Chris Zakorchemny

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    Rihanna Talks About Chris Brown Assault

    Rihanna is breaking her silence. For the first time, she will speak on camera about her assault by R&B singer Chris Brown. The interview will air on ABC during Thursday and Friday's Good Morning America at 7 A.M. and Friday's 20/20 at 10 P.M. In excerpts of the interview with Diane Sawyer posted on ABC's website, Rihanna says she was especially hurt by the situation because Brown was "definitely my first love." After word had spread about the attack, she says her life was magnified like never before. The 21 year-old singer also opened up to Glamour Magazine (via MTV) for their December issue, lamenting the overwhelming media coverage that followed her assault. "I went to bed as Rihanna and woke up as Britney Spears," she says. "It was like, 'What, there are helicopters circling my house? There are 100 people in my cul-de-sac?

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    EXCLUSIVE: Person L's Awesome First Single

    At age 25, most musicians would feel lucky to have made it once. Kenneth Vasoli hopes to do it twice. After three albums and loads of touring, his band -- the successful pop-punk quintet the Starting Line -- decided to go on hiatus in 2008 so its members could pursue new exploits. Vasoli was back home in suburban Philadelphia, writing songs in his basement. A four-minute burst of creativity and one guitar hook was all the spark he needed to put the Starting Line behind him and to forge ahead with his new band, Person L. The resulting song, "Untitled," is available for download below. "I go through this thing every few years where I feel like I need to stir the pot of my life and swirl everything around so I can't recognize it any more," Vasoli tells SPIN.com.

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    WATCH: Weezer + Meester = Weester?

    Weezer sure have a penchant for odd collaborations. They invited Gossip Girl Leighton Meester onstage during their NYC Halloween show to perform their Ratitude hit "(If You're Wondering if I Want You To) I Want You To." The move comes after a string of recent Ratitude couplings, where the band has reached out to the likes of Lil Wayne and Kenny G. Check out the video below, as Cuomo and Meester trade lead vocals. The Telletubbies rocking in the crowd seem to be enjoying it. Meester actually has a music career of her own; she released a single featuring Robin Thicke earlier this year. So maybe this live collaboration is a sign of future collaborations between the two. Hey, you never know with Weezer. The crowd seems to be pretty into it. And after the performance, Meester tweeted, "Holy shit. @riverscuomo is perfection in a bottle." Radical Weezer awesomeness?

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    WATCH: Lou Barlow Covers La Roux!

    For more than 25 years, Lou Barlow has been a prolific songwriter with a wide range of sounds and influences, whether it's the grunge of Dinosaur Jr. or the experimental folk of his Sebadoh project. But who knew the 43-year-old rock vet took recommendations from his four-year-old daughter? Barlow recently stopped by SPIN's Manhattan offices to play two new songs from his debut solo album, Goodnight Unknown (out now via Merge), and a cover of his daughter's favorite song: La Roux's "Bullet Proof." "We have on demand videos... and when we're really bored I just go through the videos and see what she likes," Barlow explained of watching TV with his daughter. "She really likes Lady Gaga, which is great, because I like Lady Gaga, too.

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    DOWNLOAD: The Lawrence Arms' Exclusive Bonus Track!

    Chicago trio the Lawrence Arms' rowdy fist-pumping tunes have made them a staple on the punk scene over the past decade. And while "Demons," a track from their upcoming Buttsweat & Tears EP (out Oct. 27 via Fat Wreck Chords), is a bit more straightforward rock'n'roll than most of their last record, it's no pushover by any means.

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    U2's 360 Tour Returns to U.S. in June!

    There's no end on the horizon for Bono and the gang: U2 are taking their 360° Tour back to North American soil for 12 gigs in 2010, kicking off June 6 in Anaheim, CA, and moving through Canada to the East Coast before wrapping up July 19 in New Jersey. The big-budget tour features their now-famous four-legged, 164-foot tall "Claw" and a 360° video screen -- among other elements that send each show's production costs over $750,000. Full tour dates are below. Can't wait until next summer?

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    WATCH: Lily Allen Kidnaps Elton John!

    When it comes to feuds with other pop stars, Lily Allen is relentless. And now, a year after publicly cat-fighting with Elton John at the GQ Man Of The Year Honors show, the 24-year-old diva has kidnapped the "Rocket Man" singer... well, sort of. In Allen's new video for "Who'd Have Known" (watch below), a track off her latest album, It's Not You, It's Me, the fashion-forward songstress transforms into an obsessed groupie who wants the piano man all for herself. So, Allen, who's no stranger to having her way, locks Mr. John in a limo and drives him to her flat, where she ties up the squirmy Brit and force-feeds him pizza. Yum! But Luckily for Mr. John's safety and Allen's rap sheet, the victim is a stand in! "Are you mine?

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    Paul McCartney Releases Live Set Tracklist

    Nearly 40 years after the Beatles split, they're having a true renaissance. First came last month's remastering of their entire catalogue -- and now Paul McCartney has released the tracklist for his live DVD, double-album set recorded during his 2009 summer shows at the New York Mets' Citi Field.The 33-song, three-hour set, covering tunes from his entire career, streets November 23. Included in the package are Beatles classics like "Blackbird" and "Lady Madonna," along with Wings hits like "Band on the Run," and more from McCartney's post-Beatles career. See the complete tracklist below. The Citi Field gigs were a return visit for McCartney, who played the first-ever concert at the Mets old ballpark, Shea Stadium, as a member of the Beatles in 1965.

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    DOWNLOAD: Vampire Weekend's New Single!

    New York's Polo-sporting pop masters Vampire Weekend are back, and they're dipping their ladle even deeper into a mishmash of cross-cultural influences on "Horchata," the first official release from their forthcoming sophomore set, Contra (out Jan. 12 via XL Recordings). The song is available as a free download right here. The track is a total globetrotter, both sonically and lyrically. Ezra Koenig's reverb-drenched vocals lead a bubbly brew of sub-Saharan rhythms, marimbas, flutes, strings, and tabla-esque percussion -- plus name-checks of fruity Latino beverages (horchata, aranciata), Holy Land sites (Masada), and beachy images of sandals and pincher crabs. Decidedly missing: audible guitars.

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    WATCH: Wale Rocks the Mic at SPIN HQ

    Baseball's Nationals are cellar dwellers, basketball's Wizards finished in last place, and football's Redskins seem destined for a tough year, but our Nation's Capital has produced one winner in 2009: Rapper Wale, fresh off his breakout spot fronting the house band at this month's MTV Video Music Awards. The self-proclaimed "Ambassador of Rap for the Capital" made the trip up I-95 to introduce us to three songs from his long-awaited, SPIN-approved debut, Attention: Deficit, out Nov. 3 on Interscope: the go-go-influenced "Breakdown," the summer mixtape staple "Nike Boots," and the "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye"-sampling track "Chillin'." We don't need to tell you it's catchy. Just listen to it! The album features production by Mark Ronson, TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, 9th Wonder, Cool and Dre, and other cutting-edge beatmakers.

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