Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Nicki Minaj Hot 97 Starships Beef Peter Rosenberg Hip-Hop

    'Nicki Minaj Should Focus on Rap' Says Nicki Minaj in Beef-Ending Hot 97 Talk

    Just shy of a year ago, Nicki Minaj and Hot 97 radio host Peter Rosenberg wound up in the Worst Beef Ever after he questioned the validity of her "Starships" single in a wrong-headed attempt to hype Summer Jam attendees up about "real hip-hop shit" such as A$AP Rocky and ScHoolboy Q. Her Pinkness immediately pulled out of her headlining slot at the New Jersey festival, angering fans and creating drama that has, apparently, pestered Rosenberg daily since.The two came together for a peace-making interview on air today that turned into a fairly smart and relatively hubris-free chat about the positives and pitfalls of hip-hop authenticity, plus Minaj's plans now that she's completed her run on American Idol.

  • Nine Inch Nails Columbia New Album Signed Trent Reznor

    New Nine Inch Nails Album Due Out This Year on Columbia

    Nine Inch Nails have signed with Columbia Records and will release a brand new album later this year. In a press release announcing the move, Trent Reznor explained that his recent work with How to Destroy Angels, plus creating music for films like The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, has inspired him to record his most well-loved band's first new studio album since 2008's The Slip. He also revealed he's been collaborating with longtime producer Alan Moulder, who began working with the band for The Downward Spiral in 1994."I've been less than honest about what I've really been up to lately," Reznor says by statement. "For the last year I've been secretly working non-stop with Atticus Ross and Alan Moulder on a new, full-length Nine Inch Nails record, which I am happy to say is finished and frankly fucking great.

  • Macklemore Ryan Lewis Thrift Shop Facebook Popular

    Facebook Can't Get Enough of 'Thrift Shop,' Says Giant Amorphous Blob

    The folks at Facebook have created a visualization that proves just how much their U.S. users love songs we despise. Above, you'll find innovatively sourced, creatively rendered proof of the inescapable fact that America likes Macklemore and Ryan Lewis more than pretty much anything else. If kittens and cigarettes emitted quantifiable BPMs, which inform that amorphous blob, we're fairly confident they'd rank below "Thrift Shop."Using the social platform's Open Graph protocol, Facebook and San Francisco's Stamen design firm created the "Beatquake" chart, which displays the top three songs being played through various FB-integrated apps at any given moment.

  • Weezer Cruise 2014 Cat Power Toro y Moi

    Weezer Cruise Will Include Cat Power, Toro y Moi, 'Workaholics' Bro, DIIV, and More

    The second annual Weezer Cruise will set sail on February 13, 2014 from Jacksonville, Florida and it'll be carrying some very special stowaways. In addition to the floating festival's titular headliner, the manifest is now set to include Cat Power, Toro y Moi, Workaholics' Adam Devine, DIIV, the Cribs, Irish power-poppers Ash, Palma Violets, Holy Fuck, Bleached, Caveman, the Orwells, Ozma, and the Relationship.Weezer will perform three sets over the span of the excursion, which returns to port February 17 after stopping at Nassau and Freeport in the Bahamas. One of those shows will happen on "their own private island," according to the announcement, and will include a set by Cat Power.

  • Queens of the Stone Age Like Clockwork iTunes Stream Album

    Queens of the Stone Age's '...Like Clockwork' Is Streaming Now

    Queens of the Stone Age are streaming their entire new album, ...Like Clockwork, right now via iTunes. The desert rock god-goons announced the news via a single tweet that included some damned fine advice: "Right Now. Get in there." The set is officially out June 3.The band's first full-length in six years leaked earlier this month, but Josh Homme and co. have worked hard to provide worthwhile distractions along the way: live-streams, radio sessions, and, best of all, the grisly animated short film stitching together clips for five different new songs. As previously reported, guests on this one include Dave Grohl, Alex Turner, Elton John, Trent Reznor, Brody Dalle, Jake Shears, Alain Johannes, Mark Lanegan, and Nick Oliveri.

  • Alexander Spit Mansions 2 Mixtape Stream Insturmental

    Explore Alexander Spit's Psych-Rap Wonderland Via 'Mansions 2' Mixtape

    Alexander Spit is a formidable MC whose California pedigree is done justice by his verbal mashup of vintage undie-rap styling and deeply psychedelic content. His Decon debut, A Breathtaking Trip to That Otherside, was chock full of alternately gritty and gleaming examples of the dude's skill — via the "Breathtaking Trip" and "That's Spit" videos, plus the Action Bronson collaboration "Artestia" — so much so that it could be easy to overlook the fact that Spit is a gifted producer to boot.On the brand new instrumental mixtape, Mansions 2, the follow-up to last year's Mansions, his ability behind the boards is plenty evident.

  • Boards of Canada Tomorrow's Harvest Premiere Desert

    Boards of Canada Premiere 'Tomorrow's Harvest' at Derelict SoCal Waterpark

    Boards of Canada premiered their entire new album, Tomorrow's Harvest, Monday at an abandoned waterpark in Southern California. Ever since April 20, Record Store Day, the beloved Scottish electronic duo have been playing an extensive game of cat and mouse with their fans, issuing oblique clues and coded messages revealing the details of the first long-player in eight years. The initial news followed the discovery of a mysterious piece of vinyl that kicked off the search for a 36-digit cypher that would unlock the group's new website. Adult Swim, NPR and the BBC were willing participants.The very unremarkable release method of their gorgeous new music video for "Reach for the Dead" suggested that perhaps Boards were done with all of the ado — not so.

  • Kanye West 'New Slaves' Projection Map Buildings Cities

    Kanye West's Giant Rapping Face Headed to 22 More Cities

    Kanye West has updated his website with a new map indicating he'll be sending his rapping two-dimensional face to 22 additional cities on Friday, May 24. The week before, he debuted Yeezus song "New Slaves" by projecting a visual of himself performing the track onto the sides of buildings at 66 different locations around the globe. As Pitchfork points out, a tweet from Def Jam France indicates that the next batch of broadcasts will also be promoting "New Slaves."Among the cities to be serviced this time around: For the U.S., it's San Diego, Phoenix, Tucson, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Atlanta, Savannah, Jacksonville, Baltimore and Philadelphia; and in Europe, it's Barcelona, Cannes, Milan, Zurich, Ghent, Amsterdam, Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow, Copenhagen and Oslo. Many of the cities will feature projections in multiple locations and most take place after 9 p.m. local time.

  • giorgio moroder mustache daft punk success history rbma lecture

    Giorgio Moroder Charmingly Discusses His Mustache and Career in RBMA Lecture

    Even if Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, a SPIN Essential, is proving to be a divisive album amongst music fans, only the hardest cynic wouldn't crack a smile while considering the career renaissance that Giorgio Moroder is experiencing as a result. The legendary Italian producer recently gave his debut DJ performance at the age of 73, and has been the subject of new documentaries and in-depth interviews (including our own "Back to the Future" feature) since collaborating with those French disco 'droids on the song "Giorgio by Moroder."In a freshly recorded two-hour lecture hosted by Red Bull Music Academy, the man discusses his newfound fame (and why he turned down the soundtrack to the film Fame), plus explores his rich history creating music for Donna Summer and others.

  • Mariah Carey Good Morning America Miguel Beautiful Gaff

    Mariah Carey Nearly Exposes '#Beautiful' Self on 'Good Morning America'

    Coming in hot off of American Idol's apparently stab-worthy finale, Mariah Carey hit Good Morning America Friday (May 24) to perform her summer-ready Miguel collaboration. But as Celebuzz so perfectly worded it, she offered up a "#Beautiful" disaster in addition to the chart-climbing single of the same hashtagged name. Amidst cracking herself up with a joke that no one else understood — does she party all night? Is she an insomniac? A vampire? — Carey managed to crack the back of her dress open, then delivered a joke that most can agree is pretty decent: "I love you, Donatella, but it popped dahhhling."While a small army of handlers worked to fix the in-progress wardrobe malfunction and host Laura Spencer tried to block the singer's cleavage with her steno pad (no small feat), Carey kept talking.

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