Chris Martins

writer

Biography

  • Rick Ross LMFAO Lawsuit Party Rock Anthem Hustlin

    Rick Ross Sues LMFAO for Shufflin' Over His Hustlin'

    As noted earlier today, Rick Ross' legal horizon is looking a bit brighter in 2014. A judge only just ruled that the Maybach Music Group bawse can continue to rap about fake cocaine sales using a real drug dealer's name (that'd be the infamous "Freeway" Ricky Ross).

  • Warner Music Group Class Action Settlement Royalties Digital

    Warner Music Close to Settling With Artists Over Digital Royalties Dispute

    Warner Music Group has submitted a settlement offer of $11.5 million in a class action lawsuit filed by its own artists having to do with payment for downloaded music and ringtones. There will now be a hearing on January 23 to determine whether or not the offer is satisfactory. If the deal is accepted, it will merely be a stopgap in the greater issue of how to handle artist payouts for digital audio.Filed on February 2, 2012 by named plaintiffs Kathy Sledge-Lightfoot of Sister Sledge, "Dream Weaver" writer Gary Wright ("Dream Weaver"), and singer/actress Ronee Blakely, the suit alleged the label improperly paid its roster royalty rates instead of licensing rates for music distributed via digital outlets. Royalty rates are worth 6 to 20 percent, and based on physical sales models.

  • Maynard James Keenan Denzel Washington

    Maynard James Keenan Calls Denzel Washington His 'Comfort Blanket'

    Maynard James Keenan, frontman for Puscifer, leader of A Perfect Circle, big boss man at Tool, winemaker at Merkin Vinyards, has now been revealed as Denzel Washington's biggest fan. The A.V. Club asked the man to dream up a lineup for his very own hypothetical 24-hour film festival, and after sharing deep knowledge on such arty classics as Blue Velvet and Gummo, he closed with an unexpected 4 a.m. feature: "Anything With The Denzel."Asked to explain his love for the Two Guns star, Keenan couldn't: "I guess I'm a product of American living. Germans love David Hasselhoff and I just love the Denzel Washington. I can't explain it. It's that guilty pleasure. It's almost like when you're a kid and you have your blanket. He's my comfort blanket ...

  • Beyonce Billboard Charts Album Eminem One Direction

    Beyonce Continues Album Chart Reign With Third No. 1 Week

    First! Beyoncé's Beyoncé will be, once again, No. 1. And in selling an additional 310,000 copies on its third week, that essential eponymous album handily smashes through the platinum mark, notching 1.3 million in 17 days in the United States alone. Furthermore, this is the first full-length since Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience to rack up three weeks at the top, and the first by a woman to do so since Taylor Swift's Red. What's more, the last time any album sold more than 300K in each of its debut three weeks was in 2009 — Susan Boyle's record-smashing I Dreamed a Dream. Stay tuned to find out how many Target higher-ups are getting the ax for refusing to sell Beyoncé.2 to 10: Virtually zero new releases came out last week, so it's repeats across the board (throughout the entire top 50, in fact).

  • Rick Ross Freeway Lawsuit Drug Dealer Bound 2 Freestyle

    Rick Ross Can Rap About Fake Drug Deals Using Real Dealer's Name, Judge Rules

    Perhaps 2014 will be the year that the fates are kinder to Maybach Music Group bawse Rick Ross, who in 2013 was shot at, sued for a bunch of things, dissed by a South African billionaire, and dropped by one of his biggest commercial backers after tripping over his own flapping gums. But now the man born William Roberts II can rest a little easier knowing that his rap alias is protected by the First Amendment.In 2010, Rick Ross was sued by "Freeway" Ricky Ross, a 1980s Los Angeles cocaine kingpin who did 13 years behind bars after his connections to the Iran-Contra scandal were revealed.

  • The Best Beefs of 2013

    The Best Beefs of 2013

    We've given you the 2013 Hall of Shame, the 25 Most Memorable Quotes of 2013, the Year in Miley Cyrus, and an illustrated guide to Kanye West's ridiculous self-comparisons, but there's still more inanity to dish on as we head into 2014. Dig into the most entertaining disputes here.

  • Nicki Minaj Boss Ass Bitch PTAF Stream Remix

    Nicki Minaj Brags About Her Ladyparts on 'Boss Ass Bitch' Remix

    Nicki Minaj has put her own spin on one of 2012's ratchet classics, "Boss Ass Bitch" by PTAF. Heard below, the Young Money rhymer goes in on the remixed track, flexing her considerable skills over a minimal beat that cuts early Rick Rubin drum styles with vinyl cuts and electro flourish. Mostly, she just raps circles around her peers — "Ask Lil Wayne who the five-star bitch is," she brags — but she also breaks into a creepy sing-song toward the end: "When I'm back on the prowl, you bitches better have my money, 'cause I'm coming for you." Could that mean a new Minaj album in 2014? Last month we got to hear Nicki's long-awaited response to Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse and it was nothing short of masterful. 

  • Courtney Love Hole Reunion Photo Eric Erlandson Twitter

    Courtney Love Teases 2014 Hole Reunion, Promises 'Interesting Year'

    Courtney Love has teased the possibility of a proper Hole reunion, tweeting a photo of herself with the band's founding guitarist Eric Erlandson. "And this just happened," she wrote on Saturday, December 28, adding "2014 is going to be a very interesting year." In addition, she tagged former bassist Melissa Auf Der Mar (also late of the Smashing Pumpkins) and music manager Peter Mensch, whose company has represented Hole in the past.The photo is up on Facebook as well, where it's picked up hundred of comments, most of which seem to be voicing the hope that Hole will indeed be coming together next year. That said, it was only a year ago that Love declared her old band "dead," and about seven months since she told Bust that the group will never reunite.

  • Danny Brown Dip Handstand Live Video Molly Twerk

    Watch Danny Brown Play 'Dip,' 'Handstand' at SPIN Year in Music Concert

    Earlier this month, SPIN celebrated our Year in Music with a big old party at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg. The lineup: pop usurper Charli XCX, indie-rock OGs Superchunk, and Detroit's proudest son, Danny Brown. We've already gone backstage with the Old rapper — for an interview manned by Hannibal Buress of The Eric André Show, no less — and now we get to see him in action on stage. Above you'll find a spirited performance of the man's latest ode to MDMA, "Dip." And below we've got Brown's tribute to twerk, "Handstand." Express yourself by hitting that play button, and then check out our 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013 and our 50 Best Rap Songs of 2013 to find out where Danny ranks — and if you're in the Bay Area, don't miss his New Year's Eve show at Mezzanine tomorrow night (which has one of the funniest ads we've seen in a long time).

  • Beyonce Challenger Disaster Sample XO NASA Survivors

    Beyonce Sets Record Straight on Challenger Disaster Audio Sample

    Beyoncé has come under fire for "XO," a tender ode to not taking our loved ones for granted, because the song opens with a six-second sample of audio culled from the Challenger disaster. On January 28, 1986, the space shuttle exploded after liftoff, taking the lives of the seven crew-members of board. As the nightmare unfolded, NASA's public affairs officer Steven Nesbitt reported: "Flight controllers here looking very carefully at the situation. Obviously a major malfunction."Those words are heard again at the start of "XO," which hails from the star's surprise fifth album Beyoncé and was co-written by The-Dream and OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder.

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