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News’s Best of the Week


In a week when the big news was the death of Michael Jackson, some of music’s biggest stars were still making headlines: Chris Brown pled guilty to assaulting Rihanna, Marilyn Manson discussed $200K drug budgets, and Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.Am’s entourage exchanged words — and, allegedly, fists — with gossip blogger Perez Hilton. The Beastie Boys and Paramore even announced new albums for September release.

These stories, plus the week’s top news, photo galleries, audio/video, and reviews, below.TOP STORIES:

Q&A: Marilyn Manson

Our epic chat with rock’s oversharing provocateur covers ex-girlfriend Evan Rachel Wood, $200K drug budgets, self-harm, and much (much!) more.Read >>PLUS:

  • Chris Brown Agrees to Plea DealRead >>
  • Will.i.Am vs. Perez Hilton in Assault DisputeRead >>
  • Paramore Announce Album DetailsRead >>
  • New Beastie Boys Album Due in SeptemberRead >>


The 10 Worst Movie Songs Ever!

From Aerosmith to Diddy/Page and MC Hammer, SPIN editors pick the most painful blockbuster tunes to hit the Cineplex. Click here to see our list! Read >>NEWS:

Eminem, Flaming Lips, Jane’s Addiction Headline New Orleans Fest

D12, Silversun Pickups, and the Black Keys will also play at the Voodoo Experience this fall. Click here for more! Read >>PLUS:

  • The Killers to Release Covers AlbumRead >>
  • Blink-182, Weezer, Franz Ferdinand Play Free Festival!Read >>
  • Sunny Day Real Estate Reunite!Read >>


Watch: Green Day’s “21 Guns” Music Video!

The Bay Area punks combine firepower with hot and heavy smooching in their brand new clip. Watch here!Read >>PLUS:

  • Watch: The Roots Debut New Tune on ‘Late Night’Read >>
  • Welcome to Lily Allen’s Strange WorldRead >>
  • Watch: Jet’s Dizzying ‘Teen Wolf’ VideoRead >>
  • Watch: 50 Cent’s Sensitive Slow JamRead >>


The Mars Volta, Octahedron’

Duo reinjects soulful noise into interstellar freakouts.Read >>PLUS:

  • The Gossip, ‘Music for Men’ (Columbia)Read >>
  • Regina Spektor, ‘Far’ (Sire) Read >>
  • Dinosaur Jr., ‘Farm’ (Jagjaguwar)Read >>
  • Tortoise, ‘Beacons of Ancestorship’ (Thrill Jockey) Read >>
  • Sunset Rubdown, ‘Dragonslayer’ (Jagjaguwar)Read >>
  • God Help the Girl, ‘God Help the Girl’ (Matador) Read >>
  • Future of the Left, ‘Travels With Myself and Another’ (4AD)Read >>
  • The Lemonheads, ‘Varshons’ (The End) Read >>