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Plus: Nine Inch Nails Reissue Debut; Walkman Retired

October 24, 2010 11:01 AM ET

Nine Inch Nails Plan 'Pretty Hate Machine' Reissue
Althought it's one of the most influential albums of the late-Eighties, Nine Inch Nails' Pretty Hate Machine has also long been one of the most difficult to purchase, due to legal conflicts with TVT Records. Trent Reznor has finally remastered his debut album, and will reissue it on November 22nd. "It's been an interesting trip watching the fate of this record float from one set of hands to another (a long and depressing story) but it's finally wound up in friendly territory, allowing us to polish it up a bit and present it to you now," Reznor writes. "We had fun revisiting this old friend, hope you enjoy." [nin.com]

Sony Retires Cassette Walkmans
It was a nice three-decade run, but Sony has finally decided to end production on their cassette Walkman, the first low-price portable music player. The last Walkmans will be shipped out to retailers on April. The device isn't quite dead yet, though: Chinese manufacturers will distribute them in the U.S. [Mashable]

Beastie Boys Announce 'Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 2' Track List
The Beastie Boys have revealed the track list for their upcoming album, Hot Sauce Committee Pt 2 — and it's exactly the same as the reported track list for their "indefinitely delayed" Pt. 1. "I know it's weird and confusing, but at least we can say unequivocally that Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 is coming out on time, which is more than I can say about Part 1, and really is all that matters in the end," says Adam "MCA" Yauch. "We just kept working and working on various sequences for part 2, and after a year and half of spending days on end in the sequencing room trying out every possible combination, it finally became clear that this was the only way to make it work. Strange but true, the final sequence for Hot Sauce Committee Part 2 works best with all its songs replaced by the 16 tracks we originally had lined up in pretty much the same order we had them in for Hot Sauce Committee Part 1. So we've come full circle." The trio also relaunched their official website. [Press Release]

Kings of Leon Set U.K. Digital Chart Record
49,000 British fans downloaded Kings of Leon's new album Come Around Sundown as it debuted, giving the rockers the U.K. record for the most digital album sales in one week. The album is Number One on the British charts. [Billboard]

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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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