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Two of hip-hop’s biggest stars, Eminem and Jay-Z, took the stage earlier this week for a rare joint performance in L.A. — and the two were making headlines on their own, as well.Jay-Z announced the release date of his next album, Blueprint 3, and Em got some seemingly unexpected face time — okay, make that ass-to-face time — with comedian Sacha Baron Cohen at the MTV Movie Awards!

All these stories, plus the week’s best news, editors’ blogs, photo galleries, audio/video, and reviews, below.TOP STORIES:

Eminem, Jay-Z Share Stage at L.A. Party

Both MCs turn out the jams at the launch fest for the new DJ Hero video game. Click here for a review!Read >>PLUS:

  • Sacha Baron Cohen Sits on Eminem’s Face!Read >>
  • Eminem Confesses: I Was In On the MTV PrankRead >>
  • Jay-Z’s ‘Blueprint 3’ Out this SeptemberRead >>


Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman Perform Together in NYC

Check out 10 pics of the Dresden Dolls singer and the Coraline author performing together!Read >>PLUS:

  • Eminem and Jay-Z Rock L.A.Read >>


MTV Movie Awards: Samberg, K-Stew, Eminem and More

SPIN’s Phoebe Reilly riffs on the night’s six most amusing — and most appalling –moments.Read >>PLUS:

  • Jack White: Not Your Dad’s Rock StarRead >>


Watch: Kanye and Rihanna’s Comic Book Adventure

Plus: the hip-hop superstar talks about his next album. Click here for details!Read >>PLUS:

  • Pearl Jam Debut New Tune on ‘Tonight Show’Read >>
  • Sneak Peek: Metric Goofs Off, Find Their “Muse”Read >>
  • Watch: MGMT’s New “Kids” VideoRead >>
  • Watch: Lady GaGa’s “Paparazzi” VideoRead >>


New Pearl Jam Album Out This Fall

The alt-rock titans partner with Target for their next release. Click here for details!Read >>PLUS:

  • Trent Reznor Disses Marilyn MansonRead >>
  • New Arctic Monkeys Album Due in AugustRead >>
  • Paramore Totally Over ‘Twilight’Read >>
  • Rihanna Writing Chris Brown Dis Track with TrinaRead >>


Elvis Costello, Secret, Profane, Sugarcane

Caffeinated polymath pays visit to Nashville. Read >>PLUS:

  • Dave Matthews Band, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King (RCA)Read >>
  • Iggy Pop, Preliminaires (Astralwerks) Read >>
  • Rancid, Let the Dominoes Fall (Hellcat/Epitaph)Read >>
  • Taking Back Sunday, New Again (Warner Bros.) Read >>
  • Eels, Hombre Lobo (Vagrant)Read >>
  • Ryan Bingham, Roadhouse Sun (Lost Highway)Read >>