Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Kanye West Keeping Up With the Kardashians Supercut Video

    Keeping Up With Kanye West's 'Kardashians' Cameos Is Hilarious Business

    Over the year-plus that he's been dating Kim Kardashian, Kanye West has understandably made it a point to avoid appearing on E!'s reality show about her family, Keeping Up With the Kardashians. But as the two became parents during the taping of the currently airing eighth season, the Yeezus auteur and his girlfriend have been very much entangled. While West has limited his appearances to the occasional physical cameo thus far, his name has been all over the show, and now Vulture has hilariously cobbled together every single moment that Ye's essence has been summoned. They dub the in-absentia musical megastar "Ghost Kanye," as the constant invocation of West's handle makes him seem like a mere braggadocious figment of Kim's imagination. "Where's Kanye?" indeed...

  • Lorde Royals Cover Mayer Hawthorne Video Vevo

    See Lorde's 'Royals' Get Positively Funked by Mayer Hawthorne

    Lorde's "Royals" just became the biggest song in the country, making the 16-year-old artist the youngest Hot 100 chart-topper since Tiffany scored in 1987. Her Pure Heroine LP debut may not be perfect, but the power of that song is undeniable, and an ace songsmith like recent SPIN interview subject Mayer Hawthorne would be a fool to deny it. So instead, the man is here to "funk it up." Celebrating his freshly released album, Where Does This Door Go, the Detroit-bred soul man covered "Royals" for VEVO's "Unexpected Covers" series, enlisting his full band to give the electronipop delight an afterhours jazz rebirth. The groove is undeniable and the four-part harmonies are divine. Bear witness above, and read our interview with Lorde to find out who's been inspiring her along the way.

  • Fiona Apple Heckler Portland Health Weight Walk Off

    Fiona Apple Heckled Over Health, Walks Off Again

    Just over a month ago, Fiona Apple made headlines following an incident at a Fashion Week event in Tokyo in which she reportedly walked off stage when the crowd refused to, in her alleged words, "shut the fuck up." While the ever-Essential-making Idler Wheel artist had a bone to pick with our coverage of (Women's Wear Daily's coverage of) that event, a new episode has taken place which confirms what we already knew: that this sort of behavior is sadly not out-of-character for the 36-year-old performer.As reported, quite delicately, by both Stereogum and The Oregonian, Apple and her current touring partner Blake Mills played a wonderful tour-opening show last night (October 3) at Portland, Oregon's Newmark Theatre, but the concert ended in ignominy on all all sides when a heckler attacked the headliner's physical appearance.

  • Prince Concert House Paisley Park Public Minneapolis

    Prince Is Playing at Prince's House and You're Invited

    Prince is on a roll. (Though, when is he not?) Of late, His Purpleness has been funking with Janelle Monae, winning the Internet with a Dave Chappelle assist, and imbuing Twitter with "Groovy Potential." Now he's opening up the gates of his Paisley Park live-work(-play) complex to the public for a concert featuring both of his bands: 3rdEyeGirl and the recently reunited New Power Generation. According to the Minneapolis City Pages, the show will feature a 20-piece ensemble, 11 of which will be brass.In the pricelessly Web 1.0 video invite below, Prince lets us know: "Limited Entry... Get Here Early! And Bring Your Dancing Shoes!!!" Doors open at 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 5, and no cell phones will be allowed to get through.

  • Chuck Inglish 'Came Thru/Easily' Mac Miller Ab-Soul Stream

    Chuck Inglish, Mac Miller, Ab-Soul Get Trippy on 'Came Thru/Easily'

    Cool Kids co-founder Chuck Inglish has got a full-length debut on deck for the new year — Convertibles, due February 11 on Dave Sitek's Federal Prism label. But first comes the Easily EP, a star-studded selection of characteristically clean bangers that show off the MC's laid-back but razor-sharp microphone skills. Semi-titular track "Came Thru/Easily" might be the most exemplary, presenting the Detroit-born, Los Angeles-dwelling rhymer alongside Black Hippy star Ab-Soul and the newly cool (truly) Mac Miller. None fails to deliver, and the production is inspired, moving from minimal percussive work to wavy psychedelia.

  • Gloom Balloon 'She Was The One That Got Away' Stream

    Hear Gloom Balloon's Sax-Dipped Regret Rap 'She Was the One That Got Away'

    Gloom Balloon are full of surprises, but the subject matter of "She Was the One That Got Away" is not one of them. The track below is an epistolary song dedicated to a former lover, rich in personal detail, brimming with sad humor, and full of tangible regret. But it's the rest that blindsides the listener in such a totally welcome way. First, the titular line is given a nearly gospel treatment for the chorus. Second, there's the saxophone and flute dancing all over the backing beat.

  • Maybach Music Group Rick Ross Lawsuit London Concert

    Rick Ross' Maybach Crew Hit With Huge Lawsuit Over London Concert

    Trouble just seems to follow Rick Ross wherever he goes. If it's not a massive criminal organization with chapters in just about any city the former correctional officer would likely play, it's something to do with molly or money. In June, the Maybach Music Group bawse was sued by a Rolex dealer who claimed Ricky Rozay hadn't paid his bling bill. Now, TMZ reports that the man and his labelmates are the targets of yet another lawsuit, this time stemming from a London concert cancellation.MMG members Ross, Meek Mill, Wale, Omarion, and Stalley were booked to play Wembley Arena on September 12, 2012, but allegedly pulled out with plans to reschedule. The promoter claims each was paid a sizable advance, plus were the beneficiaries of other non-refundable expenses (such as travel) that had already been paid for.

  • Thom Yorke Spotify Radiohead Atoms for Peace

    Thom Yorke Compares Spotify to a Dying Man's Fart

    Thom Yorke has once again taken aim at Spotify in response to a phenomenon in streaming audio that the Radiohead and Atoms for Peace frontman says is "bad for new music." He and producer/bandmate Nigel Godrich shard their complaints 140 characters at a time via Twitter back in July, pulling their various non-Radiohead catalogs from the service in the process. But in a new entrevista with Mexico's Sopitas, Yorke elaborates at length."I feel like the way people are listening to music is going through this big transition," he begins, as Consequence of Sound reports. "I feel like as musicians we need to fight the Spotify thing.

  • Breaking Bad Badfinger Baby Blue Statistics Bump Stream Sales

    The Heisenberg Bump: Badfinger's Post-'Breaking Bad' Stats Are Insane

    While film franchises like The Hunger Games and far lesser television shows pimp exclusive songs from popular artists in order to gain cred, the cultural event called Breaking Bad only plays kingmaker where musical cameos are concerned. It's no secret that the AMC drama's finale went out on the cool and crunchy grooves of Badfinger's 1971 song "Baby Blue," whose lyrics were about as on-the-nose as it comes for a series about a blue drug that goes up one's nose.As previously noted, day-after reports from Spotify saw the song's in-service streams rise a whopping 9,000 percent, but the bigger picture is even more staggering. According to Nielsen SoundScan, which is the same service that provides Billboard with its chart data, U.S. streams of "Baby Blue" were up over 20,000 percent by the end of Monday, September 30, the day after Breaking Bad's final episode aired.

  • Miley Cyrus Terry Richardson NSFW Photos Photoshoot Nude

    Miley Cyrus Now Twerking Door to Door Trying to Shock People

    Miley Cyrus turned a lot of heads when ... well, when she did anything at all during the Bangerz album cycle. But most relevant now: the "Wrecking Ball" video, which delivered the one-two punch of a surprisingly powerful ballad and a stark-naked starlet swinging on the titular no-longer-metaphorical object. That unsubtle touch came courtesy of the King of Indelicate himself, photographer and director Terry Richardson. Much ado has been made leading up to the release of his latest photoshoot with Cyrus and it certainly delivers on expectations. Miley should feel as free as she wants to be to bear whatever she's got, but like the MTV VMA performance before this, and the Marc Jacobs shirt before that, and the very existence of "We Can't Stop," this latest public display feels like photographic evidence of a not-so-rare condition known as look-at-me-itis.

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