It's been another interesting week on the Billboard 200. Here's a look: Album sales volume fell to a new historic low this past week; Madonna's "MDNA World Tour" concert video debuts at No. 90; and Earth, Wind & Fire claims its highest-charting album since 1981. Read on for more chart facts about Gloria Estefan, Capital Cities, Johnny Cash and more.
Chicago instrumental rock outfit Tortoise is eyeing an early 2004 release for its fifth Thrill Jockey album, multi-instrumentalist John McEntire tells Billboard.com. "We have been working very sporadically for the past year-and-a-half on material that will constitute a portion of the new record," he says. "We are planning another long-ish session this summer, at which time we will be complete."
Releases by Gorillaz, Air, At The Drive In, Ryan Adams, Bilal, White Stripes, and Foxy Brown are among the nominees for the first-ever Shortlist Prize for Artistic Achievement in Music, which, as first reported here last month, is designed to honor contemporary music's most creative and adventurous releases.
Acclaimed Chicago instrumental outfit Tortoise has finalized the North American portion of its tour in support of "Standards," the group's fourth Thrill Jockey album. The trek begins May 11 in Cleveland and wraps June 19 and 20 in the group's hometown; the European portion of the trek hits Milan tonight (March 26) and will wrap April 30 in Eindhoven, Holland.
Shaggy's "Hotshot" (MCA) begins its fourth week at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, after selling another 271,000 copies in the U.S., according to SoundScan. The chart's top-10 was virtually unchanged except for a huge No. 2 debut by the fifth installment of "WWF: The Music," released on the wrestling federation's SmackDown! Records label. The set sold nearly 177,000 units, pushing the Beatles' "1" (Capitol) down to No. 3 on the chart, which will be posted tomorrow (March 1) on Billboard.com.