When the Beastie Boys traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, for an April 20 Tibetan Freedom Concert, they found themselves advocating their old cause in a unique political middle ground between the U.S. and China.
50 Cent's reign on the Billboard major charts continues. His long-running hit "In Da Club" hangs onto the No. 1 post on the Hot 100 for a ninth week, while his latest, "21 Questions," moves into the pole position on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally and the Hot Rap Tracks chart. 50's domination relegates Sean Paul's "Get Busy" to No. 2 on all three charts.
The Dixie Chicks, who saw sales plummet and fans smash their CDs after singer Natalie Maines told a London audience she was "ashamed" President Bush hails from Texas, say they fear for their lives amid a backlash that has gone "out of control."
Epic/Legacy will on May 13 release a 15-track compilation that collects songs from George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, as well as a number of artists who worked with Clinton, including Bootsy Collins, Walter "Junie" Morrison, Jerome Brailey's Mutiny, and Micro Wave.
"Thankful," the debut album from "American Idol" first season winner Kelly Clarkson, outsold new releases from 50 Cent, Fleetwood Mac, and Darryl Worley to bow on top of The Billboard 200. The RCA set sold 297,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. While it's Clarkson's first album, the singer is no stranger to the summit of Billboard's charts, as her single "A Moment Like This" topped the Hot 100 last year, and has sold 617,000 copies to date.
Veteran rock act Cheap Trick will release its first new studio album since 1997, "Special One," on July 8. The set will be issued through the band's own Cheap Trick Unlimited label in conjunction with a new licensing deal with BIG3 Records. The agreement also includes the rights to the band's albums "Cheap Trick II," "In Color," "Woke Up With a Monster," "Silver," and "Music for Hangovers."
The Dixie Chicks will be interviewed tomorrow (April 24) on ABC's "Primetime Thursday" to discuss the rash of negative publicity they have endured in the wake of a negative comment lead singer Natalie Maines made regarding President Bush. Hosted by Diane Sawyer, the program will air at 10 p.m. ET.