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Digest: Justin Bieber Preview Screenings Sell Out; Beatles' First Concert to be Screened for First Time in 47 Years

Also: Nicki Minaj hits Number One; Adam Lambert releases live CD/DVD set

February 9, 2011 5:45 PM ET
Justin Bieber arrives at the "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" Los Angeles on February 8, 2011.
Justin Bieber arrives at the "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never" Los Angeles on February 8, 2011.
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Justin Bieber Preview Screenings Sell Out
A special preview of Justin Bieber's 3D concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never at 300 theaters throughout the United States tonight is entirely sold out despite tickets going for $30 each. The film opens for real on Friday. [Reuters]

Film of the Beatles' First U.S. Concert to Be Screened in L.A.
A film of the Beatles' first full concert in the United States in 1964 will be screened for the first time in 47 years at American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theater in Los Angeles on Friday. The movie will also include live footage of the Beach Boys and Leslie Gore. [L.A. Times]

Nicki Minaj Hits Number One
Nicki Minaj's debut album Pink Friday hit Number One on Billboard's albums chart this week for the first time since it was released 11 weeks ago. The record, which was boosted by the rapper's appearance on Saturday Night Live and a lavish video for the new single "Moment 4 Life," also earned its first platinum certification this week. [Billboard]

Adam Lambert to Release Live Set
Adam Lambert's Glam Nation Live, a CD/DVD set documenting his 2010 tour, will hit stores on March 22nd. The disc will include most of the songs from his debut album as well as his covers of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" and T. Rex's "20th Century Boy." [Idolator]

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Song Stories

“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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