our Love to Admire," on Capitol, broke through to No. 4. Here is a rundown of the sales of those albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan:

"Turn on the Bright Lights," 499,000
"Antics," 488,000
"Our Love to Admire," 209,000

Though sales of "Admire" trail those of the act's first two albums, the set produced the New York-based band's biggest hit to date on the Modern Rock radio airplay chart: "The Heinrich Maneuver" reached No. 11 in July 2007.




Ask Billboard: Roxette, Whitney Houston, Interpol

January 16, 2009 06:09 PM ET
Ask Billboard is updated every Friday. Submit your burning music questions to Gary Trust at askbb@billboard.com. Please include your first and last name, as well as your city, state and country, if outside the U.S.


ROX & ROLL


Hi Gary,
 
First, I would like to congratulate you on your new column. I look forward to reading your entertaining Q&A.
 
My question is, whatever happened to Roxette? Is the group planning to release new material, and what are its U.S. album sales since Nielsen SoundScan started?
 
Thank you!
 
Vasily S.
Phoenix, AZ


Hi Vasily,

Thank you, I appreciate the kind words. I'm just as excited to take on Ask Billboard, especially when a question centers on one of my favorite pop acts of all-time, Roxette.
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The Swedish duo of Per Gessle and Marie Fredriksson was certainly a chart force in the late '80s and early '90s, racking up four No. 1 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 between 1989 and 1991. Since the SoundScan era dawned in 1991, Roxette has sold more than 2 million albums. Its biggest sellers are:

"Joyride" (1991), 1,289,000
"Look Sharp!" (1989), 408,000
"Tourism" (1992), 278,000

Roxette last released an album of all-new material in the U.S. back in 1994 ("Crash! Boom! Bang!"). It released two more albums in 1999 and 2001 - but not in the States. Its most recent set available in America, 2006's "A Collection of Roxette Hits," has sold 36,000. The album included two new songs, the uptempo "One Wish" and ballad "Reveal."

As for whether we'll hear more new Roxette music, Gessle has stated in interviews that the door remains open. However, Fredriksson suffered serious medical issues earlier this decade, and though she has since recovered and released original solo material, it seems unlikely that she's ready to return to the rigors of the business full-time.

You can, however, get your fix of brand new music from Gessle! He's just released his second solo set, "Party Crasher," although it's not yet available in the U.S. Find out more at www.gessle.com. In November, the album's first single, the infectious dance-pop "Silly Really," debuted at No. 1 on the Sweden Digital Songs chart.



WHERE'S WHITNEY?

Hey Gary,

I was wondering if you know when Whitney Houston's next album will be out? It was supposed to be 2007, then Christmas 2008, and we're still waiting. Has she recorded anything yet? Her website has a link where you can add your e-mail address and receive updates, but I have been signed up for months and still, nothing!
 
I would be ever so grateful if you could find something out for me!
 
Many Thanks,
 
Al John
Toronto, Ontario


Hi Al,

It has been awhile since Whitney Houston graced the Billboard 200. She last appeared with "One Wish: The Holiday Album," which peaked at No. 49 in December 2003. Her last album of non-seasonal material, "Just Whitney…," hit No. 9 in December 2002.

As for a timetable for Houston's next release, I contacted a representative at her label, Arista/RCA Music Group, and here's the brief but informative response I received: "Whitney is in the studio recording, and we will announce a release date soon."

So, perhaps 2009 will bring new music from Houston - 25 years (!) since her first Billboard Hot 100 hit, 1984's "Hold Me" with Teddy Pendergrass.




INTO INTERPOL


Hello Gary,

I was hoping you could tell me how many copies Interpol has sold of each of its three albums in the U.S. The act is frequently touted as one of the most successful contemporary indie bands, but I haven't been able to find sales figures.

Thanks,

Mike Anderson
Chicago, IL


Hello Mike,

Interpol has been successful on the charts, too, climbing higher with each successive album release on the Billboard 200. "Turn on the Bright Lights" peaked at No. 158 in 2002 and "Antics" rose to No. 15 in 2004.  Both sets were released on Matador. In 2007, the group's first major label release, "Our Love to Admire," on Capitol, broke through to No. 4. Here is a rundown of the sales of those albums, according to Nielsen SoundScan:

"Turn on the Bright Lights," 499,000
"Antics," 488,000
"Our Love to Admire," 209,000

Though sales of "Admire" trail those of the act's first two albums, the set produced the New York-based band's biggest hit to date on the Modern Rock radio airplay chart: "The Heinrich Maneuver" reached No. 11 in July 2007.


What was the No. 1 album a decade ago today?

For the answer, check out Billboard's album chart rewind for this week's charts from previous years.









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