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Digest: Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson Honor Teena Marie; Major Labels' Price-Fixing Lawsuit Turned Down

Also: Bootsy Collins returns with Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, Ice Cube and many other guests

January 11, 2011 11:55 AM ET
Teena Marie performing in 1984.
Teena Marie performing in 1984.
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Stevie Wonder and Smokey Robinson Attend Teena Marie Memorial
Teena Marie was honored by Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Queen Latifah and Motown Records founder Berry Gordy Jr. at a private memorial service in Los Angeles yesterday. Gordy and Wonder spoke at the service, and Robinson sang. [Billboard]

Major Labels Fail To Appeal Antitrust Lawsuit
The Supreme Court have rejected an appeal by the big four major labels — Sony, Warner, EMI and Universal — to halt a civil antitrust lawsuit accusing the companies of price-fixing. According to the lawsuit, the corporations made an agreement to keep prices for digital downloads from dipping below 70 cents per track. [Reuters]

Bootsy Collins' New Album to Feature Loads of Guest Stars
Bootsy Collins' first album in five years, Tha Funk Capitol of the World, will feature guest appearances from Snoop Dogg, Chuck D, Ice Cube, George Clinton, Bobby Womack, Samuel L. Jackson and Rev. Al Sharpton. The record will include a tribute to James Brown and a voice recording by Jimi Hendrix. [Billboard]

Neil Young Honored at Carnegie Hall
A bill featuring Patti Smith, the Roots, Aimee Mann, Bebel Gilberto and J Mascis has been assembled for a Neil Young tribute concert at New York's Carnegie Hall. The proceeds for the show will benefit music and arts programs for underprivileged youth. [The Music of Neil Young at Carnegie Hall]

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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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