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XM/Sirius Merger Gets FCC Chairman's Approval

June 16, 2008 11:20 AM ET

The proposed merger of satellite radio giants XM and Sirius inched toward approval as the FCC chairman said he would likely allow the $5 billion deal in exchange for several concessions. FFC chair Kevin Martin has requested the companies turn over 24 channels to noncommercial and minority programming. Martin also requested that the two companies have a three-year price freeze for customers, which would affect the duo's plans for the "a la carte" (or pay-per-channel) subscription the companies expected to roll out three months after the merger. The FCC's recommendation for approval sets up a final vote to see whether the merger will finally go through after more than a year of scrutiny.

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“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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