CHART BEAT

CHART BEAT

Fred Bronson reports and discusses charts with readers, and offers his weekly trivia challenge.
Taj Mahal Revisits Hawaiian Influence

Taj Mahal Revisits Hawaiian Influence

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.
Sinead O'Connor To Retire From Music

Sinead O'Connor To Retire From Music

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.
Legacy Tells 'The Story Of The Blues'

Legacy Tells 'The Story Of The Blues'

Columbia/Legacy will release a two-CD blues anthology on June 3 as a prelude to Martin Scorsese's seven-part PBS series on the genre.
Beasties Question U.S., Chinese Regimes

Beasties Question U.S., Chinese Regimes

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 Posts 'Club,' 'Questions' On Top

50 Cent Posts 'Club,' 'Questions' On Top

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.
Dixie Chicks Speak Out On ABC

Dixie Chicks Speak Out On ABC

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."
P-Funk Family Celebrates 'Six Degrees'

P-Funk Family Celebrates 'Six Degrees'

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.
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AFI Revels In Success Of 'Sorrow'

AFI Revels In Success Of 'Sorrow'

The reasons why longtime underground rock act AFI signed with major label DreamWorks aren't surprising -- bigger video budgets, global distribution, press machine.

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