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    Who Charted? Taylor Swift Is Back on Top as Ke$ha Creeps in From Below

    First! Taylor Swift's record-smashing Red climbs back to the top to rack up a fourth (non-consecutive) week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200. She sold 167,000 copies of her fourth album last week, according to Nielsen SoundScan. We'd like to believe that about, oh, I dunno, maybe 55 percent of that came from SPIN giving Red the No. 38 slot on our Best Albums of 2013 list. Figuring in the No. 1 time logged by her two previous albums, TaySwif has now sat atop the big 10 for a total of 21 weeks. That means that in the 21 years that Nielsen has been keeping track of such things, she's only been bested on that count by three people: Garth Brooks (54 weeks), Eminem (29 weeks) and Adele (24 weeks for 21 alone). She is currently tied for fourth with Whitney Houston and Jay-Z. Insert "O" face here.

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    MNDR's 'Feed Me Diamonds' Pays Homage in Drag to Marina Abramovíc

    Sometimes SPIN fashion correspondent and occasional political essayist MNDR released a great record this year — "a really ill techno record," to be precise — and its titular track is at last getting the video treatment it deserves. "Feed Me Diamonds" is everything that Rihanna's "Diamonds" is not: a smart melding of pop and electronic production, empathy-inducing in its somber balladry, sung well, about death. It's a very layered and very dramatic song, as Amanda Warner herself told us over the summer, and thus requires a complex and poignant visual storyline to go with it. In the new clip, which premiered over at Perez, we witness a day in the life of a drag queen's transformation from svelte adonis to curvy goddess as he prepares to perform "Feed Me Diamonds" to an intimate club.

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    Krist Novoselic Reveals Paul McCartney-Led Nirvana Reunion Will Launch 'Heavy' New Song

    Krist Novoselic has not only confirmed the Paul McCartney-fronted Nirvana reunion via Twitter, but revealed some promising details of what to expect:It is a new song that's kind of Helter Skelter meets Scentless Apprentice. It rocks with a heavy groove. St. Paul is powerful. @pontifex— Krist Novoselic (@KristNovoselic) December 12, 2012For those in need of catching up, London tabloid The Sun set off a media firestorm this morning when it announced that this unusual (but forecasted to be awesome) supergroup would be performing at the "12-12-12: Concert for Sandy Relief" tonight at New York's Madison Square Garden. Also, "Helter Skelter" is, duh, a furious proto-metal song by, um, the Beatles which greatly inspired Charles Manson's murder conspiracies.

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    Widowspeak Enter Tough but Pretty 'Dark Age'

    As goes the Widowspeak lore, singer Molly Hamilton was once so shy that she'd have to leave the room while the rest of the band listened to what she'd recorded. But 2011's self-titled debut for Captured Tracks was a brightly blooming affair, and the Brooklyn-based group's upcoming follow-up LP, Almanac, due January 22, finds Hamilton farther out in front of Widowspeak's beautifully ethereal dream fuzz. We heard the gleaming "Ballad of the Golden Hour" last month, and are now pleased to share "The Dark Hour," a tough but pretty grinder in the tradition of Warpaint or 2:54. While the atmosphere and drive leave nothing to be desired, it's all about the guitars on this one: the jangly acoustic, the lithe shredder, and those colorful little bursts of African highlife coming through.

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    Watch Toro y Moi Drift Through 'So Many Details'

    When he's not making soul-kissed house music as Les Sins or producing tracks for his bromance buddy Tyler, the Creator, Chaz Bundick has this little thing called Toro y Moi that happens to have a new album coming out on January 22. Anything in Return is shaping up to be another very solid installment in the chillwave innovator's excellent catalog (see 2011's Underneath the Pine). The first taste, single "So Many Details," arrived in October and, as our own Marc Hogan put it, Bundick is "confidently reclaiming — and refining, and advancing — the hazy, intimate-feeling electro-R&B sound that made the Toro y Moi name." We now have a video to go with that heartbroken track, and it finds our hero looking appropriately despondent despite the fact that he's surrounded with many of life's finer things. But the car, the countryside, the incredible home ...

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    Fucked Up 'Step Up' for Choreography-Intense 'Inside a Frame' Video

    A year ago at this time, we were curling up by the fire to watch Toronto hardcore revisionists Fucked Up thrash their way through "Jingle Bells." Oh, and we were putting them on our cover to celebrate the fact that they made the Best Album of 2011 with David Comes to Life.

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    The Knife's New Album 'Shaking the Habitual' Due Spring 2013

    This morning, after over a year of silence, revered Swedish electronicists the Knife shared an appropriately enigmatic teaser trailer for what fans could only assume was a new album. SPIN can confirm that there is indeed a new album on the way — it's due spring 2013, and will be called Shaking the Habitual, according to the group's label Mute. (Pitchfork reports the record will be out April 9 and the duo will tour Europe on yet-to-be-announced dates.) Also, last we checked, via Dazed Digital, Light Asylum's Shannon Funchess is set to appear on one song. Though at the time, she said the new record would be out September 2012.The Knife's members — brother and sister Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer — haven't been entirely inactive since their last studio album, 2006's intensely infuential Silent Shout (see: Purity Ring, Kate Boy, Sky Ferreira, et al.).

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    Karen O, Arcade Fire, Beck, Fiona Apple, and Rick Ross Make Oscars Best Song Short List

    Coming in at 75 songs and including such stinkers as Owl City's "When Can I See You Again?" (Wreck-It Ralph) and Holladay's "Never Had" (10 Years), the Oscars 2012 short list for "Best Original Song" isn't exactly the tidy thing one might hope for. Nevertheless, there are a handful of happy inclusions worth mentioning. Our favorite might just be "The Baddest Man Alive" by the Black Keys and RZA for The Man With the Iron Fists, but Fiona Apple's jagged This Is 40 contribution, "Dull Tool," offers tough competition.

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    Prince Rama Throw a Populist Dance Party in 'So Destroyed' Video

    As Jessica Hopper explained in her review for Prince Rama's 2011 LP Trust Now, the Brooklyn-based psych-rock duo represent "the real sound of witch house, which is to say they sound like serious witches — impossibly high, fluttery voices singing mystic incantations over pulsing, six-minute jams that gun for another astral plane." They not only reach that hypnotic high with new song "So Destroyed," but cast their spell over a handful of fans who contribute their own trippy dance moves to the corresponding video. Member Nimai Larson edited together the clip using common folks' submissions, and the results are as varying in style and ability as one might expect. One woman dances with her cat. Another does cartwheels on the side wall of her room (see it to believe), other folks boogie on a rooftop, and one guy struts across a bar-top.

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    Big Boi and Kelly Rowland Bring DayGlo 'Mama Told Me' to 'The View'

    There's never a dull moment on the just-out second solo LP from Big Boi, Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, and the same could be said for the life cycle of his Kelly Rowland collab, "Mama Told Me." First, it seemed as if Little Dragon's Yuki Nagano would be the guest. And then the former Destiny's Child star was confirmed for the spot. Next, we got to see the pair doing the song in a neon-dipped music video featuring a dancing pyramid with legs, and now we can watch Sir Lucious Left Foot and Miss Rowland perform their ebullient synth-popped Prince tribute on The View. Whew. While co-host Sherri Shepherd might have preferred an appearance from the Purple One himself, these two did a bang-up job bringing their song to life with assistance from a five-piece backing band and a whole lot of disorienting colorful projections.

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