When the Beastie Boys won best hip-hop video at last week's MTV Video Music Awards, Ad-Rock used his turn on the podium to advocate the safety of female concertgoers in the wake of the assaults that allegedly took place at Woodstock '99. "All the musicians here, I think we can talk to the promoters and make sure that they're doing something about the safety of all the girls and the women that come to our shows," Ad-Rock said. "I think we can talk and work with the security people to make sure they know and understand about sexual harassment and rape and they know how to handle these situations."

The organizers of Woodstock '99 issued a statement last week that read: "We congratulate the Beastie Boys and all of the artists who have recognized that the allegations of sexual assault on the site of Woodstock '99 are very serious and deserve attention from both the public and the entertainment industry. . . . The reality is that sexual assaults have become such an overwhelming problem in our society that they are now a very frightening reality at concerts and other social gatherings" . . .

D'Arcy Wretzky is a Smashing Pumpkin no more. The band's bass player, who usually goes by her first name only, has left the group. A statement from the Pumpkins' label read as follows: "D'Arcy has left The Smashing Pumpkins. The band's new album is finished, and will be released on February 15, 2000, by Virgin Records. The Smashing Pumpkins will continue as a band and will tour in support of the new record" . . .

British dance music fusionist Talvin Singh has won the prestigious Technics Mercury Music Prize for his album "O.K.," beating out better-selling competitors including Blur and the Manic Street Preachers . . .

Oasis's Liam Gallagher is a dad. Son Lennon Francis Gallagher, delivered by Caesarean section and weighing six pounds, was named after Liam's idol, John Lennon.

CAPTION: D'Arcy: A Pumpkin no longer.