SPIN's Best of the Week

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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
Plus:

  • 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
Plus:

  • 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
Plus:

  • 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
Plus:

  • 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
Plus:

  • 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
Plus:

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