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October 4, 2010 9:20 AM ET


Bruno Mars Charged With Felony Drug Possession
Up-and-coming hitmaker Bruno Mars has been charged with felony drug possession stemming from an arrest last month, where he was found with 2.6 grams of cocaine in a Las Vegas bathroom. [ Las Vegas Review-Journal ]

Michael Jackson Estate Sued Over Debt to Consulting Company
A Bahrain consulting company has sued the estate of Michael Jackson, claiming the late singer owed them over $1 million at the time of his death, because they helped him secure a $300 million loan in 2005 to avoid bankruptcy. [ New York Daily News ]

Glastonbury 2011 Sells Out in Four Hours
Although Glastonbury 2011 is over eight months away and no headliners have been announced, the British festival sold out in four hours. U2, who were forced to cancel their headlining gig at Glastonbury this year after Bono's back surgery, remain the frontrunners to headline at next year's fest, on June 24-26. [Spinner]

Solar Records Founder Dick Griffey Dead at 71
Richard Griffey, the founder of Los Angeles-based R&B label Solar Records, passed away last Friday following complications from quadruple-bypass heart surgery. He was 71. Solar Records, short for "Sounds of Los Angeles Records" and dubbed "the Motown of the Eighties," had hits like Lakeside's "Fantastic Voyage" and the Whispers' "And the Beat Goes On." The company employed songwriters like Babyface and L.A. Reid. [ Los Angeles Times ]

Irving Azoff Joins Clear Channel
Irving Azoff, already the chairman of Live Nation Ticketmaster, has joined up with another music industry giant: he is now on the board of directors for the largest radio company in the country, Clear Channel. [ The Hollywood Reporter ]

Plus: Kenny Chesney set to top Billboard 200, Daft Punk make Tron cameo and more.

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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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