Toby Keith Not Turning 'How Do You Like Me Now?!' Into Campaign Slogan; Beyonce Swears She's Not a Screechy, Pitch-Impaired Singer



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Headlines: Toby Keith does not think he should've been (or should be) a politician. The outspoken country star has ruled out running for governor in his home state of Oklahoma - because, he says, "being a politician would mean (having) to get along with too many people.'' Also: "I couldn't deal with all the lies." ... That truly terrible recording of Beyonce supposedly singing live -- and without seemingly critical pitch correction -- on the "Today" show? "Completely ridiculous," says the singer. And totally altered, reports TMZ. Earlier this week, Howard Stern played what he said was an unedited board mix of Beyonce singing "If I Were a Boy" on the "Today" show. It was screechy and horribly off-key. But it was apparently a hoax. ... Phil Spector's biographer worries that Phil Spector might kill himself. ... Rod Stewart and Jeff Beck: Together again. ... Rolling Stone has severed its last tenuous link to San Francisco, where the magazine began publishing 42 years ago. ... Jill Scott has given birth to a baby boy, Jett. He's child No. 1 for the soul singer and star of "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency." ... Bob Marley's "One Love" is No. 1 on a list of the 100 greatest Jamaican songs from the past 50 years. Runner-up was "Oh Carolina" by the Folkes Brothers. Marley had nine of the Top 100 tunes. ... Rick Ross says 50 Cent is "finished." Oh, sure, there will be more 50 Cent albums, Ross says. But his sales will continue to slide. "He's had a nice run," Ross says of his rival. As for Ross himself: New album, "Deeper Than Rap," will enter the big Billboard chart at No. 1. ... Noel Gallagher says there won't be a new Oasis album for five years.

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