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September 27, 2010 9:00 AM ET

 

Aretha Franklin Cancels Concert After Son's Attack
Aretha Franklin, Rolling Stone's Greatest Singer of All Time, canceled a performance in Kansas City last night, following an assault on her son Eddie last week which left him in a Detroit hospital. No arrests have been made in the attack. [Sound Spike]

Kid Cudi Pleads Guilty to Possession
Kid Cudi pleaded guilty to a charge of drug possession, and was sentenced to two days of community service. [TMZ]

Wyclef Jean Hospitalized for 'Stress and Fatigue'
Wyclef Jean was admitted into a New Jersey hospital this weekend to treat headaches that have dogged him over the past few weeks. Jean has recently been busy recording new music and meeting with members of the UN. [ Billboard ]

'Idol' Runner-Up Crystal Bowersox Engaged
American Idol's season nine runner-up Crystal Bowersox, who broke up with her previous boyfriend hours before last season's finale, has revealed she is engaged to current boyfriend, musician Brian Walker. The couple will wed next month. Bowersox is currently recording her debut album. [ People ]

U2 Perform 'Spanish Eyes' in San Sebastian
U2 dusted off the Joshua Tree-era b-side "Spanish Eyes" for their 360 Tour stop in San Sebastian, Spain last night. The band hasn't performed the song since August 2001. [U2.com]

Daft Punk Set 'Tron' Soundtrack Release Date
Daft Punk will release their soundtrack for the film Tron on November 22nd. The album will be released digitally and in a "deluxe" physical edition. [ Tron Soundrack]

Animal Collective Shoes to Include Unreleased Music
Animal Collective's Avey Tare has designed a slip-on shoe, dubbed "The Tobin," for Keep Company, with proceeds benefitting the Socorro Island conservation fund. The shoes, which become available in March 2011, will be accompanied by a cassette tape of unreleased music by Animal Collective. [Consequence of Sound]

Plus: ABBA suing political party over "Mamma Mia," Susan Boyle covering "Perfect Day" and more.

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Song Stories

“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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