Packed with tracks and collaborations by top rappers, the soundtrack to "Bad Boys II" leads The Billboard 200 for the fourth-straight week. U.S. sales of the Bad Boy/Universal album fell 22% to 121,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, but the soundtrack held a comfortable lead over the latest volume of "NOW That's What I Call Music."
Snapper Records is readying for an Oct. 7 release "The Forever Changes Concert," a live recording of Love with Arthur Lee performing the group's classic 1967 "Forever Changes" album earlier this year at London's Royal Festival Hall. The show will be released simultaneously on CD and DVD.
A U.S. district judge in Knoxville, Tenn., has rejected country singer Kenny Chesney's request for a nationwide ban on merchandise bootleggers outside his concerts. Judge Leon Jordan said Chesney's failure to show the court an "official" T-shirt as evidence was key in his refusal to grant the merchandise ban.
Rock quartet the Distillers will launch a headlining U.S. tour Sept. 5 in San Diego. The Brody Armstrong-led group is fresh off the Lollapalooza tour and has recently wrapped work on its Sire debut, "Coral Fang," with producer Gil Norton (Pixies, Foo Fighters).
Warner Music Group (WMG) has forged a cross-promotional alliance with Chevrolet to plug its acts at NASCAR events, Billboard Bulletin reports. Under the deal, images of select WMG acts will be featured on Chevy-sponsored race cars, and those artists will perform at a NASCAR weekend in September in Richmond, Va.
Singer/songwriter David Gray and electronic/pop act Morcheeba will play a free concert to 10,000 fans in London's Trafalgar Square later this month to mark a recent revamp of the world famous home of Nelson's column.
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst directed and stars in the video for "Eat You Alive," the first single from the group's upcoming Flip/Interscope album. In the clip, Durst takes the art of courting to a new level, kidnapping his crush (actress Thora Birch) and spiriting her "deep into the woods," according to Bizkit's official Web site.