Marc Hogan



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    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.

  • Rihanna's 'Unapologetic'

    Rihanna Titles New Album 'Unapologetic,' Sets Fall Release

    The title of Rihanna's seventh album is written on her skin. "My NEW album 'UNAPOLOGETIC' will be released on NOVEMBER 19th WORLDWIDE #Navy," the Barbadian pop phenomenon announced via Twitter, after tweeting an album cover with that word inked over her naked body. Other words scrawled in the Unapologetic art include "Side Effects," "Love," "Happy," "Censored," "Roc," Victory," "Fun," "Fearless," "Chalice," "Faith," and "#Navy." Written at the bottom is "Diamonds," the title of Rihanna's most recent song, so it's possible we're getting a preview of the track list as well. If the album title signals a record about Chris Brown, he of the neck tattoo that resembles Rihanna after he beat her up, we might be in a for a long, strange, frustrating winter.

  • RZA's 'The Man With the Iron Fists'

    RZA and the Black Keys Combine Funkily, Create 'The Baddest Man Alive'

    Wu-Tang Clan mastermind RZA and Ohio blues-rockers the Black Keys have teamed up before, on a track from the Keys' 2009 rap collaborative album BlakRoc. Now their reunion on "The Baddest Man Alive," the opening track from RZA's upcoming soundtrack to the upcoming martial arts movie he directed, The Man With the Iron Fists, has emerged via Fuse. As you might expect, it's a murky blues-funk lurcher, with Dan Auerbach and Bobby Digital trading extravagantly blustery boasts. The track follows Wu-Tang's "Six Directions of Boxing" from the soundtrack, which is due out on October 23 via Soul Temple Records/STAX/RED Distribution. The movie hits theaters on November 2. If "Baddest" is any guide, be sure to watch out for butt-naked rap legends jumping from the Empire State building.Hear "The Baddest Man Alive" here.

  • The Beatles' penises

    The Beatles' Painted Penises Vandalized at Museum of Liverpool

    "We used to draw in the attic, so we'd draw these werewolves, and tits, and dicks," painter Jonathan Gent has said of his brother's artistic influence on him when they were children. His work "The Beatles in America," which shows a continued interest in painting dicks, is part of the Liverpool Love charity exhibition, which opened on September 25 at the British invaders' hometown Museum of Liverpool. As Click Liverpool reports (via FACT), however, Gent's oil-painting depiction of the Fab Four's penises has been defaced.The painting shows four sets of seemingly withered genitalia, each labeled respectively as belonging to Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and John Lennon. Gent, the artist, has said the Beatles are "such a global thing, this untouchable thing, and that's what interests me most about them.

  • The Rolling Stones' 'Doom and Gloom'

    Hear the Rolling Stones' First New Song Since 2005, Bluesy 'Doom and Gloom'

    The Rolling Stones have released their first new recording since the sessions for 2005 album A Bigger Bang. "Doom and Gloom," which is available on iTunes now, is one of two previously unreleased tracks set to appear on the Stones' career-spanning three-disc anthology GRRR!. It's in familiar territory for the band, though, with Mick Jagger howling a mix of dive-bar imagery and ripped-from-the-headlines talking points over stomping blues-rock. A lyric video, with the words written out in drippy penmanship that at times suggests gunshots and bullet wounds, supports the interpretation that the song is a call to party despite all the darkness out there in the news lately. GRRR! arrives in North America on November 13 in 50- and 80-track versions. We'd say it's a gas, gas, gas, but when the Stones are singing about "fracking" and "overseas war," gas prices are too damn high.

  • Rick Ross

    Rick Ross Goes Tropical With Wale and Drake in Steamy 'Diced Pineapples' Video

    Good thing for Rick Ross the BET Hip Hop Awards voters named him MVP of the Year, because otherwise he's having a slump of a week. On Monday, the Florida rapper released The Black Bar Mitzvah mixtape, which our hip-hop blogger Brandon Soberberg found to be, well, not such a mitzvah. Now via VH1, comes the tropical-themed video for "Diced Pineapple," perhaps the most puzzling track on God Forgives, I Don't. And the clip remains, to shift our Broadway verbal universe from Fiddler on the Roof to The King and I, a puzzlement.Although gorgeously directed by veteran rap-video heavyweight Little X, the visuals come across as little more than an excuse for Rozay, hook-crooner Drake, and word-speaker Wale to enjoy a vacation in Anguilla with some conventionally attractive, caramel-skinned women.

  • Kelly Clarkson's 'Catch My Breath'

    Hear Kelly Clarkson's Electro-Pop Victory Lap 'Catch My Breath'

    "I don't want to be left behind," Kelly Clarkson begins on "Catch My Breath," one of three new tracks from her November 19 Greatest Hits - Chapter 1. American Idol's most successful champion demonstrates just how she plans to keep up with the young guns on the triumphant midtempo song, which moderately incorporates the EDM builds recently in favor with everyone from Pink to Taylor Swift (#shockedface). Clarkson's always-powerful voice still sets her apart from the club-pop pack.

  • Pussy Riot protest

    Pussy Riot Member Freed, Because She Was Arrested Too Soon to Protest

    Finally, one member of Pussy Riot is free. A Moscow court has suspended the sentence for the feminist Russian punk group's Yekaterina Samutsevich, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Unfortunately, the Moscow city court upheld the two-year sentences for her partners in alleged "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred," Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.In a bittersweet twist, the reasoning Samutsevich's new lawyer used to get her out of jail doesn't sound likely to help her fellow band members much. The Pussy Riot members have been locked up since March for performing an anti-government song at a Moscow cathedral.

  • Morrissey on 'Colbert Report'

    Morrissey Performs Unreleased 'People Are the Same Everywhere' on 'Colbert'

    Steven Patrick Morrissey and Stephen Tyrone Colbert were practically made for each other. One's a dapper, lovably curmudgeonly media manipulator, and the other used to sing for the Smiths. Last night on The Colbert Report, the Pope of Mope and the Lord Protector of Faux Punditry finally met face to face.Morrissey's outsize persona isn't really suited to sitting back and letting someone else play the diva, but nor would he ever deign to try and out-funny some late-night cable-TV host, so the result was one of the more enjoyably awkward Colbert musician interviews since April's backstage weirdness with Jack White. With a dry smile all the while, Morrissey blasted the British monarchy as a "dictatorship," gave Colbert a playful lesson on the meaning of the word "legend," and once again rejected the idea of a Smiths reunion. "Not everyone's a fat old slag," he said.

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    Kanye West Rules BET Hip Hop Awards From Afar: Watch the Performances

    The 2012 BET Hip Hop Awards, which gained some extra notoriety this year following two separate altercations at the September 29 taping in Atlanta, hit TV last night. Kanye West, who didn't grace the Atlanta Civic Center with his presence, still won the most awards, picking up six trophies, including Producer of the Year. 2 Chainz snagged three prizes, including the People's Champ Award and Rookie of the Year. Drake's Lil Wayne-assisted "HYFR" video won Best Hip Hop Video. You can see the full list of winner below.The show was packed with live musical appearances, too. Kendrick Lamar, who vaulted ahead of Nas, Jay-Z, and Kanye West to snag Lyricist of the Year, performed bits of his masterfully ambivalent "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and uncharacteristically easygoing "The Recipe." Wiz Khalifa gave the opening performance, joined by Young Jeezy and Juicy.

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