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September 13, 2010 7:00 PM ET

No New Coldplay Album in 2010
Although Coldplay hoped to release the follow-up to their Viva La Vida by the fourth quarter of 2010, Chris Martin revealed in a meet-and-greet with fans that, while the band is close to finishing songs for their fifth album, the LP won't be released until 2011. [ Coldplaying]

George Michael Sentenced to Eight Weeks in Prison
George Michael was sentenced to eight weeks in a London prison, after pleading guilty to charges that he was driving under the influence of drugs in July. [CNN]

Christina Aguilera Performs "Imagine"
Christina Aguilera performed John Lennon's "Imagine" this Sunday at a party for the release of of Montblanc's John Lennon Edition pen. [YouTube]

The Dismemberment Plan to Reunite
Washington D.C. indie band the Dismemberment Plan will reunite for a series of shows in January 2011, to celebrate the reissue of their 1999 album Emergency & I. "We're not planning a new record, but we're doing these shows and taking it day to day after that," bassist Eric Axelson said. [ Washington Post's Click Track]

Kid Rock to Face Waffle House Lawsuit
In October 2007, Kid Rock and members of his entourage were involved in a brawl at a Waffle House in Atlanta, and Rock later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor battery charge. Now, the victim has filed a lawsuit against Kid, who is due in an Atlanta courtroom today. [ Billboard ]

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Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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