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Plus: Singer Vs. Rick Ross; Ping Plus Twitter

November 11, 2010 3:10 PM ET

Chrisette Michele vs. Rick Ross
R&B singer Chrisette Michele wrote a frustrated post on her blog after rapper Rick Ross ditched out on a performance of their single "Aston Martin Music" at the Soul Train Awards Wednesday night. Ross left the awards show early after losing the Best Hip-Hop Song award to Eminem. "I could have sworn hip-hop was on the come up. But apparently rapping is about venting, bashing, chauvinistic pigging, and EGO. Not cool. Don't LET me start rapping," Michele wrote. [In Flex We Trust]

Apple Integrates Twitter Into Ping
Apple's iTunes-embedded social network Ping has linked up with Twitter. Users can now search for friends on Ping via their Twitter friends list and send out messages announcing their current listening habits. Ping-related tweets that are viewed on the Twitter web site can also be accompanied by song previews. [SF Chronicle]

Latin Grammys: Camila Wins Big
The Mexican pop group Camila won Song of the Year and Record of the Year honors for their chart-topping track "Mientes" at the Latin Grammys, which took place in Las Vegas Thursday night. "Mientes" was Number One on the Mexican singles chart for three months earlier this year. [LA Times]

John Rotten Sends Fans On A Treasure Hunt
Later this year John "Johnny Rotten" Lydon will release Mr. Rotten's Scrapbook , a limited-edition coffee-table book that looks back on the punk legend's life. The books will be individually autographed — though its preorder price is approximately $600 — and the packages include a 12-inch picture disc containing live recordings from Public Image Limited's 2009 tour. Also, Willy Wonka-styled "golden tickets" enabling the bearer to a 10-minute, one-on-one interview with Lydon will be placed inside 100 copies of the book. [Drowned In Sound]

Radio Stations Get Into Holiday Spirit
Chicago lite-rock station WLIT-FM flipped the switch to its all-holiday format this morning — guaranteed to both drive up ratings and make listeners nervous about their end-of-year to-do lists. [Chicago Sun-Times]

Plus: Cher on Aguilera's Acting; Gerry Rafferty Sick

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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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