The Week In Music: Conflict — and Triumph

Keith swings, Gwyneth sings, the Situation speaks and Katy Perry sings with underwear models

November 12, 2010 5:38 PM ET

This week, the world of music was battered by conflict.

• A Swedish journalist said Keith Richards smacked him — but a Richards rep told us that wasn't true.

Lil' Kim bashed Nicki Minaj

• Kurt swung back at the bully on Glee.

Kanye West raged against Matt Lauer and yanked his Today Show performance (though he did rap over the intercom on a Delta flight).

Joe Jackson admitted to "whipping" Michael Jackson — though he maintained he never "beat" him.

• Most shockingly, Phil Collins admitted to suicidal thoughts. (He also showed off his collection of memorabilia from the Alamo.)

But there were healing moments, too. Gwyneth Paltrow sang well at the Country Music Awards and previewed her performance on next week's Glee. We made a spirited attempt to convince the Byrds to reunite for a tour with Buffalo Springfield. And we did our best to inform and amuse you with the following news, interviews and photos.

Lil Wayne Returns to The Stage With Drake

Conan O'Brien Returns With Strong Ratings

Kanye West Discusses Collaboration With Jay-Z

Photos: Taylor Swift, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow, Loretta Lynn and More at the 2010 CMA Awards

Exclusive Audio: Jimi Hendrix Covers Bob Dylan's Tears of Rage

Video: The Situation Talks — and Reads From — His New Book

Exclusive Audio: Springsteen on Family, Alienation

Michael Jackson Disc to Feature Akon, Lenny Kravitz

Photos: Katy Perry Performs With Victoria's Secret Models

Paul McCartney Delights Crowds In Buenos Aires

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Everclear | 1996

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