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September 16, 2010 1:00 PM ET

Bruno Mars Arrested on Drug Charges
Emerging songwriter Bruno Mars, who help craft two of the summer's biggest hits in Cee Lo's "Fuck You!" and B.o.B's "Nothin' On You," was arrested this weekend in Las Vegas on drug possession charges. Security guards at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino confronted Mars in a bathroom late Saturday night and found the singer holding unspecified narcotics. [ Las Vegas Review-Journal ]

Steven Tyler Readies First Solo Single "Love Lives"
With Steven Tyler expected to announced as an American Idol judge on Wednesday, the Aerosmith singer will also finally embark on his long-planned solo career with a track called "Love Lives," which will appear in the Japanese film Space Battleship Yamato. Tyler penned the ballad for the film's closing scene after reading a translated script. [Blabbermouth]

Russell Brand Arrested After Paparazzi Airport Assault
Comedian and Katy Perry beau Russell Brand was arrested at a Los Angeles airport after a scuffle with paparazzi. Brand was charged with battery for pushing a photographer and released on $20,000 bail. [BBC]

Kid Rock's Waffle House Victim Awarded $40,000
Kid Rock and his entourage have been ordered to pay $40,000 to the man he assaulted at an Atlanta Waffle House in 2007. A jury found the rocker responsible for the incident, which left the victim with $6,000 in medical fees and a broken cell phone. Rock will only pay 15 percent of the award; his guitarist Jason Krause will pay 70 percent because it was determined he threw the first punch. [AP]

Phoenix Give Fans 'Wolfgang Amadeus' Song Stems
To celebrate their headlining performance at Madison Square Garden, French rockers Phoenix have offered up the multitrack recordings from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix as a free download for fans to remix. [Twenty Four Bit]

All-Star Drummers Lend Support to Sudan365 Initiative
Pink Floyd's Nick Mason, Radiohead's Phil Selway, Stewart Copeland and Coldplay's Will Champion are among the drummers to take part in Sudan365's "Beat for Peace" campaign, which aims to bring attention to the problems facing the African nation prior to a UN meeting scheduled later this week. [Sudan365]

Vivid Sues Over Alleged Jimi Hendrix Sex Tape
Porn providers Vivid Video have sued the Internet Commerce Group for copyright infringement stemming from illegal downloads of Jimi Hendrix's alleged threesome sex tape that was purchased and sold by Vivid. [THR Esq.]

Chris Brown Titles New Album 'F.A.M.E.'
Porn providers Vivid Video have sued the Internet Commerce Group for copyright infringement stemming from illegal downloads of Jimi Hendrix's alleged threesome sex tape that was purchased and sold by Vivid. [THR Esq.]

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Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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