News \’s Best of the Week

Lady Gaga meets the Queen, while Rivers Cuomo recovers from bus-crash injuries. Plus: Eminem, Smashing Pumpkins, and more.

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // December 12, 2009

This week, Lady Gaga performed for — and met! — the Queen of England, Rivers Cuomo suffered serious injuries in a bus crash, Eminem discussed his withdrawal from drugs, and the Smashing Pumpkins debuted an epic new track.

Plus, SPIN premiered our Best of ’09 coverage, including the 20 Best Songs, the 40 Best Albums, and 10 Albums You Might Have Missed in 2009.

These stories, plus the week’s top news, audio/video, and live reviews, below.

top Stories

Lady Gaga Meets the Queen of England! Pop visionary channels Salvador Dali, tones down theatrics in performance for the Brit royals.Read >>Plus

  • Update: Rivers Recovering from Weezer Bus CrashRead >>
  • Eminem: Drug Withdrawal Tainted ‘Relapse’Read >>
  • REVIEW: Smashing Pumpkins’ New SongRead >>


Flight of the Conchords’ HBO Series Canceled “We won’t be returning for a third season,” the New Zealand comedy duo says of their eponymous sitcom.Read >>Plus

  • Karen O’s ‘Wild Things’ Song Scores Grammy NodRead >>
  • Beastie Boy “Feeling Fine” After Cancer BattleRead >>
  • Metric, Tegan & Sara, Badu Play Lilith FairRead >>
  • Lenny Kravitz Not Replacing Steven Tyler in AerosmithRead >>
  • Gym Class Heroes Recording New AlbumRead >>


LISTEN: Fall Out Boy Drummer’s New Project Andy Hurley forms Burning Empires. Check out their heavy, politically-charged song! Read >>Plus

  • WATCH: Kristen Stewart Talks Music in ’09Read >>
  • Another Single From Lil Wayne’s ‘Rebirth’ Leaks Read >>
  • Portishead Release Stunning New SongRead >>


Tori Amos Celebrates the Season at SPIN At an intimate, private show, the piano goddess elegantly reimagines the holiday spirit. Read >>Plus

  • Cool Kids Invade Damon Dash’s Basement!Read >>
  • Frank Black & Friends Rock L.A. Benefit ConcertRead >>


Animal Collective, Fall Be Kind Album-of-the-year makers issue hazy yet solid EP. Read >>Plus

  • Alicia Keys, The Element of Freedom (J)Read >>
  • Snoop Dogg, Malice N Wonderland (EMI)Read >>