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Digest: DJ Kool Herc Needs Help With Medical Bills; Kings of Leon Cancel March Tour Dates

Also: Fleet Foxes announce new album, 'Glee' star debuts original songs

January 31, 2011 4:35 PM ET
Digest: DJ Kool Herc Needs Help With Medical Bills; Kings of Leon Cancel March Tour Dates
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Hospitalized DJ Kool Herc Needs Help With Medical Bills
According to DJ Premier, hip-hop pioneer DJ Kool Herc is hospitalized with a serious illness and is need of financial assistance in paying off his medical bills. Premier did not get into the specifics of Herc's condition but he did provide a post office box address for fans to send donations to the ailing rap icon. [Village Voice]

Kings of Leon Cancel Tour Dates
Kings of Leon have been forced to cancel all of their tour dates scheduled for March while drummer Nathan Followill recovers from surgery for a torn bicep. The group's next scheduled show will be at the Coachella Festival on April 15th. [Spinner]

Fleet Foxes Return With New Album
Fleet Foxes have announced that their second album Helplessness Blues will be released on May 3 on Sub Pop Records. The folk pop group will begin their tour in support of the album in Vancouver on April 30th. [NPR]

'Glee' Star Debuts Original Music
Glee star and Broadway veteran Matthew Morrison gave his fans a taste of songs intended for an upcoming album at an outdoor concert in Los Angeles on Saturday. The show, which was filmed and posted to YouTube, included original compositions along with songs Morrison has sung on Glee, like the Police hit "Don't Stand So Close to Me." [Broadway.com]

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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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