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Pharrell’s New Music Video Is Basically a Dove Advertisement

Miley Cyrus also shows up

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The last time Pharrell “I Don’t Think It’s Possible For Me to Be a Feminist” Williams starred in a music video that featured giant red letters plastered all over your screen, it didn’t go over so well. Perhaps that’s why, in his new clip for the funky “Come Get it Bae,” the producer basically films a Dove advertisement with a much more female-friendly message: “Beauty has no expiration date.” (Even the studio kinda looks like the one from that viral beauty sketches video.)

While Pharrell gazes from behind the camera, women of varying ages perform some hand-clapping choreography that even your grandma could probably rock. Sadly, Missy Elliott isn’t on hand to pass that dutch — as she did at the BET Awards — but at least occasional life coach Miley Cyrus shows up to represent the youths and extend a body part that is not her tongue.

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Watch the Video for alt-J’s Miley Cyrus-Sampling “Hunger of the Pine”: Premiere

Arrows go flying in the band's violent new video, reminiscent of The Hunger Games

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“Hunger of the Pine,” the Miley Cyrus-sampling song from English trio alt-J, sounds like it was recorded in a submarine miles beneath the oceans’s surface, complete with sonar-like pulses. The brand-new music video, however, could just as easily belong in The Hunger Gameseerie new ad campaign. The man running through the forest is, understandably, not as prepared for outdoor death matches as Katniss is, given all the arrows he fails to outrun, but at least there’s another strong female heroine present — Miley Cyrus, whose “I’m a female rebel” line from her Bangerz track “4×4″ is sampled throughout the song.

“I had a simple idea for a video and the wonderful director Nabil captured it perfectly,” frontman Joe Newmand tells TIME about the clip, which arrives ahead of the band’s upcoming sophomore album, This Is All Yours. As for the track itself, the band revealed last month to NPR that it’s about how “missing someone — pining — can be a physical pain much like hunger.” May the alts be ever in your favor.

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Watch Miley Cyrus and The Flaming Lips’ Insane New Video (NSFW)

The rock group teamed up with the controversial pop star -- and Moby -- to film their new video "Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain"

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How much does Miley Cyrus love The Flaming Lips? Apparently so much that the recently bed-ridden pop star didn’t let an averse reaction to an antibiotic stop her from appearing in the group’s trippy new video.

The video is called “Blonde SuperFreak Steals the Magic Brain,” according to Rolling Stone, which premiered the video. The footage features Cyrus and Moby fighting for possession of John F. Kennedy’s brain. (Yes, really.)

“This is the video we originally intended to be for a song that has a reference to the drug LSD,” singer Wayne Coyne told Rolling Stone. “We were lucky enough to get a couple of hours with a bedridden Miley Cyrus. And even though she was still quite ill, she was full of laughs and great absurd suggestions.”

The video is definitely out there, but the collaboration between Cyrus and The Flaming Lips isn’t all that surprising. During Miley’s Bangerz tour Los Angeles stop back in February, band members Coyne and Steven Drozd joined the “Wrecking Ball” singer on-stage.

[Rolling Stone]

TIME Music

Miley Cyrus, Life Coach: Lessons From the Bangerz Tour Special

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Miley Cyrus performs live on stage at 02 Arena on May 6, 2014 in London, England. Simone Joyner—Getty Images

"The turkey with the longest neck is the one everyone is shooting at"

Miley Cyrus is mostly known as the tongue-wagging pop provocateur and former Hannah Montana child star who can’t be tamed, but as she showed Sunday night during her Bangerz Tour NBC television special, she could probably have a second career as a life coach should she ever want to. Unlike rock-docs from her pop peers Katy Perry, Justin Bieber and One Direction, Cyrus’ two-hour special stuck mostly to the music, but between dancing on stage with giant stuffed animals, covering OutKast and flying around the arena on a giant hotdog, she had some candid and — dare we say it — inspirational thoughts to share with the camera.

On being a pusher: “I think when people watch the show, my true fans, it’s just a bunch of kids, like, ready to party. They’re not sitting down, they’re not there trying to look cool in front of their friends … I see the faces and I feel like they’re learning. It feels safe in there. And there’s not many places where you’re around 20,000 people and feel safe. I think my fans feel safe in that room with me. I feel like they think that I’m some sort of a leader, and I’m giving them the push to go forward.”

On challenging standards of beauty by taking ugly selfies: “A lot of people say they truly don’t care what other people think but … [I] don’t,” Cyrus says before discussing her fondness for making weird faces in pictures, which she says encourages her fans to get weird on their own time. “Kids are posting these pictures that are really inspiring to other kids because it’s beauty in a totally different way.”

On being a media target: Cyrus says her new life motto is something country singer Kris Kristofferson told her father, Billy Ray Cyrus: “The turkey with the longest neck is the one everyone is shooting at.” We’re not entirely sure what that means, but in Cyrus Speak it probably translates into something about how the more she accomplishes, the more negative attention she’ll attract. In other words, haters gonna hate.

On how to deal with grief: “I think if I really [accept that he's dead], he might actually go at some point, which I don’t really want,” Cyrus says of the passing of her dog Floyd, who died on April Fool’s Day. “I have to not make myself sick over it because that’s what I did at first. I loved him so much. I really shut down more than I’ve ever let myself. You can try to move on, your shell can continue [to go] on stage every night, but internally I wasn’t [there].”

On helping out the mere mortals in the audience: While performing the ballad “Adore You,” Cyrus fires up the kiss cam and zooms in on couples who follow her instructions to make out. Fans are pretty shy at first, but once one couple goes for it, the rest start to feel comfortable enough to lock lips. “It’s hard being me, but it’s hard being them, too. It’s hard being a normal person and different,” she says of trying to make fans comfortable enough to get their smooch on. “The universe gives this responsibility to people who can handle it, and I believe I can handle it.”

On what to take away from adversity: “When people say everything happens for a reason, it’s more how you’re going to deal with something and knowing yourself more than you did [before],” she says, while reflecting on the wild year she’s had and the months she’s spent on the road. “I do think I know myself more than I did.”

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Lily Allen Will Join Miley Cyrus on the Bangerz Tour

The "Sheezus" singer will join Miley Cyrus's Bangerz tour for a select group of US performances in August

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It looks like Lady Sheezus will be riding the “Wrecking Ball” this summer as Lily Allen is set to join Miley Cyrus’ Bangerz Tour for a handful of U.S. dates.

From Aug. 1 until Aug. 10, Allen — who has just released a video for “URL Badman” (above) from her latest album Sheezus – will open for Cyrus at seven shows. Allen is reportedly a big Miley fan and has repeatedly praised Cyrus in both interviews and live performances, so it’s unsurprising that she’d be keen to join the Bangerz thrill ride. (Other acts who’ve opened for Miley on the Bangerz Tour, which began Feb. 14, include Icona Pop and Sky Ferreira.)

Shortly after that, Allen will kick off her own North American tour on Sept. 9 in Miami.

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TIME celebrities

Shailene Woodley: Parents Should Stop Freaking Out About Miley Cyrus

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Left: Miley Cyrus; Right: Shailene Woodley Getty Images (2)

Keep calm and twerk on, Miley — Shailene's got your back

Shailene Woodley in the July issue of Vanity Fair came to the surprising defense of another young female celebrity: Miley Cyrus.

“Miley isn’t rude or mean or cruel to anyone in her actions,” the 22-year-old Fault in Our Stars told the magazine. “She just does herself. And regardless of whether you agree with what she’s doing or not, it’s none of your business what she does.”

Cyrus has been criticized in the past for her less-than-wholesome performances, particularly at the VMAs with Robin Thicke and the sexually themed theatrics of her Bangerz tour, and their potential influence on her young fans.

But, to Woodley at least, that criticism is ridiculous. “She’s not in the world doing mean things. Why are all these parents or all these people freaking out about Miley being herself?” Woodley said.

The young actress also advised parents to redirect their attention to non-Miley-related issues. “If you don’t want your kids to watch it, you know, you can change that situation at home, but don’t make a big deal of what she’s doing,” Woodley said. “Make a big deal about the bullies at school who are beating kids up.”

TIME Music

A Miley Cyrus Documentary Is Coming to NBC

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US singer Miley Cyrus performs on stage at the Telenor Arena, in Fornebu, outside Oslo, on May 28, 2014. AFP—AFP/Getty Images

The special will go behind-the-scenes on her Bangerz Tour

Just in case you were missing Miley Cyrus’ constant presence on your television and your Facebook feed, you will soon be able to tune into the Miley documentary. NBC announced Thursday that it will air a two-hour Miley Cyrus: Bangerz Tour special on July 6 at 9 p.m. E.T.

The documentary follows the 21-year-old pop sensation behind the scenes on her Bangerz tour, which began in April after Cyrus delayed multiple performances because she was sick. The show will include live performance footage from her upcoming concerts in Spain and Portugal. The network promised to “examine what makes [Cyrus] such a global phenomenon.”

The announcement comes of the heels of reports that HBO will air a miniseries featuring performances from Beyoncé on her Mrs. Carter world tour. Both NBC and HBO seem to be banking on the popularity of their respective performers to bump ratings in the slow summer months.

But unlike premium cable channel HBO, broadcast channel NBC may have to edit its footage carefully: Cyrus rode a giant inflatable penis during her recent concert in London.

 

TIME feminism

17 Famous Women on What Feminism Means to Them

Thoughts on the other 'F' word from Lena Dunham, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Shailene Woodley, Halle Berry and more

“Are you a feminist?” might be the toughest question a female celebrity has to answer in 2014. Taylor Swift stays clear of the word. Lena Dunham embraces it and Beyonce grew into it. Let’s just say it’s complicated. Come on too strong and a young actress can risk alienating a fan base that isn’t steeped in day-to-day gender issues. Avoid the question and they incur the wrath of the Internet and feminists everywhere. Here’s a look at what some famous women have said about the other “f” word.

 

  • Sinéad O’Connor

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    Sinead O'Connor performs on July 27, 2014 in Wiltshire, England. Philip Ryalls—WireImage/Getty Images

    Sinéad doesn’t like any label that ends in -ist, and that includes the f-word, she told The Guardian in July.”I don’t think of myself as being a feminist,” the 47-year-old musician said. “I wouldn’t label myself anything, certainly not something with an ‘ism’ or an ‘ist’ at the end of it. I’m not interested in anything that is in any way excluding of men.”

    The declaration came as a bit of a surprise to some fans, given that O’Connor titled her tenth and most recent album I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss. The hashtag #banbossy campaign was created by Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In, and has been supported by fellow self-described feminist Beyoncé.

  • Miley Cyrus

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    Miley Cyrus performs onstage near Oslo, Norway. on May 28, 2014. Bendiksby, Terje/AFP—AFP/Getty Images

    “I feel like I’m one of the biggest feminists in the world because I tell women to not be scared of anything,” the 21-year-old “Wrecking Ball” singer told the BBC last November. “I’m a feminist in the way that I’m really empowering to women,” she said to Cosmopolitan in December 2013. “I’m loud and funny and not typically beautiful.”

  • Beyoncé

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    Beyonce attends a Metropolitan Museum of Art Gala in New York on May 5. Dimitrios Kambouris—Getty Images

    Beyoncé was hesitant to describe herself as a feminist to British Vogue in April 2013. “That word can be very extreme,” the 32-year-old said. “But I guess I am a modern-day feminist. I do believe in equality. Why do you have to choose what type of woman you are? Why do you have to label yourself anything? I’m just a woman and I love being a woman.”

    But the singer seems to have come around. Her self-titled December 2013 album features a number of feminist ideas. Her song “Flawless” sandwiches an excerpt from Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TEDx talk, “We should all be feminists,” in between lyrics like “I took some time to live my life, but don’t think I’m just his little wife.”

    After the album’s release Beyoncé even wrote a post for the Shriver Report called, “Gender Equality is a Myth!” in January. “We need to stop buying into the myth about gender equality. It isn’t a reality yet,” she wrote.

  • Shailene Woodley

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    Shailene Woodley attends "The Fault In Our Stars" premiere in New York City on June 2. Stephen Lovekin—Getty Images

    The 22-year-old Fault in Our Stars actress made waves in May with her response when TIME asked if she considered herself a feminist: “No, because I love men, and I think the idea of ‘raise women to power, take the men away from the power’ is never going to work out because you need balance…My biggest thing is really sisterhood more than feminism.”

    The Internet was outraged on multiple levels, especially because her response seemed at odds with the strong females characters Woodley has played in movies like Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars.

  • Lana Del Ray

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    Lana Del Rey performs during amfAR's 21st Cinema Against AIDS Gala on May 22 in France. Kevin Tachman/amfAR14—WireImage

    Del Ray went into left field recently when Fader magazine asked her if she was a feminist. “For me, the issue of feminism is just not an interesting concept,” the 27-year-old singer said. “I’m more interested in, you know, SpaceX and Tesla, what’s going to happen with our intergalactic possibilities. Whenever people bring up feminism, I’m like, god. I’m just not really that interested…My idea of a true feminist is a woman who feels free enough to do whatever she wants.”

  • Lena Dunham

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    Lena Dunham attends the 2014 Bookexpo America on May 31 in New York City. Steve Sands—WireImage

    “Women saying ‘I’m not a feminist’ is my greatest pet peeve,” said the 28-year-old Girls star and writer in 2013 during an interview with Metro. “Do you believe that women should be paid the same for doing the same jobs? Do you believe that women should be allowed to leave the house? Do you think that women and men both deserve equal rights? Great, then you’re a feminist.”

  • Salma Hayek

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    Salma Hayek attends the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17 in Cannes, France. Foc Kan—FilmMagic/Getty

    “[Feminism] means being proud of being a woman, and [having] love, respect and admiration and the belief in our strong capacities,” the 47-year-old actress told Stylist in 2012. “I don’t think we are the same, women and men. We’re different. But I don’t think we are less than men. There are more women than men in the world – ask any single woman! So it is shocking that men are in more positions of power.”

  • Taylor Swift

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    Taylor Swift performs in Singapore on June 12. Nicky Loh/TAS—2014 Nicky Loh/TAS

    “I don’t really think about things as guys versus girls. I never have,” the 24-year-old pop star told the Daily Beast in 2012. “I was raised by parents who brought me up to think if you work as hard as guys, you can go far in life.”

    Swift’s ambivalence didn’t stop one Brown University student from creating a popular parody Twitter account that adds feminist phrases Taylor Swift song lyrics.

  • Amy Poehler

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    Amy Poehler attends the 2014 Bookexpo America on May 31 in New York City. Steve Sands—WireImage

    Instead of steering clear of the word, Amy Poehler has publicly embraced feminism. “But then they go on to explain what they support and live by — it’s feminism exactly,” the 42-year-old comedian told Elle magazine in January. “I think some big actors and musicians feel like they have to speak to their audience and that word is confusing to their audience. But I don’t get it. That’s like someone being like, ‘I don’t really believe in cars, but I drive one every day and I love that it gets me places and makes life so much easier and faster and I don’t know what I would do without it.’”

  • Halle Berry

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    Halle Berry attends the premiere of "Extant" on June 16 in Los Angeles. Jason LaVeris—FilmMagic/Getty

    “I would say on some levels I am [a feminist]. Angela Davis is one of my heroes,” the 47-year-old Oscar winner told Ebony in April, referring to the political activist known for her feminist views. “And Gloria Steinem—these are people who, as I was growing, I was moved by and impacted by and thought very deeply about.”

  • Kelly Clarkson

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    Kelly Clarkson performs on NBC's The Voice on Dec. 3. NBC—NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

    “I wouldn’t say [I'm a] feminist, that’s too strong. I think when people hear feminist it’s just like, ‘Get out of my way I don’t need anyone,’” the 32-year-old American Idol winner told TIME last year. “I love that I’m being taken care of, and I have a man that’s an actual leader. I’m not a feminist in that sense … but I’ve worked really hard since I was 19, when I first auditioned for Idol.”

  • Ellen Page

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    Ellen Page attends the "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" world premiere on May 10 in New York City. Gilbert Carrasquillo—FilmMagic

    “I don’t know why people are so reluctant to say they’re feminists. Maybe some women just don’t care. But how could it be any more obvious that we still live in a patriarchal world when feminism is a bad word?” the 27-year-old Juno and X-Men star said in a 2013 interview with The Guardian.

  • Rashida Jones

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    Rashida Jones attends the 2014 TNT/TBS Upfront on May 14 in New York City. Paul Zimmerman—WireImage

    “I would [call myself a feminist], yes.” the 38-year-old Parks & Rec star told Amanda de Cadenet in 2013. “I believe in the unadulterated advancement of women. And we have so far to go still. I do think because women are so clever and flexible and such good communicators, it been hard for men to evolve and keep up. I think we could do a little better to help them out.”

  • Lady Gaga

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    Lady Gaga performs during her "artRave: The Artpop Ball" tour in New York City on May 13. Kevin Mazur—WireImage

    “I’m not a feminist. I hail men, I love men, I celebrate American male culture — beer, bars, and muscle cars,” the 28-year-old pop star told a Norwegian journalist in 2009.

    However, the “Bad Romance” singer seemed to backtrack later that year when talking to the Los Angeles Times. “I’m getting the sense that you’re a little bit of a feminist, like I am, which is good,” she said. “I find that men get away with saying a lot in this business, and that women get away with saying very little . . . In my opinion, women need and want someone to look up to that they feel have the full sense of who they are, and says, ‘I’m great.’ “

  • Katy Perry

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    Katy Perry performs live at Radio 1's Big Weekend on May 25 in Glasgow, Scotland. Dave J Hogan—Getty Images

    “I am not a feminist, but I do believe in the power of women,” the 29-year-old “Roar” singer told Billboard magazine in 2012. However, since then, the young celeb has changed her tune on the topic. “A feminist? Um, yeah, actually,” she told an Australian radio host in March when asked if she considered herself one. “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.”

  • Leighton Meester

    Leighton Meester Tony Awards
    Leighton Meester attends the 68th Annual Tony Awards on June 8, 2014 in New York City. D Dipasupil—FilmMagic

    The 28-year-old Gossip Girl star surprised some fans in February when she told OOTD magazine who her role model was. “The American writer Betty Friedan — she fought for gender equality and wrote the great book The Feminine Mystique which sparked the beginning of a second-wave feminism,” Meester said. “I believe in equal rights for men and women.”

  • Jenny Slate

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    Jenny Slate is shown during a June 19 interview on Late Night with Seth Meyers in New York. NBC—NBCU Photo Bank / Getty Images

    “Am I a feminist? F–k yeah, I’m a feminist,” the 32-year-old Saturday Night Live told MTV News in June. “I think that unfortunately people who are maybe threatened by feminism think that it’s about setting your bra on fire and being aggressive, and I think that’s really wrong and really dangerous.” Slate also agreed that her latest movie, Obvious Child, which centers around her character considering an abortion, is a feminist film.

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Miley Cyrus Gets Restraining Order Against Fan

A 24-year-old who believes Cyrus is communicating with him through her music vows he won't stop trying to meet her until he's dead

Great pop songs often feel like they speak directly to us, although not quite like this. Miley Cyrus was granted a temporary restraining order on Friday against a man who believes the pop singer was communicating with him through her music.

24-year-old Devon Meek was arrested in Sierra Vista, Ariz., earlier this month outside of a property he believed Cyrus owned. Court documents do not elaborate on the location, the Associated Press reports.

Meek, who is currently in a psychiatric hospital, told officers to shoot him in the head if he was unable to meet Cyrus. According to a sworn statement from detective Rosibel Smith, Meek “will not stop seeking Ms. Cyrus” until she “accepts him or he dies.”

A hearing scheduled will for June 16 will determine whether to extend the order for three more years.

[ABC]

TIME Arts

This Interactive Chart Compares the Vocal Ranges of the World’s Greatest Singers

See which of your favorite singers can hit the highest and lowest notes

When it comes to determining who the best singers are, we’re all bound to disagree at least a little bit. You may acknowledge that, say, Bruce Springsteen is a talented musician, but you just don’t get why your dad wants to listen to him all the time. Or you might like the sound of Beyoncé’s voice, but she’s simply not your favorite. (Though be careful with that one, because the Beygency might come after you.)

But for a more objective look at what makes a singer great, try using this handy interactive tool, created by ConcertHotels.com, to compare the ranges of the world’s most famous vocalists. They chose artists from Rolling Stone’s list of the 100 greatest singers of all time, and then, to include more contemporary voices, also threw in some of the nominees for top male and female artists from this year’s Billboard Music Awards.

Once they settled on a list, the ConcertHotels team turned to The Range Place to gather data on each singer’s vocal abilities. Check out the results below , which you can sort by range, highest note or lowest note.

Who knew that when it came to pure vocal range, Axl Rose and Mariah Carey would blow everybody else out of the water?

 

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