Bacardi, Groove Armada Toast To 360 Deal

Global spirits giant Bacardi has developed a serious thirst for music, via a 360-degree-style deal with British electronic duo Groove Armada.

Ne-Yo In A Rat Pack State Of Mind With New CD

Barely a year after his last album, Ne-Yo will return this summer with his third release, "Year of the Gentleman." Due June 24 via Def Jam, the set is led by the Stargate-produced single "Closer," a funky slice of Euro-disco.

Steely Dan’s Becker Heads For The ‘Circus’

Steely Dan principal Walter Becker's first solo album in 14 years, "Circus Money," is on target for a late May/early June release via the Mailboat label.

Manhattan Jury Convicts Remy Ma Of Assault

A Manhattan jury has convicted Grammy-nominated rapper Remy Ma of assault. She faces up to 25 years in prison. The rapper was convicted today (March 27) in state Supreme Court.

T.I. To Enter Plea In Weapons Case

Rapper T.I. was expected to plead guilty today (March 27) to federal weapons charges and will face prison time, according to two people familiar with his case. He will likely be sentenced to 1,500 hours of community service, followed by about 12 months in prison.

R.E.M. Brings London Apple Store Up To Speed

R.E.M. showcased its new album, "Accelerate" (Warner Bros.), alongside obscure old songs during an intimate showcase for fans and media at the Apple Store on London's Regent Street.

L.A. Times Apologizes For Shakur Story

The Los Angeles Times apologized for using documents that were apparently fabricated in a story implicating associates of Sean "Diddy" Combs in a 1994 assault on rapper Tupac Shakur.

Leona Lewis Scores First U.S. No. 1 Hit

Already a chart-topper in her native U.K., Leona Lewis scores her first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 this week with "Bleeding Love," which zooms 8-1. She's the first female to take her inaugural single to the top of this tally since Fergie's "London Bridge" in 2006.

With Allman Ailing, ABB Postpones Beacon Run

The Allman Brothers Band has postponed its annual run of 15 shows at New York's Beacon Theatre while frontman Gregg Allman recovers from treatment for Hepatitis C. The run was scheduled for May 5-24.

Billboard Bits: Chris Brown, Sergio Mendes, Nylon Tour

Chris Brown will re-release his sophomore Jive album, "Exclusive," in an expanded edition on June 3.

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