• Do the Grammys Regret Inviting Chris Brown Yet?

    Do the Grammys Regret Inviting Chris Brown Yet?

    Sunday night, the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences got themselves a whole lot of Chris Brown — the temperamental R&B star was invited to perform not once, but twice and won a Grammy for Best R&B Album (his first victory after 11 nominations). Chris Brown then promptly returned to being Chris Brown, the loudmouth rage-a-holic who was convicted of beating his then-girlfriend Rihanna on Grammy Eve '09. Wonder if the Academy is having buyers' remorse yet. As we've mentioned, the egregiousness of Brown's Grammy redemption party was underlined by the sudden passing and subsequent honoring of the late Whitney Houston, whose history of domestic abuse no doubt assured Brown's actions would go doubly noticed that night. And noticed it obviously was. Yesterday, as E! observed, Miranda Lambert — among others like St.

  • Whitney Houston Album Prices Soar, Sony Apologizes for 'Mistake'

    Whitney Houston Album Prices Soar, Sony Apologizes for 'Mistake'

    Saturday night, when the news that Whitney Houston had died began to spread on Twitter, fans in the U.K. rushed to iTunes to grab the singer's music. They were unpleasantly surprised: Mere hours after her death was confirmed, the price of her Ultimate Collection and Greatest Hits had increased by a whopping £3. How had that happened? Turns out the iTunes price had automatically adjusted to a shift in the albums' wholesale price, i.e., the price at which retailers like iTunes buy and then distribute albums, i.e., the price that labels like Houston's Sony Music's adjust to fully maximize the opportunities that come around when sales surge (like when a legend like Houston passes). Now, Sony is doing damage control. The BBC reports that the label issued a statement yesterday apologizing for the "mistakenly misplaced" albums.

  • Marilyn Manson Announces 'Bad Villain' Tour

    Marilyn Manson Announces 'Bad Villain' Tour

    Five months after the human being people deemed scarier than Octomom and actual murderers like Casey Anthony dropped his Shia LeBeouf-directed, horrifically sadistic/misogynistic video for "Born Villain", Marilyn Manson has rejoined us, and this time, it's to tour for the first time in three years. The first 18 announced dates on the Born Villain trek will take the June 2007 SPIN cover star across most of the eastern and southern U.S. Though the singer has dates in Texas, Missouri and Oklahoma, we wonder whether it's not a mistake there are no dates yet scheduled for Louisiana. The shows will be his first U.S. dates with new drummer Jason Sutter, who replaced Chris Vrenna in November.

  • Watch EMA's Badass Home Movies in 'Take One Two' Video

    Watch EMA's Badass Home Movies in 'Take One Two' Video

    EMA dropped a new single via her website today, "Take One Two," along with a corresponding video pieced together with footage the South Dakotan singer, née Erika m. Anderson, took as a teenager with her friends. In her post, she writes: This footage comes from a South Dakota trailer park in the mid-90s, and features a small group of freaks and misfits who seem to be having the time of their lives. Dressing up, hanging out, making up funny skits, and lots of laughing. When I look back now at our fresh young faces (yes that is me with the short dark hair and cat-eye liner), I’m amazed at how simply happy we all look. This is especially remarkable as I know what was going on outside those plywood walls: getting called names, shoved into lockers, and threatening to get our asses kicked for being queer or punk or just plain weird.

  • We Bought a Roo: Bonnaroo '12 Lineup Led By Radiohead, Chili Peppers, Phish, and Skrillex

    We Bought a Roo: Bonnaroo '12 Lineup Led By Radiohead, Chili Peppers, Phish, and Skrillex

    Good news, Roo fans: It turns out the Bonnaroo lineup poster that leaked yesterday was actually not too far off the mark! Notable appearances this year include Radiohead, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the newly reunited Beach Boys (hopefully not in tandem with the also-playing Foster the People) and the freshy Grammy'd Skrilli Vanilli — er, we mean Skrillex. The hip-hop roster is especially strong this year (including the Roots, Black Star, Ludacris, Yelawolf, Danny Brown, Das Racist, Kendrick Lamar and a bunch of frat-rap whose name we dare not speak), and no shortage of SPIN faves will be peppering the muddy expanses, including our Grammy buddy Bon Iver, tUnE-yArDs, Battles, SBTRKT, Kurt Vile, Mogwai, Kathleen Edwards, EMA, Big Freedia and — holy cow — Bad Brains!

  • Watch Lana Del Rey Improve on 'Kimmel'

    Watch Lana Del Rey Improve on 'Kimmel'

    The world of late-night musical guests is oft a mixed bag, and yesterday's lineup was predictably unpredictable. Following her surprisingly pretty good appearance on Letterman earlier this month, Lana Del Rey appeared on Kimmel this time, again with "Video Games." We're pretty impressed with how quickly she's developed her stage presence, after such a rocky live start, though we still wouldn't mind if she stopped fiddling with her hair sometime soon. Watch via A Heart is a Spade, while reading Deconstructing Lana Del Rey and our review of Born to Die. Then, fresh off snagging two Grammys for "Barton Hollow," country folk duo the Civil Wars hit Leno to play, interestingly, not the song for which they got an award.

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    Grammys '12 Aftershocks: Big Audience, Little Nicki Controversy

    We may have mentioned this before (hint: we have), but it bears repeating: The 54th Annual Grammy Awards broadcast last night was one for the books on so many levels. What couldn't be controlled as well as the three-and-a-half-hour CBS broadcast, however, was the fallout. Here are three things that happened as a result of last night's event, with a little SPIN perspective: Firstly, the ratings. America felt the same way we did about the importance of the night in the wake of Whitney Houston's sudden death: The 2012 broadcast saw a viewership of a whopping 39 million people. Up from last year's 26.7 million (that's a 46 percent bump!), the telecast had the largest audience since 1984 — and the second-largest ever.

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    First Spin: Download FIDLAR's Surfy 'No Waves'

    L.A. garage punks FIDLAR are quintessential SoCal skate brats. Lo-fi production, head-banging riffs, (insanely infectious) songs called "Wake Bake Skate," and of course, a Facebook page where their bio begins with the words, "FIDLAR are slackers at heart." Following the release of their first 7" DIYDUI (White Iris) last year, the quartet signed to Mom+Pop Music, where they'll join Andrew Bird, Neon Indian, and our latest SPIN cover stars Sleigh Bells. Their new 7", unsurprisingly named No Waves/No Ass, is due March 13.

  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Grohl: Watch Dave's Doc Trailer

    Extremely Loud and Incredibly Grohl: Watch Dave's Doc Trailer

    Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters took home a whopping five Grammys at last night's award show, so do him a solid and watch the 25-second trailer for his new documentary, Sound City.

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    Deadmau5 Shares Skrillex's Phone Number With Entire Grammy-Watching World

    Considering Lady Gaga arrived at last year's Grammy Awards in a freaking egg, this year's red carpet fashion was extremely subdued by comparison. Deadmau5, like many dudes, showed up in a T-shirt. But an interesting T-shirt. Once Grammy viewers got over the sight of a man with a giant, toothless, pupil-less mouse head stalking the red carpet wordlessly, they realized the electro guru, née Joel Zimmerman, was sporting a phone number with the words "U Mad Bro?" beneath it. Whose number? Naturally, the answer was available on Deadmau5's Twitter account. After congratulating his fellow dance bro — "Congrats to @skrillex for the best remix grammy :) can't say I'm not proud!" — the producer tweeted his confession: Skrillex was about to be getting a lot of phone calls. SPIN ranks the 2012 Grammys' highs and lows!

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