Chris Martins

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  • Soundgarden Been Away Too Long single King Animal

    Hear Soundgarden's Furious New Single 'Been Away Too Long'

    Hard-rocking denizens of the internet have been caught up in a ceaseless game of cat and mouse since Soundgarden's new single "Been Away Too Long" leaked yesterday. The song is the first the public has heard of the band's forthcoming November 13 album, King Animal, which finds the band back in the studio after a 16-year gap kicked off by 1996's Down On the Upside. After hitting blogs and news sites with takedown notices yesterday, Republic Records has released a proper stream of the slippery new single, which proves that yes, Soundgarden have indeed "Been Away Too Long." Get under something solid and hit play on this furious earth-shaker.

  • Mumford Sons chart Babel debut No. 1

    Mumford & Sons Are Somehow Bigger Than Justin Bieber, Madonna

    Mumford & Sons' otherwise underwhelming second LP Babel is on track to have the biggest debut sales week of the year, putting it ahead of 2012 releases by Justin Bieber, Madonna and Pink by roughly twice as many units moved. According to Billboard, it could sell 600,000 copies.That Babel will sit at the top of next week's Top 10 on the Billboard 200 album sales chart is a given at this point. (Bieber's No. 1-nabbing Believe launched at 347,000.) In fact, it's looking to be the biggest sales week, period, for a rock act since AC/DC dropped Black Ice in 2008.Not bad for a bunch of banjo-twiddlers. What's more, with digital sales booming for the band, Mumford are also projected to notch the second largest sales week for a digital album ever, most likely landing a couple hundred thousand behind Lady Gaga's Born This Way (662K).How did this happen?

  • Whitney Houston TV tribute Usher Celine Dion

    Whitney Houston Will Be Honored With TV Tribute, Greatest Hits, Book

    Celine Dion, Jennifer Hudson, and Usher are all slated to perform in a Grammy-branded televised tribute to Whitney Houston, set to air on CBS nine months after the iconic R&B singer's death. There's also a greatest hits package on the way, dubbed the "first ever, definitive" single-disc set of its kind and, of course, a book.“We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston” will film at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater on October 11, and will air as a one-hour special on November 16 at 10 p.m. It's set to include a star-studded lineup of interviews, footage of Houston's "most memorable performances," and other guest artists yet to be announced.Perhaps R. Kelly will join the lineup to perform his posthumously recorded duet with Houston "I Look to You" (is it too soon for a Holo-Houston?), which he shared via YouTube a few days ago.

  • Grizzly Bear Yet Again video figure skater

    Grizzly Bear Let a Figure Skater Lose Her Mind in 'Yet Again' Video

    In the eerie video for Grizzly Bear's Shields single "Yet Again," a young ice skater finds herself on a surreal journey after falling through rink ice and emerging in a lake. Carnie folk, forest cowboys, and happy teens populate the mundane-but-foreign world that director Emily Kai Bock builds around her stunned subject, while the graceful chamber-folk does figure eights throughout. But is this girl teleporting? Tripping? In an ennui-triggered fugue state? In the end, as the Creators Project co-produced "Yet Again" careens into an OK Computer-styled freakout, it's all too much for her to, um, bear.

  • Angel Haze Jamie xx New York mashup

    Hear Angel Haze Rap Over Jamie xx on Narcotic 'New York'

    On Angel Haze's July stunner of an EP, Reservation, the rising New York rapper spits scathing, heart-braising fire over production that makes her moniker's surname a more literal descriptor. It's no surprise then that she would sound incredible over something from the xx's camp. Here, Reservation producer 83rd combines Haze's "New York" with Jamie XX's remix of "New York is Killing Me" by Gil Scott-Heron. The results are decidedly narcotic, dubbed out into an inescapably dark but strangely bubbling groove. Dig in.

  • Prince Jennifer Hudson Mary J Blige Nothing Compares

    See Prince and Jennifer Hudson Duet on 'Nothing Compares 2 U'

    A new live clip of Prince's two-and-a-half-hour Tuesday night Chicago show reveals that the Purple One has already retired his throwback 'fro. We're kidding — hair today, gone tomorrow — the video actually captured a stunning duet between the Artist and soul singer Jennifer Hudson.They traded lines for "Nothing Compares 2 U," a Prince original that was made famous by Sinéad O'Connor in 1990. He and funk vocalist Rosie Gaines recorded a live version of the track for his 1993 comp, The Hits/The B-Sides, but he probably wasn't wearing a nylon hellscape on his torso then.As NME reports, Prince actually did the song on Saturday night with an assist from Mary J. Blige, but that video had been taken down. Shout to 2 Dope Boyz for finding this, and to the two white boys that offer key overdubs throughout. Watch while you can!

  • Fiona Apple apologizes arrest lockbox regrets

    Fiona Apple Regrets Arrest, Takes Back Weird Lockbox Rant

    After veering momentarily into the bizarre via imaginary lockboxes and sassy sheriffs, Applegate 2012 is back on the rails thanks to an entirely reasonable statement from Fiona Apple. As TMZ reports, the singer apologized for the recent drama at her New Orleans tour stop last night.Looking exasperated in front of the House of Blues crowd, she expressed remorse for (getting in trouble for getting arrested for) carrying hash as she passed through the Texas border town of Sierra Blanca, Texas. The oversight cost her a night in jail, a $10,000 bond, and an avalanche of press."I'm really sorry that [the record is] being overshadowed, that all the work we did is being overshadowed by this bullshit," she said with her arms out.

  • Mike Love / Photo by Getty Images

    Beach Boy Fires All Other Beach Boys

    Mike Love apparently surprised his fellow Beach Boys co-founders Brian Wilson and Al Jardine, plus guitarist David Marks, when he announced on Sunday that all three were fired from the band. After the Boys wrap two London stops on their current 50th anniversary tour, Love will carry on with his own lineup. He cited greed, essentially, as the reason."You've got to be careful not to get overexposed," said Love in a statement issued the day the band's Grammy Museum exhibit opened. "There are promoters who are interested [in the o.g. lineup], but they've said, 'Give it a rest for a year.' The Eagles found out the hard way when they went out for a second year and wound up selling tickets for $5."Love can do this because he has owned the Beach Boys name since 1998, after a series of hard-fought legal battles following the death of Carl Wilson that same year.

  • Morrissey

    SuperMoz Strikes Again: Morrissey Rescues Elderly Lady

    Well, it's no Ryan Gosling breaking up a street scuffle, but we'll take it. According to a Queerty reader, Morrissey was book-browsing at New York's Strand shop on Sunday when he ran to the rescue of an elderly woman who collapsed nearby. This charming man."Morrissey, who was there alone, immediately rushed to her side and crouched on the ground to see if she was okay. She had just lost her bearings and was fine," said the source. "He picked up her stray belongings and asked if he could get her some water or call for help." Viva love!"She declined and collected her things and moved on. But my friend said she touched Morrissey’s cheek in gratitude!

  • rolling stones documentary crossfire hurricane

    See Dramatic Trailers for New Rolling Stones and Clash Docs

    Two of the biggest Micks in music are celebrated in a pair of new documentaries. As previously reported, Oscar-nominated director Brett Morgen is taking on the Rolling Stones in Crossfire Hurricane, and it turns out a Spanish filmmaker named Danny Garcia has set out to portray The Rise and Fall of the Clash.Naturally, both trailers depict their subjects with an eye toward the dramatic, but while Mick Jagger and Co. come across as total badasses (via stage fights, screaming women, a Beatles rivalry), Mick Jones' crew seem doomed from the outset (via the guy in the clip who literally says they were "doomed").Crossfire Hurricane, due out via HBO November 15, promises unreleased historical footage, concert clips and Q&As spanning the band's five decades, along with new commentary from the Stones.

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