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Wednesday’s Music Roundup

CONTINUALLY UPDATED: All you need to know about music today -- plus songs and videos.

[Updated: 6:17 P.M.]

NEWS:

    JACK WHITE Turns Down SLASH Collabo
    “He was the one guy that I wanted to work with,” says ex-GNR guitarist. [NME]
    MICHAEL JACKSON’s ‘This Is It’ Tops Charts
    Late King of Pop moves 373,000 copies — the fifth-best sales week for an album in the U.S. this year. [Billboard]
    LADY GAGA: “I Base My Image on David Bowie”
    “I used to sit in my apartment for hours and do [Bowie’s] makeup on myself over and over again,” she says. [Gigwise]
    DEVO Whip It Good in L.A.
    The beloved new wave weirdos play their entire classic debut album live. [SPIN]
    SONIC YOUTH Add Dates to U.S. Tour
    NYC band make up for scrapped dates stemming from Lee Ranaldo’s broken wrist. [Sonic Youth]
    KANYE WEST Working on New Album
    ‘Ye is “getting back into rapping” on upcoming release, says protege Mr. Hudson. [Oh No They Didn’t]
    KINGS OF LEON Launch Clothing Line
    Southern rockers team with French designers Surface to Air. [NME]
    MARY J. BLIGE to Sing National Anthem at World Series
    Pop diva will open Game Six on Wednesday at Yankee Stadium. [Billboard]
    JOHN MAYER Announces 2010 Tour
    Massive 41-date outing kicks off in February. [Oh No They Didn’t]
    DAVE GROHL Talks FOO FIGHTERS ‘Greatest Hits’
    “Those things can look like an obituary,” he said of the just-released album. [BBC]
    BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN to Play Full Albums at NYC Shows
    Boss and the E Street Band will play The Wild and The River at Nov. 7 & 8 shows, respectively. [Bruce Springsteen]
    LIGHTSPEED CHAMPION Announces New Album
    Life Is Sweet! Nice To Meet You drops in February. [NME]
    Judge Stops SUBLIME Members from Using Band Name
    “Brad Nowell was the sole owner of the name Sublime,” said the estate of the fallen frontman. [Billboard]
    RIHANNA Talks About CHRIS BROWN Assault
    The pop singer discusses details of her abusive relationship. “It can happen to anyone,” she says. [SPIN]
    SLAYER’s Tom Araya Undergoes Surgery, Tour Canceled
    “What is foremost in our minds right now is that Tom do whatever he needs to to get this taken care of,” says the band. [SPIN]

MP3s & VIDEOS:

    DOWNLOAD: Early LIZ PHAIR Demos!
    Get rare, pre-Exile in Guyville recordings from 1991. [Girly Sound]
    LISTEN: JULIAN CASABLANCAS’ Christmas Song
    Strokes singer releases “I Wish It Was Christmas Today,” originally performed by the cast of SNL. [MySpace]
    LISTEN: NORAH JONES and RYAN ADAMS’ Collabo
    Adams helps Jones find her soulful rock’n’roll side with “Light As A Feather.” [NPR]
    WATCH: TAYLOR SWIFT Spoofs KANYE WEST Incident
    Country singer gets silly with Bill Hader in SNL teaser clip. [MTV]
    LISTEN: New SPOON Song Leaks!
    “The Mystery Zone” is full of Britt Daniel and Co.’s classic indie rock sound. Translation: It’s awesome! [Hype Machine]
    DOWNLOAD: WHITE DENIM’s “I Start to Run”
    Get the lead single from the Texas trio’s new album, Fits. [Spinner]
    WATCH: RIHANNA’s ‘s “Wait Your Turn” Video
    Pop diva strolls down empty streets, points at the camera, and… ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. [SPIN]
    DOWNLOAD: THEM CROOKED VULTURES’ “Mind Eraser, No Chaser”
    Grohl / Jones / Homme supergroup gives away the heavy track off their upcoming release. [Blabbermouth]
    WATCH: TEGAN AND SARA Rock ‘Tonight Show’
    Canadian duo rip through their synthed-up Sainthood single “Hell.” [YouTube]
    WATCH: PETE WENTZ, RIVERS CUOMO, TRAVIS BARKER, TAYLOR SWIFT Rock Out Together!
    Emo heroes and country star team for Rock Band advertisement. [YouTube]
    WATCH: RYAN ADAMS’ New Song
    Rocker sings about tripping on Robitussin and crack, playing the sax in outer space! [Stereogum]
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