Chris Martins

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  • Lorde Age Birth Certificate James Blake Cover Video

    Lorde Age-Truthers Surface 17-Year-Old's Birth Certificate

    Lorde had a helluva run at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, but the widening spotlight surrounding the New Zealand star brings with it some unwanted attention, too — specifically from tongue-in-cheek "truthers" who call her age into question. But The Hairpin has put that to rest by obtaining the young artist's birth certificate. Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O'Connor came into this (cruel, accusatory) world on November 7, 1996. So yeah, she's 17. Also: not Māori, if you were wondering.Now that the matter is settled, the rest of us can continue to feel woefully under-accomplished as we watch footage of Lorde's homecoming show at Auckland's Silo Park on Wednesday, January 29. Above, she covers Best New Artist nominee James Blake to her rapturous audience. In her hands, "Retrograde" sounds excellent as always.

  • Beaty Heart 'Kanute's Comin' Round' Stream Mixed Blessings

    Hear Beaty Heart's Expanding Psych-Pop Balloon 'Kanute's Comin' Round'

    South London's Beaty Heart make swirling psych-pop without succumbing to the overly heady inclinations of some of their peers. The first share from their 2014 debut album Mixed Blessings was the rightly named "Lekka Freakout" — the trio's songs are the stuff of barefooted stomping and heartfelt handclaps. For further wilding, click on "Kanute's Comin' Round" below. The tropical treat bursts with the Beach Boys' blissful harmonies and Animal Collective's frenetic percussion. Figure in a wee bit of Akron/Family's understated jams and Liars' off-kilter playfulness, and you've got the beating heart of, well, Beaty Heart.The group's debut was recorded with Dave Eringa (Manic Street Preachers, Idlewild, Kylie Minogue) and is currently slated for a May 12 release. Nusic Sounds officially drops "Kanute's" March 3.

  • Justin Bieber Chance Rapper 'Confident' Video

    Justin Bieber Plays a Douche in 'Confident' Video With Chance the Rapper

    Against steep odds, Justin Bieber's music makes it back into the headlines with this late-in-the-day release of the video for his Chance the Rapper-assisted "Confident." As previously noted, this song decidedly doesn't suck. Of course, our Rapper of the Year is a delight to hear no matter who he's rhyming with, but even the guy that the United States is currently trying to exile by popular vote comes out looking good — well, figuratively speaking. In the video, the Biebz is a douche. Due respect to directors Colin Tilley and Nico Weisenet. The clip itself is a lot of fun, finding a gang of dancers who move and groove to the whims of the clip's female love interest. But there's that little skit in the middle where Bieber hits on the girl, and you think he's being winkingly corny, and then you realize he's not, and that he has no idea that he's actually an utter douche-bag.

  • Paramore 'Ain't It Fun' Video Single World Record

    Paramore Break Records by Breaking Records in 'Ain't It Fun' Video

    Paramore have released a surprise video for "Ain't It Fun," from their self-titled 2013 return album. The new wave-flavored song is ironically triumphant and upbeat — look no further than the chorus for clarification: "Ain't it good to be on your own? / Ain't it fun, you can't count on no one? / Ain't it fun living in the real world?" Thankfully, Hayley Williams and her bandmates Taylor York and Jeremy Davis have plenty of good times in Sophia Peer's video. Working with Record Setter, the Tennessee-born band set out to break the most world records within a music video (that being a world record in and of itself). We won't spoil all of the, um, fun, but there are clocks smashed, feathers caught, cartwheels executed, and records spun, to name a few.

  • Bruno Mars Billionaire Lawsuit Copyright Travie McCoy

    Wanna Be a 'Billionaire': Bruno Mars and Travie McCoy Sued Over Copyright

    With a fresh Grammy under his belt and a Super Bowl Halftime Show on his horizon, Bruno Mars is about as "in the limelight" as a guy can get — especially one whose last album came out in 2012. But while Unorthodox Jukebox continues to win big for the pop-maker, an older song that he worked on is now causing some trouble. On Tuesday, a man named Demetrius Orlandus Proctor filed a lawsuit claiming he holds to copyright for the Travie McCoy team-up, "Billionaire."McCoy, Mars, and the latter's Smeezingtons writing partners Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine are all named in the suit, submitted to a Maryland federal court on January 28. Proctor says he's owned the copyright to the music and lyrics of the track since March 31, 2011, though the song was released in March of 2010 and became an immediate hit.

  • Future 'Drunk in Love' Cover Stream Beyonce Jay Z

    Future Plays Both Bey and Jay in 'Drunk in Love' Cover

    Beyoncé's surprise fifth album is full of outstanding moments, but her Jay Z team-up "Drunk in Love" has been in the spotlight of late — literally, as the opening number to the 56th Annual Grammys, and otherwise, as "surfboard" references crowd Twitter feeds and inspired artists record cover versions. Yesterday we shared Angel Haze's rapping-ass version, and now we've got a swaggeringly sung take by Auto-Tuned Atlanta MC Future. The rap portion feels a little phoned-in, but is arguably still an improvement over Hova's Warhol-desecrating verse. Still no word as to when the Honest album is going to arrive, but the most recent original songs we've heard from Future include "Regular Party" and "Maison Margiela."

  • The Bird and Bee Matt Berninger Stream All Our Endless Love

    The National's Matt Berninger Meets the Bird and Bee on 'All Our Endless Love'

    It's been a good while since we've heard from the Bird and the Bee. Their last proper album was a full-length set of Hall & Oates covers, but singer Inara George and producer extraordinaire Greg Kurstin (Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé, Pink, Katy Perry) reunite on "All Our Endless Love." The heavy piano ballad features a stirring guest turn from the National's Matt Berninger, a noted master of maudlin, who unleashes his baritone over swirling strings and plinking keys. The new song appears on the soundtrack for the forthcoming romantic drama Endless Love. Out February 11 via Warner Bros., that set will also include music by Cults, Franz Ferdinand, Tanlines, Tegan and Sara, and Tallest Man on Earth, among others. Skyler Grey also apparently covered Robert Palmer's "Addicted to Love" for the film itself.Stream "All Our Endless Love" over at Stereogum.

  • Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Led Zeppelin New Song

    None of the Red Hot Chili Peppers Super Bowl Rumors Are True

    Certain members of the media had a field day with Chad Smith's declaration that his Red Hot Chili Peppers would play "Led Zeppelin's live version" of "Dazed and Confused" at the Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show on Sunday, February 2. The statement was obviously in jest (that'd take up the entire time slot), but the drummer has nonetheless clarified as much in an interview with Los Angeles rock radio station KROQ."People in the media are so gullible sometimes," Smith said. "We will, however, be performing side one of Rush's 2112. [That was a joke, again.] Obviously I can't tell you what we're going to do, it would ruin the surprise. Come on, you gotta watch. It's gonna be great. Bruno Mars, we met them, his band are great people.

  • Kendrick Lamar Macklemore Grammys Win Response

    Kendrick Lamar Is Totally Cool With Losing to Macklemore

    Kendrick Lamar has responded to the big Grammys 2014 hip-hop upset, which was summed up by SPIN's Brandon Soderberg as, "Macklemore Wins and the Rest of Rap Music Loses." Seattle's "Same Love" MC and his production partner Ryan Lewis dominated their genre at this year's awards gala, beating out the critical favorite, Compton's own Lamar, every step of the way. This made a whole lot of folks mad — perhaps they would've preferred Macklemore blackballed.The "Thrift Shop" advocate also at least feigned frustration over the decision, while hijacking the discussion, by texting Lamar an apology ("I robbed you," he wrote) and then posting a screen-cap of his own graciousness on Instagram. (Cool story, bro.) But the good kid, m.A.A.d city rapper has taken the actual high road on the issue.

  • Major Lazer Pharrell Aerosol Can Apocalypse Soon EP

    Major Lazer Tease 'Apocalypse Soon' EP With New Pharrell Song

    Major Lazer haven't been missing, exactly — those Free the Universe songs are still inspiring twerk the world over, and their Lazer Strikes Back remix series continues — but Diplo's roving dancehall rave-up will make an official return on February 25 with Apocalypse Soon. The five-song EP will include Pharrell team-up "Aerosol Can," which he debuted on the Holy Ship!!! EDM cruise in January. Hear that below, and "Lose Yourself" featuring RDX and Moska in the promo video above. Also featured: Jamaican star Sean Paul, soca singer Machel Montano, and German producer Mr. Fox.Apocalypse Soon EP track list:1. "Aerosol Can" (feat. Pharrell Williams)2. "Come on to Me" (feat. Sean Paul)3. "Sound Bang" (feat. Machel Montano)4. "Lose Yourself" (feat. RDX & Moska)5. "Dale Asi" (feat. Mr. Fox)

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