Marc Hogan



  • 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.

  • 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.

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