Mos Def To Play Chuck Berry In Chess Film

Rapper/actor Mos Def will play legendary rock'n'roller Chuck Berry in "Cadillac Records," which is filming in New Jersey. Beyonce is starring as Etta James in the film, which chronicles the rise of legendary label Chess Records.

Rosemond Responds To L.A. Times/Tupac Story

Artist manager Jimmy Rosemond has spoken to Billboard in response to a now-discredited Los Angeles Times story that he was involved, with Sean "Diddy" Combs, in a 1994 assault on late rapper Tupac Shakur.

Counting Crows Touch Down At NYC Apple Store

More than 400 fans showed up at the Apple store in New York's Soho neighborhood last night (March 27) for the chance watch Counting Crows play an intimate set.

Azoff, Gould To Co-Manage GNR, Axl Rose

Guns N' Roses and its frontman Axl Rose will now be represented by longtime managers Irving Azoff and Andy Gould, according to a statement from Rose on the band's Web site.

New Nelly Album Finally Due In June

Beset by long delays, Nelly's next studio album is back on the Universal schedule for June 24. First single "Party People" featuring Fergie is already gaining radio airplay well before its May 15 add date.

DMB, Ticketmaster Pact For Free Digital Album

The Dave Matthews Band and Ticketmaster have teamed up to offer concertgoers an exclusive digital album comprising material from the rock troupe's upcoming 40-city North American summer tour.

With Election Looming, The Dead May Rise Again

A Barack Obama presidential candidacy may give Grateful Dead fans reason to rejoice this year. The Dead's surviving members got together in February to perform at a Deadheads for Obama rally in San Francisco, and Bob Weir says, "I would be surprised if we don't get around to playing again at some point."

Adkins Falls In ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ Finale

Country star Trace Adkins was bested by British tabloid editor and "America's Got Talent" judge Piers Morgan in the finale of NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice."

Mariah Closing In On Record For No. 1 Hits

Mariah Carey is on track to collect her 18th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart next week. "Touch My Body," the first single from her upcoming album, dipped one place to No. 15 on the latest survey. But the fresh availability of a digital download should send the song hurtling to the top next week.

Portishead Re-Adjusting To Life On The Road

Portishead is back on the road, and settling into life away from the studio. But performing on the big stage doesn't come easy for most of the reunited band members, who are currently on the Continental Europe leg of a tour building support for a new album.

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