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    Watch Bjork's Electrified 'Thunderbolt' Video

    With Biophilia, Björk's eighth studio album, the Icelandic auteur is expanding the limits of the traditional LP, releasing 10 songs via an iPad app that combines music with science and technology (read a Q&A where she explains the idea here!). She's currently recreating Biophilia in the flesh with concert residencies around the globe and her new music video for "Thunderbolt," filmed during one of her recent sets, shows just how over-the-top the Biophilia concept is. With the experimental LP, Bjork hopes to teach listeners about different natural entities — "Moon," "Virus," "Solstice," "Crystalline" — and "Thunderbolt" resembles a children's science center come alive.

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    Janet Jackson's Super Bowl Nipplegate Finally Ends

    Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction" during her halftime performance at Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 will live forever in pop infamy, but Nipplegate is officially over as far as the U.S. legal system is concerned. A U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia ruled Wednesday that CBS does not have to pay $550,000 for her indecent exposure, Reuters reports. Now that would've been one very expensive strip tease. Following the incident, which was caused when Justin Timberlake accidentally (ahem) ripped off part of Jackson's bustier to expose her right breast to some 90 million viewers, CBS was fined $27,500 by each of the 20 stations it owns. Since '04, the case has bounced back and forth between the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, as the Federal Communications Commissions attempted to get CBS to pay up. However, the three-judge panel for Philly's 3rd U.S.

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    Q&A: How Badass Scott Weiland Became a Christmas Crooner

    If alt-rock bad boy Scott Weiland had sang, "I'm dreaming of a white Christmas" in the 1990s, he might have been arrested. But in 2011, the Stone Temple Pilots frontman is legitimately in the holiday spirit, and on his just-released holiday LP The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (preview it here), he teams with an orchestra and lays a suave croon over time-honored classics like "Silent Night," "Winter Wonderland," and, of course, "White Christmas." We called up the 44-year-old singer at his Los Angeles home to chat about merriment, getting booted from his junior high school choir, and what he wants for Christmas. Why record a Christmas album now, more than 20 years into your career?It's something I've wanted to do for a long time.

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    ?uestlove Explains How SPIN and Sufjan Inspired the Roots' 'undun'

    On December 6, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon house band, Philadelphia-bred hip-hop vets the Roots, will release undun, their 13th studio release and first concept album. We rang ?uestlove at 30 Rock, where he was hiding out in zoologist Jeff Musial's dressing room between rehearsals, to find out what the heck this album is actually about. Tell us about undun. Why do a conceptual LP now?It's funny: Back when SPIN chose the Top 20 records of 1999, there were only a few hip-hop entries and Goodie Mobb's World Party and Prince Paul's A Prince Among Thieves were among them. Being the obsessive quasi journalist that I am, I went out and listened to those records and dissected each one. I was pleasantly surprised by A Prince Among Thieves. It's a concept album with a narrative about a young man and his struggle in life.

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    Chris Martin's Quiet Riot

    On the morning of Saturday, October 15, Chris Martin went for a jog. He left the West Village apartment where he lives part-time (between his native London) with his wife of nearly eight years, Oscar-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow, and their two children, Apple, 7, and Moses, 5, and headed downtown. He ran past Wall Street, then up Broadway to Zuccotti Park, the epicenter of the Occupy Wall Street movement. There, as rallies against corporate greed raged in more than 900 cities, from Auckland to São Paulo to Berlin, he watched as thousands of protesters marched past police in riot gear toward Times Square.

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    Adele Scraps Remaining 2011 Plans to Undergo Throat Surgery

    Call her Chatty Cathy: British soul-pop sensation Adele has been forced to cancel all remaining concerts and appearances in 2011 so she can undergo throat surgery to repair a hemorrhaged vocal cord — which she damaged by talking too much offstage, the Guardian reports. Dr. Steven Zeitels, a Harvard professor and throat specialist who has treated Aerosmith's Steven Tyler for a similar condition, says the problem is not a serious threat to Adele's singing career. "It's very fixable, basically," he told Rolling Stone. "This is not something that's a deal breaker, even remotely." Adele recently admitted to the Sun that her love of chatter is to blame. "I damage my voice offstage, not onstage," she said. "Onstage I am fine as apparently I am technically great, but when I talk I damage my voice big time." No word yet on the surgery date.

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    Exclusive: Hear the Roots Toast 'To Life, Love & Loot'

    Late Night With Jimmy Fallon house band the Roots agreed to remix the theme song from Captain Morgan's latest TV commercial, but the Philadelphia-bred hip-hip vets handle "remixes" their own unique way — by completely reinterpreting and re-recording the track. The result? "To Life, Love & Loot," a spin on the rum company's tagline that drummer Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson says is "aggressive, hard, and primitive." Listen below, exclusively via SPIN. "They gave us free reign to experiment," ?uestlove tells SPIN of the track, which was recorded at Manhattan's Quad Studios. "We scaled the group down to half — it was just drums, guitar, and tuba. The extra surprise is that Tariq ["Black Thought" Trotter] is actually singing on the song." ?uestlove credits the band's ability to slip into pirate mode so easily to their gig on Late Night.

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    Exclusive: Preview Twilight Singers' New Live Album

    On Friday the Thirteenth of May 2011, ex-Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli and his band the Twilight Singers rocked New York City's Webster Hall with a spot-on set of fittingly sinister and noir-ish tunes. Bummed you couldn't make the gig or just want to relive the blissful chills? Worry not: The Singers recorded the set and are releasing it as Live In New York, their first live album, due November 15. SPIN has an exclusive preview — a stream of "Teenage Wristband" from 2003's Blackberry Belle. The 21-song gig spans the Twilight Singers' five-album, 11-year catalog, including tunes from their acclaimed 2011 effort Dynamite Steps.

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    Drake and Lil Wayne Team for Silky-Smooth Jam 'The Real Her'

    Drake and Lil Wayne are bona fide rappers, but, damn, they make one hell of an R&B song. "The Real Her," which may or may not be slated for Drake's upcoming Take Care, dropped online Friday and it's a silky-smooth, ethereal R&B jam reminiscent of Drake's fellow Torontonian the Weeknd. Download the song at the Smoking Section. Echoing vocals. Warped piano. Dripping effects. Spare beats. Drizzy crooning about a late night partying with a girl, who has clearly "done this before. This can't be your first time." It'll heat up your collar. Then Weezy enters. "To her I'm just a rapper," he slowly rhymes. No, Weezy, you so much more. He is — and not just an R&B smoothy. The 29-year-old Weezy recently spoke to GQ, saying that he hopes to quit the game by 35 to focus on another career: fatherhood. "The main reason is my kids," Weezy said of his upcoming retirement.

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    Exclusive: Preview Die Antwoord's Freaked-Out 'Tensions'

    South African rap-rave provocateurs Die Antwoord — the freaky duo who blew up in 2010 thanks to their oddball online videos, debut LP $O$, and a co-sign from M.I.A. — recently invited SPIN to preview five songs tentatively set for their upcoming second album, Tensions, due in January. What did we learn? If you thought "Enter the Ninja" was off the wall, Ninja and Yo-Landi Vi$$er are ready to blow your mind in whole new ways. Judging by the five tracks, Tensions is even freakier and more absurd (hilarious skits!), yet simultaneously smart and culturally relevant (they capture South Africa's tumultuous political mood in song). Die Antwoord credit the sound of Tensions to staying at home in Cape Town instead of moving to New York City or Los Angeles, as many industry types suggested.

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