Plus: Johnny Cash Honored; Strummer Biopic Coming

November 16, 2010 6:00 AM ET

Johnny Cash to Be Inducted Into Gospel Hall of Fame
Johnny Cash is among the four artists who will be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame. DeGarmo & Key, Golden Gate Quartet and Bill "Hoss" Allen will also be inducted in the ceremony on January 24 in Cash's adopted hometown of Hendersonville, Tenn. [Billboard.biz]

Joe Strummer Biopic on the Way
With two Clash documentaries and two about the man himself, Joe Strummer's life has been well represented in film. But a biopic written by Paul Viragh is now in the works; Viragh was also behind the Ian Dury biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. [The Playlist via Consequence of Sound]

GQ Names Drake to Men of the Year List
Drake joins Stephen Colbert, James Franco, Jeff Bridges and Scarlett Johansson (she's the "Babe" on the list) on GQ's Men of the Year list. Drake is the mag's "Breakout of the Year." [GQ via RapRadar.com]

Neil Young Tribute Includes Patti Smith, Roots, More
Patti Smith, the Roots, Aimee Mann, J Mascis, Living Colour, Shawn Colvin and many more will honor Neil Young in a concert at New York's Carnegie Hall on February 10. The show will benefit music and arts programs for underprivileged youth. [Spinner.com]

Lynne and Jamie Spears Reconcile
Eight years after their split, Britney Spears' parents Lynne and Jamie are back together, a source confirmed to US Magazine. GossipCop.com first reported the reconciliation, saying the pair have been reconciled since last summer. [GossipCop.com via UsMagazine.com]

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“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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