TIME Music

Watch Kendrick Lamar Debut a New Song on The Colbert Report

The rapper was the show's last-ever musical guest (sob)

Kendrick Lamar debuted a brand new song on The Colbert Report last night. The rapper needed to pull out the big guns, because he was the final musical guest ever on the late night talk show. Colbert joked about the big shoes Lamar needed to fill: “Keep in mind that Paul McCartney, R.E.M., Jack White and Nas were the opening acts.”

Lamar performed the new untitled track alongside a band that featured singer Bilal and Thundercat, who is rumored to be producing on Lamar’s highly-anticipated follow-up to good kid, m.A.A.d city, along with Dr. Dre, Pharrell Williams, Rahki and Soundwave. The new album is expected to drop sometime in 2015.

Colbert took a moment to ask his guest about his “stage name”: “Why did you decide to name yourself after Anna Kendrick and Senator Lamar Alexander?” before questioning Lamar about being an artist. “I always want to stay true to who I am,” Lamar said.

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Watch John Krasinski and Emily Blunt Prank Jimmy Kimmel

The gift-wrapped, ornament-filled car was just the beginning

Last year, Jimmy Kimmel did what he thought was necessary to put an end to an ongoing prank feud with his neighbors John Krasinski and Emily Blunt. He not only made it snow in Los Angeles, but also he gift-wrapped their entire house from roof to lawn with Christmas carolers and an elf thrown in for fun. While one would think that would be impossible to top, this year Krasinski and Blunt struck back, and it turns out they are kind of evil geniuses.

But on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday night, Kimmel revealed that Blunt and Krasinski have managed to best him, and he had the video to prove it. Not only did they gift wrap his car, but they filled in with sparkly baubles that he had to remove before he could drive. That was a good prank, but it was just phase one of their dastardly Christmas scheme.

When these people feud, everyone wins.

Watch the full clip here:

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TIME Crime

Boy Steals Grandma’s Guns and Trades Them for Pot

A swap any good peacenik would approve of

It’s a story as American as apple pie: a 14-year-old boy steals his grandmother’s guns and trades them for marijuana.

Sheriff’s investigators say that’s what happened in Sacramento County, California, where a Missouri boy staying with his grandmother allegedly took a sledgehammer to her safe, took her two guns inside, and drove off with her car Monday night, the local ABC affiliate reports.

Amazingly, the grandmother, who is a bus driver for the local school district, saw the boy driving her car around town the next morning in the middle of her shift. Unable to chase him down because she was driving a school bus full of children, she called the police, who arrested him.

[ABC]

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TIME Picks the Top 100 Photos of 2014

TIME's photo editors present an unranked selection of the best 100 images of the year

2014 was heart wrenching year that brought with it a litany of terror, turbulence and tragedy — from the escalating conflict in Ukraine between government forces and pro-Russian separatists to an reignited war in Gaza that led to the death of more than 2000 Palestinians and 73 Israelis; and from Ebola’s deadly outbreak in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone t0 the renewed debate about race in America after the killing of unarmed black men Michael Brown and Eric Gardner.

On a lighter note, though, 2014 also saw New York bid farewell to Yankees captain Derek Jeter who signed off with a walk-off hit, and Germany’s footballers won the FIFA World Cup by famously beating hosts Brazil 7-1 in a one-sided semi-final and defeating Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the final.

TIME’s photo editors present an unranked selection of the best 100 images of the year.

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TIME Books

Adult Books Sales Are Down and Young Adult Soars in 2014

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Book sales are booming, according to statistics released this week by the Association of American Publishers, which showed that in the first three-quarters of 2014, overall book sales increased by 4.9%.

But the real page-turners that flew off the shelves were for children and young adults–those categories increased by a whopping 22.4% from Jan.-Sept. 2013 to the same period in 2014, Media Bistro reports. To put things into perspective, adult fiction and non-fiction sales were down 3.3%.

But this doesn’t necessarily mean that adults stopped reading. They might just be expanding their palates to healthy servings of John Green and other YA heavy-hitters.

Adults reading YA wouldn’t be a new phenomenon. According to a 2012 survey by Bowker Market Research found that 55% of young adult novels are bought by adults — 28% of which are made up of the 33 to 44 demographic. That statistic drew some criticism aimed at YA-loving adults this summer–balanced by an overwhelming wave of pieces defending adults who love the genre.

While the AAP didn’t track who bought what books, it did note that children and young adult ebooks increased a total of 52.7% in the first nine months this year. And a December study by Nielsen found that even though teenagers are tech savvy, only $20 of them buy ebooks and express a strong preference for print.

Although no need to hide The Fault of Our Stars in that Kindle — it’s no 50 Shades of Grey, after all.

TIME apps

These Are Instagram’s 5 New Filters

It's the first time the app has premiered a new filter in 2 years

In case your brunch wasn’t getting cold enough as you toiled over the perfect filter to properly capture your pancakes, Instagram premiered five new filters Tuesday.

The fancily named Perpetua, Ludwig, Slumber, Aden and Crema will be added to Instagram’s existing 20 options — which include the “normal” setting.

This is the first filter addition in two years.

Here’s how they look:

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Perpetua

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Ludwig

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Crema

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Arden

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Instagram also added slo-mo video, real-time commenting (to prevent the constant need to refresh your screen), new preview modes, and the ability to manage how you view your editing options.

“We know that everyone has their favorite filters,” Instagram said in a statement sent to TIME. “We want to keep things simple as we add more, so we’ve added a new ‘Manage’ button at the end of your filter tray. Tap it to re-arrange the order of your filters and hide the ones you rarely use.”

So, maybe your scrambled eggs will stay piping hot after all.

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Scarlett Johansson Says She Has ‘an OK Body, I Guess’

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US actress Scarlett Johansson gestures as she arrives for a press conference of the film Captain America AFP—AFP/Getty Images

"I'm not going to complain. I've got thighs and a midsection, so I'm happy"

Barbara Walters opened an age-old trap for actress Scarlett Johansson, during an interview for her annual special on the “Most Fascinating People of 2014.”

“Do you like your body?” Walters asked in the segment, which aired Sunday night.

“It’s an ok body, I guess,” Johansson said, attempting to answer a question with basically no right answer. “I mean, I wouldn’t say it’s particularly remarkable, though.”

Continuing to pan for gold, Walters continued: “Any parts you don’t like?”

Johansson, who was named Esquire’s “Sexiest Woman Alivetwice, responded, “I don’t like, you know, my thighs, my midsection…”

Stars: they’re emo teens just like us.

Jessica Alba is “not as excited about” her legs. Victoria Beckham thinks her feet are “the most disgusting thing” about her. Regina George’s pores are huge! (But at least their nail beds don’t suck.)

“But,” Johansson continued, literally throwing her hands in the air, “Eh, well, who can complain? I’m not going to complain. I’ve got thighs and a midsection, so I’m happy.”

Now, who wants to go grab some fries?

TIME Bizarre

Bubba Watson Releases Music Video as Rapping Santa Bubbaclaus

“It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Bubbaclaus”

It’s tough for many great bands to stay together, and the Golf Boys are no different. After two mega-YouTube hits, Bubba Watson officially branched out on his own music video career Wednesday, dropping “The Single” from Bubbaclaus with a note that it’s “Just a little fun for my fans for the holidays!”

The lyrics are less than phenomenal, repeatedly playing off the Superman line with “It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s Bubbaclaus,” but the video does earn random bonus points for featuring a dunking Gumby in a Kevin Durant jersey. And it has Bubba’s hovercraft golf cart.

Of course, this doesn’t mean that the Golf Boys would not come together again for a third music video. It just means that for now Watson is doing his own thing as a rapping Santa. Which is not a bad way to spend the golf offseason.

This article originally appeared on Golf.com.

TIME Music

Adam Levine’s Cover of R. Kelly’s ‘Ignition (Remix)’ Is Surprisingly Great

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Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine is just like the rest of us — in the sense that he would totally prefer singing R. Kelly’s “Ignition (Remix)” instead of literally any song by Maroon 5. (Seriously, when you’re at karaoke faced with the choice between R. Kelly and Maroon 5, you know you’re going with R. Kelly. Every time.)

And so, at a recent The Voice coaches concert, Levine performed one of his band’s songs, “Sunday Morning,” before launching into the real performance, the part that actually mattered. The R. Kelly part.

You probably think you’re going to hate this, but give it a chance, because it’s surprisingly good and kind of makes us want to go to karaoke with Adam Levine.

TIME society

The ‘Little Drummer Boy’ Challenge Will Ruin You This Holiday Season

Drum roll, please

Ever walk through the mall and see people rushing towards the doors, or break down sobbing, when “Little Drummer Boy” comes on the stereo system? Or maybe you’ve seen people talk about it on Facebook?

Turns out they are participating in “The Little Drummer Boy Challenge” (LDBC), a game going viral on social media. Between midnight on Black Friday and midnight on Christmas Eve, participants are challenged to avoid the popular Christmas carol. If it plays on the radio somewhere—or you heard Ricky Gervais and Jimmy Fallon sing it on The Tonight Show—then you’ve lost. You’re out. Puh-rum-puh-pum done. The only ground rule is that someone can’t trick you into listening to it, that is, play it deliberately to get another person out.

The most visible Facebook group for the challenge was drummed up in 2010 by Michael Alan Peck, a content strategist in Chicago, who says friends started doing it among themselves as an inside joke. He decided to set up a Facebook page for the game after his wife complained about how early the holiday season must be starting if she had already heard the “Little Drummer Boy” on the radio before Thanksgiving.

Recently, participants have started sharing selfies of the “horrified” expressions on their faces the moment they lost the game. Or they shame the people who accidentally played the song by sharing photos of them. They also note where they were when they heard the song, and which version it was.

Based on the approximately 700 people who reported whether they “won” or “lost” through his website last year, Peck says 25% “won” and 75% “lost.” Bing Crosby’s and David Bowie’s duet trips seemed to trip people up the most, while Peck argues Vince Guaraldi’s version in A Charlie Brown Christmas tends to sneak up on people because they forget it’s in the movie.

While there seem to be several private and public Facebook groups supporting the effort in the U.S. and Canada, it’s hard to know exactly how far and how quickly it has spread. Anyone could just start playing it right now, and they may not necessarily be reporting the moment they “lost” through Peck’s website or the game’s official Facebook page. But Peck says 2014 is the year it has taken off on Facebook, as more and more people have recruited friends to play by tagging them, so the number of Facebook page fans has grown from a little more than 1,800 at the start of the season to more than 2,500 at the time of publication.

Some have taken their participation to extreme levels. “I’ve had people tell me they won’t leave the house, or they shop only online,” says Peck. “One woman said she abandoned a full shopping cart in Target because they were playing Christmas music, and then all of a sudden, she was so sure it was going to play that she flipped out and left.”

That’s why some players wear headphones and listen to their own playlists everywhere and crank up the volume to drown out the holiday music. Or, they take matters into their own hands as Peck did one year. “I was going to go out to dinner, but I knew the place was playing holiday music, so I called ahead of time and asked them to make sure that song wouldn’t be played,” he says. “You get a little nutty that way.”

Peck insists he doesn’t hate “Little Drummer Boy” in any way and is not trying to start a boycott. He just claims it works well for the challenge because “you hear it a lot, but not so much that the game is impossible.” That said, he does think “it’s a goofy song. I don’t know why anyone thinks a newborn baby would want to hear a drum being banged by [his] head.”

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