50 Cent still has no competitors on The Billboard 200 as "The Massacre" sells 771,000 U.S. copies in its second week at No. 1, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Despite a 32% drop for the Shady/Aftermath/Interscope album, it sold more than half a million units more than the set in the No. 2 slot, Jack Johnson's "In Between Dreams" (Brushfire).
The lead investigator in the Michael Jackson child molestation case said he urged the accuser and his family to go forward with his claims against the singer by promising them, "We're going to try our best to make this case work."
Selected profiles of noteworthy acts that will perform during this year's South by Southwest Music & Media Conference March 16-20 in Austin, Texas: Dropping Daylight, The Go! Team, Giant Drag and Micah P. Hinson.
Elsewhere, "The Meaning of Soul" is described guitarist Noel Gallagher as "Elvis on Red Bull," while the single "Lyla" is said to approximate "the Soundtrack of Our Lives doing the Who on Skol in a psychedelic city in the sky (or something!)."
Ozzy Osbourne has re-signed with Epic Records and is working on material for his next studio release. "Ozzy's writing now, and there'll be something out at the beginning of next year," his wife/manager Sharon tells Billboard.com. The label will on Tuesday (March 22) release the four-disc Osbourne boxed set, "Prince of Darkness."