The Morning Mix: Weezy's NCAA Winners; Stone Roses Reunion Not in Bloom; L.A. Artists Smile Away at 'Ram'


Thursday

Headlines: March Madness begins today, and ESPN's favorite hip-hop sports analyst, Lil Wayne, has a bit of advice for all you bracket-fillers: Go with the top seeds. "I think, in the end, it's going to be UNC and another powerhouse -- somebody like UConn or Pitt," he writes on his Q&A blog on ESPN. "I'm not sure who, but it's gonna be a 1 or a 2 seed. This is not the year for Cinderella teams. No George Mason or VCU." Weezy F. Baby? More like awesome, baby! The rapper, by the way, is down on Louisville and Kansas -- but he's down with Duke. "I see them going further this year than they have recently. Coach K might kill himself if they don't. He might really end it." ... In other music-and-the-NCAAs news, Billy Currington wants to play a little one-on-14,301. The country singer is challenging any and all comers to try beat his bracket. The winner will get an autographed copy of Currington's "Little Bit of Everything," along with his two earlier albums. Deadline to sign up, via CBSSports.com, is 11 a.m. EST today. Currington -- a native of Rincon, Ga. -- probably would've picked the Georgia Bulldogs to win it all, but, um, they went 12-20 this season. ... The Stone Roses are reuniting! (Just kidding, says NME.) ... Paul (and Linda) McCartney's much-maligned "Ram" gets the tribute treatment from L.A. indie artists. ... West Virginia's governor is stumping for native son Brad Paisley. ... Another day, another Live Nation controversy. ... Madonna hopes the hits keep on coming: She's planning to record new music for yet another, slightly less immaculate collection of her greatest hits. ... The pool of music-buyers shrunk by a staggering 13 million people in 2008. ... Kelly Clarkson returns to No. 1 on the Billboard 200. Clive Davis could not be reached for comment. ... Kanye West charged with battery, theft, vandalism and jacking Full Force's R&B mullet look. ... R.I.P. Jack Lawrence, who wrote the lyrics for Frank Sinatra's "All or Nothing at All."

Say What?
"I think we both want to write songs together. She writes pop songs and I think I'm a pop songwriter, however the songs are performed." -- Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, on his unlikely new BFF Carrie Underwood. The country prom queen's recent cover of Crue's "Home, Sweet Home" is being used as the see-ya song on "American Idol."

Video of the Day
In which Public Enemy brings the noise backed by the Roots plus the Antibalas horn section.

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  March 19, 2009; 8:19 AM ET Morning Mix
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