Chris Martins

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  • Rick Ross Jay Z Dr. Dre 3 Kings Lawsuit Gospel Copyright

    Gospel Group Sues Rick Ross, Jay Z, and Dr. Dre for Unholy Infringement

    Another day, another lawsuit involving Rick Ross. He's been taken to task for allegedly forgetting to pay his Rolex bill and pulling out of concerts abroad. Now members of the gospel group Crowns of Glory are claiming that he and his "3 Kings" cohorts — Jay Z, Dr.

  • Evian Christ 'Salt Carousel' Waterfall EP Yeezus

    Hear Evian Christ's Post-'Yeezus' Wild-Out 'Salt Carousel'

    No matter where you stand on Kanye West and his latest magnum opus Yeezus, the June album has undeniably shone light on some of electronic music's more fascinating producers — specifically those who push the left-most boundaries of rap-friendliness. Arca followed up his appearance on four of those tracks with the frighteningly good free &&&&& EP and now England's Evian Christ is preparing his own Waterfall short-player. The man's touch was felt on the deeply visceral "I'm in It," specifically, and below you can hear what he has to offer solo. "Salt Carousel" is heavy and strange — kin to the work of TNGHT, but more wild. Waterfall is due early next year via Tri-Angle Records, home to the also quite excellent Forest Swords.

  • Jay Z Barneys Jacket Coat Leather Crocodile Ski Mask

    Jay Z Has a $58K Jacket He Wants to Sell You

    With 100 percent of proceeds now going to charity, Jay Z's Barneys collection launched Wednesday morning (November 20) at the high-end retailer's flagship New York store. In light of the racial profiling scandal that marred earlier news of the collaboration, the official launch party was called off, the formerly 25-percent philanthropy share was upped, and Shawn Carter himself announced that he will to head up a council on the subject of racial profiling. Meanwhile, Kanye West and Zappos are trading shots over "shit."Also: We're all anonymous over the Internet (although our credit cards are not), and much of the BNY NYC SCC — that last bit stands for "Shawn Carter Collection" — is available to purchase online. The priciest item in the series? A crocodile-skin jacket designed by Rick Owens, retailing for $58,000.

  • Dan Bodan 'Aaron (Renaissance Man Remix)' Video NSFW

    Watch Dan Bodan's NSFW 'Aaron (Renaissance Man Remix)' Video

    DFA man Dan Bodan has earned a rep for combining off-kilter love songs with left-field dance beats. We experienced the Canadian-raised, Berlin-based artist's approach earlier this year with the song "Anonymous," which eventually spawned an idyllic, sea-splashed video. Now his other 2013 single "Aaron" get a visual of its own, but this one is far more discomfiting. Thanks to Renaissance Man's remixing touch, the music itself is jittery and unsettled, finding Bodan unconvincingly cooing, "Aaron don't you see? / I think we're growing up." Meanwhile, the clip (co-directed by the artist and Julia Hale Burmingham) flits between scenes of Bodan's glistening face and bedroom eyes, a nude male indoors, and a nude woman outdoors. Watch above, and download the "Aaron" revision below.

  • Kathleen Hanna Valley Girl Bikini Video Punk Singer

    Kathleen Hanna Explains Valley Girl Accent in Documentary Preview

    In the clip above, original riot grrrl, leader of the Julie Ruin, and SPIN cover star Kathleen Hanna can be seen discussing her early days with Bikini Kill. The snippet comes from The Punk Singer, a documentary about the Le Tigre founder's storied music career, which continues unabated in 2013 at the age of 45. The film hits select theaters Friday, November 29, but for now we can see Hanna and friends discussing her penchant for feminist fanzines and adoption of the Valley-girl accent. According to T Magazine, who premiered the preview, the movie will also touch upon Hanna's battle with late-stage Lyme disease and her relationship with husband, Beastie Boy, and proud minivan owner Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz. Guest voices come courtesy of Kim Gordon, Corin Tucker, Carrie Brownstein, Rookie's Tavi Gevinson, and others.

  • Chris Brown Anger Management Rehab Rihanna Attack

    Chris Brown Sentenced to Anger Management After Failing Anger Management

    Chris Brown has been ordered to complete 90 days of live-in anger-management rehabilitation as a result of allegedly flipping out during the two weeks of anger management rehabilitation that he just received and apparently failed to complete. A judge made the ruling Wednesday, November 20, during a progress report relating to Brown's brutal 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna. Progress here very much being a relative term.The Los Angeles County Probation Department referenced both the man's recent incident at a Malibu rehab facility — according to TMZ, Brown was caught "throwing objects and beaking them" — and his October arrest for felony assault in Washington D.C. The aforementioned anger-management experts had been tasked with the goal of "tak[ing] him apart and put[ting] him back together" (their words).

  • Adam Levine Not Sexiest Man Alive People Maroon 5 Hate

    Everyone Hates Adam Levine's 'Sexiest Man Alive' Cover

    Maroon 5 singer, The Voice coach, and notable guy-with-Mardi-Gras-beads-tattooed-around-his-neck Adam Levine has been named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive." We used the quotes there both to denote the titular gravitas of the long-running annual tradition, and also because no, please try again. SPIN doesn't always write about this fella, but when we do, he's either hating on our 'Murica, embarrassing himself on Saturday Night Live, or getting 'moted by Michelle Branch.It's not a very sexy track record to speak of, but that's only the tip of the iceberg according to, like, the whole Internet.

  • Kurt Cobain Today What Would Look Like

    Here's What Kurt Cobain Would Look Like Today

    Public relations firm Sachs Media Group commissioned a series of "age progression" images that guestimate the likely appearance of certain deceased music legends were they still with us today. Among them: Bob Marley, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Keith Moon, and a particularly terrifying looking Elvis Presley. Oh, and did we mention Kurt Cobain?Yep. There's the Nirvana leader above (and below) looking rather grown — he'd be 46 today had he not passed in April of 1994. The editing was done by Phojoe, using the same technology employed to help find missing persons, Stereogum points out. Sachs also brought in a pair of musicologists to deliver the old "Where would they be now?" treatment. Regarding Cobain, Dr.

  • Vaadat Charigim 'Odisea' Video World Well Lost Israel

    Vaadat Charigim Depict Post-Nuclear Israel in 'Odisea' Video

    Israeli shoegaze crew Vaadat Charigim initially delivered us a New Order-flavored slab of fuzzed-up happy in the form of "Ze Beseder Lefahed." They followed with the radiant album The World Is Well Lost, whose title was the first hint for those of us who don't speak Hebrew that singer-guitarist Juval Haring may be singing about fare far darker than his band's sound implies. Now we get a video for "Odisea," which finds a young woman on a bicycle exploring an eerily empty metropolis. While Vaadat's gushing guitars and soothing vocals roll forth for more than seven minutes, she rides across multilane thoroughfares, hits the beach, and visits a couple of mannequins. As to the back story, we're given a pretty heavy hint at the end.  

  • Lady Gaga ARTPOP Beatles Now Billboard Chart

    If Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP' Debuts at No. 1, Is It Still a Flop?

    First! All lamely hail ARTFLOP — er, ARTPOP. To be fair, selling 258,000 copies of an album in 2013, as Lady Gaga did according to Billboard, is no small feat. Only 5.4 million units were moved this past week across the board. And when Eminem sold 792K last week to land at No. 1, his total for The Marshall Mathers LP 2 was greater than the sum of Nos. 2 through 32. All that said, 2011 wasn't all that long ago, and that's when Mother Monster released Born This Way, debuting with a hearty 1.1 million, the result of a 99-cent album fire sale. This whopping drop-off occurs despite mock-sexin' with R. Kelly on Saturday Night Live, throwing that multimillion-dollar "ArtRave," balling while singing at the YouTube Music Awards, and copping to a Snoop Dogg-worthy weed habit. As far as "Dope" goes ... you are what you smoke?Further reading: SPIN's 'ARTPOP' Issue with Gaga, M.I.A.

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