Despite suffering a 64% decline in U.S. sales, Clay Aiken's "Measure of a Man" outsold new releases from Rod Stewart and the Eagles to lead The Billboard 200 for a second straight week. Aiken's RCA debut sold 225,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, bringing his two-week total to 838,000.
Rap music mogul Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' Sean John clothing line is under scrutiny from a workers' rights group for allegedly using laborers from a Honduran sweatshop. The director of the anti-sweatshop National Labor Committee, Charles Kernaghan, plans to release a report today (Oct. 28) detailing poor working conditions at the Southeast Textiles factory in Choloma, Honduras, where Sean John clothes are made.
Sheryl Crow, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt and Hank Williams Jr. will take part in a tribute to Johnny Cash during the 37th annual Country Music Association (CMA) Awards. Set for Nov. 5 at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry House, the event will be broadcast live on CBS in the U.S., and will be seen on BBC Two in the U.K. and the Nine Network in Australia.
Korn and Limp Bizkit have set a 12-city tour for next month that will see the rock/rap titans co-headlining small theater-sized venues. Dubbed the XBOX Live: Back 2 Basics Tour, the jaunt will kick off Nov. 10 in Las Vegas and hit 12 cities through a Nov. 28 finale in Toronto. Venues have not yet been confirmed.
Second albums can be strange animals. They merit special attention when following up a first effort that establishes the artist as a talent to be reckoned with, as the Shins' Sub Pop debut "Oh, Inverted World" did in 2001. The set garnered wide critical acclaim and afforded the group the modest "indie community" celebrity previously enjoyed by the likes of Built To Spill, Modest Mouse and Guided By Voices.
A new song by Annie Lennox is among the tracks on the soundtrack to "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King," due Nov. 25 from Reprise/WMG Soundtracks. Along with the 2002 Billboard Century Award honoree, "Into the West" also features the talents of soprano Renee Fleming and Irish flautist Sir James Galway.
Singer Mike Smith of the Dave Clark Five continues to recover from a fall, but he still has a long way to go. His physician, Dr. Keith McKee, says Smith is paralyzed from the waist down and he has no movement in his right arm. Smith has limited use of his left arm. McKee says he hopes that with time, Smith will have more movement.