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Watch Neneh Cherry and Robyn’s Unsettling Video for “Out of the Black”

The Four Tet-produced track is from Neneh Cherry's new album Blank Project

Last month, Neneh Cherry released Blank Project, her first solo album since 1996’s Man. The album, produced by Four Tet, showed a dramatic, bold and dynamic side of the artist — best known in the U.S. for her 1998 hit “Buffalo Stance,” an irrepressible track which is still in heavy rotation on certain iPods (mine, mostly).

Today, via Noisey, she unveiled the album’s first official video for lead single, “Out of the Black”, which features fellow Swedish pop icon Robyn; she hasn’t put out nearly enough music lately, so we’ll take all we can get.

The clip pushes the boundaries visually as dramatically as the track does sonically. Created by artist Dario Vigorito, a.k.a. 241-24-7, the video plays like a cross between Max Headroom, Tapeheads and, perhaps fittingly, the interstitials on the old MTV show Remote Control — filled with dissonant images cut and pasted over each other into an unsettling collage set to an agitated beat.

Watch it up top.

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VIDEO: Double Amputee Amy Purdy Dazzles on Dancing with the Stars

Purdy is off to a great start in the season 18 premiere

Paralympic snowboarder Amy Purdy lost both legs below the knee when she was 19, but that didn’t stop her from snowboarding — or even dancing on national TV.

In between the Sochi 2014 Paralympic events, Purdy practiced in hotel lobbies with partner Derek Hough to prepare for Dancing with the Stars.

The result? A stunning performance that received a standing ovation from the audience and a score of 24/30 from the judges.

“For somebody to take the chance and be courageous enough to do a show like this, it’s just really inspiring to me,” Hough wrote on his blog. “I could tell without even meeting her that she didn’t see herself as disabled.”

Watch the awe-inspiring performance up top.

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Kylie Minogue On Kiss Me Once, Her Sexiest Album Yet

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The Australian superstar is back with a new LP — and she's hoping to make this Kiss last

Kylie Minogue remains best known in the U.S. for her 2001 hit “Can’t Get You Out of My Head,” but overseas, she’s proven herself as the dancefloor diva to beat, with a career spanning four decades and an impressively consistent track record: Minogue’s electropop is reliably pristine, glittering over four-on-the-floor beats. Her twelfth LP, Kiss Me Once (out Mar. 18 on Warner Bros. Records) shows Minogue nailing her formula once more.

The anthemic lead single “Into the Blue” is big and exhilarating, an exercise in sparkling uplift. “I’d done a lot of tracks that were quite experimental,” Minogue tells TIME. “But when we were recording ‘Into the Blue,’ it just resonated with me.”

Kiss Me Once is more varied than that, though: there’s a Pharrell-produced track called “I Was Gonna Cancel” that’s low-octane, dissonant funk; closing number “Fine” soars and stomps theatrically. Meanwhile, left-of-center songs prove Minogue’s sonic curiosity hasn’t waned, as rising production talents like MNEK (on the spare “Feels So Good”), Ariel Rechtshaid (on “If Only,” which has a lushness that evokes HAIM) and MNDR (on the fuzzy, infectious “Les Sex”) serve to keep things exciting. Kiss was co-executive-produced by singer-songwriter Sia, and her fingerprints are all over the record’s glossy eclecticism.

Last year saw Minogue signing to Jay Z’s Roc Nation management, fueling speculation that she’ll be making another stab at stateside chart success with this latest album; she says that’s a goal but not a priority. “I would love the opportunity to come back to America,” she says. “I have a following in the states that’s not as big or mainstream as in other territories; it’s small but mighty. But I don’t want to set myself up for a fall and say that Roc are going to magically make America happen, because it just doesn’t work like that.”

It’s also arguably her sexiest album to date, at least as far as the song titles go: alongside the aforementioned “Les Sex,” there’s also “Sexy Love” and “Sexercize.” Minogue says this wasn’t entirely deliberate.

“There was a point where Sia and I were looking at the songs we had so far,” Minogue says “We thought there were nice ones, but we didn’t feel like we had a sexy one. Then I ended up within a short space of time with three songs that had ‘sex’ in the title. I actually tried to offload one of them, but then I would have missed it. So yes, there’s three sex titles, but we had none for quite a long time. We went from the sublime to the ridiculous.”

As usual with Kylie, that works quite nicely.

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Snoopy Gets a 3D Makeover in New Peanuts Trailer

The first teaser trailer for the Peanuts 3D animated movie has been released, and the spirit of Charles Schultz's comic strip seems largely intact

Finally we get our first look at Charlie Brown and Snoopy’s 3D makeover. Blue Sky Studios and Fox released the first teaser trailer for the Peanuts 3D animated movie Tuesday, and it doesn’t look as bad as we feared. The creators of Ice Age seem determined to keep fundamental elements of the iconic Charles Schulz comics intact. There’s that classic music and the “good grief” catchphrase. There are lots of hugs and Woodstock even makes an appearance. It’s not the Great Pumpkin, but it’s still got charm.

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Let Paul McCartney Introduce You To Bert Berns, The Best Songwriter You’ve Never Heard Of

Meet the little-known songwriter behind "Twist & Shout," "Brown-Eyed Girl" and many more hits

There’s no denying that Bert Berns is not a household name. There’s also no denying that he should be.

“Bert deserves to be elevated to his rightful place in the music industry,” says Sir Paul McCartney in the trailer premiering today exclusively on TIME for the forthcoming Bert Berns documentary.

Sitting in the legendary Brill Building, Berns wrote (occasionally under the pen names Bert Russell and Russell Byrd) some of the best-known songs of the 20th century, including “Twist & Shout”, “I Want Candy,” “Under the Boardwalk,” “Piece of My Heart,” “Brown-Eyed Girl” and dozens of other songs adored by fans around the world. He signed and supervised the first solo records by Neil Diamond and Van Morrison and worked closely with a who’s who of ’60s pop including The Isley Brothers, The Exciters, The Drifters, The McCoys and Ben E. King.

Berns was also a staff producer for Atlantic Records, and a co-founder of Bang Records, where he helped create records with Solomon Burke, Van Morrison (both with Them and on his own), the Isleys, Barbara Lewis and Lulu of “To Sir With Love” fame.

Yet his name, his story and his legacy have remained strangely muted until now. Part of the reason his legacy has been lost to the ages is that his meteoric career lasted only seven incredible hit-filled years, ending when Berns died at age 38 on December 30, 1967 due to a heart defect from rheumatic fever.

Now, a three-part, multimedia effort is underway to get Berns’ name out there. In addition to the documentary (coming out this fall), there’s a new book by music journalist Joel Selvin due out April 15 called Here Comes The Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm & Blues, as well as an off-Broadway musical, Piece of My Heart, based on Berns’ work, which will open in June.

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Rolling Stones Cancel Show After L’Wren Scott’s Death

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L'Wren Scott and Mick Jagger arrive at the Vanity Fair Oscar party hosted by Graydon Carter held at Sunset Tower on February 27, 2011 in West Hollywood, California. Mark Sullivan—WireImage/Getty Images

The rock group has canceled the first concert of its Australian tour after the unexpected death of L'Wren Scott, the fashion designer and long-term partner of Mick Jagger, who was found dead in her Manhattan apartment on Monday

The Rolling Stones have canceled the first concert of their Australian tour following the sudden death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend L’Wren Scott.

Scott—a former model who reinvented herself as a sought-after stylist and critically acclaimed designer—was found dead in her New York apartment on Monday, in an apparent suicide. The same day, Mick Jagger, her partner of 13 years, landed in Perth with his band to kick off a tour of Australia and New Zealand. The group’s first concert, scheduled for Wednesday, was canceled after Jagger learned about Scott’s death. Jagger posted a note on his Facebook page Tuesday saying he was “struggling to understand” his partner’s death.

The Stones are scheduled to play five more concerts in Australia, but it’s not clear what will happen for the rest of the tour’s scheduled dates. According to The Guardian, organizers released a statement that simply said, “No further information is available at this time and ticket holders are asked to hold on to their tickets until a further update.”

[Guardian]

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Katy Perry: Maybe I Am A Feminist After All

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The Roar singer has changed her tune since a 2012 interview when she disdained the F-word. "A feminist? Um, yeah actually," she says now

When Australian morning show host Karl Stefanovic ask Katy Perry if she considered herself a feminist Sunday, we didn’t know what to expect.

After all, when Perry was named Billboard’s Woman of the Year in 2012, she told the magazine, “I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the power of women.”

But Sunday, Perry’s fear of the other F-word appeared to have diminished. “A feminist? Um, yeah, actually,” she responded. “I used to not really understand what that word meant, and now that I do, it just means that I love myself as a female and I also love men.”

While this unorthodox definition of feminism leaves something to be desired—and is a far cry from Beyonce’s embrace of the word—it is significant that Perry is no longer resistant to a label which has proven polarizing among female celebrities.

Now let’s all listen to Roar and celebrate the small victories:

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VIDEO: Ty Burrell and Stephen Colbert Go Behind the Scenes of Mr. Peabody & Sherman

Watch Burrell and Colbert's priceless facial expressions while recording for the movie

Ty Burrell — better known as Phil Dunphy from Modern Family successfully took on another paternal (but non-human) role in the latest DreamWorks animated movie Mr. Peabody and Sherman, which topped the weekend box office.

With puns like, “You can’t have your cake and edict, too,” the film makes use of wordplay reminiscent of The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show, which first introduced the super-genius dog Mr. Peabody in the 1960s.

Of course, the familiar voice of Stephen Colbert as an obnoxious, know-it-all dad adds to the entertainment factor as well, though it’s a shame you can’t see his facial expressions as he delivers his lines. (Luckily for you, that’s included in the video above.)

Also featured in the behind-the-scenes footage provided by the studio are Max Charles, who plays Mr. Peabody’s adoptive son Sherman, and Allison Janney as Ms. Grunion.

Watch Burrell and Colbert discuss the movie below:

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RECAP: Dancing with the Stars Shakes It Up for Season 18 Premiere

Dancing with the Star Wars is the mash-up of your dreams

Welcome to Season 18 of Dancing with the Stars — and to the realization that Dancing and The Bachelor, which also just celebrated (by sipping champagne in a hot tub in a snow storm) its 18th season, are now fully grown, mature and able to sign contracts, buy pornography and cigarettes and vote for any candidate spouting a pro-reality television platform. They just grow up so darn fast!

While The Bachelor has more or less stayed true to form over its many rose-petal strewn seasons, Dancing with the Stars is always shaking things up, as a show based on the cha cha should. Last year the show cut down to a once-a-week action-packed formula requiring us to fulfill our RDA of sequins in one glittery shot — and this year the show has thrown out the baby, the bathwater and remodeled the bathroom while they were at it. Not only does the set have some new shine and some new voting (elimination will be based on both the judges’ scores and viewer votes from the current week), but they got rid of long-time band leader Harold Wheeler and his merry band and replaced him with Ray Chew and an all new live band. Plus, for the first time ever, the competition is giving voters the chance to switch up the pairs and, say, force Drew Carey to dance with Maks Chmerkoviskiy. Well, probably not that, but that’s just due to lack of vision on your part. In addition, longtime co-host Brooke Burke Charvat has been replaced by sportscaster and former DWTS champion Erin Andrews, who we can only assume has been tasked with proving once and for all that ballroom should be an Olympic event.

To help prove that point, three Olympians — gold winning ice dancers Meryl Davis and Charlie White as well as Amy Purdy, a U.S. Paralympic snowboarder who took bronze at Sochi — are competing alongside other athletes like NHL player Sean Avery and English Channel swimmer Diana Nyad. How will they fare compared to the assortment of D-list celebrities like Price is Right host and comedian Carey (D might actually stand for Drew!), Star Wars legend Lando Calrissian… er, Billy Dee Williams, and the ’80s Teen Beat faceoff between Wonder Years star Danica McKellar and Full House‘s Candace Cameron Burr? The only way to find out is to watch.

Here’s what happened on Dancing with the Stars:

Best Audition Reel: Musicians who perform on this show tend to fall into two camps: those who refuse to dance because of the heightened potential for embarrassing themselves and those who view the performance as a chance to show off their mad skills. Jason Derulo definitely falls into the latter camp, doing backflips on stage while singing “Talk Dirty.”

Best Premature Gauntlet Throwing: Real Housewives of Atlanta star NeNe Leakes, who declared: “Look ice skaters: Hell no.”

NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: The season started with a fast-paced cha cha with NeNe making her ballroom debut bedecked in white fringe, fuchsia lips and tears streaming down her face to stop the judges from assessing her too harshly. The toughest critique came from Carrie-Ann Inaba telling her: “You are a beautiful, large voluptuous, sensual woman and I want you to dance bigger.” 21/30.

Most Awkward Matchup: The producers apparently have some sort of grudge against pro Peta Murgatroyd, because in a very strange move, they thought it would be hilarious to force her to dance with a guy who she went on a date with — and who never called. Her jaw dropped when Big Time Rush performer James Maslow walked in and she realized she would be stuck dancing with him all season.

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Peta served up some cold-hearted revenge by choreographing a routine so that the big bad boy bander had to foxtrot to a One Direction song. Aw, snap! The duo dance well together, and definitely have potential, but only earned 21/30.

Most Pointless Interview: Erin Andrews was determined to get to the bottom of their ill-fated date, but neither of them would admit to anything but pure professionalism. Come on, DWTS, leave the drama on the dance floor.

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: The former child star and current math book author seems thrilled to be foxtrotting on TV and her enthusiasm is infectious, but hopefully her germs aren’t — as she brazenly planted one on judge Bruno Tonioli. Len Goodman told her, “You don’t get a second chance at a first impression and my first impression is ‘terrific’!” 24/30.

Best Bergeronism of the Night: “When Val starts translating for people, it’s got to be one of the signs of the apocalypse,” quips Tom when Val has to tell Danica what “geeked up” means.

Sean Avery and Karina Smirnoff: The first hockey player in DWTS history is self-professed bad boy Sean Avery, who seems to be relying on Karina to increase his likability because she keeps pointing out how funny he is while he stands there stone faced. Their contemporary routine almost impresses Len, who liked the “integrity” while Carrie Ann deemed him “interesting,” a trait that does not carry into the mandatory interview with Erin. However he does announce that he’s watched Footloose over a hundred times over the last two weeks to prepare for the show. 20/30.

Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater: The 77-year old Billy Dee has arthritis and two hip replacements, but is still willing to get on the dance floor and show off his (very stilted) moves on the dance floor. Luckily he has Emma on his side, who helped usher 56-year old comedian Bill Engvall to the finals last season. In a cha cha for the ages (yet sure to horrify Star Wars geeks around the world), Billy Dee hit the stage in Lando Calrissian costume as the Mos Eisley cantina song blared. Emma joined him in a beadazzled Princess Leia ensemble, while storm troopers rushed the stage and the audience included two Ewoks.

…And Let The Star Wars Jokes Roll: Bruno can never forgive Billy Dee for freezing Han Solo, so he’s not unbiased when he tells him that he wanted less C3PO and more Darth Vader, causing Tom to note, “This is not the judge you’re looking for.” Carrie Ann calls Billy Dee “the most relaxed dancer” she’s seen on the show, which isn’t exactly a compliment, and the nicest thing Len can say is that he was “on time.” The audience does not approve of this criticism, which leads Tom to add, “It’s like Jar Jar Binks walked in here, the way they turned.” 15/30.

Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Maks bluntly tells Meryl, “I love you and I would love to marry you, but I need to know if you and Charlie are dating.” She laughs that they aren’t and they set to work, but as an ice dancer, they have a head start on some of the other performers. The judges can barely find anything to critique in their seemingly effortless cha cha set to Icona Pop’s “All Night,” and they earn 24/30.

Best Out-of-Context Comment: “You’re nice on ice, but you’re good on wood.” Okay, Len.

Best Olympics Factoid: Derek Hough apparently helped Charlie and Meryl choreograph their ice dancing routines for the Olympics.

Candace Cameron Burr and Mark Ballas: Candace sets the tone for their interaction up front: “I will not be your ‘sexy girl,/” declares Candace after saying the most important things in her life are her family and her faith. That said, she then announces, “Excuses are for losers!” and hits the dance floor hard in a contemporary dance routine set to Ellie Goulding’s “Burn” and ends up with a 25/30.

Best ’80s Factoid: Apparently Jeremy Miller (who played Ben Seaver on Growing Pains) dumped Candace to date Danika.

Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: A self-professed “superstar singer-songwriter from Australia” is paired with recently promoted Witney (the letter “H” is so old school!) who is very concerned that he has a girlfriend. Despite this obstacle to story arc, the hit the floor with a high energy cha cha set to Pitbull and Ke$ha’s “Timber.” Carrie Ann deems him to have “great upper body excitement,” but his lower half needs to focus on technique (not on Witney). They earn 22/30.

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: Is there any doubt that Tom Bergeron has been waiting ages to tell The Price is Right host to “come on down!” to the ballroom? No, there is not. Drew and Cheryl performed a Monopoly-themed foxtrot that revealed that Drew is more Bill Engvall, less D. L. Hughley when it comes to dancing comedians. Carrie Ann thinks they have found this season’s crowdpleaser and Len deems the routine “very watchable” while Bruno wants him to not let his natural comedy override his not-too-shabby dancing. 21/30 (which did not please the audience).

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: If anyone is up for the challenge of teaching a double amputee how to foxtrot, it’s five-time champion Derek — and if any double amputee is up for that challenge, it’s Amy Purdy, a newly-minted bronze medalist at the Paralympics in snowboarding. (The athlete lost her kidneys and both her legs after contracting bacterial meningitis.) She is dancing on two prosthetics and isn’t sure what she is capable of yet. She and Derek trained for their cha-cha in hotel lobbies in Sochi, Russia, between Paralympic runs and the effort paid off when they hit the dance floor. While the choreography was simple, the feat was mind-boggling. (Seriously, Google it.) Obviously Carrie Ann was in tears, while Len somberly intoned that they couldn’t judge her differently than any of the other dancers, but didn’t have to. 24/30.

Diana Nyad and Henry Byalikov: Diana is the first person to swim the shark-infested waters from Cuba to Florida without a shark tank. Her swimming mantra is “find a way” and she’s applying that same spirit to the foxtrot. Paired with newly-promoted pro Henry, she manages a pretty if overly cautious dance that the judges hope will loosen up next week. Diana gamely accepts her criticism and has a very winning attitude if not moves. As Tom says, “She has a dry wit and the judges are all wet.” 18/30.

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: After watching Meryl’s moves with Maks, there’s no doubt that her ice dancing partner Charlie will have serious skills — and he does not disappoint. Sharna set out a contemporary routine that played to his strengths (lifts! more lifts! spins!) and while Len dubbed it “ice dancing without the ice” there was no denying the skill involved. After Carrie Ann rambled about yin and yang and Charlie’s yang and Sharna’s yin, the scores came in, hopefully assuring a Charlie-Meryl finale match up. 27/30

Best Reason To Come Back Next Week: The producers polled the stars and asked them what kind of dance they want to learn and now the pros have one week to teach them the routines. Tangos, ahoy!

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Pope Francis and Russell Crowe Won’t Be Meeting After All

The actor has been campaigning the Holy See to screen his new film "Noah" but studio Paramount Pictures says an informal chat was never on the cards

Apparently it takes more than a Twitter campaign to woo Pope Francis.

Variety reports that a tentatively scheduled meet and greet between Pope Francis and the team behind Noah has been canceled, despite star Russell Crowe’s Twitter campaign to draw the Holy See to the project.

Crowe is in Italy to promote the film along with director Darren Aronofsky and Paramount Pictures executives, ahead of its U.S. release on March 28. Variety originally reported that a meeting between the Pope, Crowe and Aronofsky had been scheduled for Wednesday, but the Vatican canceled over fear that the arrangement would cause a “spectacle.”

But Paramount denies that a meeting was ever set in stone, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The studio told THR that they contacted the Vatican about Crowe attending the papal general audience in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, but the Vatican wasn’t thrilled with the idea. Paramount told THR that the Vatican thought Crowe’s appearance could disrupt the weekly prayer event, so the studio abandoned the idea.

However the rejection played out, it looks like Crowe’s Twitter stalking was in vain.

[The Hollywood Reporter]

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