Archive for December, 2009

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Breaking: 2009’s Best New Artists

December 30th, 2009
Rolling Stone has named the 25 Best Albums and 25 Best Songs of 2009, and our readers have weighed in with their own year-end picks. Now’s the time to look back at the year’s great new discoveries: our 45 Breaking Artists from 2009 and five Artists to Watch. A few of these folks — including Dirty Projectors (video above), Girls, the xx, Grizzly Bear, the Big Pink, Avett Brothers, Dawes and Drake — managed to ...
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On the Charts: Mary J. Blige Not “Stronger” Than Susan Boyle

December 30th, 2009
Photo: Loud/Getty Images The Big News: For the second consecutive time, Mary J. Blige had to settle for a Number Two debut as the diva’s Stronger With Every Tear was outsold by Susan Boyle’s I Dreamed a Dream on the Billboard Top 200. Stronger sold 330,000 copies, but it wasn’t in the same weight class as I Dreamed a Dream, which moved an additional 510,000 copies to remain Number One. Boyle ended the week with 2,968,000 ...
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Autopsy on Avenged Sevenfold’s Sullivan Inconclusive; Tributes Pour In For “The Rev”

December 30th, 2009
Photo: Miller/FilmMagic An autopsy on Avenged Sevenfold drummer Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan has come back inconclusive and the coroner’s office in the investigation has ordered toxicology and other laboratory tests to determine why the 28-year-old drummer died, My Fox L.A. reports. As Rolling Stone reported yesterday, Sullivan was found unresponsive in the Huntington Beach, California home he shared with his wife Leana MacFadden Monday night, December 28th. A police officer on the scene said that it ...
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Bruce Springsteen Honored at Kennedy Center By Mellencamp, Vedder, Sting

December 30th, 2009
Earlier this month, Eddie Vedder, Melissa Etheridge, John Mellencamp, Ben Harper and Sting brought the songs of Bruce Springsteen to an unlikely venue: Washington, DC’s opulent Kennedy Center. The full Kennedy Center Honors aired on CBS last night, giving fans the opportunity to see the New Jersey legend sitting beside President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama as a cavalcade of artists professed their admiration for his life and music. Caroline Kennedy described Springsteen as “a ...
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News Ticker: Michael Jackson, Thom Yorke, Limp Bizkit, Tim Hart

December 30th, 2009
Photo: Ochs Archives/Getty Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” video has been added to the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry. The 525 films in the registry have been deemed “works of enduring importance to American culture,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. This year’s other selections include Dog Day Afternoon, Pillow Talk and The Muppet Movie. Thom Yorke, Philip Glass and Damien Rice are composing music for a new documentary about Tibet titled When the Dragon Swallowed the Sun. A ...
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M.I.A.’s Global Party: The Futuristic Pop Star on Her Decade’s Journey

December 29th, 2009
Photo: Jennings/WireImage.com The Rolling Stone editors picked eight stars — from Bruce and Beyoncé to Radiohead and U2 — who not only made the best music but also led the way as Artists of the Decade in our new issue. Read more from our conversation with M.I.A. here: • M.I.A.’s Global Party: The Futuristic Pop Star on Her Decade’s Journey Plus, check out photos of M.I.A.’s wildest looks, and read more of our decade-end Q&As: • Springsteen’s Epic Decade: ...
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2005 Flashback: Kanye, Sufjan, The Stones and the Year’s Best Albums

December 29th, 2009
As we continue to look back at the Best Albums and Songs of the 2000s, today we journey back to 2005, a year that featured the best Rolling Stones album in two decades, Kanye West’s second LP and the rookie discs from M.I.A. and LCD Soundsystem. It was also an eclectic year for music, and Rolling Stone’s list ranged from The Rough Guide to Music of the Sahara to Sweden with Dungen’s Ta Det Lungt ...
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The Decade’s Biggest Rap Feuds: Everyone Vs. Bill O’Reilly

December 29th, 2009
Hip-hop has seen its share of notable feuds this decade: Who can forget how Jay-Z and Nas famously beefed in the shadow of “Ether,” or when 50 Cent’s Curtis faced off against Kanye West’s Graduation in 2007. However, as Mediaite points out (via Vulture), there’s one enemy that it appears the entire rap community shared in the 2000s: Bill O’Reilly. The Fox News host has got into verbal confrontations with everyone from Nas to Snoop ...
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Meltdowns and Blowups: The Decade’s 50 Wildest Rock & Roll Moments

December 29th, 2009
Photo: Kane/WireImage.com In 2002, Eminem fought a rubber hand puppet at the VMAs. In 2006, Axl Rose brawled with Tommy Hilfiger a New York nightclub. In 2007, Arcade Fire (may have) stolen a guy’s basketball from a California gym. The decade is filled with meltdowns and blowups — rock stars behaving badly, oddly and/or hilariously — and Rolling Stone has your guide to 50 of the 2000s’ wildest rock & roll moments, from Mariah Carey’s TRL freakout ...
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Metric’s Self-Released “Fantasies” Earns MySpace “Triumph” Award

December 29th, 2009
Photo: Walter/Getty Images Four albums into their career, Canadian indie rockers Metric have been named MySpace Music’s Triumph of the Year thanks to the success of their 2009 album Fantasies, which took only four weeks to beat previous album’s Live It Out sales over four years. The feat was more remarkable because Metric accomplished it without the aid of any record label, releasing Fantasies on their own Metric Music International. The album spawned the radio hit ...