The Red Hot Chili Peppers' latest Warner Bros. release, "By the Way," leads three top-10 debuts onto The Billboard 200, shooting to No. 2 after selling 280,000 units, according to Nielsen SoundScan. But the stellar debut for the group still falls short of Nelly's "Nellyville" (Fo' Reel/Universal), which remains at No. 1 for a third-straight week after posting sales of 340,000 copies.
Former Grateful Dead bassist Phil Lesh tells Billboard.com he's "stoked to the eyeballs" about the nearing Terrapin Station, his first full-fledged reunion with his former bandmates since Dead vocalist/guitarist Jerry Garcia's 1995 death.
Singer/songwriter Duncan Sheik is readying his fourth Atlantic album, "Daylight," for an Aug. 27 release. The disc will be Sheik's first since his unconventional 2001 Nonesuch/Atlantic release "Phantom Moon," a collaborative project with playwright Steven Sater.
Veteran modern rock outfit Foo Fighters has pinned down the first single and tracklist for its as-yet-untitled fourth RCA album, due Oct. 22. The lead track will be "All My Life," which was debuted in late April during the band's set at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. It is not yet known when the cut will hit U.S. radio outlets.
English-born, New York-bred rapper Slick Rick (real name: Ricky Walters) is being held in Bradenton, Fla., by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) after being arrested on board a cruise ship last week, according to a statement released by the rapper's lawyer.
Authorities are investigating how cocaine and alcohol may have affected the pilot of a small plane that crashed in the Bahamas last August, killing 22-year-old singer/actress Aaliyah and eight others. Aviation officials said yesterday (July 16) that an autopsy performed on Luis Antonio Morales Blanes showed he had cocaine in his urine and traces of alcohol in his stomach.
With five nominations, Widespread Panic leads the field for the third annual Jammy Awards, including nods in the live performance and live album of the year categories. The event, which recognizes "musicians who focus their art on spontaneous composition," will be held Oct. 2 at New York's Roseland Ballroom.
Jazz artist Diana Krall has launched the second leg of her tour in support of "The Look of Love" (Verve), which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Jazz Albums chart and a career-best No. 9 on The Billboard 200 last September. Last night (July 16), Krall played the last of three dates at Sydney's famed Sydney Opera House; she has two more Australian shows on her schedule before hitting eight cities in Southeast Asia.