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October 2, 2010 1:04 PM ET

Susan Boyle Cancels 'Dancing With the Stars' Performance
A throat infection has forced Susan Boyle to cancel her performance of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" on tonight's episode of Dancing With the Stars. Boyle tearfully bowed out of America's Got Talent after Lou Reed denied her permission to cover his "Perfect Day." [ USA Today ]

Weezer Announce New York Memories Tour Dates
Weezer have rounded out their Memories Tour schedule with two shows at New York's Roseland Ballroom on December 17th and 18th. The first night will feature a complete performance of The Blue Album, the second will be Pinkerton. Both nights will also include a greatest hits set. [Weezer]

Ke$ha Claims Former Manager Was Unlicensed Agent
In response to a $14 million lawsuit filed against her by a former manager, Ke$ha said that her 2006 contract with DAS Communications should be voided because the company was unlicensed in California, a violation of the Talent Agencies Act. In their lawsuit, DAS claims Ke$ha owes the company $14 million in unpaid commissions. [ The Hollywood Reporter's THR Esq.]

T.I. to Face Judge On October 15th
T.I. will head to court on October 15th, and a judge will determine whether the rapper violated his parole when he was arrested on drug possession charges in Los Angeles last month. If T.I.'s probation is revoked, he may be sent back to prison. [TMZ]

Bob Dylan Extends Tour
Bob Dylan has tacked on an additional 12 concerts to his autumn jaunt, including three nights at New York's Terminal 5 on November 22-24. [ Brooklyn Vegan]

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Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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