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Week in Review: Drake Triumphs Over Haters

Plus: The latest on new albums by the Roots and Train, Guns N' Roses in concert and more

November 18, 2011 4:35 PM ET
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Drake performs during the launch of Google Music at Mr. Brainwash Studio in Los Angeles.
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Drake may look despondent on the cover of his excellent new album Take Care, but he was in a great mood when Rolling Stone caught up with him earlier this week. At a special Google Music launch party, the rapper chatted about being inspired by Stevie Wonder and Erykah Badu, and he shot down Ludacris' new dis track about him. "I would liken myself to [NBA star] Kevin Durant just based off the fact I think Kevin Durant is somebody who people want him so bad to fall or mess up, but he just consistently delivers," he said. "Every night and all these games he’s playing now, even with the lockout, he just consistently delivers the same highlights, the same amount of points."

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also checked in on the progress of upcoming records by Train, Bob Mould, the Roots, the Joy Formidable and Damon Albarn, talked to the Eagles about their big 2012 tour and got Tom Morello and David Crosby's takes on the latest developments with Occupy Wall Street. We also checked out gigs by Guns N' Roses, Das Racist and Fucked Up, analyzed this week's pop charts, looked back on this week in rock history and, as always, reviewed all the week's biggest releases.

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On the pop culture front, Peter Travers panned The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, Nikki Reed chatted with us about her song for new Twilight soundtrack and we recapped the latest episodes of Glee, The Walking Dead, The X Factor, The Sing-Off  and Boardwalk Empire.

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We also posted the results of our last Weekend Rock Question: What is the worst song of the Sixties?  Our question for you this week is: What is the best Van Halen song ever? You can answer on our website, at facebook.com/rollingstone, or on Twitter using the #weekendrock hashtag.

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