Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Justin Timberlake 20/20 Experience Billboard Chart

    Who Charted? Justin Timberlake Sells Shy of a Million, Macklemore Boots Baauer

    First! Let's hear it for the boy. After making the world wait seven whole years, former 'N Sync star, decent actor, and Myspace maybe-savior Justin Timberlake has brought his music career back and this time we're the slave. His first album since 2006's FutureSex/LoveSounds sold just shy of a million copies on its debut. Yes, The 20/20 Experience is No. 1 with a bullet — 968,000 of them, according to Nielsen SoundScan — and the victory brings with it a handful of chart-geek footnotes. This was JT's best solo sales week ever by nearly 300K. It was the third largest sales week for a male singer in the SoundScan era (since 1991), with only Garth Brooks and Usher ranking higher. It was the also third largest sales week for a digital album ever, with only Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift doing better.

  • Iamsu! 'Don't Stop' Video $Uzy 6 $Peed Mixtape

    Iamsu! Is the Laid-Back Life of the Party in 'Don't Stop' Video

    Iamsu!'s KILT mixtape made the leap from one of the year's most slept-on rap releases to a top ranking in SPIN's Best Hip-Hip Albums of 2012. But the E-40 collaborator and prolific Bay Area resident sneaked out another before 2013 dawned: $uzy 6 $peed, which was every bit the equal of that other stunner. To wit, take in the video above, premiered by Stereogum, which makes the case for this mellow party-starter inclusion in our Real Hottest MCs in the Game list. Over a quintessentially Oakland mix of trebly bleeps and trunk-rattling bass, Iamsu!

  • Kid Cudi 'INDICUD' Michael Bolton Kendrick Lamar Jimmy Kimmel

    Kid Cudi Put Michael Bolton on His New Album 'INDICUD'

    Frank Ocean collaborated with John Mayer on channel ORANGE, and for a second there, a few folks believed that Tyler, the Creator was working with Dave Matthews for Wolf. Now it turns out that the once famously solo-dolo Kid Cudi has teamed up with Michael Bolton for a song on his new album, recently revealed to be titled INDICUD. Save your jokes about the stuff that DIY cattle chew — there are more important things to talk about. Like the fact that Father John Misty and Haim are also on the LP.INDICUD's cover art (above) and track list (below) made the rounds shortly after Cudi's Walmart presale began yesterday (March 26), reports Billboard.

  • The-Dream IV Play Release Date Pushed

    The-Dream Puts Off 'IV Play' Release Yet Again, Shares Album Cover

    In a move that surprised no one at all, The-Dream has announced that the release date for his long-awaited and frequently delayed fifth album IV Play has been pushed yet again. Not to be outdone by Vampire Weekend (who moved their new one from May 7 to May 14), the man born Terius Nash has put off his original May 7 release date for the that-much-more-distant May 28. In the same news post to his site, the singer/writer/producer shared the forthcoming LP's duotone cover art via this tiny, shitty image:So far, we've heard the Fabolous team-up "Slow It Down," plus the not-so-great rap-ish track "TRON." It's unclear whether the latter track will make it onto the album.

  • Pharmakon 'Crawling on Bruised Knees' Abandon Margaret Chardiet

    Hear Pharmakon's Industrial Death-Rattler 'Crawling on Bruised Knees'

    New York-based noise brutalist Margaret Chardiet made it onto SPIN's Best New Artists roundup recently for her "apocalyptically visceral" Pharmakon project. The Sacred Bones label will be sharing her debut album Abandon on May 14, but for now we have the bleak, black majesty of "Crawling on Bruised Knees" to bask in. This rumbling track could just as easily feature the misanthropic barks of Death Grips dude Ride, but Chardiet has no problem spewing her own brand of terrifying vocals over top — computerized shouts that sound like a prolonged death rattle turned into poetry. Via statement, the Red Light District collective member explains that her new album's lyrics are about "loss. Losing everything. Relinquishing control. Complete psychic abandon. Blind leaps of faith into the fire, walking out unscathed. Crawling out of the pit."Here's the equally creepy cover of Abandon:

  • Ghostface Killah RZA Comic Book 'Twelve Reasons to Die' Adrian Younge

    Preview Ghostface Killah's Gritty, RZA-Produced Comic Book 'Twelve Reasons to Die'

    Ghostface Killah's Twelve Reasons to Die isn't just a promising new album powered by the searing soul production of Adrian Younge. It's also a comic book about "one vengeful soul hunting the 12 most powerful crime lords in the world," and the list of guest artists is fiercely impressive: Jim Mahfood (Tank Girl), Paolo Rivera (Daredevil), Ramon Perez (Wolverine & The X-Men), Riley Rossmo (Bedlam), Tim Seeley (Hack/Slash), and Kyle Strahm (Haunt), among others, plus 30 Days of Night's Christopher Mitten on the cover of Issue 1.That debut entry in the six-part series hits stands May 29 courtesy of Black Mask Studios, a new publisher co-founded by Epitaph boss and Bad Religion O.G. Brett Gurewitz. The RZA is credited as the book's producer, and his own Soul Temple Records will release the album on April 16.

  • Fuzz 'Sleigh Ride' Ty Segall 7-inch Single Stream

    Listen to Fuzz's Careening 'Sleigh Ride'

    As SPIN's David Bevan wrote in his cover profile of Ty Segall last fall, the San Franciscan garage-punk cyclone's newly formed outfit is so aptly named, it's a wonder someone didn't beat them to it. As Fuzz, Segall and his former Epsilons pals — Roland Cosio (bass) and Charlie Mootheart (guitar) — are a well-oiled doom machine spewing out noxious proto-metal and blues-dripping rippers the likes of which the world hasn't heard since Black Sabbath and Blue Cheer infested the airwaves. In January we received "This Time I Got a Reason" and "Fuzz's Fourth Dream," a double dose almost too gnarly to take in all at once.

  • White Mandingos / Photo by Jason Goldwatch

    See the White Mandingos Look for Trouble in 'The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me'

    At the top of the month, we met the White Mandingos, a bizarrely named group whose membership is equally out-there: Los Angeles undie-rap mainstay Murs, Bad Brains bassist Darryl Jenifer, and Ego Trip writer Sacha Jenkins. Their debut single bears the same name as their forthcoming debut album: The Ghetto Is Tryna Kill Me, out June 11 on Fat Beats. That titular track is itself a mélange of influences — brazen punk-rock, confident hip-hop, and satire of various stripes (musical, political, racial) — and it now has a video to match courtesy of director Jason Goldwatch. The clip features Murs in a studded leather jacket, sporting gold chains and a furry hat, riding around in a busted old car that only seems to brake for attractive women (eating fried chicken) and officers of the law (also played by Murs). Even through the playfulness and irony, these fellas' #swag shines through.

  • Tyler, the Creator 'Wolf' Real Track List Stereolab Erykah Badu

    Tyler, the Creator's 'Wolf' Really Will Feature Stereolab Singer and Erykah Badu

    The actual track list for Tyler, the Creator's highly anticipated Wolf has been revealed. It is, in fact, close to the Dave Matthews-featuring fake version that "leaked" a week ago, except for the Dave Matthews part. Most of the song titles are the same, and the best features remain. Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier is indeed joining Frank Ocean for the song "Escapism," and Erykah Badu will guest alongside Coco O on the piano-powered ballad "Treehome95," which Tyler performed on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon not too long ago. Since there are no new songs to hear yet, we're stuck watching the gonzo "Domo23" video over and over until the album drops on April 2. The real track list comes courtesy of iTunes page. Tyler gave the tipoff:THE REAL WOLF TRACKLIST IS ON ITUNES, THAT ONE YOU DUMB IDIOTS AT PITCHFORK AND AMAZON PUT UP WAS MADE UP OR IDK SO YEAH.

  • Bleached 'Dead in Your Head' Ride Your Heart Dead Oceans New Song

    Hear Bleached's Disturbed Earworm 'Dead in Your Head'

    Bleached sisters Jessica and Jennifer Clavin cut their teeth with surf-tinged noise-punk posse Mika Miko, but their new focus channels their former freneticism into powerful hook-work and production value. "This feels more pop than punk," Jennifer said to SPIN in November, taking a break from recording the duo's debut album, Ride Your Heart, and so far she's been right. "Next Stop" rocked plenty — and the video depicts them tattooing people at house parties and in hotel rooms — but it's the song's sunniness that truly shines. Although new one "Dead in Your Head" is a little more melancholy in terms of subject matter ("I never wanted to lose the boy I love the most"), the steady guitars, tough drums, and sweet vocals make for a real earworm of a track.

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