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Listen to the Demo Version of MØ’s Slow Jam “Maiden”: Song Premiere

Thomas Skou

MØ's No Mythologies to Follow is in stores now

Danish electro-pop singer Karen Marie Ørsted, aka MØ, is on the brink of breaking big. Her cover of the Spice Girls’s “Say You’ll Be There” ranks with the best and most transformative covers ever, while her ironically danceable “I Don’t Wanna Dance” is the perfect dancing-with-myself song choice. In short, it’s hard not to be a fan.

Her debut album, No Mythologies to Follow, hit stores in March and was filled with mature electro-pop tunes, including “Maiden,” a slow-burner jam destined to soundtrack a future film noire montage. Today, TIME premieres the demo version of that track — and it casts the song in entirely new light.

Starting out with a mournful, gospel-inflected humming, this mix of “Maiden” is darkly haunting with gothic overtones. Expect to find it on many break-up playlists.

Listen now:

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Watch Pee-wee Herman and Karen Gillan in TV On the Radio’s New Video

"Happy Idiot" is the first single off the band's forthcoming album Seeds

TV On the Radio have released the video for the single “Happy Idiot” off of their forthcoming Seeds album, and it’s a winner. The clip stars Pee-wee Herman (also known as actor Paul Reubens) as a racecar driver losing his mind in the heat, seeing visions of Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy star Karen Gillan.

As TV On the Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe explained in a statement, “I had this idea for the video that I thought would never happen, of Paul Reubens as a race car driver who slowly loses his mind. I took it to Funny or Die and they said, ‘That’s great, let’s go for that.’”

Luckily, Reubens was a longtime fan of the band and agreed to star in the video. In the clip, directed by Danny Jelinek and written by Jake Fogelnest, Gillan appears as a cheerleader, chef and balloon-carrying vision in black who may or may not be a hallucination. “Karen Gillan was absolutely great,” said Adebimpe. “We were really psyched to work with her, because she’s basically sci-fi royalty, and a great person. Full on geek fest in the desert.”

“It was really fun to do,” Adebimpe said. “I love how it came out. I think our fans will like it. I hope so. The cool ones will anyway. The rest can suck it.”

TV On the Radio’s new album, Seeds, is due out November 18th via Harvest Records. In support of the album, the band is heading out on tour mid-October. Check dates here.

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Lea Thompson on “The Power of Love” and Dancing with the Stars


Thompson recreated her Back to the Future dance on the show last night

There was a Delorean on the set of Dancing with the Stars last night and that could only mean one thing: Lea Thompson was going back in time to go Back to the Future.

Ever since it was announced that Thompson would be joining the cast for season 19 of DWTS, fans had been waiting for a routine set to Huey Lewis and the News’s Back to the Future theme song, “The Power of Love,” and last night, Thompson delivered.

“Lorraine McFly is one of my favorite characters. She’s the best and it was fun to revisit her in a cha-cha skirt,” said Thompson after the routine. It was a thrilling moment for fans, who had been yearning for a throwback moment since Elizabeth Berkley Lauren recreated her Jessie Spano “I’m So Excited” dance on the show.

It’s all part of the fun for Thompson, who is simply enjoying being back on the dance floor after a years-long hiatus. “Being on the show is all about revisiting my first love. I really loved ballet, but I wasn’t good enough to be a ballet dancer, “ said Thompson. “This is about enjoying the joy of the dance and not being so uptight about it. I feel revitalized by this. It’s so much fun.”

Thompson may be having fun, but she’s also doing very well in the competition. She was at the top of the leaderboard last week after her fast-paced jive wowed the judges — so much so that Carrie Ann Inaba fell out of her chair. “We were so surprised. I had no idea that we were the top of the leaderboard,” said Thompson. “It was awesome.” That said, Thompson claims she’s just on the show for the love of the dance. “I don’t care about winning, but I do care about staying on the show, because it’s so much fun!” she said.

She noted that contestant Janel Parrish beat her in one of the show’s so-called “Twitter-offs,” where the contestant who gets the most votes on Twitter earns a valuable repeat performance. “She’s my best girlfriend on the show,” said Thompson, “But she did beat me for the Twitter-off, because she has about a billion more Twitter followers than me!”

“It’s not how much younger they are than me. It’s how many social media followers they have — that’s what’s stacked against me,” said Thompson. “I need more Twitter followers!” (If you want to help swell her numbers from the 78,000 followers she already has, her Twitter handle is @LeaKThompson.)

It’s not just social media that causes Thompson some concern, though. “I worry that people won’t vote for me, because they think I’m safe,” said Thompson. “I’m not safe at all.”

Part of Thompson’s concern stems from the fact that she’s paired with a brand-new pro. While Chigvintsev has earned his stripes and laurels on the UK’s version, Strictly Come Dancing, he’s new to U.S. fans. “We come in with a slight disadvantage, because Artem doesn’t have an American fan base like Val [Chmerkovskiy] or Derek [Hough],” said Thompson. It’s clear that Thompson thinks Chigvintsev deserves his fair share of fans: “Artem is like the perfect guy — funny, smart and caring. And he has abs,” she laughed. “We’re great buds. We’re having a great time working on this.”

While Thompson is proud of her past, she does hope to incorporate something from her present in a future dance — sign language, a skill she earned on the set of her ABC Family drama Switched at Birth. “I am hoping to incorporate sign language into something. It’s just so beautiful,” she said.

Despite the greatness of the Back to the Future dance, fans will still have to wait for the inevitable moment when Fresh Prince of Bel-Air star and current Dancing with the Stars contestant Alfonso Ribeiro pulls out The Carleton.

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Dancing With the Stars Watch: It’s Movie Night With Kevin Hart


The stars dance to big hits from the big screen

Great news, everyone: Dancing With the Stars is back down to one episode per week. That means we get a full night of performances with the cherry on top of an elimination. While fans may appreciate having their Tuesday nights free, for the stars of the show, it means getting all dolled up in their finest Spanx and spray tans to flash their best jazz hands and tango elbows knowing that they might get kicked off at the end of it all. Fun, right?

While Len Goodman is off judging Strictly Come Dancing, the panel of judges is inexplicably joined by comedian Kevin Hart. While everyone loves Kevin Hart, there is no reason for him to judge a dancing show. If we’re going to nondancing professional judges, how about Mindy Kaling, Jane Goodall or Neil deGrasse Tyson?

While we compile a wishlist, it’s time start the music, it’s time to light the lights, it’s time to get things started with a giant Marilyn Monroe–inspired floor show set to the very literal song choice of Pharrell Williams’ “Marilyn Monroe.”

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff: MMA fighter Randy thinks it is “pretty cool” to dance a paso doble to his friend Sylvester Stallone’s movie, Rocky. Shouldn’t make poker night awkward at all. Randy hit the floor shirtless save for a vest that revealed not only his chest, but also a giant tattoo. Julianne Hough, whose title card has been updated to include the fact that she’s a two-time champion, wasn’t wild about his timing. Carrie Ann loved the power in the performance, but wants some finesse the next time around. Kevin Hart is too scared of Randy to give him a bad score. 26/40 and the couple already knows they are in jeopardy.

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: The always dynamic duo did a quick step to Austin Powers: Goldmember, but before they could get to the ballroom, Alfonso had to not kill millennial pro Witney during rehearsal. It was a challenge after she pointed out that she was “literally carrying his fat ass” across the floor. He managed not to murder her or have a meltdown, though, and delivered yet another solid routine. Julianne encouraged him to “get low” on the dance floor, while Kevin Hart ogled his velvet suit. 32/40.

Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani: Before their contemporary routine to that song from Ghost, Betsey said the routine was “like the skydiving I never wanted to do.” The audience loved the fluid routine, but Carrie Ann thought watching Betsey dance was confusing, because she was simultaneously elegant and sloppy. Kevin Hart informed the designer that she “dropped it like it’s hot,” and Bruno announced that “no one can bend it like Betsey.” 29/40, including a 9 from Kevin Hart, which was counteracted by Julianne’s 6.

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: When it’s movie night and Lea Thompson is in the house, there’s no doubt that she will be busting a move from Back to the Future. The routine started with a Delorean ride and ended with a fast-paced cha-cha that got the crowd cheering and the judges jeering, well not really, but it rhymes. Carrie Ann didn’t think it was her strongest routine, but Kevin Hart loved her smile, and that was enough to earn her a decent score. 31/40.

Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: The NASCAR star is safe this week, but still reeling from the fact that America didn’t like his dance routine to “Girls in Bikinis.” For his waltz this week, Michael is doling out the NASCAR metaphors and stepping on the gas for his romantic routine to Bryan Adams’ “(Everything I Do) I Do It for You).” The judges loved the Robin Hood–themed routine with even stickler Julianne dubbing it his best routine yet. 28/40.

Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: Thus far in the competition, Antonio has had a hard time acting like he’s having fun. This week he almost managed to smile during his foxtrot to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” from Guardians of the Galaxy. The judges appreciated the effort. 29/40.

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Dancing a Viennese waltz to the theme from Up is adorable, just so long as they end the routine before the part where they find out they are barren and then the wife tragically passes on. Aside from that: so cute. Carrie Ann said it was her favorite dance of the night, it made Kevin Hart a fan, and Julianne loved the choreography, restraining herself to only a few criticisms and pointers. 32/40.

Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: On a smoke-filled floor, Jonathan and Allison delivered a proficient tango to Beyoncé and Andre 3000’s “Back to Black” cover from The Great Gatsby soundtrack. The judges appreciated it, 32/40, but the couple knows they are in jeopardy.

Janel Parrish and Val Chmkerovskiy: It’s rare that the ABC legal department gets a moment in the spotlight, but when Val and Janel wanted to do their jazz routine to a song from West Side Story, the legal types got in a huff and earned a spot on the show via a very dramatic phone call. The end result was that they could use the song “America” but couldn’t use any of the choreography from the show. Val was up to the challenge and they delivered an amazing routine. Bruno called it her “star turn” and Julianne was on her feet to applaud and called it perfection. It’s one of the rare DWTS routines that is worth googling the next day, just to see the skill with which they brought a Broadway show to life in three minutes flat. 40/40.

Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Tommy knows how to tango, and he has no problem telling Peta how to do her business. They set their Argentine tango to the theme from the Al Pacino film Scent of a Woman, which Tommy uses as an excuse to sniff Peta, strictly for professional purposes, naturally. The judges were very impressed with the routine, but none more than Kevin Hart, who gave Tommy a 10. 34/40

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Gene Kelly’s wife Patricia stopped by the set to give Derek some encouragement before his jazz routine to Singin’ in the Rain. They made it rain inside the ballroom, but it didn’t dampen anyone’s spirits. The judges were stunned into submission by the routine. Kevin Hart admired the homage to Derek’s hero. Julianne said tonight Bethany “became a woman,” which may require a review of the tape, and while it probably killed Julianne to do it, she couldn’t help but give her brother a 10. 40/40.

Who Went Home: MMA champ Randy Couture, Mean Girls supporting actor Jonathan Bennett and professional hunk Antonio Sabato Jr. were all in jeopardy. At the end of the show, Randy was sent home to add some paso doble twists to his signature anaconda choke.

TIME Music

Lorde Crafts a ‘Yellow Flicker Beat’ For The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Soundtrack

Lorde goes full-goth warrior princess on the new track

Lorde’s contribution to the soundtrack she curated for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 is here. In a statement posted on Tumblr, the 17-year old singer —Ella Yelich-O’Connor — wrote, “It’s my first offering from what I hope will be a soundtrack you love. It’s my attempt at getting inside her head, Katniss’. I hope you like it.”

In the track, Lorde sings: “I’m a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm/ And the scars that mark my body, they’re silver and gold.” The lyrics, paired with the dusky and lilting tone of the song, show off Lorde’s skill at crafting a character that combines Katniss Everdeen’s toughness with her own gothic overtones; it’s cut in the same darkly grooving vein as her LP Pure Heroine.

Like so many other teenage girls, Lorde also took to Tumblr to post some thoughts on her journey into the dark heart of superstardom and her work on curating The Hunger Games: Mockingjay —Part 1 soundtrack:

i’m sitting up in bed, moving through desert halfway between utah and las vegas. yesterday was our ninth show in eleven days. every night, after i play, and say hi, and take pictures, and i walk up the stairs and we go on our way, i set up in this little bed office. i work from midnight until late on the soundtrack, singing into my computer, listening to demos and final mixes. my bus sleeps. we are almost at the end, the point where this soundtrack gets taken away from me and becomes something real. i’m reminded of this day last year, when pure heroine came out in this country. the feeling of something very solitary that i had worked on spinning around and around further away from me, becoming someone else’s, everyone’s. the past year of my life has seen everything around me multiply in size and number – the stamps on my passport, the number of people i have to ask before i ride on the ferris wheel after my set at a festival, the decibels that follow me when i walk around in public. the other thing that’s grown is me – my fitness, my mental stamina, my ability to think clearly and make decisions – but most of all, my capacity for love. the thousands upon thousands (wait, millions(?!!)) of you who bought pure heroine truly feel like friends to me – it’s no coincidence i’m posting this note here, where i feel the most happy and safe online, the place where i laugh the most and where every day, i feel like people get me. i never knew i could feel such a warm heart for this many people at once. thankyou for hearing about me all those months ago, and sticking around. thankyou for being here.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 soundtrack is out 11/18 on Republic. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 opens in theaters on November 21st.

TIME Music

ODESZA’s “Say My Name” Gets a Star Slinger Remix [Premiere]

Tonje Thilesen

Start the weekend early with this new track

When you think of the Seattle sound, visions of the flannel of the ’90s and grungy goatees float through your head. ODESZA is looking to change that stereotype with their lush electronic dance music. After a string of festival dates and an opening slot with Pretty Lights, the up-and-coming Seattle outfit is starting to make waves with futuristic melodious and ear worm beats.

The 13 tracks on their most recent album, In Return, are a collaborative effort between producers Harrison Mills and Clayton Knight and a revolving roster of talented vocalists like Py, Shy Girls, Madelyn Grant and, most noticeably, Zyra, whose work infuses the single “Say My Name” with undeniable charisma. Despite the many voices featured on the album, the sound is unified under a groove, built on ODESZA’s multi-layered melodies, spaced-out beats and cinematic charm.

Their tracks are primed for remixes, and today, TIME is premiering Star Slinger’s take on “Say My Name.” In the hands of the British DJ and producer, ODESZA’s track becomes even more dance-floor worthy, swapping somnolent grooves for Ibiza-ready beats.

In support of their new album, In Return, the band is heading out on a sold-out tour soon. For more information, head here.


Single Parents With Young Kids Have As Much Sex As Singles Without Kids, Study Says

Young couple lying in bed under sheets, low section, close-up of feet
Jonathan Kirn—Getty Images

No, this is not a headline from "The Onion."

Turns out that single parents are dating and having as much sex as singles without children.

A new study from The Kinsey Institute has found that single parents of children younger than age 5 date and are sexually active as often as singles without children — and more often than single parents of older children. (I’m guessing that later bedtime and increased ability to lay out guilt trips is to blame for this last phenomenon.)

Researchers began the study thinking that single parents would put hooking up on the back burner while trying to make a human being from scratch. Apparently, not so much. “For single parents, there is only so much time and so much energy to be used for a variety of competing demands in their life. Without the help of a partner, singles often have to divert more energy to parenting and so in theory one might think single parents would not be dating as much. But that’s not what we found,” Justin R. Garcia, an evolutionary biologist at The Kinsey Institute and assistant professor of gender studies at IU Bloomington, said in a press release.

Turns out it’s pretty easy to right-swipe on Tinder while watching Yo Gabba Gabba. Still, it’s news to me that having a kid under the age of 5 is no longer a barrier to a swingin’ single lifestyle. When my son was a toddler he was a barrier to just about everything, including showering, grocery shopping, using the restroom and doing anything alone with my husband. “These data are counter to theory and what was previously assumed about patterns of dating and sexual behavior among U.S. singles,” said Garcia.

But what’s a little less clear is exactly why this counter-intuitive phenomenon is true. The study gives us a few hints: “Male and female parents of young children experience hormonal changes that can affect their sexuality.” It also says that with single moms there’s a desire to find a partner again and people with young children are often younger themselves and tend to have a higher sex drive than older moms.

Remember, this study doesn’t say that single parents are having more sex than married parents. Although, or more realistically, married couples without children or married couples trying to have children probably have more sex than anyone else on earth. “We know that on average, singles have relatively less sexual activity than coupled people — singles tend to have lower rates of sexual frequency likely because they have to first find a partner to have sex with,” Garcia said.

TIME Music

Listen to Hurray for the Riff Raff’s New Song “Everybody Knows”: Premiere

The song was written for Trayvon Martin and is free with a donation to The Body Electric Fund

In the tradition of protest songs like Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA,” Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power” and Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” comes “”Everybody Knows (For Trayvon Martin),” from Hurray for the Riff Raff.

“I wrote this song last year, on February 26th, one year after Trayvon Martin was shot to death in a Florida suburb. A young black man barely 17 years old brought to his end for no reason other than suspicion. It also happened to be my birthday,” said Alynda Lee Segarra, the singer-songwriter at the helm of Hurray for the Riff Raff. “As I celebrated another year on Earth, I was haunted by the fact that his life ended so soon. After a visit to the Civil Rights museum in Memphis, I wrote this song. This song is a reminder that we must not forget him. We must not forget about the work that lies ahead of us.”

Hurray for the Riff Raff never released the song, though, but now, after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, the track has tragically broader implications. Now, Segarra has decided to use the song, which TIME is premiering below, as a springboard to foment action.

Hurray for the Riff Raff has never shied away from tackling tough issues in music. On their album, Small Town Heroes, was “The Body Electric,” a quietly powerful song about violence against women. “The process of writing ‘The Body Electric’ was very powerful for me,” said Segarra. “I felt the waves of a 26 year span of desires to see all women free from violence crash into me. It was anger, a desire for justice and a dream of change. It was not until I was done recording it, and I listened back that I heard the questions asked fully. I hope the song not only speaks to women, but to anyone who has the desire to be free.”

Since then, Segarra was compelled to help actualize change by establishing The Body Electric Fund. “I hope to use our platform as a band to shine the spotlight on those organizations that do the work that can truly change our futures,” Segarra said. “I want to help encourage our youth to become the next Maya Angelou, Audre Lorde and Dr. Martin Luther King that we so desperately need in these grave and important times.”

To that end the group has started an IndieGogo campaign to help fund a video for “The Body Electric” and to help raise funds for both The Trayvon Martin Foundation and the Third Wave Fund. Find out more about their campaign here:

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Dancing With the Stars Watch: Results, Sia and Nico & Vinz


The dance party is over for one star

Welcome back to Dancing With the Stars and cue up the Boyz II Men because tonight is the end of the road for one of the celebrities trying to claw his or her way to the top of the sparkling, Spanx-wearing heap of contestants.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Lea entered the results show at the top of the leaderboard and with the possibility of suing Julianne for calling her a “leopard mama,” so it was no surprise that she was safe.

Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff: The MMA star has proved himself graceful on the dance floor, and he got solid scores from the judges. Karina told him that if he bad-mouthed himself, she would duct-tape his mouth stuff or something. Luckily, he and his super white chompers are safe for another week.

Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani: After her Cinderella-esque spin around the dance floor to “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” (which she should dance to every week), it wasn’t clear whether the voters would rally behind the 72-year-old designer. Host Tom Bergeron clearly relished telling her that she was safe.

Best At-Home Dance Party: Nico & Vinz sang their hit “Am I Wrong” while Val Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff acted out a dramatic threesome.

Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: During some downtime, host Erin Andrews asked Tommy to show some salsa moves, so Tommy asked Erin if she wanted to “touch his boob.” She declined. She’ll get another chance next week, though, since Tommy and Peta are safe.

Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: The NASCAR driver is in jeopardy, because during his dance to the evocatively named track “Girls in Bikinis,” he ran out of gas, took a wrong turn, got a flat or whatever other NASCAR analogy you want to make to his lackluster performance last night.

Repeat Performance: Rather than have the judges choose which dance they wanted to see again, Len narrowed down the field to two: Lea or Janel Parrish, and asked the audience to choose on Twitter. The winner of the hashtag game? Janel and Val, of course, because Pretty Little Liars has 2.4 million Twitter followers and each and every single one of them want Janel to have a bright future (no spoilers).

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Thanks to The A to Z of DWTS, a ridiculous time filler bit, we know the show is going to play the romance card for Janel and Val. It worked for Maks Chmerkovskiy and pro Meryl Davis last year, that it can’t hurt to try. Janel and Val can start working on their are-they-or-aren’t-they chemistry next week, because they are safe.

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Bethany and Derek are safe, and if the YouTube star makes it far in this competition, expect more YouTube, Tumblr and Twitter stars to make a play to be on the show.

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: The judges weren’t thrilled with her country jazz mash-up, and neither were the voters, apparently. The young dancer ended up in jeopardy, because Duck Dynasty fans don’t vote enough. It’s probably just a warning shot, though, and Sadie will have to work harder to get out her duck-loving fans next week.

Best Performance: Notoriously press-shy singer Sia stopped by the show to perform her song “Chandelier,” which was pretty much just an excuse for prodigy dancer Maddie Ziegler to strut her stuff in front of the pros and recreate their incredible video.

Weirdest Time Waster: Tony and Betsey recreated the Ghost supernatural pottery make-out scene; Lea and Artem went Back to the Future, which gave them plenty of time to learn the cha-cha, and Alfonso Ribeiro battled his stomach bulge.

Best Time Waster: Once again the show decided to air one of the pros’ audition tapes. The audience voted, and we were treated to a baby-faced Mark Ballas explaining how he is the rebel of the dance floor and wore two earrings to prove it.

Awkward Family Photo: Julianne Hough put down her judging paddle, stepped out from behind the table, and took a spin on the dance floor with all of the male pros. Her outfit got smaller and smaller while she twisted and turned, until she was left in nothing but some carefully placed beading on a nude body suit. Her brother carefully avoided making eye contact with her while they danced, leaving the lifts to the other pros.

Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess: Tavis too busy telling the world about the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King on book tour to practice last week, and the judges noticed. Turns out the fans did too. Or maybe they were all too busy standing in line at book signings to watch the show?

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: While Alfonso didn’t have the highest score of the night, his routine was solid and so were his scores. They are sticking around for at least one more week, because they haven’t done the Carleton yet.

Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: The sexy underwear model managed to pull off a reasonably racy routine last night that was like a one-man get-out-the-vote drive. He’s sticking around for one more week.

Who Is in Jeopardy: Sadie Robertson, Michael Waltrip and Tavis Smiley are all in the bottom three. Sadie is quickly sent back to the ranks, with her fans having learned their lessons about failing to tune in, vote and vote often.

Who Went Home: Tavis Smiley will have more time to write extremely heartfelt and personal inscriptions in everyone’s copies of Death of a King: The Real Story of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Final Year. He tells Tom that while he doesn’t live with regret, he does wish he had more time to practice last week.

Best Reason to Come Back Next Week: It’s movie night, which means there is at least one Back to the Future dance in our future, and if we’re lucky Michael Waltrip will do a Talladega Nights–themed tango.

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