Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Destiny's Child Kelly Rowland 'You've Changed' Beyonce Michelle Williams

    Destiny's Child Kinda Reunite for Kelly Rowland's 'You've Changed'

    First things first, Kelly Rowland wants you to know that "You've Changed" is not a Destiny's Child track. To wit: "It's not a Destiny's Child track," she recently told Billboard. "It's me featuring Beyoncé and Michelle." Secondly, kudos to Rowland because even considering the tinny quality of the radio rip streaming below, this is better than a Destiny's Child track — better than "Nuclear" at least. And since the group that also launched the careers of Beyoncé Knowles and Michelle Williams didn't exactly thrill us at their big Super Bowl Halftime show, perhaps maintaining a healthy distance is the best look for the semi-reunited trio. Each worked in a separate studio to record her part of the brand new breakup song, which is set to appear on Rowland's Talk a Good Game, due June 18 via Universal Republic.

  • Angel Haze 'No Bueno' Live Video Dirty Gold

    See Angel Haze Spit Fire Over Fiddle in 'No Bueno' Live Video

    Angel Haze performed brand new song "No Bueno" at London Club Scala on May 7 and though recordings of the performance have been circulating, the New York rapper has now released an official live clip. The song is the first taste we've gotten of her forthcoming debut album for Universal Republic, Dirty Gold, and it's fierce on all fronts. Haze is lyrically fired up, delivering classic rap braggadocio whilst big-upping dolo and dollars. Meanwhile she's backed by a clearly able band who deliver hard-hitting bass and drums, huge swells of synth, and tension-ratcheting strings.This comes from the same set that gave us Haze's version of Watch the Throne track "Otis" with Iggy Azalea — before that, all we had to tide us over was her MC's tasty update of Purity Ring's "Lofticries" and that musty old Azelia Banks beef.

  • CHVRCHES Gun Single Stream Virgin

    Hear CHVRCHES Take Aim at Jilting Lovers With New 'Gun' Single

    Recent This Is Happening stars CHVRCHES reach some incredibly ebullient heights with their romantic synth-pop sound — a fact which seems all the more remarkable when you consider the darkness that creeps into singer Lauren Mayberry's lyrics. When SPIN spoke to the band last month, co-producer Iain Cook blamed the Glaswegian weather: "There's a melancholy that comes from perpetual grayness and clouds and colds." But in new single "Gun," it's quite clear that Mayberry is taking aim at a former lover: "Hi, hi — I have burned your bridges / I will be a gun and it's you I'll come for." (Coincidentally, Scout Niblett recently released a song called "Gun" that is about the exact same thing.) It's heavy stuff set to a wonderfully upbeat backbeat, of course.

  • 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.

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