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August 26, 2010 11:07 AM ET

Keith Richards, Jay-Z to Discuss Memoirs at New York Public Library
Jay-Z and the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards will talk about their much-anticipated autobiographies at a pair of discussions at the New York Public Library this fall. Richards will talk about his Life on October 29th while Jay-Z dishes on his Decoded on November 15th. Purchase tickets for both discussions here. [NYPL]

More Jay-Z: Rapper Strikes Merchandise Deal With New York Yankees
Jay-Z and the Yankees will release co-branded merchandise, from baseball caps to T-shirts, to coincide with the rappers show at Yankees Stadium on September 13th and 14th. [AP]

Kanye West, Suge Knight Fail to Meet Settlement Over Shooting
Suge Knight's lawsuit against Kanye West will likely go to trial after a mediation failed to produce a settlement between the two. Knight seeks damages of $1 million after getting shot at a 2005 Miami party hosted by West. [ Billboard]

Chris Brown 'Doing a Great Job' With Probation
The judge overseeing Chris Brown's probation — which stems from his assault on Rihanna — noted Brown's commitment to his obligations, telling the singer he's "doing a great job" of working toward completing his community service and counseling program obligations. [ The Hollywood Reporter]

Experience Hendrix Tour Plots Second Leg
The Experience Hendrix Tour, which features Steve Vai, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph and Band of Gypsys' Buddy Cox playing the music of Jimi Hendrix, has announced a second leg for 2010. The new dates include the tour's first performances in Canada. [Blabbermouth]

Cee-Lo Cleans Up "Fuck You" For Radio
Cee-Lo's viral hit "Fuck You" might be a last-minute contender for song of the summer — if its lyrics didn't keep it off radio. Cee-Lo will sensibly release an edited version of the track, dubbed "Forget You," in the fall. Videos for both "Fuck You" and "Forget You" are currently in production. [All Hip Hop]

John Mayer Lashes Out at Huffington Post
John Mayer has gone after the Huffington Post for suggesting that he might have announced hopes for a reconciliation with Jennifer Aniston from the stage at a gig in Los Angeles. "This is equal parts fabricated, cobbled together and misleading," Mayer wrote. E! Online, however, was the source of the story, not HuffPo. [JhnMyr Tumblr]

American Idol Denies Use of Auto-Tune
As Simon Cowell's British singing competition The X Factor finds itself embroiled in an Auto-Tune scandal, the producers of American Idol, Cowell's former show, have sworn they've never employed the pitch-correcting software. "We have never, nor would we ever, use Auto-Tuning during the American Idol competition," AI producers said. [ Billboard]

Plus: Rihanna plots new single, Jimmy Page's autobiography comes with a huge price tag 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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