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More Top Stories: Michael Jackson, 'American Idol'

August 5, 2010 12:00 AM ET

Nigel Lythgoe is officially returning to American Idol after a two-year absence to take on the role of executive producer. Lythgoe, who signed a two-year deal, mentioned he'd love to bring back Paula Abdul to the overhauled judges table for Season 10, even though she's signed on for a dance competition reality show with CBS. "I'd recommend we have her in a heartbeat," he said. [Variety]

The Los Angeles mansion that Michael Jackson was renting at the time of his death has been put on the market for $28.9 million. Jackson die-hards take note: the realtors will put all prospective buyers through an "extensive pre-qualifying check" before giving tours of the home. [The Real Estalker]

While the U.S. concert and record industries are in slow decline, the U.K. industry has seen album sales stabilize from their downtrend and sales of concert tickets has increased nine percent, resulting in a five percent growth across the board. [BBC]

Lily Allen revealed that she is pregnant with her first child. "It goes without saying we are both absolutely delighted," Allen told The Sun of her and boyfriend Sam Cooper's news. This is Allen's second pregnancy: in January, 2008, the singer suffered a miscarriage with her then-boyfriend Ed Simmons of the Chemical Brothers. [The Sun]

Sirius XM is working hard to lock Howard Stern into a contract extension before thhe satellite radio company has its next earnings call in three months. Stern, who earns a reported $100 million a year from Sirius, will see his contract expire on December 31st. [Billboard.biz]

Having already covered the Beatles' "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" on 8 Diagrams, the Wu-Tang Clan unleashed a cover of the Fab Four's Abbey Road opener "Come Together" at a concert in London last night. [NME]

Listen to the Devendra Banhart and Beck collaboration "Life During Wartime," the theme song — and not a cover of the Talking Heads track — from the new Todd Solondz movie. [Twenty Four Bit]

Barbra Streisand is the 2011 recipient of the MusiCares Person of the Year. Previous winners include Neil Young and Neil Diamond. [The Hollywood Reporter]

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“Love Is the Answer”

Utopia | 1977

The message of the Beatles' "All You Need Is Love" proved to be a universal and long-lasting one, which Utopia revisited 10 years later on this ballad. "From a lyrical standpoint, it's part of a whole class of songs that I write, which are about filial love," Todd Rundgren explained. "I'm not a Christian, but it's called Christian love, the love that people are supposed to naturally feel because we are all of the same species. That may be mythical, but it's still a subject." Though "Love Is the Answer" wasn't a hit, a cover version two years later by England Dan & John Ford Coley peaked at Number Ten on the Billboard singles chart.

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