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News’s Best of the Week


This week, Eminem and Lil Wayne teamed up for a new video, Billie Joe Armstrong made his Broadway debut, and Kanye sampled Bon Iver. Meanwhile, SPIN chatted with Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer backstage, Trent Reznor worked on an HBO series, and Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon humorously explored the history of hip-hop.

These stories, plus more of the week’s top news, audio/video, and live reviews, below.


Backstage with Anthrax, Megadeth & Slayer!Scott Ian, Dave Mustaine, and Kerry King talk to before kicking off the “Clash of the Titans: Revisited” tour. Read >> Plus

  • WATCH: New Eminem Video ft. Lil Wayne Read >>
  • WATCH: Billie Joe Acts in Green Day Musical! Read >>
  • LISTEN: Kanye West Samples Bon Iver’s “Woods” Read >>
  • Kanye West, Jay-Z Announce More Album Details Read >>
  • LISTEN: Top Acts Pay Tribute to Bad Religion Read >>
  • 10 Must-Hear Artists at Austin City Limits Fest Read >>


Trent Reznor Developing ‘Year Zero’ Mini-SeriesNIN frontman signs on to create series based on his 2007 album for HBO. Read >> Plus

  • Robert Plant Opens Door to Led Zep Reunion Read >>
  • Beastie Boys Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame Read >>
  • Kid Cudi Pleads Guilty to Drug Charge Read >>
  • Dr. Dre Promises New Music for Christmas Read >>
  • Radiohead Help with New Edward Norton Film Read >>
  • Rihanna Collaborates With Drake on New Disc Read >>
  • Weezer Reveal ‘Pinkerton’ Reissue Details Read >>
  • Elvis Costello Talks Rootsy New Album Read >>
  • Wyclef Jean Hospitalized Read >>
  • Daft Punk’s ‘Tron’ Out November 22 Read >>


M.I.A., LCD & 11 Best from Virgin FreeFestLudacris, Pavement, Joan Jett, Matt & Kim, Edward Sharpe and others rock for 40,000 in Maryland.View >> Plus

  • Eminem, KISS, Bush, Blink-182 Rock SoCal View >>
  • Edward Sharpe Kicks Off Virgin Fest Weekend View >>


Timberlake & Fallon’s Hilarious “History of Rap”Singer and comedian deliver medley of classic rap songs on Late Night. Read >> Plus

  • WATCH: In the Studio with Phoenix! Read >>
  • QOTSA EXCLUSIVE: Alain Johannes Solo Debut Read >>
  • WATCH: Neil Young Performs New Album Live Read >>
  • Hear It: Sufjan Stevens’ Experimental ‘Age of Adz’ Read >>
  • WATCH: Kanye, Pharrell, Santigold Praise Streisand Read >>
  • Conor Oberst Protests Arizona Law with New Song Read >>


Pete Yorn Plays New Album at L.A. ShowThe reborn romantic roars to life with muscular tunes from Frank Black-produced record. Read >> Plus

  • Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax Kick Off ‘Clash’ Tour Read >>
  • Best Moments of Virgin Mobile FreeFest Read >>
  • Belle and Sebastian & Teenage Fanclub Launch Tour Read >>
  • Eminem, Bush, Blink Headline Kick-Ass Cali Fest! Read >>
  • Evan Dando, Juliana Hatfield Duet Together in NYC Read >>


Mark Ronson & The Business Intl., Record CollectionRoom-Service Soul: Music’s biggest insider commandeers penthouse suite Read >> Plus

  • Lil Wayne, I Am Not a Human Being (Cash Money) Read >>
  • No Age, Everything in Between (Sub Pop) Read >>
  • Deerhunter, Halcyon Digest (4AD) Read >>
  • Pete Yorn, Pete Yorn (Vagrant) Read >>
  • Bad Religion, The Dissent of Man (Epitaph) Read >>
  • Jimmy Eat World, Invented (DGC/Interscope) Read >>
  • Ben Folds & Nick Hornby, Lonely Avenue (Nonesuch) Read >>
  • Laetitia Sadier, The Trip (Drag City) Read >>
  • Aloe Blacc, Good Things (Stones Throw) Read >>
  • Fences, Fences (Onto/ADA) Read >>
  • Glasser, Ring (Matador) Read >>
  • Restless People, Restless People (I Am Sound) Read >>
  • Salem, King Night (I Am Sound) Read >>