Chris Martins

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  • Ariana Grande Demons Insane Interview Satan Pope Crazy

    Ariana Grande Issues Public Apology to Satan's Minions

    In a new interview with Complex, 20-year-old Nickelodeon star and pop singer Ariana Grande reveals that she is haunted by demons. Like, literal demons. Fang-toothed, horn-headed, hoof-having, devil's minions type demons. Really. Despite having "the most chaste popular music this side of a Christian station" in her new album Yours Truly, or maybe because of that, it appears she has been singled out by Satan for frequent harassment.The conversation begins innocently enough, with a chat about Grande's favorite restaurant, though perhaps it's prescient that the place is called Stir Crazy. A few questions later, an unusual exorcism of ideas begins: "We were in Kansas City a few weeks ago and went to this haunted castle and were so excited. The next night we wanted to go to Stull Cemetery, which is known as one of the seven gates to hell on Earth.

  • Solange Knowles Dirty Projectors David Longstreth Video

    Hear the First Taste of Solange's Collaboration With Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth

    Solange Knowles has been plenty busy getting her exciting new label Saint Records and its accompanying web hub, Saint Heron, off the ground. She'd be forgiven for taking a breather from her hotly anticipated new album, but it turns out she's got time for that as well. The alt-R&B queen has shared two brief snippets to Instagram of her previously teased collaboration with Dirty Projectors' David Longstreth.In the first post, she writes, "Friday...me...and my piano chords...." set to the sound of her wordless cooing and some glassy notes. Minutes later, she followed with the next bit, where a beat kicks in: "And @davidlongstreth nasty nasty drums." Get a feel for that particular funk below, watch Solange rock a Houston mall, and check out tracks from her forthcoming Saint Heron compilation by Kelela and BC Kingdom.

  • Chance the Rapper Coldplay Fix You Cover Live Video

    Watch Chance the Rapper Cover Coldplay's 'Fix You' Live

    Chance the Rapper's Acid Rap displays the Chicago MC's diverse tastes and talent. That SPIN Essential showcases his tongue-twisting rhyme styles and smoky singing ability with equal aplomb (plus his ability to squawk like a crow), but it's still a pleasant surprise to watch SAVEMONEY's shining star sing a little Coldplay. In the clip above, via Highbrow Hip-Hop, we see Chance covering "Fix You," an X&Y highlight that in the Rapper's hands somehow winds up sounding a bit like Mount Eerie or the Microphones. The man is currently on his Social Experiment Tour accompanied by footwork innovators DJ Rashad and Spinn. The fan-shot video above comes from Wednesday night's stop in Syracuse, New York. Visit Chance the Rapper's site for the full schedule.Meanwhile, check out SPIN's 40 Best Hip-Hop Songs of 2013.

  • Justin Timberlake Poison Bell Biv DeVoe Cover Video

    Watch Justin Timberlake Perform Bell Biv DeVoe's 'Poison'

    Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 may have inspired us to long nostalgically for the days of the first 20/20 Experience, and that literally dragging "TKO" video didn't do the dude any favors, but the "Holy Grail"-holding singer travelled back in time much further for his Brooklyn show at Barclays on Wednesday night. With a little help from his Tennessee Kids band — a whole lot of sing-along from the crowd — JT performed Bell Biv DeVoe's 1990 New Jack Swing classic, "Poison," a song whose lineage has everything to do with inspiring the late-'90s boy band boom that launched 'N Sync. The fan-shot clip above captures the performance best, but the one below has a great angle for the inevitable dance routine. Which, by the way ... the guy's still got it.

  • Weekend 'Rosaries' Video Jinx Slumberland Tour

    Weekend Score a Lonely Man's NSFW Night Out in 'Rosaries' Video

    Weekend's second album Jinx offers taut post-punk and bleakly hazed dreamscapes in spades — we heard "Mirrors" earlier this year, and now there's a fittingly disquieting video for "Rosaries." The song itself is a breathy, beautiful gush warmly reverbed and powered by a strong kick. But paired with the clip above, which is directed by singer/bassist Shaun Durkan and guitarist Kevin Johnson, the song feels downright haunted. Therein, we follow the lonely existence of a man who seems to long for a life that he used to have, but who's consigned to a lonely, nocturnal existence.

  • Ian Curtis Kitchen Table eBay Suicide Joy Division Buy

    Even Closer: Own Ian Curtis' Joyless Kitchen Table

    Haven't got a place to put that entire record store that's currently being auctioned off on eBay? Well, how about a table? As Stereogum points out, Ian Curtis' kitchen table is currently collecting bids on eBay too. As Joy Division's fans know, the troubled singer took his own life on May 18, 1980, hanging himself in the kitchen of his home in Macclesfield, England, using a washing line. The item of furniture that, er, witnessed the awful event is currently at £2,500, or $4,020.As the seller explains in impressive (albeit necessary) detail, the widow Debbie Curtis sold the home and much of its contents to a neighbor who converted it into a bed and breakfast. The neighbor later gave the table to her daughter, Vicky Morgan, upon the occasion of the younger's wedding. Then Morgan redecorated (!) and decided it didn't fit.

  • Record Store eBay London Shop On the Beat For Sale

    Buy Someone You Love a Record Store for Christmas

    A London man has put his entire record shop for sale on eBay. To clarify, On the Beat owner Tim Derbyshire is not selling off his store's collection of vinyl rarities and music memorabilia. He's looking for bids on all of it — the bricks, the mortar, the records, the register, the collection, and the customers — as is, in one piece. The original new-wave outpost founded in 1979 is currently going for a buy-it-now price of £300,000, or $482,000.Characterizing the potential purchase as "a lifestyle change," Derbyshire writes on eBay, "If you're at the stage in your life when you don't have to worry about making money but can live the bohemian life, meet interesting people every day and the occasional pop or rock star, here's your chance to take over the oldest record shop in the centre of Swinging London.

  • Kanye West Not Guilty LAX Paparazzi Trial Court Battery

    Kanye West Pleads Not Guilty in Alleged Paparazzi Attack

    Kanye West plead not guilty to criminal battery and attempted grand theft on Thursday in the case of his well-documented scuffle with paparazzo Daniel Ramos outside of Los Angles' LAX airport. The Yeezus star was not present for the court date, via TMZ, so his lawyer Blair Berk filed on his behalf. This drew the ire of the plaintiff's famous attorney Gloria Allred, who, in the video below, seems pretty up-to-date on West's recent touring woes.The criminal charges, of course, stem from the July incident in which West was caught on camera seemingly attacking a photographer who'd been needling him with aggressive questions on what the MC has since calmly characterized as a very, very bad day. Initial felony charges were tossed out, but the misdemeanor case carries a maximum penalty of a year behind bars.

  • Jay Z Daily Show Barneys Jon Stewart Racial Profiling Shop Frisk

    'The Daily Show' Does Jay Z's Barneys Beef Wrong

    Jay Z's beef with the world over his Barneys associations has hit The Daily Show. On Wednesday night, Jon Stewart spent nearly seven minutes on the subject, echoing others' criticism that the Magna Carta Holy Grail MC wimped out in his response to the upscale retailer following reports of young African-American customers being singled-out for suspicion by Barneys and New York police — a policy of "shop and frisk," if you will.The grumbling (and petition-signing) directed at Hova stems from the fact that the rapper had already teamed with Barneys to create a special collection due to hit shelves on November 20. What's been consistently overlooked by most critics is the fact that proceeds from the BNY SCC line will benefit The Shawn Carter Foundation, which helps young people without means achieve their goals of a higher education.Disappointingly, The Daily Show omits this bit as well.

  • Chris Brown Frank Ocean Assault Countersuit Lawsuit

    Chris Brown Accuses Frank Ocean's Cousin of Shakedown in Countersuit

    Nearly three months after Chris Brown was sued for $2 million for his part in that January fight with Frank Ocean, the embattled R&B star is countersuing. Althought Ocean himself forgave Brown almost immediately for allegedly threatening to "bust" him and calling him a gay slur, Ocean's cousin Sha'Keir Duarte made it legal, claiming that Brown's bodyguard had attacked Duarte on Brown's command, and kicked him while he was on the ground.According to legal documents obtained by SPIN, Brown is now saying that Duarte threatened to kill the singer "without provocation" before making "gestures with his hands and fists to signal that he was ready to strike Mr. Brown in the face and on the body." The cross-complaint accuses Duarte of "outrageous and despicable" conduct "part of a calculated effort ...

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