For a fourth straight week, 50 Cent's "21 Questions" featuring Nate Dogg reigns atop of Billboard's Hot 100. Even so, the single is starting to show signs of wear, and loses the No. 1 post on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, where it had ruled for seven weeks. Monica's "So Gone" jumps 4-1 on that tally, the beneficiary of a spike in airplay. On the Hot 100, "So Gone" climbs 14-11.
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs has partnered with Lincoln to design a Limited Edition Sean John Navigator. He was seen showcasing the $85,000 luxury ride at last week's MTV Movie Awards and his private after-party. Restricted to a production run of just 100, the vehicle will be available beginning July 1.
A $12 million lawsuit against Michael Jackson by former financial advisers that could have revealed details of his finances has been settled, his lawyer said yesterday (June 11). The attorney declined to discuss terms. The case had been scheduled for trial June 18.
Photographs of Bruce Springsteen taken by Frank Stefanko between 1978 and 1982 comprise a new book due in September. "Days of Hope and Dreams: An Intimate Portrait of Bruce Springsteen" will be published by Billboard Books, a division of Watson-Guptill. The book will include many never-before-published photographs, as well as an introduction by Springsteen.
The Family Stone, the California band that paved the way for modern funk, is back in the recording studio for the first time in 32 years. But missing is Sly Stone -- the heart and soul of a band that blended race, gender, music, and politics in a glorious evocation of Sixties idealism.
Metallica's "St. Anger" explodes out of the gate, debuting at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 this week. The Elektra album sold nearly 418,000 copies in the U.S. since its release last Thursday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. The metal act's fourth No. 1 on The Billboard 200 was originally due June 10, but was advanced five days in a move Elektra says was meant to prevent pirated copies from entering the marketplace.
Hard-touring jam bands Widespread Panic and moe. will headline the inaugural Mid-Atlantic Music Experience (MidX), July 11-13 at the State Fair Event Center in Lewisburg, W.Va. Each band will play two nights of the three-day festival, overlapping only on the July 12 bill.
The 2003 edition of the Sprite Liquid Mix tour will offer fans in 20 cities an affordable chance to see a late summer festival lineup including N*E*R*D and the Roots. Tickets to the tour, scheduled to kick off Aug. 14 in Denver and run through Sept. 14 in Boston, will cost only $10. O.A.R., Talib Kweli, Robert Randolph & the Family Band are also on the bill.