Let's see now, where to begin?
Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy is honest to God, really, finally out. I haven't heard any of it yet, but I know for a fact that it's out and I've got my can of Dr. Pepper to prove it.
Whether or not Chinese Democracy can really be called an actual GNR record or not is a matter of some debate, since neither Slash, Izzy or any of the other original gunners are on the record, save for Axl Rose. Either way, the first new music in some 14 years from a band calling itself Guns N' Roses is finally here, and it can now be yours by heading to your neighborhood Best Buy. Yup. Another one of those deals.
This past Sunday night at the American Music Awards, Kanye West boldly proclaimed that he wants to be the new Elvis. Whether or not his new 808s & Heartbreak is a step in the right direction remains to be seen. Advance reviews on the album have been decidedly mixed, and the biggest news here seems to be the heavy use of processed vocals on the tracks leaning more towards R&B than hip-hop. Kanye has up to this point been pure gold at the cash register though, so we wouldn't bet against him.
Another highlight of the AMAs was a very stoned looking Scott Weiland introducing Pink by calling her "one of the great artists of our time." Weiland's new solo disc — his first in 10 years — is said to lean more towards STP glam-pop than Velvet Revolver crunch.
The Killers third full length album Day & Age is a return to the wave-pop of Hot Fuss and a step away from the loftier ambitions of Sam's Town. Jeff Beck turns in a blistering live set of guitar mechanics on Performing This Week... Live at Ronnie Scott's. Coldplay offer up a companion piece to their smash hit Viva La Vida with the new EP Prospekt's March. Ludacris takes some time out from his acting career to explore the Theater of the Mind.