Marc Hogan

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  • Trent Reznor

    How Radiohead Inspired Trent Reznor's Return to Major Labels

    Last night Trent Reznor and David Byrne spoke at the Aratani/ Japan America Theatre in Los Angeles in an event moderated by University of Southern California journalism professor Josh Kun. As a video posted by Nine Inch Nails fan community Echoing the Sound shows (via Antiquiet), Reznor used the opportunity to explain his return to a major label. (The NIN singer's How to Destroy Angels project is releasing an EP titled An Omen on November 13 via Columbia Records; hear subdued electronic opening track "Keep It Together" here.) Reznor boiled the decision down to a night in Prague during Nine Inch Nails' last tour, in 2009. “We're playing that night in Prague, but I see flyers up for Radiohead, who’s playing the same place we’re playing, six months from then," Reznor recalls.

  • The Rolling Stones' 'GRRR!'

    The Rolling Stones Announce 50th Anniversary Shows

    It's all right now, Rolling Stones fans. The venerable rockers are already marking their 50th anniversary with a career-spanning anthology, GRRR!, that includes new music. Now the Stones have put rumors to rest and announced a set of four shows later this year. The Stones will play at London's O2 Arena on November 25 and November 29. Then they'll hop across the pond and play at Newark, NJ's Prudential Center on December 13 and December 15. All ticketing information for the shows is here. As Billboard.biz points out, the final Prudential Center show will be distrbuted by World Wrestling Entertainment as the pay-per-view special "One More Shot," airing at 9 p.m. EST."You must have guessed this was coming," the bandmembers say in the video below.

  • 'Better Than Something: Jay Reatard'

    Jay Reatard Documentary Headed for DVD With Vinyl Soundtrack

    "He was so complex, and people didn't know that about him," said Alexandria Hammond, who directed Jay Reatard documentary Better Than Something with Ian Markiewicz, talking to SPIN earlier his year about their subject. "I wish we had more time with him." In the only way possible, we soon will, as Hammond and Markiewicz's documentary about the Memphis punk rock musician is set for an expanded DVD release on December 18 via Factory 25.The film, which allows the late Jimmy Lee Lindsey Jr. to tell his own story, will come with 20 minutes of extra footage in its first-ever DVD edition. The package will also include a 14-track vinyl LP and a 50-page book. The LP will be available on either blood-red or "true black" vinyl, limited to 500 copies of each color, and 13 of the tracks are previously unreleased.

  • Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj 'Party Like It's 3012' in 'Beauty and a Beat' Video

    Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj 'Party Like It's 3012' in 'Beauty and a Beat' Video

    After some reported promotional silliness involving supposedly "stolen personal footage," Justin Bieber has premiered his video for "Beauty and a Beat." From the Canadian hearthrob's 2012 album Believe, the track is not a nod to rapper Edan's psych-devouring 2005 album. Instead, it's blippy post-Ed Banger electro-pop of the kind recently cluttering Top 40 radio, with co-production by Max Martin and Skrillex's Owsla signing Zedd.

  • Nelly

    Nelly Staffer, But Not Nelly, Arrested in Texas Drug Bust

    Nelly has become the rare performer to be stopped in Texas, have the police claim to find drugs in his tour bus, and not get arrested. The heat turned up for the "Hot in Herre" rapper — sorry! — on Wednesday at a border checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas. Fiona Apple got arrested here last month. Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg had their own run-ins with the law in Sierra Blanca earlier this year, too.Of all these singers and rappers, which one avoided the handcuffs? Nelly. As the BBC reports, Nelly's entourage member Brian Keith Jones claimed responsibility for the alleged contraband and has been arrested, while the rest of the vehicle's occupants have gone free.

  • Grizzly Bear's Edward Droste on 'Leno'

    Grizzly Bear 'Speak in Rounds,' Meet Terry Bradshaw on 'Leno'

    If Grizzly Bear, in certain circles of the Internet, have recently come up as often for their reportedly modest musical incomes as their ornate, harmony-laden music itself, the Brooklyn indie rockers' appearance last night on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno at least gave them an incongruous brush with another level of wealth and fame.After performing new album Shields' first two advance tracks, "Sleeping Ute" and "Yet Again," a couple of months ago on The Colbert Report, this time they played the dizzying, delicately distorted "Speak in Rounds" (via the Audio Perv).

  • Usher's 'Numb' video

    Usher Goes 'Numb' to Onstage Illness in Motivational EDM-Pop Video

    Between Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga, vomiting on stage has been as trendy as a dubstep bass drop recently, but Usher is having none of it. Well, he'll take the ravey EDM beats, thanks. In the latest video from the veteran R&B seducer's varied 2012 album Looking 4 Myself, he begins with what looks like real footage of himself on stage in Berlin last year, canceling a show on account of illness. With electronic propulsion from the Swedish House Mafia, he croons sweetly about going comfortably numb, as the video shows him escaping from a glass box, sitting at a hospital bedside, spending quality time with kids, and looking lost at a strip joint. As with the album's previous videos for "Scream" and "Climax," it's a well-polished spectacle, though where the latter song-of-the-year contender withholds gratification, this clip goes so far as to have Ursh shed a tear.

  • Yeasayer's Chris Keating

    Yeasayer Share Live 'Reagan's Skeleton' Video, Add Tour Dates

    Yeasayer must be as excited for tonight's debate between Vice President Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan as anyone. Before TIME even had a chance to publish their workout photos of the Zeppelin, Led-loving Wisconsin congressman, Yeasayer got out in front yesterday with a vintage-looking performance video for Fragrant World funk-pop workout "Reagan's Skeleton."Shot by London-based filmmaking duo Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, who have previously worked with Nick Cave, the live-session clip is a sharply executed excuse to revisit what Yeasayer's Chris Keating rightly called "our most DFA-sounding track" (if you're into conspiracy theories, DFA recently signed Yeasayer multi-instrumentalist Sinkane). Hold on, Zombie Reagan and his "armies of undead" are coming.

  • Kanye West

    Kanye West Contemplates Marriage in Soulful 'White Dress' Snippet

    What if God was one of us? Kanye West's verses lately have tended toward cold, haughty aggression; on his G.O.OD. Music compilation Cruel Summer, he compared himself to the Almighty. A promotional video late last month showed a kinder, gentler Yeezy, however, and now comes a minute-long snippet of West's new song "White Dress," which has him sounding even more human. The effect is downright refreshing.From the October 23 soundtrack to Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA's upcoming film The Man White the Iron Fists, "White Dress" sees West showing a little vulnerability over soul-steeped production that's as welcome as a summer breeze.

  • Spotify's Daniel Ek

    Billboard Adds Digital Twist to Genre Chart Methodology

    Billboard is updatings its genre charts methodology to include input from people who buy and stream music online. The music business publication will incorporate digital download sales and streaming data from services such as Spotify and Rhapsody in charts covering genres from country to rap. The tweaks bring these charts into alignment with Billboard's overall songs chart, the Hot 100, where Maroon 5 currently and inexplicably reign.The new methodology applies to Billboard's venerable Hot Country Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and Hot Latin Songs charts. All three charts will continue to use Nielsen BDS' radio airplay data. But they will also take into account Nielsen SoundScan's digital sales figures, plus Nielsen BDS' numbers on streaming from Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio, Xbox Music, and other services.

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