July 25, 2017

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Outkast Turns 20: A Look Back At <i>Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik,</i> By The Numbers

1994 was an incredible year for hip-hop, and particularly its new blood. It brought us debuts from Nas and The Notorious B.I.G., as well as new discs from the likes of the Roots and Gang Starr. It was also the year that Outkast put themselves and on the map, and helped shine a brighter light on their native Atlanta.

With their debut album, Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, the duo of Andre and Big Boi ‒ just 18 and 19, respectively ‒ laid a groundwork for what would become a legendary career.

Today, that seminal debut turns 20. Full of smoked-out funk and rhymes that balance pimp-talk and self-awareness, we take a look at the disc by the numbers.

31: Letters in the Album Title
According to Oxford, the longest word in the dictionary has 45 letters. Though it's not quite as long, and not in the dictionary (though let's be real, it should be), the album's title comes close, with a whopping 31 letters. Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik definitely rolls off the tongue better than pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis, too.

17: Verses from Both Andre and Big Boi
The two fresh-faced MCs struck a perfect balance on their debut, as they each rapped the same number of verses. It averages out to one per song on the 17-track release, though some had more (two each on "Player's Ball") and some less (none on "Funky Ride").

20: Peak Position on Billboard 200
With the five albums that followed their debut, Outkast always reached at least No. 2 on the Billboard 200. However, with Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik, the duo couldn't climb higher than the 20th spot. Still, the ...

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Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift Top Our Favorite Celeb Cat Ladies List

Being a "cat lady" is usually considered a bad thing: You are deemed a slathering, sad, single person, resigned to a life of twirling alone in your tiny apartment, holding your kitty aloft, gazing into its bright, bright eyes — eyes that will eventually glaze over as tiny teeth feast on your slowly decaying corpse.

Well, dudes, that stereotype is ripe for the disposing-of, as there are legions — legions, I tell you! — of hot, interesting famous people who cuddle with cats on the reg while somehow not spiraling into kitty-hair-covered insanity. Or being eaten.

Check out seven of our favorite cat ladies and gents below as the weekend stretches out in front of you like a feline in a sunbeam.

1. Taylor Swift

Taylor may not have found true love with a human yet, but that doesn't mean she's all alone. Oh no! She's got her buddy Meredith, a way-adorable little ball of fluff, to keep her warm at night. No crying on the cold hard ground here, friends. Just kisses!

2. Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran's adopted kitten Graham is not only adorable — he's also smart. This kit has a Twitter account! Follow him for thoughts on Nietzschean philosophy and French cuisine — I mean, shiny things and noms.

3. Bethany Cosentino

Bethany from Best Coast's cat Snacks not only enjoys indulging in his namesake, he also seems to dig wine. My kind of catman.

4. Robert De Niro

De Niro does not actually own Internet-famous kitty Lil Bub, but they do make the ...

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One Direction’s Where We Are Tour Kicks Off In Colombia: See The Pics

One Direction kicked off their Where We Are Tour Friday night in Bogota, Colombia. And since most fans are very, very far away from this pinnacle event in 1D history (about 2,500 miles for me), we had to do some serious snooping.

Ahh... the glories of the Internet.

From what I could rustle up, it looks like the guys start the show with a video montage (sort of like last year's Take Me Home Tour), Niall wears plaid (squeal!), Harry wears boots and they play a ton of stuff from Midnight Memories, but they don't forget to throw in the hits that made them famous.

How about this high note from Zayn?

Niall rocks.

So does Harry.

Vine users katheeotalora and Veronica really pulled through for Directioners last night.

And — OMG — they did the rowboat move. Zayn wasn't too into it though.

Thank you and goodnight!

And it ended with fireworks. Of course.

Here's the reported setlist from One Direction's Where We Are show in Bogota, Colombia, on April 25, 2014:

"Midnight Memories"
"Little Black Dress "
"Kiss You"
"Why Don't We Go There"
"Rock Me"
"Don't Forget Where You Belong"
"Live While We're Young"
"C'mon, C'mon"
"Right Now"
"Through The Dark"
"Happily"
"Little Things"
"Moments"
"Strong"
"Better Than Words"
"Alive"
"One Thing"
"Diana"
"What Makes You Beautiful"
"You & I"
"Story of My Life"
"Little White Lies"
"Best Song Ever"

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The 13 Strangest Pieces Of Nicki Minaj Merchandise

Like most rappers in the game, Nicki Minaj never met a branding opportunity she didn't like, which means she's racked up a collection of rather interesting merchandise. From nail art to a novelty driver's license to a wine-flavored concoction called ... ...

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‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ Character Star-Lord Gets A Solo Series [Exclusive]

Are you ready to meet the "Legendary Star-Lord?" Spinning out of Marvel Comics' ongoing "Guardians of the Galaxy" series, and timed to hit right before the first cinematic outing for the Studios' big-budget space-tacular, writer Sam Humphries is ready to bring Peter Quill's solo adventures to the masses.

"There was something about Star-Lord that I immediately gravitated to," Humphries told us over the phone, in advance of the title's official announcement at this year's C2E2 comic and entertainment convention in Chicago. "Star-Lord was something that I felt I could have a blast with."

Humphries has worked on a few titles for Marvel, but was searching for his next project when Star-Lord was mentioned by Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.

"Pretty much before the words were out of Axel's mouth, I knew it was gonna be a great time," Humphries continued. "And I knew I was gonna take this on."

Peter Quill was first introduced in 1976 as a regular human kid who finds out his father is the alien king of a world known as Spartax. He travels into space, taking on the identity of Star-Lord — eventually joining up with the Guardians to fight evil and protect the galaxy.

"He's a charming motherf--ker!" Humphries said, laughing. "He's a down-to-Earth individual. Everyone has a friend like Peter Quill. He's cocky, he's arrogant, but he's always got your back."

He's also, as the title implies, legendary. Fans could read that as leaning into the joke from the trailer — Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) tells an alien he's Star-Lord, with the punchline being, "Who?" — and there will ...

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Justin Bieber’s Egg Raid: More Details Emerge

Nearly four months after Justin Bieber was accused of egging his neighbor's home in Calabasas, California, on January 9 to the tune of $20,000 in damages, more details have emerged about the incident. In a police affidavit obtained by E! News, Detect... ...

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Will Rita Ora Have The Song Of The Summer?

One of the bigger bummers about living in New York is that when Song of the Summer Season (also known as summer) rolls around, you're stuck without a car to blast it in and cruise aimlessly with your friends. Last time someone I know danced her way t... ...

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Neon Trees Frontman: ‘Technology Has Screwed Up My Love Life’

Celebrities may be getting verified accounts on Tinder, but don't expect Neon Trees' Tyler Glenn to be signing up any time soon. Just take a listen to album-openers on the recently released Pop Psychology "Love in the 21st Century" and "Text Me in the Morning."

"Songs like 'Love In The 21st Century' and 'Text Me In The Morning' I think speak to sort of my generation and younger that are kind of experiencing romance through their phones and their computers," Glenn told MTV News. "I don't know how great it is, really."

That sentiment comes through clearly in those two jams, which feature lyrics like: "Broken heart technology/Your kisses taste so sweet/But then you click delete." Yikes. That's a swipe to the left to the heart.

"[Technology has] also kind of screwed up my love life a little bit because I'm 30 now and I just came out as gay and I'm trying to figure out how to navigate not having to use apps," Glenn added.

The Mormon singer recently came out in Rolling Stone, an experience that has thus far been positive for Glenn — except, of course, he still has to navigate the tangled dating world.

"Apps kind of become this hookup-based thing, even for my straight friends who use Tinder it's kind of like window-shopping," he said. "I don't know if that's essentially healthy for a passionate relationship with another human being."

What do you think of Glenn's assertion? Is tech useful when it comes to love? Or is it all one big malfunction?

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