Pearl Jam Makes Billboard History

Pearl Jam has made music history.

One week after release, five of the Seattle band’s 25 live double CDs have debuted on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The debuts mark not only the first time more than two titles from the same artist have bowed on the chart but also the first time any artist has had more than one live album on the chart at the same time.

The 25 live double CDs are from the band’s recent European tour. The double CDs were first made available Sept. 5 on the band’s fan club Web sites and

The five CDs on the chart are from performances in Katowice, Poland; Milan, Italy; Verona, Italy; London; and Hamburg, Germany. None of the five CDs cracked the Top 100.

IN SUPPORT OF GAYS AND LESBIANS: The Human Rights Campaign announced today that VH1 will air highlights from “Equality Rocks,” a concert featuring entertainers who support gay and lesbian equality.

The event, hosted by Melissa Etheridge, includes performances by Etheridge, k.d. lang, Chaka Khan and the Pet Shop Boys. The broadcast also features appearances by Ellen DeGeneres, Kirsten Johnson and Kathy Najimy and a drum performance by Tipper Gore (really!).

“Equality Rocks” took place April 29 on the eve of the Millennium March on Washington — a rally for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender civil rights — in Washington, D.C. VH1 is scheduled to televise the performances on Oct. 27.