Public Enemy started selling its new album over the Internet last week to fight what the hip-hop group says is the stifling power of big music companies. With the release of "There's a Poison Goin On" through music Web site Atomic Pop (http://atomicpop.com), Public Enemy is the first major music act to offer an entire album for download. Although other pop acts, including the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Def Leppard, are also making music available online, they are offering only a few songs or music that can be listened to only while logged on. For $8, about half the price of most retail CDs, listeners can download the Public Enemy album's 14 tracks for playback on their computers later. "I have told the public, the industry and the technology at hand that Public Enemy's statement with 'There's a Poison Goin On' was going to be unprecedented and that it would enter the marketplace like shrapnel from diverse technological areas," the band's frontman, Chuck D, said in a statement.
Lenny Kravitz collapsed from heat exhaustion during a weekend concert at the PNC Bank Arts Center in Holmdel, N.J. Kravitz, 35, who has been touring with the Black Crowes and Everlast, played for 40 minutes Sunday night, then walked off and collapsed backstage. He was wearing bell-bottoms and a long-sleeved coat. His band played for another 15 minutes without him before the show was stopped. Kravitz was treated by the house doctor and left on his own.