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More Top Stories: Kenny Chesney, Daft Punk, Mario

October 1, 2010 11:08 AM ET

Kenny Chesney on Track for Number One Album
Kenny Chesney's new album Hemingway's Whiskey will sell an estimated 180,000 to 200,000 copies in its first week, more than enough to grab the top spot on the Billboard 200. It will be Chesney's sixth number one album. Lil Wayne's digital-only I Am Not a Human Being will likely land in second place. [Press Release]

Daft Punk to Cameo in 'Tron'?
In addition to providing the score for the upcoming Tron: Legacy, the dance-music duo Daft Punk will also reportedly cameo in the film. The group, or at least two people donning the their trademark helmets, were seen briefly triggering "digital fireworks" during a 23-minute preview reel screened by Walt Disney Studios. [ Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex]

Mario Arrested for Assault
R&B singer Mario was arrested in Baltimore this morning and charged with 2nd degree assault after an alleged confrontation with his own mother. He was released on $24,000 bail. [TMZ]

Campaign to Make John Cage Number One
Last year, a Facebook campaign led by a British man helped make Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" the UK's numberoOne Christmas single, ending a streak of X Factor winners. This year, John Cage's experimental piece "4'33"," which is essentially four minutes and 33 seconds of silence, is being championed in a campaign called Cage Against the Machine. [The Guardian]

Plus: Sade plans her first North American tour in a decade, Dee Snider joins Rock of Ages and more.

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Song Stories

“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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