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Freshman Memphis guard Derrick Rose has done the most to solidify himself as the #1 pick in this year’s NBA draft, which the Knicks are intent on losing after a meaningless win over Orlando this weekend.
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Where’s your messiah now? That’s what Edward G. Robinson growled in The Ten Commandments about Charlton Heston as Moses. The actor who parted the Red Sea passed away over the weekend at the age of 84. Can we pry the outspoken NRA backer’s cold, dead fingers from his rifle yet? Who knew the crotchety conservative actually supported civil rights, Adlai Stevenson and JFK back in the day?

So much for our expert picks of UCLA and North Carolina in the NCAA Final Four. Neither storied program will play for tonight’s championship. Instead, John Calipari’s Memphis Tigers will face off against Bill Self’s Kansas Wildcats in a battle to rule the college basketball jungle. Freshman Memphis guard Derrick Rose has done the most to solidify himself as the #1 pick in this year’s NBA draft, which the Knicks are intent on losing after a meaningless win over Orlando this weekend.

Look for veteran country star George Strait’s MCA Nashville album Troubadour and R.E.M.’s WB effort Accelerate to top this week’s HITS Album sales chart. Strait appears poised for #1, with between 160-170k, while the Athens, GA alterna icons return to their earlier, rocking roots to finish at #2, with a total that could reach as high as 115-120k.

Sony’s 21, a thriller about counting cards in Vegas to put yourself through Harvard, spent another week atop the weekend box office with a take of $15m for a two-week total of $46.5m. Universal’s George Clooney screwball football comedy, Leatherheads, followed as the week’s top debut, with a moderately disappointing $13.5m. Fox’s fantasy adventure Nim’s Island was next at $13.3m. The only other newcomer to the Top 10 was the horror movie The Ruins from Paramount/DreamWorks, at #5 with $7.8m. Fox’s Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who finished #4, with $9.1 million and a four-week total of $131m.

Radiohead will top the 120-band line-up for this year’s Lollapalooza in Chicago, which was announced over the weekend, part of a summer tour including two dates at the Hollywood Bowl (August 24-25) and one at Santa Barbara Bowl (August 28). Other stops are Cleveland (8/4), Montreal (8/6), the All Points West Music and Arts Festival in Jersey City, NJ (4/8-9), Camden, NJ (8/12), Mansfield, WA (8/13), Toronto (8/15), Vancouver (8.19), Auburn, WA (8.20), the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival @Golden Gate Park, S.F. (8/22) and Chula Vista, CA (8/27). Pre-sale for all dates, except the three festivals, go on sale April 9, with general public on-sale on April 12. Support for the headline dates will be Grizzly Bear (8/3-15) and Liars (8/19-28)

Radiohead will also be featured on today’s debut of Pitchfork.tv with an exclusive performance of "Bangers & Mash," from In Rainbows, shot last week in producer Nigel Godrich's basement studio.

YouTube is launching a series called “Living Legends” with the Rolling Stones that places classic artists within a question-and-answer fan setting here.  "If you've got any questions, just send them in and we'll see what we can do," Keith Richards encouraged.  "We might even give you an answer." The promotion surrounds the release of the Martin Scorsese documentary Shine a Light. The YouTube page had les than 3,000 subscribers as of this morning.

MTV GamesRock Band and MTV2 are joining to co-sponsor the tour featuring Flyleaf and Seether, which kicks off in Denver, CO, tomorrow (4/8).

L.A. TimesAnn Powers checks in on Eddie Vedder’s solo debut up in Vancouver, BC here.

L.A. TimesRichard Cromelin hangs with odd couple Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo to get the lowdown on the new Gnarls Barkley album here.

L.A. TimesMikael Wood examines the similarities between Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen at the former’s Honda Center show in Anaheim here.

L.A. TimesAugust Brown ponders the evolution of pop-punk at the weekend’s Bamboozle Left Fest at Verizon Wireless in Irvine here.

Fox News’ usually acerbic Roger Friedman has kind words for Mariah Carey’s performance in the new film Tennessee here.

Newsday’s Rafer Guzman checks in with Norah Jones on her film debut in Wong Kar-Wai’s My Blueberry Nights  here.

The N.Y. Post examines the Leona Lewis phenomenon here.

N.Y. TimesNate Chinen reviews Shelby Lynne’s live tribute to Dusty Springfield, but longs to hear her own material here.

U.K. agitprop singer-songwriter Billy Bragg offers a list of his own “guitar licks that resonate and lyrics that linger” to the N.Y. Times here.

Liz Phair reviews ex-Luna and Galaxie 500 frontman Dean Wareham’s memoir Black Postcards: A Rock & Roll Romance for the N.Y. Times here.

N.Y. Times reviewers check out new albums by Leona Lewis, Foals, Ellis Marsalis Quartet and Anti-Flag here.

ON THIS DAY:

In 1956: Rock 'n' Roll Dance Party premiered on CBS Radio hosted by DJ Alan Freed. It was the first nationally broadcasted rock and roll radio show.

In 1969: John Lennon recorded “Give Peace a Chance” in his Toronto hotel room, his first solo single.

In 1978: The Police released “Roxanne.” The single didn’t chart in England or the U.S. until the following year.

In 1979: At the California Music Festival, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Ted Nugent and Cheap Trick all rocked for more than 110,000 fans at the Los Angeles Coliseum.

In 1981: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band began their first European tour in Hamburg, Germany.

In 1985: Wham! went to China, the first Western act to ever play there.

In 1985: After a show at Miami's Orange Bowl, Prince announced that he was retiring from performing live for “an indeterminate number of years.”

In 1990: At Farm Aid IV, Elton John performed “Candle in the Wind” for Ryan White, a young AIDS sufferer he’d befriended, who died later the same day.

In 1994: Courtney Love was busted for possessing drugs in Los Angeles.

In 1995: Eddie Van Halen had a loaded pistol taken away from him after airport police discovered the handgun in his carry-on luggage.

In 1997: An Amsterdam university began offering a course titled “Madonna 101.”

In 1997: Oasis singer Liam Gallagher married actress Patsy Kensit in London.

In 1998: George Michael “exposed himself” to a member of the Beverly Hills police department and was arrested.

In 2003: Jury selection began in a wrongful-death suit brought against Tommy Lee in connection with the 2001 drowning death of a boy at a pool party.

In 2003: Incubus announced that founding bass player Dirk Lance had left the band.

In 2004: An arrest warrant was issued for Eminem's ex-wife, Kim Mathers, after she failed to return to a court-ordered drug rehabilitation program. Mathers was serving a sentence for cocaine possession.

In 2004: Mötley Crüe's Vince Neil had a misdemeanor battery case dismissed after he completed 100 hours of community service. Neil was charged after a 2002 scuffle outside a Sunset Strip nightclub.

In 2004: Janet Jackson's steamy Damito Jo album debuted at #2.

In 2005: Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne revealed that their eldest daughter Aimee had surgery after a breast cancer scare.

In 2005: A Neverland Ranch security guard testified that he saw Michael Jackson perform oral sex on a young boy in the 1990’s. The witness appeared at the “King of Pop's” child molestation trial in Santa Maria, CA.

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