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Mariah Carey Ends the Hip-Hop Drought With “Thirsty”: Listen

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After a few misfires, the diva nails her latest Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse cut

Mariah Carey, by now, is a musical legend with a legacy as smooth as her voice. Even so, the leadup to her 14th album, the impeccably titled Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse, has been a bit bumpy. Soft-rocking Miguel duet “Beautiful” was a hit, but throwback R&B tracks “The Art of Letting Go” and “You’re Mine (Eternal),” while classicist and impressive, underperformed – though not as much as Rick Ross showcase “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” which Mariah was barely on. The song was relegated untriumphantly to promotional-single status and dropped from the album’s lineup.

“Thirsty,” which premiered today, is almost like an attempt to fix that, to get the hip-hop-influenced track right. Producer Hit-Boy (a couple of his eponymous hits: Jay-Z and Kanye West’s “Paris,” Beyoncé’s “XO” and “Flawless”) gives Carey one of his signature beats: a minimalist synth hook that breaks into martial strings or imperial sangfroid when the mood calls for it. And this time Atlanta rapper Rich Homie Quan’s the one who gets dominated by Carey’s larger-than-life presence; he warbles Future-ish backing vocals on the hook while Carey dismisses the titular “thirsty” braggart.

The anti-scrub track is one of Mariah’s best looks – sometimes she even names names, as with Eminem on “Obsessed” – and as always, Carey makes it seem and sound utterly effortless. Listen below.

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Watch: First Aid Kit’s New Video For “My Silver Lining”

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Swedish folk duo First Aid Kit has unveiled a video for “My Silver Lining,” the lead single from their forthcoming album Stay Gold.

The track marries disco, folk and a western twang for a distinctly vintage country swing vibe that seems to pay homage to both Harry Nilsson and Rumors-era Fleetwood Mac. It’s a good fit for the band — and it bodes well for their upcoming release, which was produced by Bright Eyes producer Mike Mogis and features arrangements by Nate Walcott, who has worked with Rilo Kiley and Broken Bells.

“We wanted to create an intriguing and mysterious world where everything is slightly off and the mansion slowly comes to life,” said First Aid Kid in a statement. “The idea of things in life changing, even scaring you, but still having to carrying on despite it all is a theme in the song, which we wanted to convey in the video.”

Watch the album trailer for First Aid Kit’s Stay Gold, due out June 10th on Columbia (pre-order here):

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Alec Baldwin Arrested for Riding His Bike The Wrong Way Down Fifth Avenue

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The famously irascible actor was handcuffed and placed in a cop car after getting "belligerent" with officers who had informed him that he was bicycling the wrong way down a one-way street and asked to produce ID, an NYPD detective confirms

In what’s shaping up to be an especially juicy week for celebrity news, TIME has confirmed that Alec Baldwin was arrested about 10:15 a.m. Tuesday morning in Manhattan for riding his bike the wrong way down Fifth Avenue.

Detective Annette Markowski, and NYPD spokesperson, tells TIME Baldwin was informed that he was going the wrong way and was asked to produce ID but refused.

“He got belligerent and began arguing with the officers,” Markowski says. “He was taken into custody at the 13th precinct [for identification].”

Markowski says Baldwin was given two summonses, “one for a VTL, meaning he was riding the wrong way, and the other was for disorderly conduct.”

In Touch originally broke the story after they spoke to an “insider” who said Baldwin was handcuffed and put in the back of a cop car after he was “riding his bike the wrong way and didn’t have ID on him.”

Baldwin took to his Twitter to protest the arrest:

-with reporting by Laura Stampler

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Channing Tatum Confirmed as X-Men‘s Gambit

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The 22 Jump Street star will take over the role previously held by Taylor Kitsch

Rumors that Channing Tatum would take over the role of Gambit were confirmed on Monday night when an X-Men: Days of Future Past producer revealed that the Magic Mike actor had been cast as the popular mutant.

“He’s a rascal, just like Remy LeBeau, and he can handle the action — we all know that,” Lauren Shuler Donner said at the Days of Future Past premiere in London. “He’s not from New Orleans, but he is a Southerner and he understands that world.”

Tatum had expressed interest in the role last month, saying, “Gambit’s really the only X-Men I’ve ever loved.” Gambit was previously played by Friday Night Lights actor Taylor Kitsch in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but Kitsch’s star has faded somewhat in the last two years, thanks to poor showings at the box office by John Carter and Battleship.

[Total Film]

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ABC Marks Modern Family Finale By Paying for New York Weddings

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Modern Family couple Mitchell Pritchett and Cameron Tucker are expected to tie the knot during the two-part finale of the television show, set to air on Wednesday. And to celebrate the milestone in the family comedy, ABC footed the bill for other couples to get married at New York’s City Hall on Monday.

The network covered the cost of marriage licenses and wedding ceremonies for couples who got married at the City Clerk’s office, which usually cost about $35.

Actor Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who plays Mitchell, and Eric Stonestreet, who plays Cameron, appeared on“Good Morning America” to talk about their characters’ upcoming wedding.

Ferguson, who recently married fellow actor Justin Mikita in July, said it has been “surreal” getting married onscreen so shortly after his own wedding.

“I got married in July, then I got engaged again in September and then married again just a few months ago, so I’m basically Elizabeth Taylor,” Ferguson said. “And having a lot of the same people at both weddings was fun!”

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Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams Were Doing Stuff This Weekend, Too

Kelly Rowland tied the knot and Michelle Williams released a new video while everyone was talking about Solange, Jay Z and Beyoncé

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Beyoncé’s greatest asset is that she is Beyoncé. Her greatest weakness, however, is that she is Beyoncé. When you’re Beyoncé, the world bows down to your every ***flawless move — even when you’re just trying to ride an elevator in privacy. (Unfamiliar with the feeling? Take a look in the mirror. Are you Beyoncé? Chances are, you’re probably not Beyoncé.)

As you may have already heard, a flaw was detected for the first time in the Carter-Knowles Dynasty since its inception well over a decade ago after someone (who is soon to be fired, deported and quite possibly executed) at NYC’s Standard Hotel leaked security footage of Solange Knowles allegedly attacking Jay Z in an elevator at a Met Gala after-party over the weekend.

And while the Internet continues to play detective to discover the root of the conflict (and/or just makes memes and Twitter hashtags), the real question remains: What were the other members of Destiny’s Child up to? Just trying to live, love and laugh — that’s what.

Did you know? Second lead vocalist of the group Kelly Rowland reportedly got married to her manager Tim Witherspoon on May 9. Yes, married! But unless you’re a truly devoted Rowland Stone, you probably didn’t know. Why? Because, like the majority of “Survivor,” King Bey’s gone and taken all the glory — even without intending to do so.

According to US Weekly, who just couldn’t resist dropping in the #SolangeGate scoop by the third sentence, the “Rose Colored Glasses” diva and her beau enjoyed their matrimonial kisses down low — in Costa Rica, to be exact — during a “quick, simple ceremony” with “only around 30 people” in attendance… including Beyoncé and Solange, of course. Congratulations to you, K. Row. We wish you many years of wedded bliss!

And then there’s Michelle Williams, our generation’s very own Mary Magdalene (in the upcoming revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, anyway) — or, as the darker corners of the Internet have come to recognize her, #PoorMichelle.

The Unexpected chanteuse was caught on video over the weekend, too — and it was one that didn’t involve elevators or roundhouse kicks to the face. ‘Twas the long-awaited video for her sizzling 2013 cut “Fire,” off of her forthcoming urban inspirational record, Journey to Freedom. No drama here — just an empowering, holy twerk-friendly anthem for the clubs.

And now, back to your regularly scheduled Beyoncé.

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WATCH: Louis C.K. Gives Parenting Advice to Jimmy Fallon

Louis keeps it ultra-simple for Jimmy

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Comedian Louis C.K. often makes the hurdles of parenting the focus of his stand-up routines — so it’s no surprise that he made sure to give new dad Jimmy Fallon some parenting advice during his appearance on Monday’s episode of The Tonight Show.

His advice was simple, to say the least.

“You don’t have to do anything,” C.K. said of Fallon’s daughter, who is 9 1/2 months old. “She’s still at the age that if you leave her in a room she’ll still be there a few minutes later. She just eats, poops and falls asleep.”

C.K., who was on the show to promote the fourth season of the television series Louie, has two daughters who live in New York City.

 

 

 

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Jennifer Lawrence, Justin Bieber and Madonna Lookalikes Form Band, Make Awful Music Video

It's awful, but also amazing

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What do you do with your free time after you’ve spent your life savings on plastic surgery to look like a famous celebrity? You form a supergroup with other über-fans who have spent thousands of dollars to look like other famous celebrities, of course.

Toby Sheldon, the Justin Bieber fan who underwent $100,000 worth of plastic surgery to look like his idol has teamed up with Kitty Jay, the woman who spent $25,000 on surgery to look like Jennifer Lawrence, and Venus D’Lite, the RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant who dropped some serious cash to morph into Madonna, to form an aptly-named group, the Plastics.

Their first release is a celebration of celebrity lookalikes that opens with a question: “Are you one of those boring people who don’t want to be beautiful?” The video features the trio extolling the virtues of their lifestyle choices and could easily double as a late-night cable ad for plastic surgeons everywhere.

[Via Daily Dot]

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Tori Amos Makes Grown-Up Fairytales on Unrepentant Geraldines: Q&A

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The singer-songwriter on crafting her 17th album

Tori Amos has spent the last five years in the trenches, musically speaking.

While she’s perhaps still best known for the piano-driven confessional songs she wrote in the 1990s, including Little Earthquakes, Under the Pink and Boys for Pele, the singer-songwriter has spent the last five years on a musical voyage. She has tried her hand at everything from finding inspiration in the seasons (Midwinter Graces) to studying classical masterworks (Night of Hunters) to sweeping orchestral arrangements of her back catalogue in Gold Dust to, most recently, a London musical called The Light Princess.

On Unrepentant Geraldines, her latest album (and her 17th!), Amos puts herself back at the piano, crafting songs that will speak to the fans she earned in back in the ‘90s as well as those who were attracted by her later work.

The songs on the album were largely inspired by visual cues — paintings and etchings she has seen in her travels, including photographer Diane Arbus and painter Paul Cézanne. Amos would sink herself into the stories she discovered in the art, becoming the protagonist and writing from that point of view, be it a troubled young girl or a mythical selkie. She then scored those stories with piano, sprinkled in some guitar and incorporated influences like folk, jazz and classical while staying true to her pop-rock roots.

TIME caught up with Amos in Berlin — where she was deep into publicity for the album, having already finished 16 interviews for the day — to talk about Unrepentant Geraldines.

You’ve been doing this for 40 years. Is the prospect of a global tour a little more daunting now?

It’s one of those situations where I’ve experienced different records with different media responses. When you’re having good chats with the media then you realize that you have the time, you have the energy. When I put out Boys for Pele back in 1996, I had a really tough media road ahead of me. It was tough. I’ve been on all sides of it before. So I know that. But when you are having a good chat, you find the energy and the ability to do it.

Are there some things that 50 year old Tori would tell 25 year old Tori about how to deal with the media and negative criticism?

Through the years, sometimes you do have to take a step back and realize that you have your own think tank of people, that you trust their opinion and they don’t have an agenda. Not everyone can dislike a certain style of music and be able to acknowledge its strengths and its brilliance. Not everyone can say, ‘I don’t like it, but it’s f—ing brilliant.’ That takes a certain person and I have a lot of respect for those people, whether they are in the theater world or the music press world. You don’t get them all the time. There’s the other side of the coin, too, where a journalist may love an artist and say, ‘I love this artist, but this record is not for me.’ I think over the years, you learn that sometimes people have a very personal opinion and can’t step away from their person taste, and the ones who can are real treasures. I’ve met some of these people over the years, the ones who can recognize objective beauty and they open your mind about how to think, how to know your own mind and how to analyze.

Since you mentioned the album, if you put out Boys for Pele now would you have used the infamous breastfeeding piglet photo?

Oh yeah — I stand by that shot.

What did that picture mean for you?

It was about nurturing that which had been rejected from going back into the fold; the idea from Christianity of embracing that which we judge to be non-kosher, non acceptable. That was my Christmas card, my Madonna and Child. What do we say is an acceptable child? When do we open the fold as a quote-unquote Christian family? But at the time that message was about do we judge our gay and lesbian children as not loved by Christ. Where is our Christ consciousness? Where is our humanity? Where is our judgment in saying that’s unacceptable, in saying that all God’s children are not to be loved? If you’re a religious person, don’t all of God’s children deserve love and compassion? Or are the only ones that deserve those that a man or a woman has decided deserves God’s love? These are real questions as a minister’s daughter that I had. I believed that a lot of Christians didn’t walk the compassionate path of Christ. They were hypocritical. It was Merry Christmas — that was my Christmas card — it was asking people, at this time when we are celebrating the birth of Christ, do you really carry Christ’s consciousness? I didn’t find a lot of Christ’s consciousness.

Your new album also has a lot of distinctively religious overtones. Do you think that because of your childhood, it’s a theme you are drawn to?

I was brought up in Christian mythology. It’s part of my DNA. That as well as Native American spirituality. That is who I am. If you’re brought up in a home with very political people, then you are brought up with a language, you have a particular perspective, it’s part of your palate. You know the imagery. It’s part of the modern language that I utilize as a writer.

The song “Trouble’s Lament” seems to especially tap into Christian beliefs. Could you tell me a little about that song?

Trouble is in all of us. Any gal knows that. I have run from Satan a few times in my day! Satan can be in a very nice suit in a very nice corporate office. It can be your boss, or it can be someone you are working with or fell in love with or both. You weren’t looking at what you were allowing yourself to be involved in. Maybe you do? Maybe you put your head in the sand? I don’t know — it’s different for different women. But then at some point, you recognize it and realize it’s becoming destructive. Extricating yourself from it is not all that easy. In that song, Trouble is on the run and the question is whether or not she will find friends to help her along the way.

This album was inspired by art and visuals. Was there a specific visual cue for “Trouble’s Lament”?

In my mind, I have pictures in my head, of crossing states quite a few times in buses, in cars, crossing America. I saw Trouble crossing America in my mind’s eye. Crossing it and jumping in a car. There were times when I saw myself in a car, giving her a ride for awhile, because I have been her. I have been there, I know what that adventure feels like — the panic, the desperation, the danger, all those things. I have a picture in my mind for that one. For others, there are other images. “The Black Clock” by Cézanne was very much what spurred on the song “16 Shades of Blue.” I really didn’t get Cézanne until I turned 50. He didn’t make any sense to me. Then I turned 50 and I was looking at “The Black Clock” and I started hearing the rhythm and the piano of this song. I read that Rilke wrote that Cézanne would paint with over 16 shades of blue on his palette at one time and I had just turned 50 and I thought about how you learn from women about the different pressures of different ages, whether you’re 15, 18 or in your twenties. I realized it was important to talk about the clock ticking, bringing different types of pressure to different types of women.

What was it like sitting down to write an album again after you wrote a musical? Were there things that you had learned?

The storytelling aspect definitely affected me. After being part of a musical team and writing with Sam Adamson and Marianne Elliott, a great director, whereby she was pushing everybody to tell stories, but keeping the plot moving forward. The Light Princess is told 80% through music and songs. Sam is an amazing playwright and we were writing together and I guess that storytelling aspect just doesn’t leave you. When I was writing these songs I was aware of the story at all times, more than I had been before I worked with such an amazing group of people.

Your musical was inspired by fairytales as were many of the songs on your album— there’s even a song about selkies.

I think the mythical world has always had some sort of magic for me. The song “Maids of Elfen-Mere” was an etching by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and when I saw that etching, I started hearing the music telling a story about where they are now. I started researching what he had drawn the picture for, which was a book of songs. I was aware of what the song was about, but I wanted to catch up with the maids now and include the story from the 18 whatever it was and tell the story in a 21st century way as well.

The selkies, of course, were seal women. Traditionally their coat gets stolen, when they take it off, and they can’t go back to their seal families. I was intrigued by the idea that she could go back, because he didn’t hide her seal skin, and he had never moved on because he was so in love with her. She finds him there, waiting. They are all twists on the old myths.

So they’re fairytales for grownups?

Yes. Hopefully.

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This Appears to Be the Only Photo of Beyoncé Left on Solange’s Instagram

Please let this just be a big misunderstanding

Following an alleged fight between Solange Knowles and Jay Z after the Met Gala, the younger Knowles appears to have deleted every photo of her sister Beyoncé but one from Instagram, according to Jezebel. The only remaining photo appears to be the one below of Solange and Bey with music video director Melina Matsoukas.

After the video’s release, fans flooded Solange’s Instagram with comments like “You forgot to delete this,” claiming that Solange had scrubbed Beyoncé’s presence from her feed and fueling rumors of a sisterly feud.

I don’t think my heart can take a Knowles family feud, so hopefully this is all just a big misunderstanding and the sisters can get back to dancing onstage at music festivals together.

(h/t Jezebel)

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