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September 22, 2010 10:00 AM ET

Drake, Justin Timberlake to Help Launch MTV's 'The Seven'
Drake, Justin Timberlake and the principle actors from The Social Network will co-host Monday's premiere episode of The Seven, MTV's new pop culture show. [Press Release]

Lou Reed Lets Susan Boyle Cover "Perfect Day" After All
After being denied permission to cover Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" on America's Got Talent, Susan Boyle finally has permission from the Velvet Underground singer to make the Transformer track the first single off her upcoming album The Gift. [The Guardian]

ABBA to Sue Right Wingers Over Use of Their Song
Don Henley, Jackson Browne and David Byrne have all filed lawsuits against right-wing political parties for using their songs on the campaign trail. Now add ABBA to that list: The Swedish band will pursue legal action against the far-right Danish People's Party, after the political group changed the words of "Mamma Mia" to "Mamma Pia," in honor of their leader Pia Kjaersgaard. [BBC]

Heart's Nancy Wilson, Cameron Crowe Divorcing
Heart's Nancy Wilson has filed for divorce from her husband of 24 years, Almost Famous director Cameron Crowe. [Reuters]

Justin Townes Earle Cancels Tour, Enters Rehab
Justin Townes Earle (son of Steve Earle) has canceled his remaining 2010 tour dates and entered rehab. Last week, Earle was arrested following a brawl at an Indianapolis venue. [Justin Townes Earle]

Plus: Radiohead taking stock of new material, Bret Michaels schedules heart surgery and more.

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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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