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Plus: Franz Ferdinand Returns; Bieber Tops YouTube

December 9, 2010 4:55 PM ET

Tonsillitis Postpones Glee Shoot
An outbreak of tonsillitis that felled several cast members caused Glee to postpone work on its post-Super Bowl episode on Friday, according to Entertainment Weekly. "In bed, hoping that medicine, soup, my computer and a marathon of movies will be the cure," the show's Dianna Agron wrote on her blog Friday. Work on the show is scheduled to resume on Monday. [Entertainment Weekly via MTV News]

Bieber, "Bed Intruder Song" Top YouTube's Year-End List
Justin Bieber's "Baby" and a musical rendering of Antoine Dodson's TV interview about an attempted rape against his sister were the most-viewed videos on YouTube this year, the site announced Monday. Bieber's video clocked some 406 million views, while Dodson's total — which includes two versions of the "Bed Intruder Song" — is over 61 million. [Associated Press]

Franz Ferdinand Play Surprise Show
Franz Ferdinand played a surprise gig at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival in England on Saturday night, although the band didn't debut any new material. Earlier in the day the group's Alex Kapranos and Nick McCarthy joined former Orange Juice singer Edwin Collins for two songs during his set; Collins was backed by Teenage Fanclub, which meant three generations of Scottish indie-rock were briefly on the stage. [NME]

Rihanna Duets With X Factor Winner
Rihanna was a good luck charm for Matt Cardle on Britain's X Factor over the weekend: The pair sang a version of Rihanna's "Unfaithful" together on Saturday night, and Cardle was declared the winner on Sunday. [Entertainment Weekly]

Henry and Glenn Forever Celebrate "Anti-Christmas"
The fictitious cartoon adventures of Henry [Rollins] and Glenn [Danzig] Forever continue with an "Anti-Christmas" episode this year, also featuring Hall & Oates. [Dangerous Minds via The Daily Swarm]

Plus: Diddy Gives Song to T.I.; 'Idol' Covers Beatles

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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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