Pop icon Michael Jackson was hospitalized briefly yesterday (May 21) after falling ill on the same day he was scheduled to give a deposition in a copyright lawsuit. The artist was hospitalized in Indianapolis for observation and treatment before the deposition began, Brian Oxman, an attorney for the Jackson family said.
50 Cent has returned to a familiar place: the top of Billboard's Hot 100. His single "21 Questions" featuring Nate Dogg climbs 2-1 on the chart, knocking Sean Paul's "Get Busy" to No. 2 after a three-week run at the summit.
Alan Jackson, Kenny Chesney, and Rascal Flatts won multiple awards at last night's (May 21) 38th annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards in Las Vegas. Jackson took the album of the year award for his Arista Nashville set "Drive" and the video of the year trophy for the title track, "Drive (For Daddy Gene)."
Soul balladeer Ruben Studdard has been crowned the second "American Idol." The aspiring artist learned he was the victor of a public vote at the end of last night's (May 21) two-hour season finale of the Fox talent contest/reality series. Following Tuesday night's final performance episode, more than 24 million votes were logged, "Idol" host Ryan Seacrest announced. A mere 130,000 votes separated the winner and the runner-up.
Singer/songwriter Tracy Chapman will kick off a U.S. tour June 7 in Seattle. The itinerary currently consists of 31 dates through an Aug. 2 show in Austin, Texas; more are expected. The first half of the tour will feature eastmountainsouth opening through July 8; Joseph Arthur is scheduled to open the rest of the shows.
James Brown had plenty of reasons to feel good yesterday (May 20) as South Carolina officials pardoned the soul legend for his past crimes in that state. Brown, who served a two-and-a-half-year prison term after a 1988 arrest on drug and assault charges, and was convicted of a drug-related offense in 1998, was granted a pardon by the state Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services.