Chris Martins

writer

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  • Keith Urban the Weeknd Miley Cyrus Wrecking Ball Billboard Charts

    Who Charted? Keith Urban Edges Out the Weeknd, While Miley Cyrus Wrecks Everyone

    First! (and Second!) This week's No. 1 slot goes to American Idol judge Keith Urban, but only by a nose. The pop country mainstay's Fuse debuts at a fairly ho-hum 98,000, according to Nielsen SoundScan (via Billboard), which gives him a lead of fewer than 3,000 units moved over the Weeknd's Abel Tesfaye. The latter's Kiss Land arrives with 96K sold, which is a far bigger deal since it's technically the alt-R&B lothario's first album. His Trilogy EP compilation debuted at No. 4 last year, with 86K, whereas Urban hasn't slung so few copies of anything since 2002's Golden Road. One can only imagine the results had dead-eyed Tesfaye dipped into ABC's The View instead of good old grinnin' Keith. 3 to 10: Three more exciting debuts dot the remaining lineup. The 1 and only 2 Chainz is in at No. 3, and lest we 4-get (high 5!) his B.O.A.T.S.

  • Darkside Nicolas Jaar 'Paper Trails' Stream Psychic

    Darkside Channel Rockabilly Soul on 'Paper Trails'

    Nicolas Jaar has shared a fresh vision for his Darkside project with guitarist Dave Harrington. While the duo's first move this year was a full-album remix of Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, and their second salvo came in the form of a mighty 11-minute instrumental, new song "Paper Trails" exposes a more streamlined sound. The song begins with some moody groove and guitar-play not far off from the coiffed rockabilly soul of Chris Isaak.Jaar affects a slight, apropos sneer as he sings, "I told you I would catch you ... I told you I would find you." The New Yorker's electronic touch is ostensibly minimal here, confined mostly to accentuating beats and deepening textures. It's a great look, and even more reason to be keep an ear out for Darkside's October 8 debut album, Psychic, which arrives as a joint release between Matador and Jaar's own Other People imprint.

  • Night Beats Sonic Bloom Album Stream Tour Dates

    Stream Night Beats' Squalling Garage-Rock Album, 'Sonic Bloom'

    Seattle rabble-rousers Night Beats specialize in squalling, reverb-blasted garage rock that openly pays homage to the psych and soul leanings of forbearers the Zombies.

  • Black Orange Juice 'Started in Paris' Stream

    Black Orange Juice Find Love On a Boat with 'Started in Paris'

    Black Orange Juice's latest is dubbed "Started in Paris," but the new group's story began in London many years ago. Acclaimed producer Ossie (Hyperdub, 20/20 Vision, FACT, Red Bull) enlisted two of his childhood friends for his latest project — singers Paul Black and Tillz, whose comely R&B vocals perfectly round out the Chicago house core and disco kiss of the beatwork.True Panther Sounds will release 3 Started Alone, a four-track EP from Black Orange Juice, on September 23. Hot Chip's Joe Goddard will contribute a remix of "I Don't Know," but the aforementioned "Paris" is, indeed, a great place to start. Building from a chopped swell of strings and a bouncybass rhythm, the song is instantly celebratory with the lyrics to match: "It started in Paris, on a boat / Felt so much love, when we got close."

  • Chance the Rapper James Blake 'Life Round Here' Remix

    Chance the Rapper Lends (More) Genius to James Blake's 'Life Round Here'

    In our review of James Blake's latest album, Overgrown, Andy Beta made specific note of "Life Round Here," writing, "Blake the drum programmer appears to accentuate the boom-tick with crisp hi-hat figures and undulating synth-bass vamps, revealing an appreciation for Timbaland." While it's not a stretch to imagine a lithe MC finding purchase atop that rich score, it is a genuine delight to now hear Chance the Rapper doing his thing over the track.While most after-the-fact rap additions wind up feeling pasted on, the Chicago wünderkind has no problem making himself at home alongside Blake's production and voice. Chance sings, rhymes, squawks, and hums, transcending the usually allotted few bars to infuse himself with the entire thing.

  • Mister Cee Hot 97 AIDS PSA Video Coming Out

    Mister Cee Rides for Sexual Freedom in Hot 97-Backed AIDS PSA

    It's been a monumental week of ups and downs and, now, leveling out for legendary New York DJ Mister Cee. On September 11, his home of more than 20 years, Hot 97, announced his resignation following a third run-in with the law over prostitution solicitation. The very next day, Cee opened up a little bit about his troubles on the station's morning show, though broke down when the subject of his interest in transgender women arose. But he was also asked to return to his post as Hot 97's mainline to old, obscure, and excellent rap music.Mister Cee's return was first marked by the arrival of an incredible hour-long mix dubbed "Back on the Box," by which the disc jockey spoke through his hands and his song choices.

  • Insane Clown Posse Sued Sexual Harassment Dildos Guns

    Insane Clown Posse Sued Over Office Harassment Involving Sex Toys, Guns

    Insane Clown Posse's Psychopathic Records has been sued by a former employee for wrongful termination. But as TMZ points out, the devil is in the details. In a lawsuit filed in Michigan, onetime label publicist and attorney Andrea Pellegrini alleges she was given the proverbial hatchet when she reported in-office sexual harassment to her superiors. The accounts include mention of dildos, "vagina tighteners," threats of violence, and the procurement of Tommy guns.Pellegrini claims she witnessed and experienced the offenses starting in 2009, though TMZ's so-called "highlights" mostly hail from 2012 and seem to revolve around the activities of a fellow employee named — what else — Dirty Dan. Apparently the man in question openly propositioned her while bragging about his manhood.

  • Britney Spears Piece of Me Las Vegas Residency Album Release

    Gimme More: Britney Spears Confirms Vegas Residency, New Album

    Britney Spears hasn't been on the most tasteful streak of her career of late, what with the will.i.am collabs, the Smurfing Smurfs 2 movie, and the fake British (Brit-ish?) accent. But, hey, at least she's got a whole helluva lot going on, right? Following the early arrival of her fairly awful "Work Bitch" single, she's announced the release date for her eighth studio album: December 3 via RCA. She's also finally confirmed her long-whispered-about Las Vegas residency.As Huffington Post reports, Spears appeared on Good Morning America on Tuesday morning (September 17) to put the speculation to rest. She will, indeed, be moving into the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino for a two-year, 100-show run dubbed "Piece of Me." Early reports estimated her salary to be $15 million.

  • Beyonce Emmy Award Super Bowl Halftime Show

    Beyonce Wins Early Emmy for Super Bowl Halftime Show

    The 2013 Emmy Awards ceremony hasn't even happened yet, but Beyoncé is already a winner. Her somewhat controversial, mostly just-plain-awesome Super Bowl XLVII halftime performance earned her three nods in the technical categories, which are typically announced the weekend before the main event. Queen Bey and her crew wound up taking home the statue for "Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction for a Variety Special."Of course, it's worth noting that her show's lighting on the day of may have seemed all the more dazzling since New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome had a little problem with its own electricity following the performance. The categories that the pop star missed out on? "Outstanding Special Class — Short-Format Live-Action Entertainment Program," and "Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie or a Special."While Mrs.

  • Dr. Dog 'Love' Video 'B-Room' Album Vintage Toys

    Dr. Dog Dig Up Vintage Toy Ads for 'Love' Video

    In our recent interview with Dr. Dog, bassist-singer Toby Leaman explained the Philadelphia band's new live approach to recording together. "Every other day for the past 10 years we've played a show, pretty much. There's no reason to not take advantage of that in the studio," he said. "We're great live." Indeed, they are, and that quality imbues their eight album B-Room with a new, rawer soulful quality that is a perfect accompaniment to deep-felt musings about romance."Love" finds Dr. Dog confronting mixed feelings at the start of a fresh affair. On the one hand there's the thrill of believing you may have found the love of your life. On the other, there's the fear that those emotions could fade and leave you worse off than where you started.

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