In the new issue of Rolling Stone – on newsstands today – Rihanna speaks openly about her relationship with Chris Brown, her taste for kinky sex and her upcoming role in the movie version of the boardgame Battleship. You can go behind the scenes of the shoot for her hot, instantly iconic cover shoot – and find out the secret of her skimpy metallic shorts.
We also looked into the emerging conflict between internet sensation Rebecca Black and Ark Music Factory, the company that produced her viral pop hit "Friday"; talked to Avril Lavigne about her new album and recent divorce; learned all about Linda Perry's new band Deep Dark Robot; chatted with Social Distortion about their new record and tour; caught up with the classic line-up of Hole at a film screening; and went inside the upcoming Buffalo Springfield reunion tour.
On the pop culture front, Peter Travers reviewed the confusing but exciting new movie Source Code, we profiled British funnyman Ricky Gervais, shared a lost interview with the late Elizabeth Taylor and recapped the Jersey Shore season-ending reunion special. Rob Sheffield argued that Steven Tyler has become the savior of American Idol, while Mallika Rao commented on the contestants' underwhelming performances on Wednesday's Elton John-themed episode and the double-elimination in Thursday's results episode.
We also reviewed the Mountain Goats' concert in New York City and got exclusive photos from the Arcade Fire's show in Haiti, analyzed this week's pop charts and looked back on this week in rock history. Plus, singer-songwriter Hayes Carll came to our office to play some songs, the mysterious R&B singer known as The Weeknd was named our latest Artist to Watch and as always, we reviewed all the week's biggest new releases.
Also: The second round of our Do You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star? contest is under way. Eight bands are competing to not only appear on the cover of Rolling Stone, but also win a contract with Atlantic Records and make their debut television appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. This week we posted free MP3s of new songs recorded by each contestent with big-name producers. We encourage you to check out all the bands and vote for your favorites -- your vote counts, so let your voice be heard!
We also posted a gallery of your Top 10 favorite bassists of all time, as determined by your votes on Facebook and Twitter. Our question for you this weekend is: What was the best song of the Sixties? You can answer on our website, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.