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via RollingStone.com: Ciara, R&B’s still-reigning princess, is taking a dark, psychedelic turn with her new song, featured in The Last Witch Hunter. For the action film starring Vin Diesel, out October 23rd, the singer tackles the Rolling Stones’ bewitching “Paint It Black,” and reimagines it as a syrupy, mesmerizing slow-burner. Hear the track below, and read Ciara’s thoughts on the Stones, Missy Elliott and what comes next after Jackie.

Is “Paint It Black” a song that you’ve wanted to cover for a while now?
No, to be honest with you, it was actually a surprise for me when I got the call from Universal Publishing and Lionsgate. When they asked me to do this, I was like, “Absolutely. This would be an honor.” I had never thought to cover this song. It was never on my radar to cover it, but when the opportunity came along, I was very thrilled, because I love what the producer Adrianne Gonzales did. The direction that she went in was actually a sound I’ve always wanted to play with, and it just didn’t get any better than being able to cover a Rolling Stones song. I feel like it pushes the edge and the limit for me, in reference to what people probably expect from me. So this was so many cool things in one. It was a huge honor, and then creatively I just got to really have some fun that I don’t usually do in my music.

I feel like I’ve been hearing a psychedelic-rock revival in R&B and hip-hop, from A$AP Rocky’s album to Beyoncé covering the Doors at Made in America. Is that a direction you want to explore?

As an artist, I think it’s important to always keep growing, and I definitely want to keep challenging myself. When moments like this come along, they’re the perfect opportunity because they allow me to discover something new creatively. I definitely was inspired from the process, and I know that I will be working with Adrianne more. But also, I think that music is also in a very cool time where everyone’s being very expressive, and it kind of also has a retro thing happening where hints of the old school are starting to come back into today’s music. This is one of those cool moments where it reminds you of how great music was, how people are really experimenting right now and how it’s cool to be able to do that today. And so our new generation of fans and people, the people that really paved the way for all of us artists, like the Rolling Stones …
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