TIME Music

Haim Parodies Tabloid Talk Shows With My Song 5 Video

Kesha, Big Sean, Grimes and others show up as well

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When TIME caught up with Haim’s youngest member, Alana, earlier this year, she told us the genre-bending “My Song 5″ was the clear fan favorite from their acclaimed debut album, Days Are Gone.

“Everyone loves that song live,” she said. “Everyone knows that song, everyone sings along, which is cool because in the studio we were freaking out.”

Now, the track has gotten a remix — courtesy of A$AP Ferg — and a video treatment that parodies tabloid talk shows like The Jerry Springer Show. It also features some famous friends: Saturday Night Live’s Vanessa Bayer plays host Dallas Murphy, Kesha plays a crazy cat lady and Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig sits in the rapt audience alongside the band’s producer, Ariel Rechtshaid.

Big Sean and Grimes show up, too, but the most exciting cameo might just belong to the trio’s very own parents. See if you can spot them in the clip above.

TIME Music

Watch Taylor Swift Show Off Her Dance Moves in New ‘Shake It Off’ Video

Haters gonna hate, T-Swift declares on the first single from her new album, 1989

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It’s nearing late August in an even-numbered year, which means it’s time for Taylor Swift to once again hijack pop music as we know it. And just like last time, she premiered new music through an online live stream in the company of some very dedicated fans.

“Shake It Off,” her bouncy ode to brushing off haters, is the first single from the singer’s upcoming album, 1989, which is due Oct. 27 and named after the year of her birth.

“I’ve learned a pretty tough lesson that people can say whatever they want about us at any time, and we cannot control that,” the singer told her fans before premiering the song (produced by Max Martin and Shellback) and the dance-heavy video (twerking included). “The only thing we can control is our reaction to that.”

Though she broke out of her country music roots with 2012’s Red, T-Swift promises that the new record, which she spent two years making, is her “first documented official pop album” as well as her favorite album yet. It’s also inspired by the “limitless potential” of 1980s pop, which is never a bad look for anyone, least of all Swift, who dabbled with the decade’s pop sound on her song “Sweeter Than Fiction” from the movie One Chance.

Relive Swift’s dance party announcement on the Yahoo! live stream here.

TIME Music

Charli XCX Rocks Hard on New Track ‘Break the Rules’

The "Fancy" singer gets feisty on a new single

Sometime between breaking through with “I Love It” and blowing up with “Fancy,” British siren Charli XCX decided she was totally “over the music industry” and made an album of punk rock songs. Her just-announced sophomore album, Sucker, may not include all those recordings — she’s since shelved the project and gotten back in touch with her poppier side — but its newest track, “Break the Rules” offers a riotous taste of what she cooked up in her no-f–ks-given phase.

“I don’t want to go to school / I just want to break the rules,” she sings on the track; it’s a fitting declaration for a singer who’s made a name for herself by defying expectations of what a pop star should be. Mixing the hedonism of “I Love It,” the youthfulness of “Boom Clap” and the raw energy of “SuperLove,” “Break the Rules” is everything fans have come to love about Charli wrapped up in one delicious package.

Sucker is out Oct. 21. Listen to “Break the Rules” below.

[BuzzFeed]

TIME Iraq

Obama Authorizes Air Strikes in Iraq to Help Retake Dam

The U.S. is helping the Iraqi government reclaim the Mosul Dam

President Obama formally notified Congress on Sunday that he had authorized “limited” air strikes in Iraq to help the Iraqi Security Force combat the expansion of the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS).

National Security Council spokesperson Caitlin Hayden said in a statement that Obama’s authorizations, which were done at the request of the Iraqi government, were consistent with the War Powers Resolution, which mandates congressional approval before the President can push the country into war.

The air strikes in Iraq were meant to help the ISF re-establish control over the Mosul Dam, an important site in the battle against the Sunni militant group.

“The failure of the Mosul Dam could threaten the lives of large numbers of civilians, threaten U.S. personnel and facilities — including the U.S. embassy in Baghdad — and prevent the Iraqi government from providing critical services to the Iraqi populace,” the statement says.

ISIS control of the dam gives it the position to force a famine on the rest of the Iraq or cause massive flooding.

U.S. Central Command announced that it conducted 14 air strikes on Sunday, successfully damaging or destroying a number of ISIS vehicles as well as an ISIS checkpoint. Central Command had previously announced nine air strikes on Saturday.

TIME WTF

World’s Most Pierced Man Denied Entry to Dubai

Rolf Buchholz
German Rolf Buchholz in Berlin, Dec. 4, 2010. Markus Schreiber—AP

Rolf Buchholz claims the Emirate's officials said they were worried about black magic

He may have more than 100 piercings on his face, but it wasn’t the metal detectors keeping Rolf Buchholz out of Dubai this weekend.

The tattooed German man, whose 453 piercings — 278 of which were around his genitalia, as of 2010 — earned him a Guinness World Record, claims airport workers told him that Dubai officials were worried he practiced black magic, the Associated Press reports.

Buchholz, who works in IT, was planning to visit United Arab Emirates to appear at a circus-themed nightclub scheduled for Friday when he was stopped before entering customs, but after having his passport stamped and approved.

“I got never an official answer,” Buchholz told the AP, which was unable to reach immigration and airport authorities for comment. “They are friendly but nobody answers your questions.”

Buchholz, who also has horn implants in his head, says he was ordered to never return to Dubai, though he he’d gladly come back — if the country ever allowed him.

[AP]

TIME movies

Moviegoers Find The Expendables 3 Dispensable

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Phil Bray—Lionsgate

But Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy continue to dominate

The latest instalment in the Expendables franchise proved to be, well, expendable at the box office this weekend, pulling in the lowest domestic opening weekend of the series.

The Expendables 3 grossed only $16.2 million domestically, finishing in fourth place behind Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Guardians of the Galaxy, the No. 1 and No. 2 films, respectively. The movie’s new PG-13 rating failed to drawn more viewers than its R-rated predecessors, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and an online leak of the film may have hurt its chances in theaters as well.

Let’s Be Cops, which opened Wednesday, snagged the third spot with a $17.7 million weekend — about how much it cost to make — bringing its five-day gross up to $26.1 million.

The Expendables 3, which stars Sylvester Stallone and Jason Statham among many others, wasn’t the only disappointment: the decades-in-the-making adaptation of The Giver, starring Jeff Bridges and Meryl Streep, came in fifth with a gross of $12.8 million.

[THR]

TIME Crime

Ferguson Curfew Extended As Justice Department Orders Second Autopsy

As Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon slams local police for releasing robbery video allegedly showing Michael Brown's involvement

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Updated 1:45 p.m. ET

A curfew will be enforced for a second night in Ferguson, Mo. Sunday, a day after Governor Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency over some protestors’ clashes with police over the killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

Missouri Highway Patrol spokesman Al Nothum said the midnight-to-5 a.m. curfew had been extended to a second night, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. One man was shot and seven people were arrested the first night, as pockets of protestors attempted to defy the order.

On Sunday the Justice Department also announced it would be conducting its own autopsy of Brown, who was shot and killed by police on Aug. 9. “Due to the extraordinary circumstances involved in this case and at the request of the Brown family, Attorney General Holder has instructed Justice Department officials to arrange for an additional autopsy to be performed by a federal medical examiner,” department spokesman Brian Fallon said in a statement.

The attorney of the family of the 18-year-old told TIME Saturday that lawyers for the family had hired a independent forensic pathologist to conduct an independent autopsy. The office of the St. Louis County Medical Examiner said the teen died of gunshot wounds in its original examination but had not specified how many times Brown had been shot. Fallon said the results of the state-performed autopsy would be taken into account by the DOJ.

Brown was killed after an encounter with a police officer, recently identified as Darren Wilson, who police say was responding to a “strong-arm robbery.” Local authorities have said that Brown was shot in a struggle for the officer’s gun and had matched a description of a suspect who allegedly stole $50 worth of cigars from a convenience store.

But at least one witness disputes that account; CNN reports that some witnesses say Brown was in a surrender position when he was shot, which has led many Ferguson residents claim the killing was yet another instance of racial profiling and police brutality.

Nixon, appearing on CBS’ Face the Nation, said Sunday that police tried to “besmirch” Brown by releasing documents and video footage alleging his participation in the robbery before his death.

“I mean, when you release picture and you clearly are attempting to besmirch a victim of a shooting, shot down in his own street, a young man and at the same time you’re releasing information to try to make it, to tarnish him, then properly, there was a lot of folks that were concerned about that, and I do think it flamed it back up and has caused us to have to deal with some of that,” Nixon said, Politico reports.

CNN reported Saturday that the video was released over the objections of the Department of Justice, which worried it might enflame racial tensions.

TIME Television

Orange Is the New Black Locks Up 3 Creative Arts Emmy Awards

Uzo Aduba
Uzo Aduba accepts the award for outstanding guest actress in a comedy series for her work on “Orange Is the New Black” at the Television Academy's Creative Arts Emmy Awards at the Nokia Theater on Aug. 16, 2014, in Los Angeles. Phil McCarten—Invision/AP

Uzo Aduba won for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

The main Emmy Awards are a little more than a week away, but Netflix upstart Orange Is the New Black has already stolen a march on its big-name competitors.

At the 2014 Primetime Creative Arts Emmys — a precursor to the main event that mainly focuses on the technical, behind-the-scenes work of television production — the comedy drama set behind the bars of a women’s prison took home three big awards.

Uzo Aduba, who plays Suzanne “Crazy Eyes” Warren, claimed the award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series on Saturday, while the show’s casting director, Jennifer Euston, won for Outstanding Casting for a Comedy Series.

“I don’t know how to say how incredibly impressed I am to be a part of this show day in, day out,” Aduba said while accepting her award, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show also won an editing award.

Among the other winners were HBO’s Game of Thrones, which took home 4 awards, and Saturday Night Live, which won 5.

Aduba’s co-stars Laverne Cox — the first openly transgender woman to be nominated for an Emmy — and Natasha Lyonne were also nominated for the same guest-star category. The show is up for several more awards, including Outstanding Comedy Series, during the main awards due to take place on Aug. 25.

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