TIME Music

Kacey Musgraves Suggests That You ‘Mind Your Own Biscuits’ On Her New Song

Kacey Musgraves
Wade Payne—Wade Payne/Invision/AP Kacey Musgraves performs on stage at the CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 4, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn.

The two-time Grammy winner is back with the first single from her new album — and it's tasty

If The Real Housewives of Nashville were a show on Bravo, country artist Kacey Musgraves — otherwise known as the country musician for people who don’t think they like country music — has written the perfect tagline: “Mind your own biscuits, then life will be gravy.”

That’s the hook on her new song, “Biscuits,” which is also the first single from her follow-up to Same Trailer Different Park. That album won her two Grammy Awards and landed her on numerous best-of-2013 music lists, thanks to the fresh perspective of songs like “Merry Go ‘Round” and “Follow Your Arrow,” which found the Katy Perry-approved singer giving the judgment-free, you-do-you stamp of approval to gay couples and pot smokers. “Biscuits” is more of the same — but with Musgraves’ songwriting chops, that’s never a bad thing.

TIME Music

Hear Ariana Grande Return the Favor on Cashmere Cat’s ‘Adore’

The two recently debuted the song while on tour together

Norwegian producer Cashmere Cat has been on a roll in 2015, producing new material for Kanye West as well as “Drop That Kitty,” the infectious joint effort from Ty Dolla $ign, Charli XCX and Tinashe. He’s continuing his winning streak (and padding his enviable guest list) with the sultry Ariana Grande-assisted “Adore.” The twinkling, electro-tinged R&B track would have sounded right at home on the “Problem” singer’s latest album, My Everything, which isn’t exactly a surprise: not only did he work on her Grammy-nominated sophomore effort, he’s currently the opening act on her current tour.

In fact, the pair debuted “Adore” live the other night — and it’s good thing the song’s formidable bounce lives up to the promise of the grainy YouTube footage.

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TIME movies

Jennifer Lawrence to Star in Spielberg Adaptation of War Photographer’s Memoir

It's What I Do is coming to the big screen

War photographer Lynsey Addario’s memoir has barely been out for a month, but the bidding war for its film adaptation appears to be over.

Warner Bros. is finalizing a deal to bring It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War to the big screen, TIME confirms, with Steven Spielberg attached as director and Jennifer Lawrence in a starring role.

Addario apparently met with all of the bidders, who reportedly included Darren Aronofsky (who wanted Natalie Portman as the lead), Working Title Films (who wanted it for Reese Witherspoon), Focus’ Margot Robbie and George Clooney, along with his producing partner Grant Heslov.

“I wanted [to work with] people with integrity like Warner’s and Andrew Lazar, people who will honor my vision and honor the passion that I brought to my work and bring that to their work,” Addario tells TIME. “It’s really about integrity, passion and being true to the issues that I cover.”

MORE: Meet the Photographer Who Found How to Balance a Life of Love and War

She has spent much of the past 15 years photographing the human toll of conflict, especially on women, from Afghanistan to Libya, Cuba to Iraq, India to Israel.

“I feel a huge pressure to be successful in communicating their trauma,” the mother of one, who’s been kidnapped twice, told TIME last month. “I have to make sure that I take this information and disseminate it in a way that’s useful to them in the long term; that will prevent other women from going through what they went through. I can’t imagine not dedicating my life to trying to stop those things from happening.”

Turning to Hollywood is the latest stage in the photographer’s life-long goal of keeping the spotlight on the people and issues she’s covered. “It means so much to me because people respond to Hollywood in a way that journalists can’t always access.”

[Deadline]

TIME Israel

Obama Says Disagreement With Netanyahu Is Not ‘Permanently Destructive’

U.S. President Obama speaks during an interview with Reuters at the White House in Washington
Kevin Lamarque—Reuters U.S. President Barack Obama speaks during an exclusive interview with Reuters in the Library of the White House in Washington on March 2, 2015.

"This is not a personal issue"

President Barack Obama acknowledged Monday that his administration is in “substantial disagreement” with Israel’s government about how to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons but said its criticism was not “permanently destructive” to the two countries’ relationship.

Obama’s sit-down with Reuters comes ahead of Tuesday’s address to a joint session of Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has vehemently opposed a deal and believes one would still leave the door open for Iran to acquire nuclear weapons. Iran continues to deny it is working to develop them.

“This is not a personal issue,” he said. “I think that it is important for every country in its relationship with the United States to recognize that the U.S. has a process of making policy.”

The President explained that his administration’s goal is to make sure “there’s at least a year between us seeing [Iran] try to get a nuclear weapon and them actually being able to obtain one” and said Iran should put any nuclear work on hold for a minimum of 10 years as a part of a to-be-reached deal.

Read more at Reuters.

TIME

L.A. Police Say Homeless Man Tried to Grab Gun Before Fatal Shooting

Charlie Beck
Damian Dovarganes—AP Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck comments on the shooting of a homeless man on Skid Row of Los Angeles, at a news conference at police headquarters on March 2, 2015.

But a bystander who caught the incident on video says otherwise

Los Angeles’ police chief said Monday there was evidence that a homeless man shot and killed by officers on Sunday had struggled over one of their guns, but a bystander who captured a viral video of the deadly incident says he never saw the man reach for a weapon.

Police Chief Charlie Beck said during a news conference that the slide of the weapon had been “partially engaged,” which is “indicative of a struggle over a weapon,” according to the Los Angeles Times, which has reviewed a second video of the deadly altercation.

Police were responding to a suspected robbery call and pursued a man known by some as “Africa” in the Skid Row area, home to one of the largest populations of homeless people in the country. After officers made contact, the department said in a statement, the man apparently began to fight back and resist being taken into custody.

“The officers attempted to use a Taser to subdue him but the suspect continued to fight and resist the officers and fell to the ground,” the statement continues. “While on the ground, the suspect and officers struggled over one of the officer’s handguns and then an officer-involved shooting occurred.”

Sunday’s encounter was recorded by at least one officer’s body camera and caught on a video that was circulated widely on Facebook. The bystander who recorded the footage, Anthony Blackburn, told CNN on Monday that he hadn’t seen the man reach for a weapon.

Beck said the officers involved in the shooting had received training about working with mentally ill people. The man reportedly spent the past few months living in a tent after previously residing at a mental-health facility.

Police said the shooting is being investigated by a number of law-enforcement offices, including the Office of Inspector General and Los Angeles Country District Attorney’s Justice System, to determine if the man’s death was another case of excessive force by police, as some witnesses and local activists claim.

TIME Music

You’re Going to Really Really Really Like Carly Rae Jepsen’s New Song

Carly Rae Jepsen, "I Really Like You"
Carly Rae Jepsen, "I Really Like You"

The "Call Me Maybe" singer is back with "I Really Like You"

It’s been almost three years since Carly Rae Jepsen’s viral musical meet-cute “Call Me Maybe” took over the world, but the Canadian singer-songwriter wanted her next move to be worth the wait. “I told her that she couldn’t come out with anything unless it was on the level of ‘Call Me Maybe,'” manager Scooter Braun, told Billboard in January. “And, now we have a new one that is on that level.”

Whether he’s right will depend on how many YouTube parodies, celebrity sing-alongs and Obama supercuts emerge in the next few weeks. But even if “Call Me Maybe” is the kind of song that comes along only once in an artist’s career, “I Really Like You” comes pretty damn close: Over chilly synthesizers and a danceable beat pulled from a 1980s time capsule, Jepsen outlines the familiar early stages of infatuation — fretting over saying the wrong thing, anxiously waiting for the other person to make mov — before launching into another irresistible chorus.

After showing the world she could be more than a one-hit wonder with Kiss, her crush-worthy collection of flirtatious synth-pop, Jepsen proves she’s still the patron saint of anybody who’s wasted an evening staring at a phone, waiting for a text back.

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TIME Television

Kal Penn Explains How Battle Creek Differs From All Those Other Police Shows

Kal Penn 'Battle Creek'
Mathieu Young—Sony Television Kal Penn stars as Detective Fontanelle White on the CBS drama Battle Creek.

The actor talks to TIME about his new show, co-created by Breaking Bad mastermind Vince Gilligan, and the future of Harold & Kumar

He spent a few years on House, but now Kal Penn — otherwise known as Kumar from the Harold & Kumar series — is trading the lab coat for a detective’s badge in Battle Creek, a new police drama from Breaking Bad mastermind Vince Gilligan and House creator David Shore that premieres this Sunday on CBS.

TIME caught up with the actor and former White House employee to talk about what he learned from real-life cops, traveling with Obama and the future of Harold & Kumar.

TIME: There are plenty of cop shows on TV. What makes Battle Creek different?
Kal Penn: It’s a good question, because that was the first thing I was looking for when I was reading the script. It’s very funny, and that’s rare of the long format. I’ve only had the chance to work on either a straight drama or a straight comedy, but I was particularly excited about the humor that’s in this story.

I’d say it’s less procedural than House. We’re outside of the precinct quite a bit, and you get to see some of the bizarre scenarios that cops find themselves in. The writers have done a really good job of walking the line between things that are bizarre and funny and solving murders. The murders are serious — we’re not making fun of dead people.

With Breaking Bad mastermind Vince Gilligan serving as a co-creator, I bet there are some unusual murder cases.
One takes place at the annual Cereal Festival, which is a real thing in Battle Creek, Michigan. What could go wrong when everyone’s celebrating breakfast?

Someone gets drowned in a giant cereal bowl?
That would probably happen on a Comedy Central version of our show. In reality, a couple years ago there was an actual shooting.

You rode around with real Battle Creek, Mich., cops to prepare for this role. What did you learn?
I had the chance to see the things that make better television — so raiding houses or pulling people over — and also the more banal aspects of police work: what happens when you’re sitting in your office for five hours doing paperwork, how you get a warrant through the process of probable cause.

Sounds thrilling.
This is going to sound hokey, and I really don’t mean to sound like I’m sugar-coating it, but the most surprising thing to me was the way in which officers were treating their suspects with respects. With the national narrative that’s happening police-wise, that’s not often something you get to see. Their approach is very different from the big cities I grew up in, where things probably look more like Cops than Battle Creek.

Your upcoming National Geographic show, The Big Picture, is all about maps and data. That sounds like a hard topic to make a TV show about.
The things you see on TV are generally focused on the NSA doing something nefarious. But in reality, we all click yes on our iTunes user agreement, or if you download Google Maps or check in somewhere on Facebook, these companies collect all that data. What do they do with it? This looks at the human interest stories behind that.

So what did you find?
One example: In Florida there was an uptick of STDs in a particular community that then reflected the largest uptick of sexual activity in America. It just so happened that it was taking place at a senior citizens community in Florida.

That is surprising.
They’ve grown up after sex education, they’re not worried about getting pregnant and many of them are newly single. So they’re all having incredibly sex apparently, but they don’t know about STDs. It’s not going down there and going, “Oh my God, look at all these old people having sex!” It’s saying, “This is a really fascinating scenario, let’s see how the data reflects what’s actually happening.”

You recently accompanied President Obama on a trip to India. Did you get to hang with Obama?
I was much more an observer than anything! It was really fascinating to see the work that goes on in a trip like that: a nuclear deal, an environmental deal, the dorky side of things.

But you worked in the White House for two years. You’re telling me you’re not fist-bump buddies?
I imagine once his next two years are over, he’ll have a lot more time for that. He’s exactly what you see on TV, that gregarious side, the ability to shake off things that shouldn’t weigh you down. The fist bumps are definitely part of that.

How’s Air Force One?
I’ve been going to India since I was kid, and the president’s plane definitely beats sitting in a middle seat with a next pillow.

Is that Harold & Kumar cartoon ever going to see the light of day?
Animation apparently takes a long time! We’re working on a pilot for Adult Swim. It’s almost done. I just saw a couple of clips last week. I think we’re finding out in the next two months whether Adult Swim is going to turn it into a series. John and I just shot something last week — we’re all very good friends outside of the workplace and have been now for 10-plus years. We just fall right back into it. I always say playing Kumar is probably the coolest character I’ll have the chance to play, so anytime I have a chance to revisit that, I’m happy. We all have a soft spot for these guys. Mostly because when we shot the first movie, we had no idea if anybody would like it. It totally tanked at the box office — I think it got pulled before the second weekend. And then fans discovered it on DVD and gifted each other, so we really feel it was such a fan-driven franchise. There are good vibes around it, and we’re very grateful. Hopefully it turns into something.

TIME Music

Watch Jennifer Hudson Lay Down the Law in Iggy Azalea’s ‘Trouble’ Video

J-Hud breaks out the handcuffs for I-G-G-Y

Jennifer Hudson is the featured guest on Iggy Azalea’s Reclassified track “Trouble,” but she’s the real star of its music video — and critics might say the former American Idol contestant is more convincing as a police officer than Iggy Azalea is as a rapper. (What police procedural on TV right now couldn’t benefit from a little Dreamgirls glitter based on that eyeroll alone? She’s already headed to Empire!)

In this light-hearted clip, the Australian emcee struggles to shake off a no-good, bank-robbing boyfriend, but after a high-speed chase and some handcuffs Hudson is able to put the “Fancy” fugitive-harborer in her place — jail.

TIME Music

Diplo and Skrillex’s New Surprise Album Features Justin Bieber, 2 Chainz, Missy Elliott

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - November 10, 2014
Monica Schipper—Getty Images NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 10: Diplo (L) and Skrillex visit SiriusXM Studios on November 10, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Monica Schipper/Getty Images)

Their collaborative project, Jack Ü, just dropped an album

Two of music’s biggest DJ producers, Skrillex and Diplo, just attempted a 24-hour DJ marathon — but that hasn’t stopped them from surprise-releasing their first collaborative album with some very special guests.

Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü features Justin Bieber (his first new song in more than a year), Missy Elliott (her first new song since her Super Bowl halftime show appearance) and 2 Chainz (who raps “Yeah, I’m the sh-t / I should have Febreeze on it”). Appearances from Kiesza and AlunaGeorge also round out the 10-song set, now streaming live on SoundCloud.

Diplo’s 2015 is already off to a great start: he produced several songs for Madonna, who’s profiled in the new issue of TIME, on stands now.

TIME Music

Kelly Clarkson: I Will Never Tell My Daughter About From Justin to Kelly

Nick Jonas and Kelly Clarkson Perform Valentine's Gig at G-A-Y
Jo Hale—Redferns/Getty Images Kelly Clarkson performs on stage at G-A-Y on Feb. 14, 2015 in London, England.

The singer talks to TIME about her new album, why "diva" is a bad word and — surprise! — why she identifies as a feminist after all

Kelly Clarkson hasn’t released a proper studio album since 2011, but she’s had more pressing projects in the works: like marrying husband Brandon Blackstock and becoming a mom to eight-month-old River Rose. Fortunately, the musical drought is over. On March 3, Clarkson will release Piece by Piece, a record that’s loaded with slick power-pop (see lead single “Heartbeat Song”) and uplifting empowerment anthems (like “Invincible,” co-written by “Chandelier” and “Titanium” singer-songwriter Sia).

TIME caught up with the original American Idol to talk about the new album, the advantages of recording while pregnant and why fans might hear that country album sooner than they thought.

TIME: Kelly, I’m looking at your PEOPLE magazine cover, and I really like the haircut — you look like you should be in The Hunger Games, and I mean that in the best way.
Kelly Clarkson: What’s funny is I’ve had it for a year now — I just haven’t been in the public eye! I’m trying to grow it out, but it’s the hardest thing in the world because, obviously, it is the side of your head. I’m just struggling with what I’m going to do!

You’re famous for fiery breakup songs like “Since U Been Gone,” but there aren’t any of those on this album. Has motherhood mellowed you out, or do you have plenty more where those came from?
Yeah, I’m a woman! At any given moment I might get upset! But I’m human. The older you get, the more reflective you get, the more forgiving of human of error you get.

Older and wiser!
I don’t know. I hope I’m wiser than when I was singing “Since U Been Gone.” But I love a good anthem. I love angst. And I still love empowering songs.

Some songs on this record are co-written with Sia — if the two of you can’t turn someone’s mood around, they’re hopeless.
It’s a force!

You’ve talked in the past about doing a country album, but parts of this album sound like an ‘80s dance party.
I’ve actually been creating both albums, a country one and this one at the same time. I’ve been working on both projects simultaneously. I’m both people. I have everything on my iPad from country to R&B to pop to rock. I listen to classical as well. I had a pop record left on my contract, so we decided to put this one out first. It’s probably my best pop album that I’ve ever put out, maybe because we had a lot of time to work on it because I was pregnant! But I will have a country album that will come out. I always tell people I might do Broadway one day, I might do an R&B album. I just like music. It doesn’t just stop at just one genre. That’s what’s cool about pop — it encompasses all of it because it’s whatever is popular.

It’s paving the way for a big dance record.
Yeah! Stuff like “Dance With Me” or “Take You High.” I love stuff like that. Someone sent that song to me and was like, “This is way left-field, and you probably won’t like it.” I heard it and was like, “I love this!” I love music that sounds rave-ish. Why would you want the same song 13 times on an album? Life is a roller coaster ride of all these different emotions, not just one.

We need a Kelly Clarkson album for the clubs.
Well, you got it!

Great, it’s a plan: after country, you’ll do the dance album next.
There’s a bunch of dance remixes off this one too. I didn’t even know this, but I just found out from my label [I have] some crazy number of No. 1s for dance remixes. I had no idea. I was like, what? They take any song I do and make a dance version.

I was once at a club where, for the last song of the night, they turned on all the lights and played “Since U Been Gone.”
We just did that version at a club in London that we performed at on Valentine’s Day. We did the dance version. We loved it, my band and I. And there will be remixes for this. There’s already a few of “Heartbeat Song” and “Take You High” and “Dance With Me.” That’s what’s awesome about music: everybody likes everything, not just one type of genre.

What’s it like recording an album while battling morning sickness? Are you running back and forth between the booth and bathroom?
No, you’re just stepping over toward the trash can, my man. It’s right there beside you in the booth. It was really not fun, that part of it, but what’s also great [about] recording while pregnant is everything is enhanced: your whole body, every emotion, every thought, every vocal. Everything just feels like this burst of energy coming from you. It becomes super passionate. The presence is just different. I don’t know how to explain it. It was fascinating to record an album like that. That’s why my mom called me after she heard it. She heard it the [same] time everyone else did because I like having someone outside the bubble of who’s been creating it. She was like, “Oh my gosh, your vocal on ‘Invincible,’ I haven’t heard you sing like that in awhile!” I was like, “I know!” I got so inspired vocally with that song and just took it to this other place inside me. The producer was so excited, I was excited — it’s just a different feeling when you’re pregnant.

Did the baby help you pick any of the songs? She starts kicking inside you, and you think, “This is the single!”
[Laughs] I would love to say she did that, but no. Our 8-year-old, Seth, and our 13-year-old Savannah, they did help pick “Heartbeat Song” [as a single]. We’d be listening to different mixes in the car on the way to dinner or wherever we’re going, and they always asked for “Heartbeat Song.” They were like, “We love that song, play that song.” They know the whole album, and it’s not even out yet. It was fun to gauge from kids’ perspectives, not just ours.

At what age will you sit River Rose down and tell her about From Justin to Kelly?
Never! We don’t have to show her that! [laughs]

You’re going to pretend it doesn’t exist?
That’s what I do. So why not?

It could be a cult movie classic, you just have to give it a few more years.
Oh my God, I hope not. I just want it to go away. I want to own all of it. I just want it to not be here.

Singing competitions haven’t produced a major star in several years, and ratings for American Idol have been slipping. Have these shows run their course?
No, because more keep coming out. Even when people say ratings are coming down, that’s like, what, 20 million to 15 [million]? It’s still millions more than the others! They’re killing all the other shows on the network. It’s supply and demand, whether it’s American Idol or The Voice or America’s Got Talent or all the other shows. I do think it’s a lot harder because there’s such a plethora of them. People are always asking me, why did you make it? Or Carrie [Underwood], why did she make it? We were early on! There wasn’t a lot of competition. We weren’t competing as much, except for the fact that people hated talent shows, and now they like them! [laughs] They’ll last as long as people keep watching them.

The music industry has changed a lot in the past few years, not even just since the first season of Idol. How can shows better prepare artists for the music business today?
I don’t really think there’s an answer to that question. If people did know, they would bottle it up and sell it! You do have more leverage when trying to navigate your career than a first-time artist normally would have. You have the Carries or the Jennifer Hudsons, you have these people who are successful before you even have your project. That’s key. Justin Bieber came from YouTube, or the Dave Matthews Band, they had a huge underground following before they even had a record deal. Do I think there’s a right or wrong way? No. I love the way I came into the business. People don’t even realize Frank Sinatra got into the business through a competition. I don’t think it matters how you got here, it matters if you’re good enough to hang around.

The last time you did an interview with TIME, you said you didn’t identify as a feminist. That was big news for a lot of people. Has your stance changed?
What I said in that interview was [about] how society portrays feminism. It’s starting to turn around again, but for a while there, every time a girl said she was a feminist, that just meant she was a man-hater, which is not the actual definition of a feminist. It’s almost like the term diva: now diva is a bad thing. Diva used to mean these beautiful-sounding operatic singers who could break glass with their voice and floor you with what a powerful force they were. Now it’s a negative term, like, eh, she’s a diva. I feel like everyone made the term feminist derogatory, and I don’t identify with that.

Now, if you’re talking about a true feminist, like, do I believe in equal rights for women? Absolutely. I’m a feminist in the sense of saying I believe in equal rights. I think I got misled with that question in the last interview with y’all. The woman who was interviewing me at the time put that question out there and made it seem like a derogatory thing. I don’t think that everybody knows what the correct term is. Now they have Emma Watson out saying stuff, now at the Oscars everybody’s saying stuff. It’s coming back around to its true definition.

Now that you’re married with kids, how many “Miss Independent” jokes do you get on a daily basis?
Oh! I’ve never gotten one!

Really? No one’s like, “She put a ring on it, goodbye ‘Miss Independent!’”
Oh my God, no! Nobody’s said that yet. You are the first! You are groundbreaking.

I didn’t even make a joke about it!
You kind of did! I laughed.

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