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Who is the greatest guitarist of all time? Prepare to be unsurprised!

For decades, the question of who exactly is the greatest guitarist of all-time has occupied countless music fans — if not drummers, like myself, who are usually too exhausted from doing all the real work to debate such an inconsequential matter.

Regardless, Rolling Stone has just released a new list which ranks history’s top 100 fretmeisters and which was voted on by a veritable army of guitarists including Billy Corgan, Eddie Van Halen, Alex Lifeson, Ritchie Blackmore, Mick Mars, Robbie Robertson, Melissa Etheridge, and Kirk Hammett.

The list is packed with what can only be described as the usual, legendary, suspects. Jimi Hendrix tops the 100 and he is very much not the only featured musician currently jamming at the great gig in the sky.

Indeed, while such young-ish turks as Slash, Jack White, Derek Trucks, and Radiohead‘s Jonny Greeenwood are included, the entire top ten is made up of either the deceased or guitarists who, with the arguable exception of Jeff Beck, haven’t recorded anything of real note in a long time.

Take a look at the list yourself by clicking here and tell us what you think. Does the 100 merely reflect the electorate’s own often very “venerable” nature or is the golden age of the great, innovative, guitar hero now just a distant memory? And who is your pick for the best guitarist of all-time?

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On the Billboard charts: George Strait, Lil Wayne, The Beatles post big numbers

The fall release schedule has only just begun, with plenty more massive albums coming over the next few months.

And label folks and artists alike must be breathing a sigh of relief, because the chart numbers suggest that people are interested in buying music.

Lil Wayne leads this week’s Billboard sales numbers. After notching the second-biggest opening week of the year (Lady Gaga’s Born This Way still holds tight to the top spot), Weezy moved another 219,000 copies of Tha Carter IV to keep the number one spot. Adele checked in at number two, likely buoyed by the success of the Hot 100-conquering single “Someone Like You.”

The two biggest stories on the chart come in at spots three and four. In the third-place position, George Strait sold 91,000 copies of Here For a Good Time, making it the week’s top debut. Strait’s numbers are sort of absurd: This is his 39th album, his 17th debut in the Billboard top 10, and the 24th time he has topped the Billboard Country Albums list. He’s had a pretty staggering career, though it should be noted that his opening week numbers are down a bit from his previous album Twang, which debuted on top of the albums chart with 155,000 copies sold.

Another release comfortable with the upper echelons of chart success came in at number four: the Beatles 1, the compilation of their 27 chart-topping songs originally released in 2000, moved 60,000 copies of its newly-remastered version. That’s sort of a drop in a bucket, as 1 has sold more than 31 million copies worldwide and was the top-selling album of the first decade of the 21st century. 1 also spent a total of eight weeks at the top of the albums chart at the end of 2000 and the beginning of 2001.

The only other big headline this week belongs to Maroon 5, whose 2010 album Hands All Over got a shot in the arm thanks to the success of “Moves Like Jagger,” which is on the just-released deluxe edition of the album. It came in at number seven this week, a jump from position 23 last week. Rounding out the top 10, Foster the People’s Torches returned to the first tier thanks to the continued love for “Pumped Up Kicks” (look for some more info on that song coming in this week’s episode of Entertainment Weekly).

This week’s new albums includes a number of excellent releases, though only the new album by Staind seems to have a shot at dethroning Lil Wayne. Who do you think will topple tha Carter himself in the coming weeks? Let us know in the comments.

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Review: Lil Wayne, Tha Carter IV
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Phil Spector's murder conviction appeal is rejected by a California court

Phil Spector’s attempt to overturn his murder conviction was rejected yesterday by a California appeals court, according to the AP.

The producer was convicted in April, 2009, of fatally shooting actress Lana Clarkson. Spector is currently serving a sentence of 19 years to life for second degree murder.

The appeals court dismissed the claim by Spector’s defense attorney Dennis Riordan that the prosecution should not have been allowed to call female witnesses who alleged Spector had threatened them with guns. The court also rejected the assertion that Clarkson might have killed herself.

Riordan later said that he would seek a re-hearing before the court and that he was prepared to petition the California Supreme Court.

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What is the greatest guitar riff of all-time?

Keith-Richards-1964Image Credit: Peter Francis/Retna Ltd.Spinner has posted an agreeably catholic-minded list of the 50 Greatest Guitar Riffs in Rock ‘n’ Roll. True, most of the usual suspects are present, from “Layla” by Derek and the Dominos to that scourge of guitar store employees, Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water.” However, the list also finds space for a slew of great but less obviously riff-tastic tracks, including The Smiths’ “This Charming Man,” The Meters’ “Look-ka Py Py,” and Chic’s “Le Freak.”

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Stars' favorite Beatles songs: Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Diddy, Lady Antebellum and many more reveal their picks for iTunes

BEATLESImage Credit: Popperfoto/Getty ImagesEveryone loves the Beatles — even postmillennial pop stars like Justin Bieber and Katy Perry. iTunes recently asked those two and 30 other present-day artists, many of whom were born long after Abbey Road, to name their favorite Beatles tunes and explain why. The results, posted today on iTunes, are a cool window into Beatles fandom among today’s young and famous.

A few notable examples: Perry picked “Happiness is a Warm Gun,” an edgy choice that instantly raised her in my estimation. Bieber chose the slightly more predictable “Let It Be,” saying that it “has taught me to accept the hard times in my life.” Ke$ha is feeling “I Want To Hold Your Hand” (“It’s what pop music should be”). Coldplay collectively digs “Something,” because “just when you thought Lennon and McCartney couldn’t get any better, Harrison comes along and writes the best song of the lot.” Lady Antebellum feel that “Across the Universe” is “probably the most melodic Beatles song.” The Roots’ ?uestlove pays savvy tribute to “Lovely Rita.” The ladies and gentleman of Diddy-Dirty Money love “Yesterday,” though I am not 100% convinced that they didn’t just say that because their own new album includes an unrelated track also called “Yesterday.” Trey Songz raves about “If I Fell” (“The harmonies are craaaazy!!”). Those jokers in the Lonely Island give top honors to “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road,” calling it “a query, repeated 15-fold, that we like to imagine ended in a beautiful, albeit likely uncomfortable, act of love.” Indeed.

The whole list is well worth reading for insight into these stars’ and others’ favorite Beatles songs. Check it out at iTunes and let us know: Whose favorite Beatles song impressed you the most?

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Paul McCartney plays NYC's Apollo Theater for Sirius XM: 'I dreamed of playing here for many a year'

Paul-McCartneyImage Credit: Kevin Mazur/WireImage.comPaul McCartney loves to perform. This was evident in every minute of the concert he played last night at Harlem’s storied Apollo Theater to celebrate Sirius XM satellite radio reaching 20 million subscribers. And while he seems to enjoy performing most anywhere and everywhere lately, he was even happier than usual to be at this particular venue. “It’s the Holy Grail,” he told the crowd, which was made up mostly of lucky Sirius XM subscribers. “I dreamed of playing here for many a year.”

Thus began a two-hour tour of McCartney’s incredible back catalog (Beatles and solo years both included). He was in much stronger voice throughout than he was on Saturday Night Live last weekend, and his backing band was in better form, too. Lighthearted quips abounded in between numbers. “Here’s a newer song,” Macca joked before 1963’s “All My Loving.” After that he played “One After 909,” one of the first songs he and John Lennon ever wrote together. As has become usual for McCartney’s live show, this was a nostalgia trip, and a very fine one.

Highlights from the evening included the passage when McCartney switched from electric bass to acoustic guitar for 1965’s “I’m Looking Through You” and 1964’s “And I Love Her,” two personal favorites of mine. Or maybe the best part was when he paid tribute to the Apollo’s history by covering Marvin Gaye’s “Hitch Hike,” complete with shimmying backup dancers — taking it from the top with even more vim after a burst of unintended feedback mussed up his first take. Or was it when he led the audience in a chorus of “Hey Jude” na-na-na-nas? With a full set plus two encores, there were too many stand-outs to list.

Did you tune in to Sirius XM to hear the concert’s live broadcast over satellite radio? Or were you one of the fans in attendance? Let us know what your favorite parts of the show were if so.

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Paul McCartney's divisive 'Saturday Night Live' performance: Why you should cut him some slack

Paul-McCartneyImage Credit: Dana Edelson/NBCPaul McCartney got way more screen time on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live than your average musical guest. In addition to very funny turns on “Weekend Update” and a digital short, the former Beatle performed “Jet” and “Band on the Run” (from the recently reissued Band on the Run album), “A Day in the Life” leading into John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance,” and “Get Back” to close the show. So how did he do?

Opinions are divided here at EW headquarters. Most everyone agrees that the sound mix was up (or down) to SNL‘s usual muddy standard, making it difficult at times to hear Macca’s voice over his backing band. Even when he was fully audible, though, some are complaining that he seemed a little hoarse.

To which I say, so what? The man turns 70 the summer after next. Of course his vocal cords aren’t quite as limber as they were in 1966. It’s still a pleasure to see him rocking out as enthusiastically as he did on Saturday night. He was having fun up there running through some all-time classic tunes, which made it a fun show to watch from home. And the “A Day in the Life”/”Give Peace a Chance” medley was just right, a tribute to a late friend that was touching without being heavy-handed.

Over to you now. What did you think of McCartney’s SNL performance? Sound off in the comments.

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John Lennon 30 years after his death: Lost interview surfaces, family and fans remember

john-lennon-1980Image Credit: Steve Sands/AP ImagesJohn Lennon‘s life ended far too soon on Dec. 8, 1980. His murder can still be painful to think about, even after so much time has passed. What are we supposed to do when confronted with a crime so senseless, a loss so needless? Today, on the 30th anniversary of Lennon’s death, we might as well remember all the joy he brought into the world while he was still alive. Several newly published pieces might help fans do that.

The latest issue of Rolling Stone features one of Lennon’s final interviews, conducted just three days before he died and never before released in full. The audio excerpts RS has posted online are essential listening. “I’m not claiming divinity,” Lennon said at one point. “I’ve never claimed divinity. I’ve never claimed purity of soul. I’ve never claimed to have the answer to life. I’ve never made any claims. I only put out songs and answer questions as honestly as I can.” Later he spoke on the ways his philosophy had and hadn’t changed since the idealistic ’60s: “I see the world through different eyes now, [but] I still believe in love, peace and understanding, as Elvis Costello said. What’s so f—ing funny about love, peace, and understanding?READ FULL STORY

Apple Records box set giveaway: Enter now!

Everyone’s talking this week about the Beatles coming to iTunes. But that’s not the only piece of noteworthy news related to the Fab Four, even if it’s the biggest. For instance: EMI recently released a box set featuring reissues of 14 albums originally released on the Beatles’ imprint, Apple Records, including artists like Badfinger, Billy Preston, James Taylor and Jackie Lomax. And today we’re giving the Apple box to one lucky reader.

Prizes are as follows. One grand prize winner will receive the Apple Records box set, which includes the 14 reissues plus Come and Get it: The Best of Apple Records and a two-CD set of unreleased tracks by Apple artists. Three runners up will receive Come and Get It alone.

The prizes are courtesy of EMI, and are available while supplies last. Want to win? Here’s how to enter:

1. Go to our Facebook page.

2. Click “Like” at the top of the page.

3. Find the post on our Wall announcing the giveaway, click Comment, and tell us which Apple Records artist, not including the Beatles or any of its members, is your favorite. (Note: Commenting on this post won’t enter you in the giveaway; see the official rules after the jump.)

4. If you’re a winner, we’ll contact you via Facebook message to request your mailing address.

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Taylor Swift sets Hot 100 chart records

Taylor-SwiftImage Credit: Joseph Anthony Baker; Apple CorpsTaylor Swift‘s amazing week just keeps getting better. The latest edition of Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart features an incredible 11 appearances from Swift, all songs from her new album, Speak Now. This is a record on three counts.

First: Swift is the only female artist to have that many songs on the Hot 100 at once. Her only competition, per Billboard, comes from David Cook, who also notched 11 charting singles right after he won American Idol in May 2008, and the Beatles, who had 12 songs on the Hot 100 for two weeks in April 1964 and 14 charting songs for another week in the same month.

Second: The Beatles’ charting singles came from multiple projects (Please Please Me, With the Beatles, and the soon-to-be-released A Hard Day’s Night). Cook’s were individually sold tunes that he had sung on Idol. This makes Swift the first artist ever to have this many simultaneously charting singles all drawn from a single album.

Third: Cook didn’t write his Idol songs, and the Beatles’ record-setting weeks included a number of covers like “Twist and Shout” and “Roll Over Beethoven.” Swift famously wrote all the songs on Speak Now by herself. So she’s also the only artist to have this many Hot 100 appearances all of which were written by the artist in question.

Pretty impressive, no? Let us know what you think of Swift’s latest accomplishment.

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