Eclectic blues legend Taj Mahal revisits the Hawaiian sounds he first explored in the late 1980s on his next album, "Hanapepe Dream." The set will be released June 10 on Mahal's own Kan-Du Records via a new deal with Tone-Cool Records.
In a message posted in the forum on her official Web site, enigmatic Irish artist Sinead O'Connor has declared that this summer she will seek to discard her celebrity. "As of July 2003 I shall be retiring from the music business [in] order to pursue a different career," she writes. A spokesperson for Vanguard Records, O'Connor's U.S. label, confirmed to Billboard.com that the message is authentic.
When the Beastie Boys traveled to Taipei, Taiwan, for an April 20 Tibetan Freedom Concert, they found themselves advocating their old cause in a unique political middle ground between the U.S. and China.
50 Cent's reign on the Billboard major charts continues. His long-running hit "In Da Club" hangs onto the No. 1 post on the Hot 100 for a ninth week, while his latest, "21 Questions," moves into the pole position on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks tally and the Hot Rap Tracks chart. 50's domination relegates Sean Paul's "Get Busy" to No. 2 on all three charts.
The Dixie Chicks, who saw sales plummet and fans smash their CDs after singer Natalie Maines told a London audience she was "ashamed" President Bush hails from Texas, say they fear for their lives amid a backlash that has gone "out of control."
Epic/Legacy will on May 13 release a 15-track compilation that collects songs from George Clinton and the P-Funk All-Stars, as well as a number of artists who worked with Clinton, including Bootsy Collins, Walter "Junie" Morrison, Jerome Brailey's Mutiny, and Micro Wave.