WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (AP) – Neo-soul rock band Maroon 5 will perform the opening musical number at next month’s Grammy Awards.

“It’s going to be awesome,” lead singer Adam Levine said Thursday. “We’re going to do ‘This Love’ unless they change it up on us and say, OK, ‘Superfreak.”‘

Maroon 5 has earned two Grammy nominations for its debut album, “Songs About Jane,” which has sold more than eight million copies since its June 2002 release and was the seventh best-selling album in 2004. The Grammies are televised Feb. 13.

The band was also recently announced as the headliner on the 35-city Honda Civic Tour that begins March 11 in Los Angeles. Levine said the environmentally conscious group initially was reluctant to sign on with a corporate sponsor, but became enthusiastic because of the automaker’s hybrid car.

“It’s really very personal and I don’t feel any shame,” he said. “We’re not going to have to tattoo Honda on our forehead.”

Other bands scheduled to appear on the tour include Phantom Planet, the Donnas and the Thrills.

Rodman settles music spat

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) – Former NBA star Dennis Rodman said he has resolved a dispute with an industry group that accused him of using copyrighted music without permission at his California restaurant.

Rodman has agreed to pay licensing fees back to 2002 and has signed a new agreement with the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, his publicist, Shannon Barr, told the Los Angeles Times for Saturday’s editions.

Rodman said he was unhappy about the ASCAP’s rule that commercial establishments must pay fees for the use of any of its eight million copyrighted songs and compositions performed live, played on jukeboxes or piped in from radio stations.

“But hey, what can you do?” said Rodman, who has attracted publicity because of his brief marriage to Carmen Electra, wild partying and brushes with the law.

“We are under new management now, and I have taken every precaution that things like this do not happen again,” he said in an e-mail to the Times.

Rodman’s, formerly known as Josh Slocum’s, was the only California eatery named in a lawsuit filed by the ASCAP. The suit named restaurants in 15 states.

A call to ASCAP Saturday was not immediately returned.

ASCAP represents about 200,000 songwriters and composers who are paid royalties. The agency and Broadcast Music Inc. hold the licensing rights to the majority of popular songs.


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