New albums from young R&B divas Ashanti and Beyonce maintain their grip on the top of The Billboard 200. Ashanti's "Chapter II" (Murder Inc./Def Jam) sold 135,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to remain at No. 1 for a second-straight week. Beyonce's "Dangerously in Love" (Columbia) is right behind with sales of 132,000 copies.
Almost 30 years after a host of lineup changes led psychedelic-era pioneers Jefferson Airplane to rechristen themselves as Jefferson Starship (later just Starship), BMG Heritage has prepared deluxe reissues of the group's first four albums, all set for an Aug. 19 release.
2001 - Gravediggaz rapper Too Poetic (Anthony Berkeley) dies at a Los Angeles hospital after a long fight with colon cancer. He is 35. Poetic had been at work on a new Gravediggaz album "Nightmare in A-Minor." The set includes one track, "Burn Baby Burn," which deals specifically with the artist's cancer struggles.