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Week in Review: Kanye and Jay-Z Dazzle with 'Watch the Throne'

Also: Noel Gallagher, Matthew Sweet, Cee Lo Green and Alice Cooper on their new records

August 12, 2011 5:35 PM ET
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Kanye West and Jay-Z
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After months of hype and anticipation, Jay-Z and Kanye West released their album-length collaboration Watch the Throne on Sunday evening in order to avoid a leak. We went through the album track-by-track and gave the disc a very positive review. Hopefully this will help Kanye to ease up on his persecution complex, which flared up big time a day before the album dropped when he claimed he was as hated as Hitler at a concert in England.

Photos: Kanye West's Monster Fashion

Rolling Stone also talked to Noel Gallagher, Matthew Sweet, Cee Lo Green, Alice Cooper and Tinie Tempah about their upcoming records, found out that Justin Bieber is a pretty good rapper from David Banner and went behind the scenes of the Gathering of the Juggalos.

Plus, country rockers Old 97's performed a brief set at our office, chef-turned-rapper Action Bronson was named our latest Artist 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.

Photos: Lollapalooza Through the Years

On the pop culture front, Peter Travers slammed the excruciating Glee 3D concert movie, Rob Sheffield pondered the work ethic of Breaking Bad and we recapped the latest episodes of Jersey Shore and True Blood.

Photos: Random Notes

We also posted a gallery of your Top 10 best duets of all time as determined by your votes on Facebook and Twitter. Our question for you this weekend is: What is the worst cover song of all time? You can answer on our website, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.

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