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Plus: Beyonce Not Pregnant, Lady Gaga Cancels in France

October 21, 2010 6:45 AM ET

Beyoncé Not Pregnant, Says Mom
Contrary to reports that Beyoncé and husband Jay-Z are expecting their first child, B"s mother Tina Knowles appeared on Ellen yesterday to say that rumors of her daughter's pregnancy are "not true." [TMZ]

Kings of Leon, Sugarland Battle for 'Billboard 200' Top Spot
Sugarland's new album The Incredible Machine is expected to edge out Kings of Leon's Come Around Sundown for the Number One spot on next week's Billboard 200. Forecasters predict Incredible Machine will sell in the 220,000 range, about 30,000 more than Come Around Sundown, which would prevent the Followill clan from scoring their first-ever Number One. [ Billboard ]

Lady Gaga's Paris Concert Postponed By Strikes
Transportation concerns stemming from a refinery worker's strike in France have forced Lady Gaga to postpone two concerts from this weekend. The shows will now happen in December. [Lady Gaga]

Far*East Movement Take Number One on Hot 100
It took 10 weeks and several Number Two finishes, but the Far*East Movement's "Like a G6" finally captured the Number One spot on the Billboard Hot 100. The band become the first artist since D4L and 2006's "Laffy Taffy" to take the top spot with their first charting single. [Billboard.biz]

Sirius XM Launches Pearl Jam Station
To celebrate Pearl Jam's 20th anniversary, happening on October 22nd, Sirius XM will launch a station dedicated to the Seattle rockers. It will kick off with a broadcast of Pearl Jam's 10th anniversary show in Las Vegas on October 22nd, 2000, plus highlights from the band's first-ever concert at Seattle's Off Camp Café on October 22nd, 1990. The station will also feature unreleased music from the band's personal music library, tracks from their solo projects, their greatest hits and more. [Press Release]

Plus: Smashing Pumpkins plan new EP, White Stripes single sells for $18,000 and more.

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“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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