Crime is paying off for America's rock and rap stars - eight of the top ten acts in the current Billboard hits chart have been in trouble with the law or are currently facing court dates.

Confessed former drug dealer 50 CENT has faced weapons charges as recently as New Year's Eve (31DEC02), shamed soul star R Kelly is currently facing child porn charges and Three Doors Down's TODD HARRELL

was cleared of battery charges last year (02).

Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg was cleared of murder charges in 1996, Kid Rock faced alcohol-related charges in 1991 and 1997, Busta Rhymes was recently convicted of weapons charges and Fabolous was arrested twice in as many days in January (03) for driving with a suspended license and weapons charges.

23/04/2003 09:26