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Additions to Live Earth Lineup

February 16, 2007 11:01 AM ET

As we reported yesterday, Al Gore will be teaming up with Live 8 creator Kevin Wall to produce Live Earth, a musical concert behemoth taking place July 7th and featuring an all-star lineup of grade-A headliners. Rolling Stone has learned exclusively that we can add two more music heavyweights to the bill: Genesis and Kanye West. The concert, which will touch down in every continent on the planet, will raise funds and awareness for environmental causes, specifically global warming, an issue close to Gore's heart. While big names like Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones and U2 have not yet signed on for the concert, organizers say they're still in negotiations with a score of musicians and expect the final lineup to include more than 100 top acts.

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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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