Asher Roth Gets in Touch With His Inner-Imus; Dylan to Play Ball With Willie and Mellencamp


Headlines: Rap's latest great white hope, Asher Roth, learns that channeling Don Imus isn't always a smart strategy -- though Eminem thinks his doppelganger is "dope." ... Bob Dylan is touring minor league baseball parks this summer with Willie Nelson and John Mellencamp. The tour touches down at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen on July 24. ... Beyonce isn't planning to take maternity leave anytime soon. ... Wish we were here: Jazz Fest is underway in NoLa. ... The latest iteration of Coachella's country sister-cousin, Stagecoach, has come and gone, and the Day One attendance report was encouraging: Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire et al drew a sellout crowd of 40,000 on Saturday, the biggest single-day turnout ever for the 3-year-old festival. Kenny Chesney, one of the top draws in the touring biz, headlined last night. ... Rihanna wants her jewelry back. ... Lee Ranaldo wants his guitar back -- and he's getting it, a decade after somebody boosted the Fender Mustang. ... Rob Thomas, who apparently has a 68 percent of one-third approval rating, will release a new album on June 30. ... The Alice in Chains dudes don't quite party in the studio like they used to. ... Britney Spears lost her head onstage. ... A multi-million-dollar civil beating case against Snoop Dogg has begun.

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By J. Freedom du Lac |  April 27, 2009; 8:14 AM ET Morning Mix
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