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Plus: Jay Weinberg Joins Against Me!; New MJ Lawsuit

December 1, 2010 12:06 PM ET

Kanye West Wraps Presents for Foster Kids
Kanye West helped wrap gifts for foster children at the New Yorkers for Children "Wrap to Rap" event in New York on Tuesday evening. He was not scheduled to attend and reportedly said he'd stopped by because he was in the area and felt it was a good cause. [TMZ]

Against Me! Leaves Sire, Picks Up Jay Weinberg Temporarily
In a detailed post on Against Me!'s website, singer Tom Gabel announced that the band has amicably parted ways with Sire Records, apologized for the abrupt cancellation of their fall tour and announced some new dates this and next month, for which Jay Weinberg — son of E Street Band drummer Max — will be filling in temporarily on drums. In September, Weinberg bitterly parted ways with long running hardcore act Madball in the middle of a Canadian tour. [I Feel Sick to My Stomach via Consequence of Sound]

Michael Jackson's Father Files New Lawsuit
An attorney Michael Jackson's father filed a new wrongful death lawsuit against Dr. Conrad Murray, who is accused of involuntary manslaughter in the pop singer's death. In the lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, Joe Jackson claims Murray wrongfully provided propofol and multiple other drugs to Michael before the singer's death on June 25, 2009. A previous, similar lawsuit was dismissed. [Reuters via Billboard.biz]

Plus: Eddie Vedder To Tour; Tupac Bio In the Works

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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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