Chris Martins

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  • Britney Spears I Am Jean Documentary Ratings Vegas

    Britney Spears' 'I Am Britney Jean' Vegas Doc Is a Ratings Flop

    Despite Britney Spears' attempt to release an album this month — Britney Jean has had a rough go with critics and fans alike — the real excitement surrounding the Y2K-pop star has to do with her forthcoming Las Vegas residency. The Planet Hollywood production, Piece of Me, kicks off Friday, December 27, and runs deep into 2015. So on Sunday night, December 22, E! broadcast a two-hour behind-the-scenes documentary on the thing ... and it flopped pretty awfully.The special broadcast raised a mere 706,000 viewers. Now, you may be thinking, "Hey, it's the Sunday before Christmas. People are probably ... on airplanes or, um, in church or something." Not so. For comparison, ABC's airing of the 1965 classic musical The Sound of Music averaged 6.6 million viewers according to Nielsen (via USA Today). Oh, and Sunday Night Football nabbed 18.3 million.

  • Beyonce Billboard Charts Top 10 Garth Brooks Album

    Beyonce Is No. 1 Again, Sells Circles Around Last Album

    First! Who else but the Queen Bey? We knew it was coming — Beyoncé scored a No. 1 victory when she sneak-released Beyoncé at the tail end of that particular sales week, which only amounted to three days. Her fifth album had a few numbers-bumps built into its second week: 1) seven full days of selling, 2) good buzz going into the Christmas holiday, and 3) the album's arrival in CD form, which had been put off to allow iTunes exclusivity initially. Experts predicted Mrs. Carter's latest would do around 260,000 in week two — instead, it did 374K, according to Billboard. That's bigger than the first week of the megastar's 2011 album 4, and it brings the total for Beyoncé up to 991K. It'll undoubtedly break a million in 2013. Though not with Target's help.2 to 10: Otherwise, baby it's old outside. The rest of the top 10 is pretty damned stale.

  • Rap Genius Google Link Scheme Penalized SEO

    Google Punishes Rap Genius for Using Search Hack

    Rap Genius is bad at making friends. In November the National Music Publishers Association called the site "blatantly illegal" because they never actually obtained the licenses required to display lyrics. And though they seem to be making strides toward legitimacy in that department (Rap Genius and Sony struck a deal), they've now pissed off Google for allegedly participating in a link scheme. The Internet giant is now punitively burying the lyrics site beneath pages of undesired search results.Blogger John Marbach exposed the problem on December 23 after RG posted this to Facebook: "Do you have a blog? Do you wanna be a RAP GENIUS BLOG AFFILIATE? Help us help you!" That was followed by an email address for co-founder Mahbod Moghadam.

  • Nirvana Day Washington April 10 Hoquiam Hall Fame

    Nirvana Day Declared in Washington Town

    On April 10 Nirvana will be at last inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but that's not the only honor the northwestern alternative giants will receive. That date has officially been declared Nirvana Day by the small city of Hoquiam, Washington, located in the same county as Kurt Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, just four miles to the east. The band's legendary late leader also lived in the 8,500-population burg for a short while.According to local radio station KXRO, Hoqiuam mayor Jack Durney shared some words to mark the occasion: "They bring great honor, I think as I say, to our entire community.

  • Yuck 'Somewhere' Video Glow Behold

    Yuck Take to the Sky in 'Somewhere' Video

    Yuck blessed us earlier this month with a super adorable video for "Lose My Breath," in which children and ducklings shared an innocent day at the pool — well, it started that way, at least. Now we get an ambient clip (sans narrative) for the beautiful six-minute drifter "Somewhere." That Glow & Behold highlight features slowly billowing guitars and subtly uplifting vocals, so it's appropriate that the accompanying clip takes place in an airport and up amongst the clouds. For more from Yuck, revisit the band's shoegaze-dusted "Rebirth," and their Elliott Smith-like "Memorial Fields."

  • holy ship!!! 2014 lineup schedule set times

    Holy Ship!!! Schedule Promises Limbo With Dillon Francis

    HARD has announced the full schedule of events for the 2014 installment of Holy Ship!!! The festival cruise leaves from Miami, Florida, on January 9 and makes two different stops in the Bahamas — for private beach parties, of course, before returning to the U.S. on January 12. The big names include Pharrell Williams, Skrillex, Duck Sauce, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Baauer, A-Trak, Disclosure, and Boys Noize to name a few. Artist-hosted activities include beach games, yoga classes, a limbo competition, Texas hold-em poker, tai chi, and a cigar and scotch appreciation hour. There will also be a pre-party in at Story in Miami on Wednesday, January 8, featuring Zedd, Destructo, and Oliver. Tickets for that are here. Review the details below or at the HARD site.

  • Yusef Lateef Jazz Composer Dead 93 Flute Saxophone

    Yusef Lateef, Jazz Master, Dead at 93

    Grammy-winning jazz innovator Yusef Lateef is dead at the age of 93. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on October 9, 1920, the gifted composer came to be celebrated for fusing his distinctively American idiom with Eastern sounds. Though a versatile multi-instrumentalist, he was best known for his work on flute and tenor saxophone. He died Monday, December 23, at his home in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, after reportedly battling prostate cancer.The Daily Hampshire Gazette broke the news, sharing the information they received so that the newspaper might publish an official obituary. His 1987 set Yusef Lateef's Little Symphony won the Grammy for Best New Age Album in its time. Lateef played every instrument on that album, including sitar, water drums, gourd, and kalangu.

  • kanye west, drake, president obama

    Barack Obama Agrees: 'Kanye's Music Is Outstanding Though'

    We got a lot of Kanye West in 2013. The man released a bona fide stunner of a new record, Yeezus, which was SPIN's Album of the Year. That placed him at the top of our Best Albums list and our Best Hip-Hop Albums list, of course. The dude also had a lot to say this year, which led to a notable inclusion in our Year in Quotes round-up and spawned a standalone gallery of original illustrations depicting the many self-comparisons West made in various rants and interviews. But the year wouldn't be a wrap if we didn't get the President of the United States of America himself to weigh in Yeezy.In a new interview with People, via Politico, Barack Obama is asked who he'd rather hang out with: the Duck Dynasty family or West and his fiancé Kim Kardashian.

  • Beyonce Million Sales Self Titled Album Charts

    Beyonce Poised to Sell a Million U.S. Copies of 'Beyonce' in 10 Days

    On Wednesday of last week, December 18, Beyoncé's self-titled surprise fifth album broke the million-sold mark worldwide. Now, according to Billboard, the LP is unsurprisingly on the verge of accomplishing that same feat in the U.S. alone. You'll recall that the stone-cold Essential Beyoncé was released in the wee morning hours of a Friday, meaning its week-one sales of 617,000 actually came from a three-day span, as the industry charts week ends wraps on Sundays.Although forecasters predicted that the album would sell 260,000 in week two, it's now looking like Queen Bey may land at a number north of 340,000 — that'd give her a total of at least 957,000 albums sold across a 10-day span.

  • Iggy Pop Merry Christmas Holiday Greeting Video

    Watch Iggy Pop's Priceless Christmas Video Greeting

    Iggy Pop in a hot tub wearing a Santa hat. Iggy Pop on a couch snuggling with a giant tropical bird. Iggy Pop on a chaise lounge in a robe next to a pool, saying, "Merry Christmas" as he waggled his eyebrows. There's a whole lot that happens in the precious 20 seconds viewable above, wherein the affable Stooges boss invites the public into his private life in order to share some good tidings. Pop released a damn fine solo album this year — Ready to Die — and also visited Marc Maron's WTF to discuss orgasms and Andy Warhol.

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