Violence erupted at a radio-sponsored rap concert last weekend in Oakland, Calif., cutting short the event, which was to feature Cash Money rappers Juvenile and the Hot Boys, Ruff Ryders rapper Eve, and R&B artist Ginuwine. During the show, a crowd stormed the Oakland Arena doors and rushed past the metal detectors. Fights then broke out between the gate crashers and some of the 12,000 members of the audience who were already inside the arena. Chairs were thrown and as police rushed people out of the building, shots were fired into the air . . .

Country megastar Garth Brooks said he was "a little offended" Monday after a reporter asked him whether his prizes at the American Music Awards atoned for the "fiasco" that was his most recent album. The country superstar took on the persona of a fictitious Australian grunge star for "Garth Brooks . . . in the Life of Chris Gaines," an album that sold far fewer copies than his previous efforts. When the reporter asked his question Monday, Brooks glared at him. "People that think that's a fiasco are short-minded, unintelligent in music," he said. Brooks also came to the defense of volatile Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker, who recently insulted gays and foreigners in a news article. "We've probably all said things like that out of ignorance and just gotten away with it," Brooks said . . .

Slipknot has been banned from signing sessions at HMV stores in Britain because the music retail giant fears marauding fans will riot. A spokesperson for HMV told nme.com: "Our concern is that so many fans are going to turn up. . . . We are concerned about everybody's safety--the safety of our staff and the safety of our customers."