More Top Stories: Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Elvis

July 28, 2010 10:00 AM ET

Two more people have been declared dead after this weekend's Love Parade tragedy in Duisberg, Germany, where 19 people were killed in a stampede. German prosecutors also revealed yesterday that all of the deceased had crushed ribcages, and that over 500 people were injured when panic broke out in the tunnel connecting two festival sites. [CBC]

Last year, Kanye West declared, "Everything that Twitter offers, I need less of." But today the MC has finally joined the ranks with his own personal Twitter account. So far, West has revealed that his next album will not be called Good Ass Job, as had been previously reported. [@KanyeWest]

Die Antwoord's Yo-Landi Vi$$er has turned down a starring role in director David Fincher's remake of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. "It's not something I want to do," Vi$$er told New York magazine. [Vulture]

A zombie character that was inspired by Thriller-era Michael Jackson in the iPhone game Plants vs. Zombies will be phased out due to the Jackson Estate's complaint that the zombie "too closely" resembled the King of Pop. [Kotaku]

Check out Justin Timberlake's directorial debut, a trio of new ads filmed for 901 Tequila. [901]

Billy Joel's Shea Stadium concert film The Last Play at Shea will premiere at the new home of the New York Mets, Citi Field, on August 21st. "The Last Play at Shea was one of the most memorable events I have ever performed," Billy Joel said in a statement. "I'm proud to relive those nights again at Citi Field, which has continued the musical legacy of Shea." The premiere will be the largest outdoor movie presentation since 1919.

Recent RS interviewee and Warped Tour breakout star Mike Posner is launching his own Sirius XM weekly show. The Mike Posner Show debuts September 10th at 9 p.m. ET on Faction; he'll DJ his favorite music and chat about life as a recent Duke grad turned pop singer.

Elvis Presley's white baby grand piano that he bought in 1957 and kept at Graceland is expected to grab a top bid of over $1 million when it goes to auction August 14th. Presley's 1955 record contract is also up for sale. [BBC]

Music discovery service Last.fm has seen its American audience increase by 90 percent to more than eight million users over the last 12 months. [Digital Media Wire]

Al Goodman, a member of soul group the Moments, passed away due to heart failure during surgery on July 26th in Hackensack, New Jersey. He was 67. Goodman last had a Number One hit in 1980 with Ray, Goodman and Brown's "Special Lady" but had a revival of sorts when the Moments song "Love on a Two Way Street" was sampled in Jay-Z's "Empire State of Mind." [CNN]

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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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