Thursday, April 3, 2003

Sharon Osbourne cancer-free

London -- Sharon Osbourne is free of cancer after months of treatment, her rock star husband, Ozzy, said.

Ozzy Osbourne said he still feared his wife would become ill again, and added that he was emotionally overwhelmed last year when her illness coincided with the success of their MTV reality show.

"She's got no cancer in her body now, they tell me, but there's always a chance of it coming back," Ozzy Osbourne told the music magazine Kerrang! "She's doing great, but I must confess that I'm still worried about her."

Sharon Osbourne, 50, announced last year that she was undergoing treatment for colon cancer, which she allowed cameras from "The Osbournes" to document. The hit reality series follows the daily misadventures of the couple and two of their three children, Jack and Kelly.

Anti-Dixie Chicks show planned

Spartanburg, S.C. -- The Marshall Tucker Band plans to play a May 1 concert organized as an alternative to the Dixie Chicks, who will be opening their U.S. tour at the Bi-Lo Center in Greenville that day.

Radio talk show host Mike Gallagher proposed the concert as a way for fans to protest remarks that Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines made about President Bush during the European leg of the trio's tour.

"Just so you know, we're ashamed the president of the United States is from Texas," Maines told a London audience last month. The singer since has apologized, but the anti-Chicks sentiment has spread rapidly.

Gallagher says people attending his concert who have Dixie Chicks tickets will sit in a special VIP section and attend a VIP reception.

All proceeds from the Marshall Tucker Band concert will buy food for military families and military communities, he said.

Linkin Park album tops charts

New York -- Linkin Park's latest release has made a meteoric rise to the top of the album chart, opening at the No. 1 spot.

"Meteora" sold more than 810,000 copies during its first week in stores, according to industry figures released Wednesday.

The rap-rock band's first album, "Hybrid Theory," was the top seller of 2001 with 4.8 million copies sold.

Opening in second place was the new Celine Dion album, "One Heart," which sold nearly 432,000 copies in its first week.

And the No. 3 album also was a new release, "Now That's What I Call Music! 12," which sold about 256,000 copies. The latest in the compilation series includes songs from Jennifer Lopez, B2K, Nelly and Justin Timberlake.

Last week's top disc, rapper 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," fell to fourth place. It's sold 3.7 million copies since its release nearly two months ago.

It's a boy for Toni Braxton

Los Angeles -- Singer Toni Braxton and her husband have another son.

"They are doing great, both mother and baby are resting comfortably," her publicist, David Brokaw, said Tuesday.

Diezel Ky Braxton Lewis was born Sunday at an Atlanta-area hospital. He's the second child of Braxton, 34, and her 32-year-old husband, Keri Lewis. They also have a 1-year-old son, Denim.

The Grammy-winning singer met Lewis when his band, Mint Condition, accompanied her on a concert tour.