Rapper Eminem reigns once again on The Billboard 200 as "The Eminem Show" (Web/Aftermath/Interscope) posts its sixth non-consecutive week at No. 1 on the chart. The album made the move in spite of a 4% sales dip to 170,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which was a smaller decline than the 12% drop to 162,000 units that precipitated the fall of Nelly's "Nellyville" (Fo' Reel/Universal) to No. 2.
Veteran honky-tonk singer Ronnie Hawkins, whose backup band the Hawks went on to join Bob Dylan and then gain prominence as the Band, has been diagnosed with cancer, family members said yesterday (Aug. 28).
Hackers attacked the Recording Industry Association of America's (RIAA) Web site yesterday (Aug. 28) for the second time in a month, dramatically altering several pages of content in what appeared to be a protest against the industry group's position on file sharing.
The Rolling Stones continue to confirm high-profile support acts for their Licks world tour, which kicks off Tuesday (Sept. 3) in Boston. Shaggy, Soulive, and Elvis Costello are among the newest artists to sign on.
U2 shot a video for its new single, "Electrical Storm," last week in the French seaside town Eze. The clip stars actress Samantha Morton ("Minority Report") as a mermaid and was directed by longtime U2 collaborator Anton Corbijn, who photographed the cover of the band's 1987 album "The Joshua Tree." According to Ireland's Evening Herald, filming lasted from 6 a.m. last Wednesday to 3 a.m. the following morning.
The seemingly constantly touring Blind Boys Of Alabama have a set a fall trek with a number of high-profile dates, including a Sept. 19 performance at the House of Blues in West Hollywood, Calif., and an Oct. 3 appearance at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. As usual, the fall outing sees the seasoned gospel act hitting a number of outdoor festivals.
HMV has unveiled plans to become the U.K.'s first major music retailer with an online subscription service, Billboard Bulletin reports. The company will offer what it claims is the largest official catalog of digital music ever in the territory.