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The New Issue of Rolling Stone: Britney Spears

February 6, 2008 8:37 AM ET

America's most controversial pop princess is on the cover of the new issue of Rolling Stone. What began as the stuff that dreams are made of has slowly devolved into a tabloid-friendly nightmare for Spears. To read an excerpt from the cover story, click here. For a complete look at the history of Britney's music video canon, click here. For a comprehensive Britney Spears photo gallery, click here.

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Song Stories

“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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