Pop Beat: John Mellencamp, Michael Stipe, David Byrne

Heartland rocker to receive honorary doctor of musical arts degree from Indiana University.

Rock singer/songwriter John Mellencamp will receive an honorary doctor of musical arts degree May 6 when he delivers the commencement address at Indiana University, the school said. The singer is a longtime supporter of the college, which has an athletic practice facility dubbed the Mellencamp Pavilion. ...

R.E.M. frontman Michael Stipe, who produced last year's "Being John Malkovich" and "American Movie," has signed an agreement with digital-entertainment company RSUB. An affiliate of Web design company Razorfish, RSUB specializes in management and distribution of multimedia entertainment. ...

Ex-Talking Heads frontman David Byrne, former Pixies leader Frank Black, Apples in Stereo, Shonen Knife, Bis and others will appear on Heroes & Villains (July 18), an album of original music inspired by the "Powerpuff Girls" cartoon series. ...

Artwork and letters of the "fifth Beatle," Stuart Sutcliffe, will be on display at the Beatles Story Museum in Liverpool, England, the Associated Press reports. Sutcliffe played bass for the band when it began using the name "the Beatles" at a series of shows in West Germany in 1960. ...

Lucasfilm Ltd., the production company of "Star Wars" creator George Lucas, filed suit Friday against Dr. Dre, seeking unspecified damages for the rapper's use of the THX "deep note" at the beginning of Dr. Dre 2001 (1999). The deep note is a crescendo that can be heard at the beginning of movies using THX audio technology. ...

Pop-R&B group Destiny's Child will perform on April 30 at the seventh annual Kids for Kids street carnival in New York, benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. ... Grammy-winning Latin-rockers the Chris Perez Band and singer/songwriters Beth Hart and Sophie B. Hawkins will perform on Saturday at EarthFaire 2000 in Los Angeles' Exposition Park. ...

Rockers Rage Against the Machine, Stone Temple Pilots, Filter, Third Eye Blind and Godsmack are scheduled to perform on May 28 at the annual HFStival concert to be held by the Washington, D.C., station WHFS-FM. Also set for the event at the Fed-Ex Field in Landover, Md., are Cypress Hill, the Deftones, Bloodhound Gang, Staind, Vertical Horizon, Eve 6 and Nine Days. ...

Former Runaways singer Cherie Currie and ex–Duran Duran guitarist John Taylor will perform at the monthly Los Angeles glam-rock party Club Makeup on May 6 at the El Rey Theatre. Currie will perform the Runaways staple "Cherry Bomb" with glam-rock tribute band Glamnation, while Taylor will cap the night by singing Duran Duran hits with his own band. A silent auction held before the show will benefit the RAINN Foundation, an organization founded by singer/songwriter Tori Amos that helps survivors of sexual assault. ...

Funk-popsters the Getaway People will play a May 21 concert for the Dalai Lama in their former hometown of Stavanger, Norway. The group will release its second album, Turnpike Diaries, on June 6. Nick Sansano (Public Enemy, Brian Setzer) and Dante Ross (Everlast, Korn) produced the disc. ...

No Doubt have announced six new dates for their summer tour in support of Return of Saturn, their first album since the 1995 smash Tragic Kingdom. Cities include New Orleans (June 8); Boston (June 22); Detroit (July 3); Antioch, Tenn. (July 5); Kansas City, Kan. (July 13); and Salt Lake City (July 17). ... Swedish group A*Teens, whose debut album consists entirely of songs by '70s superstars Abba, will open for Britney Spears on her summer tour. Their album, Abba Generation, is scheduled for a May 16 domestic release.

— sonicnet.com staff report