The Madonna camp is looking to clamp down on online peer-to-peer piracy of her new Maverick album, "American Life," by flooding file-sharing networks with decoy files. Those who download tracks from such services as KaZaA are greeted by the voice of Madonna asking, "What the f*** do you think you're doing?" The new album is due April 22; the title track is No. 37 this week on the Billboard Hot 100.
50 Cent's "In Da Club" maintains its grip on the top slot of Billboard's Hot 100, once again fending off R. Kelly's "Ignition." Oddly enough, one of the emerging challengers looking to topple the now eight-week reign of "In Da Club" comes from 50 Cent himself. His latest single, "21 Questions" featuring Nate Dogg, jumps 10-5 on the tally as it benefits from a major spike in radio play.
NBC's "Today" morning show will kick off its annual concert series tomorrow (April 18) with a performance by Fleetwood Mac outside its New York studios. The Rockefeller Center Plaza location will also play host to the likes of Mariah Carey, Alan Jackson, Annie Lennox, Ashanti, LL Cool J, and R.E.M. through October.
Faith Hill will release her first live DVD, "When the Lights Go Down," May 6 via Warner Bros. The bulk of the release is drawn from Hill's NBC special of the same name, taped last September in Los Angeles and broadcast in November.
Godsmack's takes over The Billboard 200 with a No. 1 debut for "Faceless," and leads the charge of seven top-20 entries on the album chart. The Universal album sold 269,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, giving the band its best debut week on the chart. The total is easily enough to end the two-week reign of Linkin Park's "Meteora" (Warner Bros.), which falls to No. 2 on a 30% sales decline to sales of 186,000 copies.
Denver-based jam band String Cheese Incident is eyeing a fall release for its next studio album. The as-yet-unnamed set was recorded over the past few months at the Record Plant in Sausalito, Calif., with producer Youth (Verve, Crowded House) and engineer Clive Goddard (Marianne Faithfull, Pulp), and will be issued via the band's own SCI Fidelity label.