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Jimmy Fallon and JT Drop Some Hip-Hop

Last week, Justin Timberlake appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon to promote his new movie role. After the interview, the pair launched into a fully choreographed hip-hop medley that has come to be known as "The History of Rap" (although it focuses heavily on late 80's, 90's, and 2000's songs -- this is by no means a full history).

Fallon and Timberlake trade off the MC role, as The Roots (Fallon's house band) provide backup. It's fun, it's impressive (who knew Fallon was a song-and-dance man??), and it's charmingly dorky around the edges (the song selection is clearly skewed towards what Fallon and Timberlake liked growing up, sort of their own personal Glee episode). See how many songs you recognize!

Stick around for the ending, in which the chorus from "Empire State of Mind" reveals the audience of the show -- so that's who goes to Jimmy Fallon tapings. Or perhaps that's who goes when Timberlake is on.

Note: there's an ad that runs before the video, unfortunately.

After the jump: a full song list as reported by The Wall Street Journal:

Sugar Hill Gang: "Rapper's Delight"
Run DMC: "Peter Piper"
The Beastie Boys: "Paul Revere"
A Tribe Called Quest: "Award Tour"
Digital Undergound: "Humpty Dance"
Snoop Dogg: "Ain't Nutt'N But G Thang"
2Pac (featuring Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman): "California Love"
Jay-Z: "Dream"
The Notorious B.I.G: "Juicy"
The Roots: "The Seed (2.0)"
Eminem: "My Name Is"
Missy Elliot: "Work It"
Soulja Boy: "Crank That (Soulja Boy)"
T.I.: "Live Your Life"
Kanye West: "Golddigger"
Jay-Z and Alicia Keys: "Empire State Of Mind"
And finally, a "Rapper's Delight" reprise. Whew.

(Via Huffington Post.)

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Australian Charity Releases Album of Cat-Themed Ballads to Promote Feline Welfare
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An Australian animal charity is helping save the nation’s kitties one torch song at a time, releasing a feline-focused musical album that educates pet owners about how to properly care for their cats.

Around 35,000 cats end up in pounds, shelters, and rescue programs every year in the Australian state of New South Wales, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). Microchipping and fixing cats, along with keeping closer tabs on them, could help reduce this number. To get this message out, the RSPCA’s New South Wales chapter created Cat Ballads: Music To Improve The Lives Of Cats.

The five-track recording is campy and fur-filled, with titles like "Desex Me Before I Do Something Crazy" and "Meow Meow." But songs like “I Need You” might tug the heartstrings of ailurophiles with lyrics like “I guess that’s goodbye then/but you’ve done this before/the window's wide open/and so’s the back door/you might think I’m independent/but you’d be wrong.” There's also a special version of the song that's specifically designed for cats’ ears, featuring purring, bird tweets, and other feline-friendly noises.

Together, the tunes remind us how vulnerable our kitties really are, and provide a timely reminder for cat owners to be responsible parents to their furry friends.

“The Cat Ballads campaign coincides with kitten season, which is when our shelters receive a significantly higher number of unwanted kittens as the seasons change,” Dr. Jade Norris, a veterinary scientist with the RSPCA, tells Mental Floss. “Desexing cats is a critical strategy to reduce unwanted kittens.”

Listen to a song from Cat Ballads below, and visit the project’s website for the full rundown.

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ABBA Is Going on Tour—As Holograms
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Missed your chance to watch ABBA perform live at the peak of their popularity? You’re in luck: Fans will soon be able to see the group in concert in all their chart-topping, 1970s glory—or rather, they’ll be able to see their holograms. As Mashable reports, a virtual version of the Swedish pop band is getting ready to go on tour.

ABBA split up in 1982, and the band hasn't been on tour since. (Though they did get together for a surprise reunion performance in 2016.) All four members of ABBA are still alive, but apparently not up for reentering the concert circuit when they can earn money on a holographic tour from the comfort of their homes.

The musicians of ABBA have already had the necessary measurements taken to bring their digital selves to life. The final holograms will resemble the band in the late 1970s, with their images projected in front of physical performers. Part of the show will be played live, but the main vocals will be lifted from original ABBA records and recordings of their 1977 Australian tour.

ABBA won’t be the first musical act to perform via hologram. Tupac Shakur, Michael Jackson, and Dean Martin have all been revived using the technology, but this may be one of the first times computerized avatars are standing in for big-name performers who are still around. ABBA super-fans will find out if “SOS” still sounds as catchy from the mouths of holograms when the tour launches in 2019.

[h/t Mashable]

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