More Top Stories: 'Idol,' ZZ Top and Adam Lambert

September 16, 2010 9:00 AM ET

'American Idol' to Announce New Judges Next Week
American Idol fans won't have to wait much longer to find out for sure whether Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler are joining the show: Ryan Seacrest said yesterday that the Season 10 judges will be announced on September 22nd. [Ryan Seacrest's Twitter]

ZZ Top Teaming With Rick Rubin
ZZ Top will collaborate with producer Rick Rubin when the bearded rockers enter the studio to record the follow-up to 2003's Mescalero. "[Rubin's] very instrumental in striking a resonant chord. He's able to find ways to pull things out that you might not know where there in the first place," Billy Gibbons said. [S pinner]

Adam Lambert Accused of Battery
Former Idol runner-up Adam Lambert has been accused of misdemeanor battery after a run-in with paparazzi in Miami last night. [TMZ]

Fleet Foxes Finish Work on Second Album
Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes said on Facebook that the band has wrapped up work on the follow-up to their acclaimed self-titled debut. "We are flying to New York tomorrow to mix and master the album and will have information about release date and when you'll get to hear a song or two SOON," Pecknold wrote. [ Fleet Foxes' Facebook ]

T.I. to Face Federal Judge
T.I. will appear before a federal judge with hopes that his probation will not be revoked. The rapper was busted on drug charges in Los Angeles earlier this month. [ Bi llboard ]

Marky Ramone: Drummer, Pasta Sauce Maker
Ramones drummer Marky Ramone will be selling "Marky Ramone's Brooklyn's Own Pasta Sauce." [Boing Boing]

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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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