Mister D: I wrote almost the same letter to Billboard, but this time Dustin got the answer or non-answer. The soundscan fact is really interesting.
I’ve heard a rumor that Bette Midler has a new album in the works for this fall — another tribute album similar to that of her “Rosemary Clooney Songbook” album. This time it’s covers of Peggy Lee tunes. Is this true?
Could you also tell me how “Songbook” and her other albums have sold during the Nielsen SoundScan era? I know she has a lot of albums and I think it would be interesting to see how many of her older albums have sold when SoundScan starting keeping track.
We’re looking in to the Bette Midler rumors you’ve been earing. So far, we’ve got nothing confirmed. But we’ll definitely let you know if we hear something.
Midler’s last album, “Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook,” has sold 721,000 in the U.S. It is her third best-selling set in America since SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. Her top two sellers are “Experience the Divine: Greatest Hits” (2 million) and “Some People’s Lives” (1.2 million).