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September 29, 2010 9:00 AM ET

 

Justin Bieber Readies Toy Line
Tween girls can expect to find Justin Bieber wrapped up and under their trees this Christmas: the singer will be releasing a line of Ken-like Dolls that will play 30-second snippets of his songs and wear his outfits from the "Baby" and "One Less Lonely Girl" videos. [ Billboard ]

Michael Jackson's Former Manager Seeks Royalties
Tohme Tohme, Michael Jackson's former business manager, has asked a judge to unseal financial records from Jackson's estate in an attempt to reclaim the $2.3 million Tohme says he is owed for negotiating the concert contract and theatrical rights to This Is It. [AP ]

Rihanna Unveils 'Loud' Album Cover
Check out the album cover for Rihanna's latest LP Loud, due out November 12th. [Rihanna Now]

Chris Brown Snags Drake, Kanye West, Andre 3000 for 'Deuces' Remix
Chris Brown gloated on Ustream that he has recruited West, Drake, Andre 3000, T.I. and Fabolous to provide verses for his "Deuces" remix. [MTV]

Chris Cornell, Brad Pitt and Daughters Hang Out at American Girl Store
Soundgarden's Chris Cornell was spotted at the American Girl store in Los Angeles hanging out with Brad Pitt. Cornell's daughter Toni was celebrating her 6th birthday there, and Pitt brought his daughter Zahara to the party. [TMZ]

Bruce Springsteen Co-Stars in New Jersey Couple's Engagement Photos
A recently-engaged New Jersey couple were taking engagement photos on an inlet when they encountered a barefoot Bruce Springsteen strolling on the beach. Springsteen then took the man's guitar and sat for a few engagement photos. [ New York Daily News ]

Lil Wayne Posts New Letter From Prison
In a new letter, Lil Wayne reveals that he plays a lot of UNO, listens only to "slow jams and ESPN" and that he loves Eric Benet's "Sometimes I Cry." Weezy will be released from New York's Rikers Island in 35 days. [Weezy Thanx You]

Plus: Phil Collins tops UK album charts, Lady Gaga schedules more Monster Ball dates and more.

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Song Stories

“American Girl”

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers | 1976

It turns out that a single with "American" in its title--recorded on the Fourth of July during the nation's Bicentennial, no less--can actually sell better in Britain. Coupled with the Heartbreakers' flair for Byrds jangle and Animals hooks, though, is Tom Petty's native-Florida drawl that keeps this classic grounded at home. Petty dispelled rumors that the song was about a suicidal student, explaining that the inspiration came from when he was 25 and used to salute the highway traffic outside his apartment window. "It sounded like the ocean to me," he recalled. "That was my ocean. My Malibu. Where I heard the waves crash, but it was just the cars going by."

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