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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

“Nightshift”

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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