Coldplay gives away CD at gigs

LONDON - Coldplay members say they will reward recession-weary fans by giving away a free CD at all their shows this year.

The band said it will give away the disc, 'LeftRightLeftRightLeft,' at all shows starting with the first date of Coldplay's North American tour in West Palm Beach, Florida, on May 15.

The nine-track disc will also be available as a free download from the band's Web site starting the same day.

It was recorded over the past year in various cities and includes the tracks 'Clocks' and 'Viva La Vida.'

The band said in a statement Friday that the giveaway was meant as a 'recession-busting mark of gratitude' to Coldplay fans.

Court grants O'Neal rehab

LOS ANGELES - The son of Ryan O'Neal and Farrah Fawcett is getting a chance at a clean slate.

Redmond O'Neal was admitted into a drug court program on Thursday that could remove him from probation and wipe his record clear of previous drug convictions if he succeeds.

The 24-year-old will join an intense rehabilitation program that will include frequent drug tests and court appearances.

If he relapses or otherwise flunks the program, O'Neal faces several years in prison for a pair of drug convictions.

Jackie Chan stages show at Bird's Nest

BEIJING - Jackie Chan and a host of Chinese pop stars performed at Beijing's massive Bird's Nest stadium on Friday without a hint of the uproar caused by the veteran action star's recent comments about freedom and China.

The 55-year-old 'Rush Hour' star told a business forum last month that freedom may not be a good thing for authoritarian mainland China. Critics called his comments an insult to the Chinese people.

Chan's spokesman, Solon So, later said Chan's comments were taken out of context and that the actor was referring to freedom in the entertainment industry and not Chinese society at large.