The new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands and in the digital archive on May 27th, feature an in-depth cover story on Lady Gaga by writer Brian Hiatt, who was given intimate, fly-on-the wall access to the pop superstar as she played the final dates of her Monster Ball Tour and put the finishing touches on her new album Born This Way. In addition to the story, we ranked her songs from best to worst, compiled a complete guide to Gaga's music videos, analyzed her style evolution and shared an exclusive audio clip in which she tells Hiatt about her love of "Weird Al" Yankovic and Iron Maiden.
Rolling Stone also checked in the members of the Beach Boys about their possible 50th anniversary reunion, talked to Judas Priest about their farewell tour plans, learned about the Rock the Bells tour featuring full-album performances by hip-hop icons Lauryn Hill and Nas, caught up with Blink-182 and Mastodon about their upcoming albums and went behind the scenes at the Golden Gold Awards. We also reviewed hot shows by U2 in Denver, Stevie Nicks in Los Angeles and Elvis Costello in New York City.
Plus, Canadian electro-pop artist Diamong Rings performed a brief acoustic set at our office, romantic British rockers the Vaccines were named our latest Band to Watch, we analyzed this week's pop charts, looked back on this week in rock history and, as always, we reviewed all the week's biggest new releases.
Peter Travers' Dozen Must-See Summer Movies
On the pop culture front, Peter Travers adores The Tree of Life, the long-awaited new film from visionary director Terrence Malick, but was extremely disappointed by The Hangover Part II, which he says is a "cold dish of sloppy seconds" compared to its hilarious predecessor. Also, in her recaps of the two-part American Idol season finale, Mallika Rao sized up the final two contestants and hailed the victory of teenage country singer Scott McCreery. Rao also checked in on the progress of NBC's hot new singing competition The Voice, and Erica Futterman reviewed this week's season finale of Glee.
Photos: The American Idol Star-Studded Season Finale
The final round of the Choose the Cover of Rolling Stone contest is under way! After over half a million votes were cast online, the 16 acts vying for the cover of Rolling Stone – as well as an Atlantic Records contract – have been narrowed down to two finalists: Canadian boogie rockers the Sheepdogs and Los Angeles singer-songwriter Lelia Broussard. If you're not already familiar with the bands, you can check out videos, free downloads and interviews, or catch them when they play an epic battle of the bands at the Bonnaroo festival on Saturday, June 11th. Vote for your favorite now!
We also posted a gallery of your Top 10 favorite Pink Floyd songs of all time, as determined by your votes on Facebook and Twitter. Our question for you this weekend is: What is the best summer jam of all time? You can answer on our website, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.