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September 3, 2010 3:00 PM ET

Katy Perry to Perform on 'SNL'
Katy Perry will make her first Saturday Night Live appearance when she performs on the show's season premiere. Former SNL cast member Amy Poehler will host the show, which airs September 25th. [ Entertainment Weekly ]

Phish Ready 'Coral Sky' DVD
Coral Sky, a 2-DVD set being released through the Phish's JEMP Records on October 19th, documents the band's November 2nd, 1996 concert at the Coral Sky Amphitheatre in West Palm Beach, Florida. Santana percussionist Karl Perazzo and the Allman Brothers' Butch Trucks accompanied the band at this show. [Phish.com]

The xx Win Mercury Prize
Indie-rock band the xx have been awarded the Mercury Prize — which designates the best British album of the year — for their debut, xx. The duo beat out artists like Paul Weller and Dizzee Rascal for the award. [Barclaycard Mercury Prize]

Allison Iraheta leaves Jive Records
Less than two years after finishing fourth on American Idol, and about nine months since releasing her debut on Jive, Allison Iraheta has parted ways with the label. The split is most likely a result of Idol's decision to break from Sony, Jive's parent company, to release their artists on Universal Music. [ Entertainment Weekly ]

Hip-Hop Birthplace Saved By Loan
The building at 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx, New York, where DJ Kool Herc first laid the groundwork for hip hop by playing records at house parties, will be maintained as affordable housing for its current tenants. The federal government fronted a $5.4 million loan to prevent the building from being sold and redeveloped. [All Hip Hop]

Justin Bieber: Twitter King
How popular is Justin Bieber on Twitter? Three percent of the company's servers are entirely dedicated to processing Tweets that include his name. [Gizmodo]

XTC to Reissue 'Skylarking'
XTC will reissue their 1986 album Skylarking on double-vinyl, with its original artwork (which was originally rejected by the record label) restored and "30 percent better sound." No release date has been set. [Slicing Up Eyeballs]

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Song Stories

“Hungry Like the Wolf”

Duran Duran | 1982

This indulgent New Romantic group generated their first U.S. hit with the help of what was at the time new technology. "Simon [Le Bon] and I, I think, had been out the night before and had this terrible hangover," said keyboardist Nick Rhodes. "For some reason we were feeling guilty about it and decided to go and do some work." Rhodes started playing with his Jupiter-8 synth, and then "Simon had an idea for a lyric, and by lunchtime when everyone else turned up, we pretty much had the song." The Simmons drumbeat was equally important to the sound of "Hungry Like the Wolf," as Duran Duran drummer Roger Taylor stated it "kind of defined the drum sound for the Eighties."

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