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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]

Plus: Michael Jackson estate sued, Glastonbury sells out and more.

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Song Stories

“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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