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September 8, 2010 3:18 PM ET

Britney Spears' Ex-Bodyguards Stands By Lawsuit
Britney Spears' former bodyguard Fernando Flores is defending his lawsuit against the singer -- which claims sexual harassment and child abuse by Spears -- even though by Spears and her ex-husband Kevin Federline denied the allegations. Flores said in an interview yesterdays he's "standing up for what I believe is right." [TMZ]

Indie Rockers Announce Led Zeppelin Tribute Album
Death Cab for Cutie's Chris Walla and M. Ward are among the indie rockers that will appear on the upcoming double-disc tribute From The Land of Ice And Snow: The Songs of Led Zeppelin, due out October 9th. Walla will cover "In the Evening" while Ward will take on "Bron-Y-Aur." [Twenty Four Bit]

Ray Charles, Johnny Cash Duet on Previously Unreleased Song
Ray Charles and Johnny Cash's duet of "Why Me, Lord?" will feature on the upcoming Charles rarities collection Rare Genius: The Undiscovered Masters, out on October 26th. Their duet of the Kris Kristofferson song was recorded in 1981 and never released. [ Paste Magazine ]

Kate Moss Poses for Bryan Ferry Cover
In a move that recalls the glory days of Roxy Music, Bryan Ferry has cast supermodel Kate Moss to be the cover star for his new album Olympia. Moss joins models Jerry Hall (Siren), Amanda Lear (For Your Pleasure and 1973 Playmate of the Year Marilyn Cole (Stranded) as Ferry's album cover muses. [ Vanity Fair ]

'Variety' Sues the Vandals
Hollywood trade magazine Variety has filed a lawsuit against punk band the Vandals, claiming the group infringed on the magazine's trademark logo for their album Hollywood Potato Chip. The lawsuit, which dates back to 2004, was initially resolved when the Vandals replaced the font on the album cover, but third-party usage of the original cover resurrected the suit. [THR]

Former Aerosmith A&R Man Supports Steven Tyler's 'Idol' Move
John Kalodner, the former A&R rep talks about Steven Tyler's rumored move to the American Idol judges table. "He sought Hollywood recognition, and now he can get that," Kalodner said, adding that Joe Perry was "completely wrong" for criticizing Tyler's new role. [ New York Post ]

'Sing Out!' Editor Irwin Sibler Dead at 84
Irwin Sibler, who as editor of the folk mag Sing Out! wrote an open letter to Bob Dylan criticizing his move to use electric guitars at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, passed away September 8th at the age of 84. [The Daily Swarm]

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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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