Chris Martins

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  • Queens of the Stone Age Like Clockwork Sales Charts Billboard Daft Punk

    Queens of the Stone Age Could Unseat Daft Punk on the Charts

    Midweek sales projections are showing that Queens of the Stone Age are on target to sell between 80,000 and 85,000 copies of their just-out sixth album ...Like Clockwork. With Daft Punk's Random Access Memories dipping 73 percent to move 93,000 copies this past week while still holding onto the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200, the California desert rock kings have a chance at snatching the U.S. album sales throne.Blabbermouth cites Hits Daily Double for the figures, based on single-day sales following the long-player's release yesterday (June 4). The band's last album, 2007's Era Vulgaris, sold 52,000 its first week and topped out at No. 14. Lullabies to Paralyze, released in 2005, fared better with 97,000 units moved and a No. 5 slotting.

  • J. Cole Born Sinner 50 Cent Amber Coffman Kendrick Lamar

    J. Cole's 'Born Sinner' Will Include 50 Cent, Kendrick Lamar, Dirty Projectors Singer

    J. Cole has shared the track list for Born Sinner, via Twitter, and his forthcoming sophomore album will include a few surprise collaborations. While nothing can beat the shock of his sudden T(L)C team-up, "Crooked Smile," the North Carolina MC executes an effective rope-a-dope by adding 50 Cent to the list then throwing the unexpected one-two punch of Kendrick Lamar and Dirty Projectors vocalist Amber Coffman.And of course, we already knew about his Miguel-featuring "Power Trip," which Cole recently took to Jimmy Fallon with an assist from the Roots.

  • Wiz Khalifa Taylor Gang Steelers Stabbing Mike Adams

    Wiz Khalifa Signee Arrested in Stabbing of Steelers Player Mike Adams

    A rapper on Wiz Khalifa's Taylor Gang Records has been arrested in connection with the weekend stabbing of Pittsburgh Steelers player Mike Adams. Dquay Means, who records as Quay Meanz, actually appeared in the video for "Black and Yellow," the Rolling Papers single that's gone on to become an anthem for fans of the local NFL team. On Sunday morning (June 2), the offensive tackle survived an attempted carjacking at the hands of three men.As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, 26-year-old Means is not thought to be the one who held the knife. That third suspect remains at large, while accomplice Mike Paranay, 25, was nabbed after his cell phone was allegedly found at the scene of the crime.

  • Kool A.D. 'Jaleel White' Das Racist Video Urkel Weed

    Kool A.D. Gets So High He Thinks He's Urkel in 'Jaleel White' Video

    Das Racist dude Kool A.D. likes to get high and as a California resident, he's got no reason to hide the fact. In the trippy new video for "Jaleel White" from his recent 19 mixtape, the longhaired MC lays back and lights a long blunt while the camera stays fixed above his head. When he raps, "I been puffing and burning that cheeba for hella hours (a long time)," there's no reson to doubt the validity of such a statement. As the smoke swirls upward around the lens, Victor Vasquez waggles his tongue and feels for his face — likely to make sure it's still where he left it. The last video we caught from Kool was "Moneyball," hailing from the simultaneously released 63 tape (each was named after a San Francisco Bay Area bus line). He's also starred in recent posse pileups from Fat Tony and Juiceboxxx. A.D. hits the road with El-P and Killer Mike's Run the Jewels in July.

  • Daft Punk Random Access Memories Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Alice in Chains Reigns Once Again While Macklemania Persists

    First! Those meddling 'droids and their blasted synthesizers aren't letting anybody get away with anything. Daft Punk's Random Access Memories tops the Billboard 200 albums chart for the second week in a row, selling and additional 93,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and bringing their total U.S. sales for the new album up to 432,000. To put that number in perspective, the French electro-house duo's 1997 debut Homework, which included "Around the World," has sold 674,000 copies in America to date. Of course, this is a sharp dip in digits from week one — 73 percent to be exact — but that's not uncommon. The average second week decline for No. 1 debuts this year is 68 percent.2 to 10: There have been far, far worse weeks in recently accessible memory. In at No.

  • Paris Jackson Suicide Attempt Hospital Michael

    Michael Jackson's Teenage Daughter, Paris, Attempts Suicide

    Paris Jackson has been hospitalized following a suicide attempt. Billboard reports family members have confirmed that the 15-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson tried to take her own life in the wee hours of the morning. She was rushed out of her Calabasas, California home on a stretcher around 2 a.m., says TMZ, and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. They report that a source connected to the responders "said there were multiple cuts on one of her wrists," though the Los Angeles County Fire Department confirms they received a 911 call for a possible overdose at 1:15 a.m.

  • Mykki Blanco 'The Initiation' Video Betty Rubble

    See Mykki Blanco Sprout a Second Face in 'The Initiation'

    As if Mykki Blanco's "The Initiation" wasn't creepy enough on its own, the bleakly seething track now has a terrifying new video in which the New York MC sprouts an extra face and stalks the city on all fours. The somewhat titular track from our recent Rap Release of the Week, Betty Rubble: The Initiation, finds our possessed host/ess whisper-growling Latin incantations over a Sinden beat that sounds plucked from the fifth circle of Hell. The new video premiered on Entertainment Weekly, who connected the literal two-facedness to the former Breaking Out star's "multi-gendered" status, but Blanco is in only one mode here: beast. In her travels, she witnesses others like her getting rounded up and arrested by police before ducking into an alley where her kind can exist in peace ... sort of. Hint: The first rule of two-face club is you do not talk about two-face club.

  • Steve Gunn 'Lurker' Video Time Off Album

    See Steve Gunn Masterfully Unravel His Beautiful Blues in 'Lurker' Video

    Like his buddy and bandmate Kurt Vile, Brooklyn singer-guitarist Steve Gunn seems beamed from a different time. He plays a worldly form of ancient blues. He sings with a little bit of vintage Mick Jagger on his tongue. He unravels stories with a level of patience and detail often lacking in contemporary music, be it of folksy origin or otherwise. And while most of us may only know the man for his work as a player in the Violators touring unit, he has a great deal to offer as an artist in his own right.Take the nine-minute live studio recording of "Lurker" above. The clip opens with a flourish of beautiful strum, and the notes continue to tumble forth as the accompaniment kicks in. In the video, and on Gunn's new album Time Off, he is joined by drummer John Truscinski and bassist Justin Tripp, and in both instances the players rush nothing.

  • Deerhoof 'Breakup Songs' Video Excorcism

    Deerhoof Transform an Exorcism Into a Dance Party in 'Breakup Songs' Video

    San Francisco art-rock enthusiasts Deerhoof are known for keeping it weird, and they hardly disappoint with the new video for "Breakup Songs." The semi-titular track from the band's 11th album Breakup Song is brief but memorable — two minutes of disjointed instrumentation that shambles its way to a strange sort of pop as vocalist Satomi Matsuzaki shout-sings three phrases in succession: "When you say it's all over," "Hell yeah," and "Anyway." Stereogum has just premiered the video, which is equally enigmatic and, eventually, oddly upbeat. When the Pieter Dirkx-directed clip begins, we meet some sort of shaman in a Shyamalan-esque bird mask, trudging through a medieval town and inspiring tributes of brightly colored vomit from whoever he passes.

  • Jack White Detroit Masonic Temple Cathedral Theater

    Jack White Saves the World's Largest Masonic Temple From Foreclosure

    Jack White has donated $142,000 in order to save the world's largest Masonic Temple from foreclosure. The 14-story Detroit landmark had its outstanding tax bill settled by an anonymous donor last month who has now been revealed to be the Third Man Records entrepreneur. As local ABC affiliate WXYZ reports, officials from the 91-year-old complex issued a news release explaining that the White Stripes founder had a personal connection to the building.Though White famously calls Nashville his home these days, he was born and raised in Motor City, and his mother evidently held a job as an usher at the Detroit Masonic Temple when he was growing up. The two share a "profound love for the gothic structure," said the announcement, adding that the Grammy-winning musician has given numerous performances there over the years.

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