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News’s Best of the Week, January 12-18


It’s freezing outside, but here at HQ we’re combating frostbite with hot new tracks courtesy of our favorite artists, including Justin Timberlake, Neil Young, the Decemberists, and Kelly Clarkson, all of which were unveiled just this week. Throw in news about Metallica, Lil Wayne, and Ryan Adams, and 2009 is shaping up to be a pretty hot year — take that Old Man Winter!

Check out these songs, plus the week’s top news stories, videos, Editor’s Blogs, and reviews below!HOT NEW SONGS:

Justin Timberlake’s New Song

Click here for “Bigger Than the World,” a guitar-led track produced by Timbaland! Read >>PLUS:

  • Free Download: M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel Read >>
  • First Listen: The Decemberists Read >>
  • First Listen: Neil Young Read >>
  • First Listen: Kelly Clarkson Read >>


Do Metallica and Run-DMC Deserve Rock Hall?

SPIN’s David Marchese rates the nine 2009 Rock Hall of Fame inductees. Read >>PLUS:

  • Kelly Clarkson: Is Her New Music Any Good? Read >>
  • Should Retailers Sell Racist Hate Music? Read >>


Exclusive: Living Things Debut 2 Songs

Only on — the garage rockers perform two new tunes off their upcoming album. Read >>PLUS:

  • First Look: New Oasis Documentary Read >>
  • All-American Rejects in the Studio Read >>
  • Exclusive: All-Star Rockers Cover BeatlesRead >>

NEWS:’s Guide to Presidential Inauguration Concerts

Click here for details on all the hot shows in Washington, DC, from Bruce Sprinsteen to Jay-Z. Read >>PLUS:

  • Metallica Picked for Rock Hall of Fame! Read >>
  • Lil Wayne, Coldplay to Perform at Grammy Awards Read >>
  • Ryan Adams Plans To Quit Music Read >>
  • Pavement Reunion: “If the Price is Right” Read >>


Late of the Pier, Fantasy Black Channel

Synth-rock Brits usher in new wave of ridiculous haircuts.Read >>PLUS:

  • Franz Nicolay, Major General (Fistolo) Read >>