The Morning Mix: In College Hoops, Lil' Romeo Is Master DNP; Pete Seeger Turn, Turn, Turns 90; Is 'Idol' Fixed?


Headlines: Lil' Romeo comes down with March Madness. His USC Trojans do, anyway; Percy Romeo Miller doesn't have enough game to get any real playing time. Key sentence from the story: "His line for the season: 6 games, 12 minutes, 3 shots, 3 points." The Trojans will upset Boston College in the first round, by the way. Says so right here on my bracket. ... Pete Seeger's 90th birthday will be celebrated with a series of concerts, the biggest of which will be at Madison Square Garden. Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Vedder and Steve Earle among the artists rumored to be performing alongside Seeger himself on May 3, the day Seeger turns 90. ... "American Idol" is fixed, if a New York Daily News report based on the mutterings of a "female 'AI' worker" are to be believed. The predetermined final four, according to the Daily News report: Danny Gokey, Lil Rounds, Adam Lambert and Alexis Grace. ... Bob Dylan fans are busy asking what it all means. ... Prince tells fans: I wanna be your content provider. ...From the "Hey, Didn't You Used to Be a Musician?!" files: Amy Winehouse denies assault charge. ... Pearl Jam has crashed the modern and mainstream rock charts with an 18-year-old "Ten" outtake. ... 50 Cent is taking credit for Emineim's two-albums-in-a-year plan, says he's going to do the same thing in 2009. ... Lynyrd Skynyrd workyng on new album, touryng with Kyd Rock. ... Kanye West is getting animated on "Family Guy" spin-off, "The Cleveland Show." ... Robin Thicke, the pretty fly for a white guy soul singer, thinks he'll have another album release in the fall.

Say What?
"I guess what was interesting about the idea at first was Coca-Cola's interest in me -- that was appealing. Music's marketplace can be very fickle and unforgiving and if you want longevity and you want legend, who better to ask advice from than Coca-Cola?" -- Cee-Lo Green, explaining why he decided to sing on "Open Happiness," a collaboration commissioned by Coca-Cola. Also drinking the Kool-Aid -- err, Coke Zero: Patrick Stump, Travis McCoy, Brendon Urie and the fabulous Janelle Monae.

Video of the Day
The 1990s are back.

Concert Pick of the Day
Doc Watson at the Birchmere. Every time the mountain-music maestro comes to Alexandria, people wonder whether it will be his last show here. Even Watson himself has been thinking about that, it seems.

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  March 18, 2009; 8:23 AM ET Morning Mix
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