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More Top Stories: Kenny Chesney, Daft Punk, Mario

October 1, 2010 11:08 AM ET

Kenny Chesney on Track for Number One Album
Kenny Chesney's new album Hemingway's Whiskey will sell an estimated 180,000 to 200,000 copies in its first week, more than enough to grab the top spot on the Billboard 200. It will be Chesney's sixth number one album. Lil Wayne's digital-only I Am Not a Human Being will likely land in second place. [Press Release]

Daft Punk to Cameo in 'Tron'?
In addition to providing the score for the upcoming Tron: Legacy, the dance-music duo Daft Punk will also reportedly cameo in the film. The group, or at least two people donning the their trademark helmets, were seen briefly triggering "digital fireworks" during a 23-minute preview reel screened by Walt Disney Studios. [ Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex]

Mario Arrested for Assault
R&B singer Mario was arrested in Baltimore this morning and charged with 2nd degree assault after an alleged confrontation with his own mother. He was released on $24,000 bail. [TMZ]

Campaign to Make John Cage Number One
Last year, a Facebook campaign led by a British man helped make Rage Against the Machine's "Killing in the Name" the UK's numberoOne Christmas single, ending a streak of X Factor winners. This year, John Cage's experimental piece "4'33"," which is essentially four minutes and 33 seconds of silence, is being championed in a campaign called Cage Against the Machine. [The Guardian]

Plus: Sade plans her first North American tour in a decade, Dee Snider joins Rock of Ages 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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