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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

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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