In the new issue of Rolling Stone, on stands and available through Rolling Stone All Access on August 19th, the Red Hot Chili Peppers talk about the turmoil they went through after guitarist John Frusciante quit the band in 2009. In addition to sharing some highlights from the story, we put together our list of the band's ten best music videos and a collection of photographs of the band from every era of their career.
Jay-Z. Eminem. Kanye. Lil Wayne. Over the past decade, the icons of hip-hop have come to dominate pop culture. But who’s been the most successful? Who’s the best? Who is the King of Hip-Hop? We crunched the numbers – sales, reviews, awards and more from 2009 to 2011 – to determine the winner of our first Rolling Stone King of Hip-Hop Index. The winner may surprise you!
Rolling Stone also caught up with the Byrds' Roger McGuinn, the Misfits, David Lynch, Mickey Hart, Tommy Stinson and J. Cole about their new projects, previewed Taylor Swift's contribution to the True Blood soundtrack and caught hot concerts by Beyoncé and Kenny Chesney.
Plus, Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges performed a brief set at our office, the Los Angeles power pop trio Army Navy 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.
Photos: Sexy Stars of 'Vampire Diaries'
On the pop culture front, Peter Travers praise Colin Farrell's funny and scary performance in Fright Night, Andy Greene checked out the Big Lebowski reunion in New York, we went behind the scenes of a photo shoot with the sexy stars of The Vampire Diaries and we recapped the latest episodes of Jersey Shore and True Blood.
Photos: Random Notes
We also posted a gallery of your Top 10 least favorite covers of all time as determined by your votes on Facebook and Twitter. Our question for you this weekend is: Who is your King of Hip-Hop? You can answer on our website, on facebook.com/rollingstone or on Twitter with the #weekendrock hashtag.