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September 29, 2010 2:06 PM ET

Sade Plots 2011 U.S. Tour
Sade has announced the opening dates for her band's first tour of North America in over a decade, with the kick-off June 16th in Baltimore. Sade will play 50 shows total in North American. [Sade]

Dee Snider Joins 'Rock of Ages'
Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong isn't the only rocker coming to Broadway: Twisted Sister rocker Dee Snider will join the Broadway musical Rock of Ages for an 11-week run starting October 11th. [Press Release]

Leonard Cohen Shuffles Final Tour Dates
Leonard Cohen has adjusted the final dates of his world tour, canceling a December 4th concert in Honolulu, Hawaii, but adding three more shows: Vancouver on December 2nd and Oakland, California two-night stand starting December 5th. [Spinner]

Drake, Bodyguard Accused of Assault
Drake and his bodyguard have been accused of assault, following an alleged run-in with fans following a performance in Florida. One man, who seeks payment for his medical bills, suffered a cut lip that required six stitches. Jacksonville police are investigating. [All Hip Hop]

Jamey Johnson to Produce Next Blind Boys of Alabama Album
Jamey Johnson recently spent a week in Nashville producing the next album by the Blind Boys of Alabama. Vince Gill, Hank Williams, Jr. and George Jones were recruited for the group's next album. [The Boot]

Plus: Justin Bieber readies a toy line, Michael Jackson's former manager seeks royalties and more.

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Song Stories

“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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