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Wednesday’s Music Roundup

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

[Updated: 6:13 P.M.]

NEWS:

    AVENGED SEVENFOLD Earn No. 1 Album
    Southern California rockers, months removed from drummer’s tragic death, top the Billboard chart with Nightmare. [SPIN]
    GREEN DAY Kick Off Epic Tour Near Philly
    Covers of “Hey Jude” and “Stand by Me” share the spotlight with the band’s greatest hits in the three-hour, high energy set. [SPIN]
    CONFIRMED: KINGS OF LEON Album Title, Release Date
    The Southern kin return this fall with Come Around Sundown. Get details here! [SPIN]
    R.E.M.‘s New Album Sounds “Old School”
    “I was like, ‘Yes, a return to form,”‘ said the Posies’ Ken Stringfellow, a friend of the band who heard their upcoming album. [NME]
    Prison Interview: LIL WAYNE on New Album, EMINEM
    The rapper speaks with New York’s Hot 97 radio station from Rikers Island jail. [SPIN]
    WYCLEF JEAN to Announce Candidacy for Haitian Presidency
    Former Fugee is expected to formally announce the news on CNN’s ‘Larry King Live’ show tonight. [NME]
    FUCKED UP Announce U.S. Tour
    Canadian hardcore band hit the road in September. [NME]
    SOUNDGARDEN Album with Unreleased Song Due Soon
    Telephantasm includes hits, rarities, the previously unheard “Black Rain” — and will be bundled with Guitar Hero! [SPIN]
    PAUL MCCARTNEY Pitches BEATLES Songs to ‘GLEE’ Creators
    Macca sent the show’s creator Ryan Murphy two mix CDs and asked him to consider his songs for the hit TV series. [BBC]
    8 Best Moments of NEWPORT FOLK FEST
    Jim James, Sharon Jones, Andrew Bird, Edward Sharpe, and more perform at the Rhode Island event. [SPIN]
    STEVEN TYLER: ‘AMERICAN IDOL’ Offered Me Job
    Frontman promises “honesty,” not just sweet emotion, if he replaces one of the show’s departed judges. [SPIN]
    LADY GAGA Talks Sex, Drugs in ‘Vanity Fair’
    The “Poker Face” singer — who grace the mag’s cover naked — admits to using cocaine, says she’s celibate. [Vanity Fair]
    EMINEM Remembers ‘8 MILE’ Co-Star BRITTANY MURPHY
    The Detroit rapper talks about the deadly effects of prescription drug addiction. [SPIN]
    BECK Talks New Album, Collaborations
    “There’ll be [new music] coming out by the end of summer, even if it’s just a song or two,” says the boho rocker. [Pitchfork]

MP3s & VIDEOS:

    WATCH: SPOON Rock ‘Late Night’ with ?UESTLOVE
    Texas rockers play the eerie Transference track “Nobody Gets Me But You.” [Youtube]
    WATCH: Classic Footage of BOWIE, NIN Surfaces
    See the Thin White Duke singing “Hurt” with the industrial rockers on their famed 1995 co-headlining tour. [SPIN]
    WATCH: JOANNA NEWSOM & FLEET FOXESPECKNOLD Cover KID ROCK & SHERYL CROW Song
    The indie duo — currently on tour together! — cover pop duet “Picture” in Oakland. [Pitchfork]
    WATCH: ARCADE FIRE Cover JAY REATARD
    Montreal band honor the late rocker by performing “Oh It’s Such a Shame” live in Philadelphia. [Music Slut]
    WATCH: MATES OF STATE Cover THE REPLACEMENTS
    The husband-wife duo rock out to “I Will Dare.” [AV Club]
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