Billboard Bits: Rock Hall, Staind, Ice-T

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ClashAn eclectic array of artists will induct this year's class of new members into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight (March 10) at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani will induct the Police, while Aerosmith vocalist Steven Tyler will induct AC/DC. Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello will introduce the surviving members of the Clash, Elton John will induct Elvis Costello, and Billy Joel will salute the Righteous Brothers.

Highlights of the event will be broadcast Sunday (March 16) on VH1. Visit tomorrow for a full recap of tonight's festivities, which will feature the first public performance by the Police since 1992 and the traditional show-closing jam session with all the inductees.

While in New York, a few of the artists have other events on tap. As previously reported, AC/DC will play its only scheduled show of the year tomorrow at New York's Roseland. As for Costello, he has been tapped to guest host "The Late Show With David Letterman" on Wednesday while Letterman recovers from an eye infection.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

StaindStaind has bumped the release of its next Elektra album, "14 Shades of Grey," from May 6 to May 20, has learned. The Josh Abraham-produced set, the follow-up to 2000's "Break the Cycle," will be preceded by the single "Price To Play." The album also includes the cut "Layne," a tribute to late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley.

"Break the Cycle" debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200. Buoyed by the singles "Outside" and "It's Been Awhile" (the latter of which spent 16 weeks atop Billboard's Modern Rock chart), the album has sold 4.9 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.

-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.

IceRapper Ice-T is expected to release new music and video content through Altnet, the secure file-swapping service that runs simultaneously with the KaZaA peer-to-peer network, a source tells Billboard Bulletin reports. Last fall, Los Angeles-based Altnet began commercial testing of software that allows KaZaA users to purchase licensed music on an a la carte basis.

Altnet, which uses Microsoft digital rights management software, charges copyright owners fees based on the number of downloads and allows the content owner to determine whether to charge for their content or give it away as a promotion.

Ice-T's last album, 2000's "Greatest Hits: The Evidence" (Atomic Pop), sold 21,000 units in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan. A representative for Ice-T was unavailable at deadline; Altnet declined to comment.

-- Erik Gruenwedel, L.A.