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News’s Best of the Week, November 10-16


It was a baffling week, one filled with plenty of love and hate. For a little help understanding we turned to the stars.

Sure, Jay-Z (Sagittarius) and President-Elect Barack Obama (Leo) bonded over a new The Blueprint 3 track, which is characteristic for the two signs.

But there were plenty perplexing contradictions: Paramore’s Hayley Williams (Capricorn) professed her undying love for Twilight character Edward (Gemini) — but a quick look to the stars suggests Hayley might want to steer clear of those fangs.

Okay, so maybe we’re not so good at this astrology thing — but we still have the week’s top stories, video and MP3 goodies, and reviews. Check ’em out below.


  • Paramore’s Hayley Williams: “I’m In Love With a Vampire”
    The pop-punk siren talks Twilight and the inspiration behind “Decode.” Find out her favorite character, and watch the video! READ>>
  • Ryan Adams, Oasis: The Musical Feuds End!
    Finally, rockers quash the beef and play nice.Among them: Oasis, Ryan Adams, Kings of Leon, Justin Timberlake, and Kanye West. READ>>
  • Jay-Z Leaks New Song to Celebrate Obama Win
    Hear “We Made History,” a track featuring R&B crooner Tony Williams that’s rumored to be on Hova’s forthcoming album, The Blueprint 3. READ>>
  • Bloc Party: “Sex Pistols’ John Lydon is the Devil”
    Click here to read frontman Kele Okereke’s rant! READ>>
  • Kanye West: “MTV Europe Music Awards Were Fixed!”
    The hip-hop star alleges that awards are given out based on attendance. READ>>
  • Razorlight’s Johnny Borrell: “The Haters Won’t Win!”
    But the haters have some really, really funny things to say. Read what the U.K. press is saying about Razorlight, and Borrell’s retorts! READ>>
  • “Why I Hate Katy Perry”
    The Christian music girl gone wild has a lot of fans — and I can’t figure out why, says SPIN’s Ellen Carpenter. READ>>


  • Hendrix Experience Drummer Mitch Mitchell Found Dead
    The legendary sticksman was discovered in a Portland, OR hotel room. Click here for details. READ>>
  • T-Pain, Busta, Luda, and Diddy Throw Down in NYC
    The auto-tune misfit honors the release of his new album, Thr33 Rings, with a rambunctious Manhattan party. READ>>
  • Exclusive Photos: Madonna Live in Las Vegas!
    Click here to see the Material Girl in lingerie and top hat at the MGM Grand. READ>>

Editors’ Blog:

  • Lil Wayne, Kid Rock and Country Music’s Seemingly Eternal Color Line
    Don’t let the green grass fool you: Country music, as represented at this week’s CMAs, lacks change we can believe in. READ>>
  • In Defense of Tender Man Love
    Devendra Banhart and friends make a case for male sensitivity and friendship in Barack Obama’s America, says SPIN’s Abigail Everdell. READ>>
  • Nickelback Is Not for Me
    It’s okay to shy away from a pop phenomenon and not feel like a snob. SPIN’s David Marchese shows you how. READ>>
  • Danny Boyle’s Greatest Hits
    As his latest, Slumdog Millionaire, rakes in laudatory reviews, we revisit the Trainspotting director’s best moments. READ>>


  • Video + Exclusive Stream: Decemberists’ Colin Meloy Explains ‘Record Year’
    Click here to hear an unreleased B-side and watch the Portland, OR, singer-songwriter talk about the song’s meaning, creation, and history.READ>>
  • Hear it Now! Eddie Vedder and Sleater-Kinney Singer Collaborate
    The Northwest stars team for an album inspired by X vet John Doe. Click here to listen! READ>>
  • Exclusive Stream: 16-Song Cure Tribute Album
    Hear full tracks celebrating the Brit goth stars by Wedding Present, Rosebuds, Brunettes, Submarines, and many more. READ>>
  • Exclusive Download: Brand New Music from Riverboat Gamblers
    Their new album won’t be out until March 2009, so download a song from the SPIN-approved Texas punks right now! READ>>
  • Conor Oberst Debuts New Tune on Conan
    Watch the bright-eyed troubadour and his Mystic Valley Band play an unreleased song onLate Night with Conan O’Brien. READ>>
  • First Look: The Raconteurs’ New Video
    Watch now: Jack White and Co. tap rock shutterbug Autumn de Wilde to craft the mirror-image treatment for “Old Enough.” READ>>


  • Los Campesinos!, We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed (Arts&Crafts) READ>>
  • T-Pain, Thr33 Ringz (Jive) READ>>
  • Love Is All, A Hundred Things Keep Me Up At Night (What’s Your Rupture?) READ>>
  • The Bronx, The Bronx (III) (White Drugs/Stay Platinum/Original Signal) READ>>
  • Blue Sky Black Death, Slow Burning Lights (Babygrande) READ>>
  • Free Blood, The Singles (Rong/DFA) READ>>

PLUS: The best of last week.