TIME Music

Watch Taylor Swift’s Spooky New ‘Style’ Music Video

See the new clip from 1989

She’s been teasing it on her Instagram and Twitter accounts all week, but now the full music video for Taylor Swift’s “Style” has arrived. The video was slated to debut on Good Morning America Friday, but leaked early on Canadian website MuchMusic. Compared to the dance-heavy “Shake It Off” and the Gone-Girl-esque “Blank Space” videos, “Style” is an elegant but relatively uneventful clip. On the bright side, that should free up some brain power that you can devote to determining whether its title and lyrical references to long hair are actually about Harry Styles. (But let’s hope T-Swift’s not that obvious with her songwriting.)

Read next: Taylor Swift Made This Break-up Playlist for a Recently Dumped Fan

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Spice Up Your Life With These Previously Unheard Spice Girls Songs

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Ray Burmiston—Photoshot/Getty Images Spice Girls

Because friendship never ends

A Spice Girls reunion is all fans really really want, but devotees of Girl Power will have to settle for four previously unheard demos that just surfaced online.

The tracks, which you can hear below, are purportedly demos from the group’s third and final album, Forever; one of the uncovered songs, “Right Back At Ya,” actually appeared on that 2000 record in another form. Ginger Spice fans will also probably want to holler with disappointment, as Geri Halliwell had already left the group by then and is thus not featured in any the leaked material (she later said she’d be there for the group’s 2007 reunion tour).

While Forever signaled a shift from zany pop to a more R&B-influenced direction (they worked with Destiny’s Child producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins) these songs manage to have the feel of classic Spice Girls material. That’s probably because, as Mic notes, they were produced by Richard Stannard and Matt Rowe, who helmed much of the band’s earlier material (and had minimal credits on Forever).

Too much of something is bad enough, the girls once sang in 1997, but too much of the Spice Girls? There’s no such thing.

 

TIME Music

Taylor Swift Made This Break-up Playlist for a Recently Dumped Fan

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Jason Merritt—Getty Images Taylor Swift attends the 57th Annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Feb. 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, Calif.

The 1989 singer helped a fan move on with songs by Charli XCX and Azure Ray

Taylor Swift is known for dissecting past relationships in her music, but what does the queen of heartbreak listen to when she’s heartbroken?

Well, we now have an idea after the future Kanye West collaborator helped out a fan whose boyfriend of four months dumped her with an out-of-the-blue text message. After the forlorn fan sought Swift’s advice on Tumblr, the “Blank Space” singer got in touch with tips on how to heal.

“It’s so devastating to come to terms with speaking of someone in past tense when you used to see them as your present and your future tense,” she wrote in a string of messages. “The fact that you have to endure this kind of emotional abuse is so wrong. I know it’s hard but I think it’s time to utilize the ‘block’ feature on your phone.”

She ended her thoughts with a themed playlist moving on that includes Charli XCX (who just covered Swift) and Azure Ray. Fans may not get one-on-one relationship advice, but at least every Taylor Swift fan knows what to listen to when they want to shake it off. (As long as its not on Spotify.)

“Stay Away” by Charli XCX
“Not Around” by Montgomery
“Wings” by HEARTS
“Coffins” by Misterwives
“Sleep” by Azure Ray
“Begin Again” by Measure

[BuzzFeed]

TIME movies

Watch the Trailer for Amy Schumer’s Movie Trainwreck

Written by Schumer herself and directed by Judd Apatow

Amy Schumer’s upcoming movie Trainwreck, which she wrote and stars in, marks the first time Judd Apatow has directed a movie he didn’t write — that’s how great his confidence is in the Inside Amy Schumer mastermind. In the movie, Schumer plays a journalist whose messy personal life is shaken up when her the subject of her latest magazine assignment (Bill Hader) has the potential to become more than just a forgettable fling.

Schumer’s co-star Brie Larson, who plays Schumer’s sister, Kim, told TIME in December that much of Trainwreck is based on true events. “The film is loosely based off her life,” Larson said. “A lot of the names are real, and there’s a lot of us reenacting moments from her life. I had to reenact a bunch of old photos she has with her sister, like bad vacation photos with disposable cameras.”

Read TIME’s December 2014 profile of Amy Schumer.

TIME movies

Watch the Explosive Trailer for Hitman: Agent 47

Starring Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto

The Hitman video game franchise has become a movie again — this time with Homeland‘s Rupert Friend playing the role of the Agent 47 (last played on the big screen by Justified‘s Timothy Olyphant in 2007). Paul Walker was originally attached to the project, but after his death in 2013, the role went to Friend, whose jarring bald look gives his genetically engineered assassin character extra creepy vibes.

Catch him, Zachary Quinto and an exploding helicopter in the trailer, above, and in theaters this summer when the movie opens on Aug. 28.

TIME Music

Kanye West Says He and Taylor Swift Are Going Into the Studio Together

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Larry Busacca—Getty Images Recording Artists Kanye West and Taylor Swift attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on Feb. 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Brace yourself for when Yeezy teams up with T-Swizzle

Taylor Swift and Kanye West appeared to bury the hatchet at the Grammy Awards on Sunday when they posed together for smiling pictures six years after he infamously interrupted her onstage at the MTV Video Music Awards.

But Kanye West must be serious about mending ties between the two artists at the top of their genres, because he just told Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday that he and Taylor Swift are planning to head into the studio and collaborate. This raises numerous questions: she’s squeaky clean and radio friendly, and he’s often not, so how will their sounds meet in the middle? Will she be singing a hook on his upcoming Yeezus followup, or is this an entirely separate joint project? Given her love for rap, will Yeezy give her some pointers? Will he call her “Taylor,” or do you think he’ll fall for nicknames like “T-Swizzle”?

At the very least, with West also executive producing Rihanna’s upcoming album, maybe Swift and Rihanna can find some time to cook up a track together.

TIME Books

Joan Rivers’ Daughter Writes a Book About Her Life

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Kevork Djansezian—Getty Images TV personality Melissa Rivers attends the The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on Feb. 8, 2015 in Los Angeles.

Melissa Rivers' The Book of Joan arrives May 5

Joan Rivers’ daughter Melissa Rivers has written a book about the late comedian’s life, her publisher announced Wednesday.

The Book of Joan: Tales of Mirth, Mischief and Manipulation will contain “funny, poignant, and irreverent observations, thoughts, and tales about” Joan Rivers, who died last September after complications from surgery, People reports. It comes out May 5.

“In our family we always believed that laughter was the best medicine,” Melissa said Rivers. “I wanted to write a book that would make my mother laugh. I hope it makes you laugh, too.”

Read more at People

TIME Music

Watch Haim Get Cozy With Wildlife in Calvin Harris’ ‘Pray to God’ Video

Rabbits, wolves and horses, oh my!

If only True Blood were still on the air: the sisters Haim look like the baddest vampires Bon Temps has ever seen in the new video for their Calvin Harris collaboration, “Pray to God.” Here, Haim skips the synchronized dance moves of their Fatima Robinson-choreographed “If I Could Change Your Mind” video in favor of standing absolutely still — and somehow, they manage to be look just as captivating while doing it.

“Pray to God” was a clear highlight when it appeared on Harris’ last LP, the uneven Motion, mostly because it resembles a Haim track more than a Harris one; just like his Tinashe team-up, “Dollar Signs,” the DJ-producer is best when he caters to his guest stars’ strength.

Surely there’s a Grammy voter watching this and kicking himself right for not giving Haim the Best New Artist award right about now.

TIME Music

Listen to Diplo Tease a New Missy Elliott Collaboration on Snapchat

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Chris Pizzello—Invision/AP Missy Elliott performing at the BET Awards in 2014.

The "Supa Dupa Fly" rapper joined Diplo and Skrillex for a remix

Snapchat has suddenly become music’s hottest venue for premiering new music.

Days after Madonna became the first artist to release a music video on the app for self-deleting messages, DJ-producer Diplo previewed a new track on the platform late Tuesday — and it features contributions from Missy Elliott.

Missy hasn’t released an album in 10 years, but her appearance during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show has made fans’ hunger for new material more intense than ever. (Outside of guest appearances and a few one-off songs, she’s mostly stayed behind-the-scenes.) Thankfully, Diplo and fellow DJ-producer Skrillex, who collaborate under the name Jack Ü, have recruited the singer-rapper to hop on a remix of their Kiesza collaboration, “Take Ü There.” Listen to Diplo’s Snapchat previews of the track below, via Your EDM.

There’s even more good news: On Tuesday, Missy tweeted that she was back in the studio with long-time producing partner Timbaland, though she’s hesitant to reveal anything about when or where that end product might drop. “I don’t want to say too much,” she said in an interview earlier this month. “In this day and time, boy, you say something, they will come back two weeks later like, ‘Where your album at?’”

TIME Kansas

Kansas Gov. Rescinds Protections for LGBT State Workers

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Jan. 2015.
Orlin Wagner—AP Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback speaks at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan., Jan. 2015.

It reverses a 2007 order that barred employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback on Tuesday rescinded protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender state workers.

The protections had been instituted by then-Govenor and former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a Democrat whose 2007 order established “protected class rights” that prohibited employment discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Brownback, a Republican, made the move by executive order, and he signed a second executive order reaffirming the state’s commitment to bar employment discrimination on the basis of “race, color, gender, religion, national origin, ancestry or age.”

“This Executive Order ensures that state employees enjoy the same civil rights as all Kansans without creating additional ‘protected classes’ as the previous order did,” Brownback said in a statement. “Any such expansion of ‘protected classes’ should be done by the legislature and not through unilateral action.”

Democrats spoke out against the new order’s reversal on LGBT rights, while state Republicans had mixed reactions. Tom Witt, executive director of Equality Kansas, told the Kansas City Star that the move was “an outrage.”

“Gay, lesbian, and transgender state employees across Kansas have trusted they would be safe from discrimination and harassment in their workplace,” he said, “but Sam Brownback has, by erasing their job protections, declared ‘open season’ on every one of them.”

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