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Published: Sat, July 27, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

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LeBron serves as music curator for NBA game

ATLANTA

LeBron James is taking some of his talents during the offseason to a best-selling basketball video-game franchise as a music curator.

2K Sports announced Friday that the two-time NBA champion of the Miami Heat selected 20 songs for the soundtrack of the upcoming “NBA 2K14.” The league’s four-time MVP is also the cover athlete of the popular video game.

James said in a statement that he is honored to be the first cover athlete to choose songs for the soundtrack. He follows his friend and Grammy-winning rapper Jay-Z, who was the executive producer of last year’s installment that sold more than 4.5 million copies.

“2K is letting me take control of some important elements in ‘NBA 2K14,’ including this year’s soundtrack,” James said. “I love that I’m the first ‘NBA 2K’ cover athlete to choose the soundtrack.”

Some of the songs featured on the game’s soundtrack are Drake’s “Started From The Bottom,” Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams and Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” with Ray Dalton. Other music acts featured are Jay-Z, Coldplay, Robin Thicke, The Black Keys, Eminem, Fly Union, Gorillaz, Imagine Dragons, Jada Kiss, John Legend, Kanye West, Rick Ross, Kendrick Lamar, Nas and Puff Daddy.

James is the first solo cover athlete to cover the game in two years since Michael Jordan. The game is expected to go on sale Oct. 1.

Rapper DMX arrested in South Carolina

GREER, S.C.

Rapper DMX has been arrested in South Carolina and charged with driving under the influence.

Greenville County jail officials say the 42-year-old, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was arrested early Friday. He also was charged with not having a driver’s license.

Simmons was arrested last year in nearby Spartanburg County for suspicion of driving without a license. In that case, he was released after paying a fine.

Jail records show Simmons has been released. It wasn’t clear if he has an attorney.

Simmons was arrested in a Phoenix suburb in 2011 after a trooper clocked him driving at 102 mph. He recently had finished a stint in prison on probation revocation for failing to submit to drug testing and driving without a license.

Associated Press


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