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August 23, 2010 5:58 PM ET

The X Factor Faces Auto-Tune Controversy
Simon Cowell's U.K. singing competition The X Factor has come under fire from viewers after it was revealed this weekend that the show employs Auto-Tune to help correct the pitch of some of its contestants. The Auto-Tuning was most apparent during contestant Gamu Nhengu performance. The X Factor will hit U.S. television in 2011. [Deadline]

Guns n' Roses Warned to Start Reading Gigs on Time
Guns n' Roses have a notorious reputation of hitting the stage hours after they're supposed to perform, but that won't be the case at this weekend's Reading and Leeds as the festivals are under strict curfews. "If Guns n' Roses decide to take to stage as late as they did in Leeds some years ago then the performance just won't happen," warned organizer Melvin Benn. [BBC]

Songwriter George David Weiss Dead at 89
Songwriter George David Weiss‹who helped pen such hits as The Tokens' "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," Elvis Presley's "Can't Help Falling in Love" and Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World"‹passed away of natural causes at his New Jersey home at the age of 89. Weiss was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1984. [ New York Times ]

Jim Jarmusch Working on Stooges Documentary
Indie director Jim Jarmusch, who will curate one night at this year's ATP Festival, has revealed he is at work on a documentary about Rock Hall inductees The Stooges. "It's going to take a few years. There's no rush on it, but it's something that Iggy [Pop] asked me to do," Jarmusch said. [Pitchfork]

Iron Maiden Top U.K. Chart
Heavy metal icons Iron Maiden scored their fourth Number One album, and first since 1992, as the band's 15th album The Final Frontier landed atop of the U.K. album charts. Maiden first hit the top spot with The Number of the Beast in 1982. [ The Hollywood Reporter ]

Bjork Unveils "The Comet Song" Video
Check out Bjork's new music video for "The Comet Song," from the upcoming children's movie Moomins and the Comet Chase. The song is also out now on iTunes; all proceeds go to UNICEF Pakistan children charities [Bjork.com]

George Michael Pleads Guilty to Drug Charges
George Michael has pleaded guilty to drug charges stemming from an automobile accident in July where Michael, under the influence of marijuana, crashed his car into a London shop. Michael will face jail time when he is sentenced on September 14th. [ Billboard ]

NASA Holds Song Contest
NASA is holding a contest where earthbound folk can vote on what wake-up song should be played for astronauts on the current STS-133 mission. Among the list of 40 choices: The Clash's "Should I Stay or Should I Go?," Bruce Springsteen's "Rendezvous," John Lennon's "Imagine" and, of course, Elton John's "Rocket Man." [NASA]

Hard Day's Night Director Donating Beatles Archives
Richard Lester, the director of The Beatles' A Hard Day's Night and Help!, is donating his personal archives from working on both films and his other works to the British film museum BFI. The archives include never-before-seen photographs from the set, the original shooting scripts and more. [ BBC ]

Plus: Eminem joins VMAs, Brian Eno announces new album, Lady Gaga named Twitter Queen 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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