Chris Martins

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  • Lana Del Rey Oscars Sabotage Best Song List Gatsby

    Lana Del Rey's Oscar Bid Sabotaged by Anonymous Evildoers

    The Oscars short list for Best Original Song has only just been released, and already there are reports of an anonymous entity attempting to sabotage Lana Del Rey's chances at a statue. Deadline says members of the Academy's music selection committee have received mailers featuring a bogus article purported to be printed from the Variety site. The text claims The Great Gatsby song "Young and Beautiful" is disqualified due to a technicality over the film's release date.But no such article exists and Warner Bros. insists Del Rey's song — and the four others submitted from the same soundtrack — is perfectly legit Academy members are currently tasked with cutting down the short list of 75 songs to a manageable number of actual nominations, to be announced January 16.

  • Animal Collective Stephen Malkmus Pizza Ice Cream

    Animal Collective Is Pizza Now

    Animal Collective is pizza now. New York-founded pie chain Two Boots — which also has restaurants in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Nashville, Jersey City, and others — specializes in slices named after famous entities, be they the fictional Mr. Pink from Reservior Dogs, or jazz legend Charlie Parker (try "The Bird" sometime). As Eater NY reports, they're taking over the recently closed Williamsburg pizza joint Driggs and (possibly in honor of that) launched "The Animal Collective."That new slice includes a whole lot of animal product: tasso, chicken, andouille meatballs, and pepperoni on a Sicilian crust. Brooklyn Vegan adds that Two Boots has another new recipe dubbed "The Meg." The Meg White-inspired work is a four-cheese white pie — as pale as the former White Stripes drummer herself.

  • Beastie Boys GoldieBlox Lawsuit Dismissed Girls Toys

    Shady Toymaker Attempts to Run and Hide From Beastie Boys Lawsuit

    Yet another chapter in the still not-quite-wrapped tale of the Beastie Boys and the toy company that tried to capitalize off of their legacy. According to court documents obtained by SPIN, GoldieBlox have dropped their pre-emptive lawsuit against Island Def Jam, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and Universal Music Publishing — originally filed by the toymakers in order to fight for their right to parody Beasties song "Girls" without being accused of copyright infringement.But there were four other parties named in the November suit conspicuously not mentioned in the voluntary dismissal filed on Tuesday, December 17: the Beastie Boys themselves, their publishing company Brooklyn Dust Music, Adam "Ad-Rock" Horovitz, and cowriter/producer Rick Rubin. Presumably this means GoldieBlox have left their corporate foes behind, but are still suing the artists themselves.

  • Queens Stone Age 'Smooth Sailing' ACL Live Video

    Queens of the Stone Age Are 'Smooth Sailing' in 'ACL' Clip

    Speaking on Queens of the Stone Age's return this year, Josh Homme asked SPIN, "Why would you choose being bitter over choosing to make music? Being bitter is gross. It doesn't amount to anything." Indeed, the desert rock guru chose the other path and it amounted to quite a bit, with ...Like Clockwork not only nabbing a No. 1 debut but ranking high in our 50 Best Albums of 2013. QOTSA also recorded an Austin City Limits set that'll air January 4 on PBS. Above, you can watch "Smooth Sailing," a falsetto-funked highlight that rides a minimal, circuitous groove throughout, ramping up the tension and offering little relief. Well, unless you count the most-quoted line from all of ...Like Clockwork: "I blow my load over the status quo." Eww. 

  • Beyonce Drake 'Mine' Video Self-Titled

    Beyonce Is a Goddess in Drake-Assisted 'Mine' Video

    Beyoncé's Beyoncé just formally became the nation's No. 1 album, and it broke a whole bunch of records to get there (also: No Target). As you likely know by now, her fifth LP not only arrived as a surprise, it came with 17 beautifully shot music videos. On Monday, Queen Bey shared two of those in quick succession — the Jay Z-featuring "Drunk in Love" and the Terry Richardson-directed "XO" — and now a third has hit the Internet. Drake's October's Very Own blog posted the clip for "Mine," which features Drizzy of course. Seen above, the Pierre Debusschere short opens on Beyoncé looking a bit like the Virgin Mary in the middle of a Grecian tableau.

  • Beyonce Album Billboard Top 10 Charts

    Beyonce Breaks All Kinds of Records With No. 1 Debut

    First! Was there ever any question? Bow down, bitches, it's Beyoncé. With the stealth release of her fifth album — titled Beyoncé because duh — Queen Bey becomes the first woman in history to hit No. 1 with her first five studio albums, says Billboard. What's more, she did so on the debut week every time. More still: She dropped this one at midnight as Friday dawned, and the charts week ends on Sunday night. That means she sold 617,000 copies in the U.S. in three days, and with iTunes as the exclusive distributor. That tiny span not only counted as our heroine's best sales week ever, it was a record-setter for the digital music retailer as well. Oh, and globally Beyoncé sold 828K, which is another record. It's the fourth best-selling album in 2013. With no pre-release promotion. At all. WTF.UPDATE: At 11:15 a.m.

  • Charles Bradley Black Sabbath Changes Cover Budos

    Hear Charles Bradley's Smoldering Black Sabbath Cover 'Changes'

    It's no surprise that Charles Bradley made SPIN's 20 Best R&B Albums of 2013. The 65-year-old Screaming Eagle of Soul's voice is lament incarnate, and his second Daptone album Victim of Love is as stunning for the man's sheer performance as it is for his ability to evoke heartache so well. If you haven't heard it, fine, but a quick listen to his incredible cover of Black Sabbath's "Changes" should be enough to convince you to dig further. Below, Bradley teams up with Budos Band for a remake that was previously only available on a Record Store Day Back to Black Friday 7-inch.

  • Yuck 'Lose My Breath' Video Glow & Behold Ducklings

    Yuck's 'Lose My Breath' Is All Kinds of Cute

    Yuck's Glow & Behold is damn solid sophomore album, especially for a band whose frontman left after the first one. Now the London crew celebrate a successful return by throwing the tiniest, cutest pool party there ever was. We don't want to give away too much of director Michael Reich's vision for the "Lose My Breath" video, but do make sure you stick around for the ending.

  • Run the Jewels Sea Legs Dave Sitek Remix

    Dave Sitek Adds Even More Grit to Run the Jewels' 'Sea Legs'

    Run the Jewels' debut album ranked high among SPIN's Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013, but El-P and Killer Mike's collaborative effort has yet to receive a proper release abroad. On January 13, Ninja Tune's overseas rap imprint Big Dada will issue the thing complete with a remix of "Sea Legs" by TV on the Radio co-founder and accomplished producer David Sitek (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars, Kelis). That bonus cut is free to download and streaming below. Therein, the windy ambience, wobbling synths, and crashing drums of the original are replaced by distorted fuzz, crunchy beats, and TNGHT-like blips and bloops. 

  • 'Weird Al' Yankovic and Sony Settle $5 Million Lawsuit

    'Weird Al' Yankovic and Sony Settle $5 Million Lawsuit

    Sony has settled with "Weird Al" Yankovic for an undisclosed amount following the parodist's attempt to sue his record label for $5 million in underpaid royalties. Their legal battle hit court in March of 2012, though the two parties had been sparring behind closed doors since early 2010. An audit by Yankovic's Ear Booker company at the time uncovered dozens of bookkeeping offenses, but the lion's share had to do with digital media.Fun as it is to read sentences like, "The documentation provided by Sony revealed that Sony failed to pay all of the publishing royalties due for physical sales of albums Running With Scissors and Poodle Hat," the real beef has to do with iTunes (etc.) and YouTube. In regard to the former, a 2012 suit between Eminem and Universal redefined the artist-label royalties percentage breakdown.

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