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Rock News: Music's high and low notes

By JOHN SWENSON, United Press International   |   June 28, 2002 at 3:00 AM   |   Comments

EMINEM HOLDS ON TO BILLBOARD TOP SPOT

Eminem maintained a stranglehold on the No. 1 position in Billboard's Top 200, holding off new entry Papa Roach and Korn.

"The Eminem Show" was rated the top selling album of the week for the fifth week in a row. Papa Roach debuted at No. 2 with "Lovehatetragedy," knocking Korn's "Untouchables" down to the three spot.

Wycvlef Jean debuted at No. 6 with "Masquerade" and Our Lady Peace debuted in ninth place with "Gravity."

"The Osbourne Family Album" plunged from 13 to 35 in the listings in its second week on the chart.


BRITNEY TAKES BITE OF THE APPLE

Britney Spears invited New Yorkers into her new restaurant, NYLA, Thursday at an official opening night party.

The bistro at the Dylan Hotel on Manhattan's tony east side aims to capitalize on the teen pop queen's celebrity, but relies on the culinary reputation of Spears' home state, Louisiana.

Chef Michael Perselay is featuring southern staples like fried green tomatoes, fried chicken, crabcakes and duck and wild mushroom etouffee.

The restaurant's title draws attention to the connection between New York and Louisiana and is co-owned by Morris Moinian, who is not concerned about Spears' appeal to potential patrons of legal drinking age.

"It's a lounge, an alcohol environment, and our target is young executives from 25 to 40 years old," Moinian told the New York Times.


JOEL DID IT FOR ALEXA

Billy Joel told People magazine his 10-day rehab stint at a Connecticut hospital was a Father's Day gift to his 16-year-old daughter Alexa.

"I told my daughter that I recognized having a problem," said Joel. "And my gift to her for Father's Day was going to be cleaning up my act."

Joel said he was depressed because medical problems forced him to cancel a tour with Elton John in March.

"I've been touring for 30 years and only had to cancel a handful of shows in my life, so I took this really hard," Joel said. "I then began what I ultimately realized was a prolonged period of overindulgence."


R. KELLY PLEADS INNOCENT

R. Kelly still believes he can fly -- away from charges he videotaped himself having sex with a 13-year-old girl. Kelly pleaded innocent to 21 child pornography charges Wednesday in Cook County Court in Chicago.

"I can't talk right now," Kelly, 35, said after the court appearance, but lawyer Sam Adam maintained his client's innocence.

"I haven't seen the tape," Adam said, "but I know the FBI has been wrong 100 times in the last year."

Kelly currently is free on bail pending his next court date on Aug. 7.


RAPPER KHUJO LOSES LEG

Goodie Mob rapper Khujo lost his leg as a result of injuries suffered in a car accident early Tuesday in Atlanta.

Khujo lost his right leg below the kneecap from an accident after he left a recording session.

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