New albums from young R&B divas Ashanti and Beyonce maintain their grip on the top of The Billboard 200. Ashanti's "Chapter II" (Murder Inc./Def Jam) sold 135,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, to remain at No. 1 for a second-straight week. Beyonce's "Dangerously in Love" (Columbia) is right behind with sales of 132,000 copies.
Almost 30 years after a host of lineup changes led psychedelic-era pioneers Jefferson Airplane to rechristen themselves as Jefferson Starship (later just Starship), BMG Heritage has prepared deluxe reissues of the group's first four albums, all set for an Aug. 19 release.
Eminem and Cypress Hill's B-Real have recorded the song "911" with veteran rap outfit Boo Yaa Tribe which will appear on the latter's upcoming album, "West Kosta Nostra." "Hip-hop is in a state of 911," Eminem raps on the cut. "It feels like any minute the bomb is about to go off."