2015 in pop culture: Ups, downs and Bieber

01/22/2016
Samantha Bell
Staff Writer
S.M.Bell@iup.edu

Last year featured amazing advances for pop culture.

First, Adele taught everyone to say, “Hello, from the other side.” She also taught everyone it’s OK to blow up an ex and cry oneself to sleep.

Next, Justin Bieber proved that there is a 14-year-old girl inside everyone. I mean, really, who doesn’t want to know if it’s too late to say sorry? No one.

Kanye West proved it is possible to sell a sweatshirt that resembles a tattered dish rag for $2,000 with the release of his clothing line, Yeezy.

He also announced he’ll be running for president in 2020, leaving us all to ask, how many times would he vote for himself if he could?

The Weeknd came out of the shadows and embraced mainstream media with the release of “Beauty Behind the Madness.”

The words “Netflix” and “chill” took on entirely new meanings.

Drake’s dance moves broke the Internet, and now everyone knows exactly what it means when a hotline “blings.”

Let’s not forget Ariana Grande was scolded by the media for licking a frosted pastry.

Also, one of the most powerful artists in all of pop culture, Taylor Swift, stood up to one of the most powerful companies in the world, Apple, and won, proving there is nothing she can’t do. Because of Swift’s uproar, Apple is now required to pay artists during the three-month free trial period of Apple Music. Snaps for Swift.

David Letterman said his final goodbye to nightcrawlers everywhere after a long 22-year run as host of “The Late Show.”

Atticus Finch was labeled a racist after the release of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman,” so basically everything we know about American literature is wrong.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” broke the box office before its release, selling more than $100 million in advance tickets.

The right to love openly was granted in the Supreme Court ruling to eliminate the banning of same-sex marriage throughout the county.

And, finally, the rest of the Kardashians were overshadowed by something of actual importance  – Caitlyn Jenner’s big reveal.

As the triumphs, shocks and progression of 2015 pop culture passes, there’s only one thing left to ask: was the dress gold or blue? And, why did anyone ever care?

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