TIME Music

Watch Italy’s Famous Singing Nun Cover ‘Like a Virgin’

Sister Cristina Scuccia skyrocketed to fame after her audition for this year's The Voice of Italy, which she later won

Italy’s famous singing nun is out with her debut single: a cover of Madonna’s hit 1984 song “Like a Virgin.”

But don’t expect Sister Cristina Scuccia, an Ursuline nun who won this year’s The Voice of Italy, to sing that she was “touched for the very first time” over the song’s original uptempo dance track. Instead, Sister Cristina, who isn’t afraid to let loose on stage despite what her occupation implies, has transformed the song into an emotional ballad, whose music video features her singing in front of various religious Italian monuments.

“Reading the text, without being influenced by previous interpretations, you discover that it is a song about the power of love to renew people [and] rescue them from their past,” Sister Cristina told Italian newspaper Avvenire.

Sister Cristina skyrocketed to fame when she belted Alicia Keys’ “No One” for her Voice of Italy audition. Her eponymous album is out on Nov. 11.

TIME Baseball

Your Guide to the Kansas City Royals

It's their first World Series in almost 30 seasons

After an MLB record 29 seasons without reaching the playoffs, the Kansas City Royals have made it to the World Series.

A relative surprise package, the Royals are one of the smaller teams in the league in terms of their financial value and number of Hall of Fame inductees.

Here is your guide to the underdogs in this year’s World Series.

TIME working moms

Jen Garner Has Your Work-life Balance Right Here

"The men in Hollywood event is every day—it’s called Hollywood," says the actress

Jennifer Garner, who’s starting to flex her political muscles a bit more in her work with Save the Children, is also speaking out about that old bugbear, sexism in Hollywood. “The fact that there even needs to be a Women in Hollywood event is a little bit sad,” Garner said at Elle magazine’s Women in Hollywood celebration.. “I mean, the men in Hollywood event is every day—it’s called Hollywood. Fifty-one percent of the population should not have to have to schedule a special event to celebrate the fact that in an art that tells the story of what it means to be human and alive, we get to play a part.”

Garner, who recently sat down with Time to talk about her movie Men, Women & Children, in which she plays an overprotective mom, likes being known for her parenting skills. When told that she is known on the internet as “America’s most relatable celebrity mom,” she said she had no problem with that. “That’s great with me. I really appreciate that, internet,” she joked.

But at the Women in Hollywood event, Garner pointed out that she and her husband Ben Affleck get treated very differently. “My husband and I do kind of the same job, a little bit. Not long ago we both had one of those magical days, we call it a junket, where we both attended these lovely events where people come in every four minutes, they ask the same questions over and over again.” When they got home, the couple compared notes. “ I told him every single person who interviewed me, I mean every single one, and this is true of the red carpet here tonight Elle, asked me, ‘How do you balance work and family?’ and he said the only thing that people asked him repeatedly was about the tits on [his Gone Girl co-star Emily Ratajkowski], which, for the record if we’re talking about them, they are real and they are fabulous. Take a look and enjoy.”

Also for the record, at Time’s interview, we didn’t ask her about work life balance. We asked her about sex ed instead. See the video below.

 

MONEY Fast Food

Millennials to Blame for McDonald’s September Slump

The fast-food chain is getting hit not only by problems in China but also by rising costs and changing tastes. Coca-Cola is suffering too.

TIME Innovation

Watch the ‘First Real’ Hoverboard

Watch how Hendo the hoverboard works and how can get one for yourself

The idea that a man or woman could someday glide effortlessly through the air has captured our imaginations ever since Michael J. Fox hopped on a hoverboard in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II.

Now it’s even more so, thanks to the Hendo, touted as “the world’s first REAL hoverboard,” named after inventor Greg Henderson.

Henderson said he didn’t get his inspiration from the beloved Robert Zemeckis film, but rather the Loma Prietra earthquake. Henderson told Engadget that he believes hover technology could solve a host of serious problems–perhaps to raise a building during an earthquake someday and eliminate risks for emergency workers.

The self-propelled Hendo, which is the 18th prototype and priced at $10,000, uses four disc-shaped magnets that create an electromagnetic field, generating a one-inch lift.

That means you won’t be hover to work any day soon–the Hendo can only levitate over surfaces that are a non-ferrous conductor, like copper or aluminum.

MONEY Apple

Here’s What Happened When We Tried Apple Pay

Sure, the new payment system looks all shiny in Apple's demos, but does it really work on the streets of New York? We set off to find out.

We gave Apple Pay a real-world test run on Monday, the day the new payment system launched. And as you can see in the video, it worked pretty well. At least where we already expected it to work.

There are a few wrinkles you don’t see on camera. Setting it up wasn’t quite seamless. I deliberately tried to set it up on my new iPhone without reading in advance about how to do it—after all, that’s how most people use their iPhones in real life. I found myself roadblocked pretty quickly. The Passbook app where credit card info is supposed to be stored… didn’t seem to have any way to enter my credit card info. It turned out I had to update my phone to the latest version of iOS 8. I got the phone just last week, and have already upgraded once, so that was a bit of surprise.

Day two (Tuesday) of trying to use Apple Pay in everyday life, with no camera crew around, was less successful. At Starbucks, I watched other customers paying with smartphone apps, but learned that they were using the coffee company’s own system. Starbucks doesn’t do Apple Pay. At a Duane Reade drugstore—a New York brand of Walgreens—the reader didn’t work. But the cashier said most of the other readers in the store did.

Apple Pay doesn’t feel revolutionary. You take out your phone instead of your credit card to pay for things—it just means reaching into a different pocket. But that probably counts as a success for Apple in the long run. Using Apple Pay is similar enough to what I already do that I can see it easily creeping into my everyday routine.

TIME celebrity

Watch the Nun Who Won Italy’s The Voice Perform ‘Like a Virgin’ in New Music Video

Her debut album is out Nov. 11

The nun who won Italy’s version of The Voice is out with a music video for her single “Like a Virgin.” Her debut album Sister Cristina, out Nov. 11, will feature covers of Coldplay’s “Fix You” and Alicia Keys’s “No One” — the song she performed during her audition that went viral, racking up nearly 62 million views on YouTube.

For comparison, here is Madonna’s music video for “Like a Virgin”:

WATCH: Nun Stuns Judges of Italy’s The Voice with Amazing Alicia Keys Cover

WATCH: Nun Wins Italy’s The Voice

TIME Business

Get Ready for Halloween With IKEA’s Spot-On Parody of The Shining

The ad recreates Stanley Kubrick's iconic hallway scene

A month after releasing a mega-popular commercial that spoofed Apple, IKEA is back with a new ad — and this one takes a rather different approach. The commercial pays homage to Stanley Kubrick’s classic 1980 film The Shining by recreating its iconic (and super creepy) hallway scene.

The video’s creators seem to be pretty big Kubrick fans, as they paid very close attention to detail. They also hid a number of products within the video and launched a social media contest so viewers can spot the items and then win stuff. You know, because #engagement.

TIME space

Watch Tonight’s Orionid Meteor Shower On This Livestream

A shower of 20 meteors-per-hour begins at 8 p.m. ET

Watch live Tuesday night as 20 meteors-per-hour light up the night sky as part of the Orionid Meteor Shower, a spectacle that occurs each year as the earth moves through debris left behind by a comet.

“Earth is passing through a stream of debris from Halley’s Comet, the source of the Orionids,” said Bill Cooke of NASA’s Meteoroid Environment Office in a press release. “Bits of comet dust hitting the atmosphere should give us a couple dozen of meteors per hour.”

While this shower may not be the strongest of the year, the position of nearby stars makes it one of the best to watch, Cooke added.

The show will be livestreamed from the Slooh Community Observatory beginning at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT and will be hosted by expert astronomer Bob Berman.

TIME celebrity

Watch Kelly Clarkson Cover Sam Smith’s Hit ‘Stay With Me’

Clarkson recently sang at Symphony Park in Charlotte, North Carolina

A clip of Kelly Clarkson singing Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” is rightfully going viral.

Clarkson performed the hit song at a recent show in Charlotte, North Carolina, telling the audience, “I love this song.”

Other artists who have covered “Stay With Me” recently include Jessie J, Ed Sheeren and Meghan Trainor.

The pop star, who got her big break on American Idol, is expected to release a new album in early 2015. Given that this rendition of “Stay With Me” has been trending on Facebook, perhaps it would make a popular track on the upcoming record. As E! points out, she has already hinted at a possible “special guest.”

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