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SPIN’s Best of the Week

Paramore's next album, R.E.M.'s new song, and Lil Wayne's first post-prison release. Plus: Prince, Best of 2010, and more!

SPIN iconSPIN Staff // December 18, 2010

This week, Paramore talked about their next album, Lil Wayne dropped his first post-prison song, and R.E.M. gave fans the first taste of their March record with a free download. Meanwhile, Prince kicked off his first tour in four years, Kanye West dropped a bold Christmas jam, and SPIN posted more year-end goodies.

These stories plus the week’s top news, audio/video, and concert and album reviews, below:

TOP STORIES 25 Artists We Love Pick the Year’s Best MusicWeezer, Florence and the Machine, Robyn, Girl Talk, Vampire Weekend, and more on the year’s best albums and songs. Read

  • SPIN’s 20 Best Photos of 2010 Read
  • Free Download! 16 Tracks From SPIN’s Best of 2010 Issue Read
  • Hear It: Lil Wayne’s First Post-Prison Track Read
  • Thurston Moore Taps Beck for Solo LP Read
  • FREE DOWNLOAD: First Song from R.E.M. Album! Read
  • Prince Kicks Off ‘Welcome 2 America’ Tour Read

NEWS Coldplay Recording Concept Album with Brian EnoBrit rockers teaming up with the super producer for album about “two like-minded outsiders.” Read

  • Neil Diamond, Tom Waits Score Rock Hall Inductions Read
  • Diddy Talks Dirty Money, Sex, and Twittermania Read
  • Ronnie Spector Rates Best Coast, She & Him + More! Read
  • Eminem Set to Star in New Movie Read
  • Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Talk New LP Read

PHOTO GALLERIES 10 Best Albums You Might Have Missed This YearFIND NEW MUSIC: These lesser known records are some of our favorites from 2010. View

  • The 10 Best Video Games of 2010 View
  • All Access: Death Cab for Cutie View
  • Exclusive! On the Road With Grinderman View

AUDIO/VIDEO Hear It: Kanye’s R-Rated Christmas AnthemThe rapper gets in a loving mood on his hot new song “Christmas in Harlem.” Read

  • WATCH: Jeff Tweedy Pays Tribute to John Lennon Read
  • WATCH: Hour-Long Florence + Machine Live Set! Read
  • EXCLUSIVE: fun. Cover Queen’s ‘Radio Gaga’ Read
  • WATCH: Ferrell and Reilly’s Hilarious Bowie Parody Read
  • Hear It: Iron and Wine’s Glossy Pop Ballad Read
  • WATCH: Robyn Rocks Nobel Peace Prize Show Read
  • WATCH: Broken Social Scene’s Oil-Wrestling Video! Read

IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHT Rammstein Set New York City AblazeGerman industrial act play first U.S. show in nearly a decade, set their pyro to 11. Read

  • Florence, Pumpkins, Black Keys Rock KROQ Xmas Read
  • Inside SPIN’s Year in Music Party Read
  • Peaches Debuts Her G-Rated ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ Read

REVIEWS R. Kelly, Love Letter (Jive)R&B’s freaky Pied Piper embraces tried-and-true approach, reclaims dignity. Read

  • Ryan Adams and the Cardinals, III/IV (Pax Am)Read
  • Michael Jackson, Michael (Epic) Read