Marc Hogan



  • Taylor Swift

    Taylor Swift Defends Her 'O' Face to 'Nightline'

    Taylor Swift's constant state of surprise all the many times she wins awards has become a stale punchline by now, mocked by Blake Shelton at this year's Academy of Country Music Awards and by Kristen Wiig on a February episode of Saturday Night Live. Asking the tough questions, ABC's Nightline prodded the singer and songwriter about her "shocked face" in an interview last night, ahead of the October 22 release of Swift's fourth album, Red (via ONTD). "People make so much fun of me for that," Swift can be seen saying with a smile, "and I just, I don't know. It's like, if you win an award, isn't that crazy? ... How do you sit there and be like 'Oh, another Grammy.

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    Torrent Site Pirate Bay Suffers Outage, Anonymous Responds

    A major file-sharing site suffered an extended outage over the past two days. The Pirate Bay told file-sharing blog TorrentFreak a power failure caused the outage, one of the longest for the copyright-dodging music and movie network since a police shutdown in 2006. Still, the downtime coincided with a Swedish police raid on PRQ, a hosting service formerly used by the Pirate Bay, according to ComputerWorld.The Pirate Bay boasts millions of daily users, so its outage quickly made the site's name one of the most-searched terms on Google. According to Torrent Freak, the Pirate Bay needed to replace a piece of hardware on location.

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    Mumford & Sons Outsell Everyone With Biggest Debut Week of 2012

    This ain't no sham: As projected, Mumford & Sons' sincerely unadventurous second LP Babel had the biggest debut sales week of the year, according to Billboard. Moving more than 600,000 copies, the British folk-rockers handily beat out 2012 releases by Justin Bieber, Madonna, and Pink.In fact, the Mumfords just about doubled the unit-shifting performance of some of pop's biggest stars. Justin Bieber's Believe, with opening-week sales of 374,000, falls to second place. Madonna is next with first-week sales of 359,000 for MDNA, followed by Pink's The Truth About Love at 280,000.Babel is also the first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart for both Mumford & Sons and their label, Glassnote Records. But it's also the biggest sales week for a rock album since AC/DC's Black Ice sold 784,000 in its debut week, good for a No.

  • Creed's Scott Stapp

    Creed's Scott Stapp Plays an Undecided Voter on FOX

    Who has been covering the crucial Creed beat? Why, FOX News, that's who! The last time the messianic post-grunge band released an album, 2009's Full Circle, a live performance on Fox & Friends came first. This morning, as Scott Stapp and his crew are readying their next album, Kid Rock's former sex tape partner made a return visit to the very hard-hitting music journalism program (via Gawker). Do you believe in coincidences?!You'd better, because Stapp's appearance also happens to line up almost exactly with the campaign strategy of Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and the independent "super PACs" opposing President Obama. Like them, Stapp adopts a more-in-sorrow-than-in-anger tone and praises the president — hell, Stapp even says he voted for Obama in 2008, although good luck finding any quotes from him to that effect four years ago.

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    Big Boi Teams With Kelly Rowland on Slinky 'Mama Told Me'

    Big Boi's Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is due out on November 13, and already some of what we thought we knew about the album is proving viciously untrue. During a listening party in New York over the summer, the OutKast half revealed the follow-up to 2010's Sir Lucious Left Foot would feature a guest vocal from Little Dragon's Yukimi Nagano on a track called "Mama Told Me." Then he made an unannounced appearance to perform the track with the smooth Swedish electro-R&B act at show a couple of months ago in Austin.Now Big Boi has unveiled the finished version of the track, and instead of up-and-comer Nagano there's an already-established chart presence on guest vocals: Kelly Rowland, formerly of Destiny's Child and more recently of "Motivation" fame.

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    Watch the Beatles Eat Fish in Unreleased 'Magical Mystery Tour' Clip

    Unreleased video of the Beatles circa 1967 doesn't come around every day, even if it's just footage of them ordering fish and chips while accordion music oompahs in the background. As the BBC reports, arts website The Space is hosting just such a clip, uncovered as the British network was making a new documentary about the Fab Four's 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour. The five-minute footage does, indeed, show John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr, and other Magical Mystery Tour bus passengers stopping for fish and chips at a shop in Somerset, England. A restoration of the original film opened in participating theaters on September 18, and a DVD with commentary by Paul McCartney comes out stateside on October 9.Watch it here.

  • Muse's Matthew Bellamy

    Read Glenn Beck's Unrequited Love Letter to Muse

    Breaking up with Glenn Beck is hard to do. A few years ago, the former FOX News weeper/ranter played Muse's 2009 single "The Uprising" on his radio show, compared the band's political views to his own via Twitter, then falsely claimed the band asked him to retract his endorsement. (He later acknowledged he was just joking about the band's reps telling him to shove it).

  • Taylor Swift's 'Red' single art

    Hear Taylor Swift's Maserati-Themed 'Red' Title Track

    The title track for Taylor Swift's upcoming fourth album, Red, has hit the Internet (via ONTD), and damned if it doesn't professionally encapsulate so much of what Swift has suggested about the October 22 release. Though the country-pop singer-songwriter's latest digital single, which came out on iTunes at midnight, doesn't offer any dubstep breakdowns, "Red" does expertly (some will say insidiously) carry out the album's hinted something-for-everybody dictates. A glossy soft rocker with a stomping four-on-the-floor beat, back-porch twang, adult-contemporary orchestration, and Top 40-ready electronic vocal effects, it covers a bizarre number of bases.

  • Kanye West

    Kanye West's Latest Sample Lawsuit Puts Him in Good Company

    As sampling-related lawsuits go, Kanye West might have reason to be proud of the latest to be filed against him. According to Billboard, record label Tuf America has sued the rapper claiming two tracks on 2010's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy illegally contain part of a song to which it owns the rights. Legalities aside, West is in pretty good company here: Tuf America sued the Beastie Boys for similar reasons on May 3, a day before Beasties member Adam "MCA" Yauch died from cancer.At issue is "Hook and Sling, Part 1," a 1969 R&B hit by New Orleans singer and pianist Eddie Bo. Now, Bo died in 2009, but Tuf America reportedly bought the rights to the song more than 15 years ago.

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    Bat for Lashes Goes to a Bleak Beach in 'All Your Gold' Clip

    Bat for Lashes might not be the first artist you'd associate with the beach, but in a way Natasha Khan has as much of a coastal claim as anyone this side of Bethany Cosentino. After all, though the U.K. singer and songwriter's music might at times evoke the rich, woodsy mysticism of premodern England, she calls the seaside town of Brighton her home. And like the cover art for her Karate Kid-influenced single "Daniel," from 2010 whopper Two Suns, Khan's latest video finds her on a shoreline, this time dancing expressively. Although we've already noted the Gotye-ishness of "All Your Gold" — the lyrics even coyly refer to "someone that I knew before" — the song's video eschews body painting for strict black-and-white, right down to Khan's open-backed outfits.

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