Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

Madonna's "American Life" album was panned by the critics, but still debuted at No. 1 on this week's U.S. pop charts.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International

Rock News: Music's high and low notes

The South by Southwest Music Conference and Festival will feature a number of panels dealing with controversial issues as well as examining the lives and craft of notable artists.
JOHN SWENSON, United Press International

Country Music News

Tennessee Ernie Ford born in Bristol, Tenn., 1919. Jim McReynolds of Jim & Jesse born in Coeburn, Va., 1927.
DICK KELSEY, United Press International

Entertainment Today: Showbiz News

The New York Daily News says investigators in the Run-DMC homicide case are backing off the theory Jason Mizell's death was part of an East Coast-West Coast rap war.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
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