Directioners, how much would you pay for the opportunity to meet the woman who brought Harry Styles into this world? $100? $500? What if she threw in a Mini Cooper, would that make it worth your while?
That was the sweet deal made by one British Direction fan, who was the lucky recipient of a face-to-face meeting with Anna Cox and one slightly-used convertible after bidding 6,000 pounds (roughly $9,500) on eBay for the experience.
The Mini convertible was a Mother's Day gift from Hazza in 2011, which leads us down some concerning mental territory: Is Anna having financial difficulties? Is Harry not sharing any of that Pepsi money with her? Or—God forbid—is there some sort of mother-son rift going on here?
Better instead to concentrate on the grand prize, the personal meeting between Anna and the anonymous woman from Newcastle who made the winning bid. What do you think they talked about? Harry's X Factor audition? Our MILFs and DILFs list? Mountaineering? What we wouldn't give to have been a fly on the wall...
Breaking down the bias of comfort films.
With the constant onslaught of complicated news that 2020 has brought, sometimes you just want to be able to shut off your brain, relax, and feel happy.
Enter comfort films. These are the feel-good movies that feel like a warm hug when you finish them, the ones that allow you to escape for a short while. We often turn to these types of films in times of trouble or extreme stress, and when we're not sure what films of this nature we should watch, we turn to the Internet for options.
25 years ago, pop stars and rappers were were expected to stay in their respective lanes. But Mariah Carey proved that hip-hop and pop were a match made in heaven—changing popular music as we know it.
Hip-Hop is pop—not in sound, but rather in terms of influence and authority.
Certainly pure pop—pasteurized and whipped into its ultimate peak in the early 2010s—is still breathing, though despite its name, the genre's reign as the chieftain of popular music has ended.
Drake and Bad Bunny are as much of pop stars in 2020 as Carly Rae Jepsen and Kesha were in 2012. Spotify reports that, at this very moment, Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion's "WAP" is the most-streamed song in the United States. Immediately following that is trap-pop cut "Mood," a TikTok-famous summer bop by 24kGoldn and Iann Dior, two of many rising zoomer rappers who have embraced Hip-Hop's guidance in most melodic forms, like trap-pop, emo rap, alternative hip-hop, and pop-rap. And if that's not enough to give Hip-Hop a throne, Nielsen Music has confirmed that eight of the top 10 artists of 2020 so far are, of course, rappers.